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Old 04-02-2019, 12:45 AM   #1
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Multi Mitt Wash Method

I have an idea in my head which I have not heard of anyone using yet (although I'm sure some do).

After snow foam, rinse etc. Using a bucket of shampoo and then a wash mitt for every panel. Each time you wash a panel you set it aside and use a fresh mitt, dunk it in your bucket of shampoo and wash the next panel. You could even flip over the mitt and get 2 panels/sections per mitt. At the end just wash the mitts as normal.

What are some thoughts on this method? To me it is safer than the two bucket method and time saving with not having to bother with filling a rinse bucket but with the added expense of buying several mitts. Maybe not practical for washing customers cars but for someone who washes their car once every 2 weeks?
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Old 04-02-2019, 01:55 AM   #2
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This is quite commonplace now with cheaper wash mitts.

I often throw all my wash mitts in my wash bucket, and use one for the roof, one for each side, one for the front and one for the rear.

They’re all different sizes and shapes, but I’ll find a cheap thin mitt that I like and buy 6 of them. Still experimenting.


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Old 04-02-2019, 08:51 AM   #3
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I’m sure there’s a Forensic Detailing video covering this (or similar) method. I’ve just got a pack of 10 “cheap Chinese Amazon” mits and will try them out with the same method next weekend. One bucket, ONR for the rinseless wash, discard used mits as they get dirty.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:06 AM   #4
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Yes, Dallas Paint Correction or whatever he is called on YouTube showed this very way of doing things. I'm still not entirely sure. For example, I don't wipe over the side skirts once and I'm done. I wipe over, then rinse the mitt, then go back over another one or two times to get everything off. That would mean having 2 or 3 mitts just for one side skirt...

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Old 04-02-2019, 10:09 AM   #5
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Am I understanding this correctly? Using a one bucket method with many mitts?

Is there a trade off here between lots of "cheap mitts" and a couple of "quality" mitts using the 2BM?

Sounds like a great idea anyway.

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Old 04-02-2019, 10:16 AM   #6
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I am using a 4bm right now with four microfibre noodle mitts
after snowfoam dwell and PW rinse I use mitt 1. on the bottom 12" of bodywork front and rear bumpers. Then swap mitt and do the wheels with the same two buckets.
The remaining two buckets are used with mitt 3. on the horizontal surfaces bonnet roof boot, and the last mitt is for the sides.

Funny how we all get into a routine :-)
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:23 AM   #7
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I think the downfall is it you like a certain wash mitt/ pad, I use the microfibre madness incrediipad. If you need 10 to do a car you’ve got £150 in wash mitts. Makes a £10 bucket and grit guard seem cheap. After watching the forensic detailing channels video where he tested the grit guards in a clear bucket with glitter, I’m pretty confident in there ability at working.
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:34 AM   #8
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You don't need multiple mitts, especially if you use the cheap chinese ones suggested by John on the Forensic Detailing Channel. They are very thin (although still nice and soft) and light coloured so you can rinse it out with the garden hose gun once every panel is complete - its quick and easy to see that you have removed all the contaminants. Its a method I generally use nowadays. It doesnt reduce water usage but IMO, is safer than 2 bucket.
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I contemplated going down this route myself using the cheaper chinese mitts. I ended carrying on with the 2BM as it works but this multiple mitt method looks to work well also.

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I'm still not entirely sure. For example, I don't wipe over the side skirts once and I'm done. I wipe over, then rinse the mitt, then go back over another one or two times to get everything off. That would mean having 2 or 3 mitts just for one side skirt...
Alternatively you could just rinse the side skirt mitt between passes. I believe Jon over at FDC has shown that rinsing mitt is just as safe as dunking it assuming the vehicle has had a good pre-wash.... in fact I cant see how dunking could be safer than rinsing in any condition but that's a different thing entirely.
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