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Old 12-07-2018, 09:57 AM   #1
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Sponge, micro or wool

Im sorry this is probably a well asked question but having done a search on the forum it seems that previous majority rule may be changing as new products come out.

Ive got a lambswool mit. It’s a branded one but I cant remember the name. Its not a posh one though.

Ive also got a noodle mit, again a branded one but cant remember the name.

Ive noticed im getting marring (black Vauxhall paint) and I think its down to the wash mitt(s) so im thinking of changing.

Simple I thought…. Dooka all the way. That’s what everyone uses. Then I read posts on mircofibre madness and incredipads, then another on some fancy sponge! From Soft99.

Result = totally confused.

What does everyone use now? Or looking to change too. Eg for general use and one for wheels etc.

If it helps, ive also got some ONR on order but not sure how much I’ll use that.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:06 AM   #2
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I use a Klin korea microfibre wash pad. Works very well for me and no special instructions for washing, just chuck it in with my microfibres in the washing machine.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:12 AM   #3
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the marring could be anything,
do you use a grit guard?
do you rub the paint or glide over in straight lines with minimal pressure?
when drying do you, wipe, drag pat the drying towel on the paint?

I use these

https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/produ...ble-sided.html
https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/produ...-pad-blue.html

Gently glide over the paint work in straight lines and when drying I lay the towel on say the bonnet and pat it and smooth it out so it absorbs all water underneath, then pick it up and move to the next section no dragging or wiping motion.

A good technique is just as important as the tools you use.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:14 AM   #4
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the marring could be anything,
do you use a grit guard?
do you rub the paint or glide over in straight lines with minimal pressure?
when drying do you, wipe, drag pat the drying towel on the paint?

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It could well be….

My normal wash routine (light dust/rain marks) –

Cover the car In snowfoam (PH neutral stuff from Valet pro)
Let it soak for a 5 mins or so and spray bilberry cleaner on the wheels while I wait.
2BM filled with various shampoos depending on mood. Currently using dodo supernatural. Both buckets have grit guards

I then don’t rinse the snow foam off but go over the top with my shampoo and noodle mitt. Rinse in the rinse bucket.

Do all the paintwork, top down.

Then with the water that’s left I finish the wheels. These are never filthy, just dusty like the car.

Drying - use a light fantastic gorilla xl dry towel and gently 'caress' the paint dry by light rubbing ove rthe whole car, folding it when it gets too wet. I don't lay out the towel or pat dry.

After care – I never wash my mitt, unless it looks dirty.

Im probably doing something wrong?

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Old 12-07-2018, 11:22 AM   #5
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You should rinse the snow foam off completely before you wash. This way, you are taking the last bit of loose crud off.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:36 AM   #6
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I use an original Dooka pad and WoWo wheel mitt and can recommend both, they’re great. If I was buying again I’d go for the Dooka OSHA pad though. If I had to change from Dooka I think I’d go for one of those Klin wash pads!


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It could well be….

My normal wash routine (light dust/rain marks) –

Cover the car In snowfoam (PH neutral stuff from Valet pro)
Let it soak for a 5 mins or so and spray bilberry cleaner on the wheels while I wait.
2BM filled with various shampoos depending on mood. Currently using dodo supernatural. Both buckets have grit guards

I then don’t rinse the snow foam off but go over the top with my shampoo and noodle mitt. Rinse in the rinse bucket.

Do all the paintwork, top down.

Then with the water that’s left I finish the wheels. These are never filthy, just dusty like the car.

Drying - use a light fantastic gorilla xl dry towel and gently 'caress' the paint dry by light rubbing ove rthe whole car, folding it when it gets too wet. I don't lay out the towel or pat dry.

After care – I never wash my mitt, unless it looks dirty.

Im probably doing something wrong?
What paint have you got soft or hard?

A few points would be to rinse the snow foam off as it will take of any lose particles meaning your not rubbing them in the paint as with your current method snow foaming adds no benefit as the dirt it has lessened is still their when you touch the paint.

You could try patting instead or rubbing when drying, simply lay the towel out in full on the hood or roof and gently smooth it down without pulling it.

Washing your mitts maybe once a month is also a good idea just as an added safety measure
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I then don’t rinse the snow foam off but go over the top with my shampoo and noodle mitt.
Hello perfect opportunity for marring! You're really not getting the most out of your foam prewash here in terms of safety. You'd be best off rinsing down before going in with the mitt to make sure you get as much dust and crud off ass possible.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:26 PM   #9
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As other have said, pre wash or foam is there to wash as much dirt off as possible before you touch the paint with your mitt.

So, pre wash or foam, rinse off the dirt that has been shifted (ideally with pressure washer) and only then touch the paint with your mitt.

You are currently rubbing all that dirt into your paint.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:46 PM   #10
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Matt at obsessed garage foams and washes straight away and never has no issues. I wouldn't say a pre wash is always necessary especially in my case when it's a weekend car that sees no rain. Your certainly reducing risk by doing a prewash and they are a must in winter.
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