Two Bucket Method
TWO BUCKET WASH
‘Take two buckets onto the drive? Of course, I do. Because I’m a detailer!’ Yes, that’s right folks. Two buckets are most definitely better than one. Read on and you’ll find out why.
Get two buckets, 10-20 litres in size. A single bucket cannot be divided in half. You’ll need to buy two. Also consider purchasing a Grit Guard or Scratch Shield, ideally one for each bucket. These plastic grates sit in the bucket and dirt sinks through to the bottom, beyond the reach of a mitt and it is also less likely to be ‘swirled up’.
Work your way around the car and do the wheels last – they’ll be really filthy. Notice how the wash bucket water is (almost) like Evian and the rinse bucket water is like the local pond? That’s the two bucket method for you... only clean(ish) water is used to wash the car. Less dirt means less grit to scratch your paint.
Finally, rinse the car thoroughly with clean water from a hose or pressure washer. Or if you live in a flat, use an open-spout watering can or slosh a bucket over the car.