How To: 2 Bucket Car Wash Method – Chemical Guys Detailing Car Care

How To: 2 Bucket Car Wash Method – Chemical Guys Detailing Car Care


Today in the Detail Garage, we’re gonna show
you how to do the Chemical Guys 2 bucket method. The Chemical Guys 2 bucket method is the preferred
way to wash any vehicle using water and traditional shampoo. A lot of swirls and scratches can occur from
improperly washing your vehicle. If you’re using one bucket, or a dirty wash
mitt, you can install a lot of swirls and scratches
on the vehicle. If you use the Chemical Guys 2 bucket method, which is the proper way to wash any vehicle
using water, you’ll achieve no swirls, no scratches, and your whole vehicle will stay looking pristine for years. We’re gonna be washing this Jaguar XJ8-R car. This belongs to one of our customers who washes
his cars weekly. It already looks great because he maintains
it well, but we’re gonna give it the weekly wash and
show you how to do the 2 bucket method. To do the 2 bucket method you need exactly
that: you need two buckets, your favorite Chemical Guys shampoo, your favorite wash mitt–I’m using one of
our chenille dreadlock wash mitts, and a drying towel. We’ve got everything we need to do a 2 bucket
wash. Inside these buckets I have a Grit Guard. This Grit Guard will protect the vehicle from
swirls or scratches by keeping all the dirt at the bottom of the bucket. So any dirt that comes off this surface goes
straight to the bottom, and it won’t come back up. I have a Grit Guard in each bucket. This is a mandatory step: Grit Guard will
protect your vehicle no matter what. Go ahead and take your Grit Guard and put
it at the bottom of the bucket. Once you have your Grit Guard at the bottom
of the bucket, go ahead and fill them with water. I’ve already filled both buckets with clean
water, so I’m ready to go. These are our heavy duty Chemical Guys buckets. Now that our buckets are filled up, let’s
go ahead and add our soap. I’ll add soap to just one bucket, and I’ll
leave the other bucket with plain water as our rinse bucket. Go ahead and add two ounces to our wash bucket. I’m using Mr. Pink, it’s a pH-neutral shampoo. It’s super easy to use and great for weekly
washing. Once you have your buckets set up, go ahead
and get started. First I’ll rinse off the surface. We’re gonna do the 2 bucket method just on
the door to show you the method, but we’ll wash the whole vehicle afterwards. You’ll clean the rest of the car the same
way we wash the door. First we’ll rinse down the surface. I have one of our brand new Fire Hose Ultimate
Nozzles. These are great nozzles, they’re CNC machined and give a nice smooth
stream. Now that our surface is rinsed off, we took
off all the loose dirt and debris, it’s ready to be washed. I’m gonna take my fire hose nozzle, and I’m gonna create my suds. I’ll just give a quick stream to agitate the
suds and get some nice bubbles. We’ve got some bubbles and our suds are ready
to go. I’ll take my chenille wash mitt and place
it in my wash bucket. This is how you do the 2 bucket wash: first, take your wash mitt–you can use any
type of mitt you prefer, but take your soap, and wash in straight lines
from the top, to bottom. We’re removing all the dirt. The reason we go from top to bottom is so
we do not bring any dirt from the bottom of the car all the way to the top. The bottom of the car is typically the dirtiest,
so we’ll leave that until the last part. Now that I’ve got the top of the door clean, I’ll go ahead and go all the way to the bottom
and wash the lower portion. We don’t want to contaminate our wash bucket
with any dirt we have on the mitt. So we use our rinse bucket, the one with plain
water. I’m gonna dip my wash mitt in the rinse bucket,
and scrub it on the Grit Guard. I’m actually rubbing the mitt at the bottom
of the bucket to clean any dirt and debris off the wash
mitt. Now you notice our wash mitt is completely
clean and ready to go. Now take your wash mitt, and wring it out
on the ground. I’m wringing out any dirty water or debris. This works on extremely dirty cars or well-maintained
cars. Once our wash mitt is clean, I place it back
into the bucket. This keeps any dirt that comes off the vehicle
inside our dirty bucket, and our clean bucket stays clean without scratching
the car. Now I’ll rinse off the vehicle. Now all the soap and debris has been rinsed
off the surface, and we’re ready to dry. Go ahead and grab your premium drying towel, we’re gonna use one of our woolly mammoth
towels, it’s a super-plush drying towel, and we’re
gonna dry the paint. Just like we wash the paint work, we’re gonna
dry it in lines as well. Go ahead and flip it over if it gets too saturated
and buff off any streaks. That’s how you do the 2 bucket method. The 2 bucket method is the Chemical Guys recommended way to wash any vehicle when using water. You can pick up all of our buckets, shampoos, and wash mitts and any accessories at our website: ChemicalGuys.com If you wanna learn more tips and tricks on
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