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There's no perfect solution. To get the dirt off, something has to cut it. The foam is a solvent that will dissolve some of the grime cars collect, but it has to be allowed to soak for a while. And there's always some risk of the solvent damaging something - maybe not the finish but perhaps the rubber seals - with repeated applications. And, if it's not very potent, as you noted, it still needs to be wiped to get the dirt off.

I prefer a sponge or rag with plain old soap, but, if there is any sort of grit stuck on the paint when the rag hits it, it's going to drag the grit across the paint with the risk of scratching it.

As for the high pressure sprays, I've seen them knock paint off cars Granted, the paint was already loose (where there was some corrosion or poor adhesion), but the high velocity spray presents it own risks.

I think the moral of the story is, don't let your car get dirty

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Or don't care lol
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Personally, I have a "system" for washing my cars. I start with the highest-pressure setting on the hose via one of those "select-a-spray-pattern" nozzles - I use that over the entire car and make sure any of the "big" stuff is removed first - and if it's not removed by the pressure alone, I then address that area first, before I move on to the "wash mitt" phase. I recently started using the "two bucket" method so that I keep the "dirty" water separate from the "clean, soapy water".

I then actually wash the car using one of those mitts with all of the little things hanging off of it (dont' know what it's actually called). To me, a foam cannon just woulnd't be enough to actually remove all of the dirt and grime, even after the initial "high pressure" rinse I do - so I think I'd still need to actually "wash" the car by hand anyway, which is why I question the usefullness of the foam cannon.

I start at the top, wash a section at a time (roof, windshield, rear windshield, hood, trunklid) - wash and rinse a section at a time (rinse with the "shower" setting on the nozzle). Then I do the sides, the front, the back and finally the wheels. I think some people recommend doing the wheels first, but I always figured that they are usually the diretiest, so I do them last. Not sure it really matters if you clean the mitt well after each section/area.

Then - I use this almost-rubber-like "thing" to get most of the water off (it's like a fake chamois). I've owned it for years and I love it because it soaks up TONS of water - and it's easy to wring-out. Then I go back over the car again and get it completely dry with the rubber-like thing and/or a drying towel. I also make sure to dry the windows really well (although, I almost always end up redoing the windows with actual glass cleaner anyway).

Then I move on to open the doors and dry all of the door jamb areas and the bottom of the doors real well (known rust area if neglected).

Then I enjoy the nice clean car, at least for an hour or two until it rains or I drive at dusk and get thousands of bugs all over the front end. :-)

Believe it or not, I've had excellent results just using an inexpensive Turtle Wax car wash/wax solution. It leaves a fantastic shine without even waxing the car....
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I start at the top, wash a section at a time (roof, windshield, rear windshield, hood, trunklid) - wash and rinse a section at a time (rinse with the "shower" setting on the nozzle). Then I do the sides, the front, the back and finally the wheels.
That's how my mom taught me to do it That's how I bathe, too

Seriously, when I wash the car, I pretty much follow the same flow as you, working my way down to the dirtiest parts last (wheels and fender linings). Then use the rag to wipe down the door jambs.

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I think the moral of the story is, don't let your car get dirty

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Doug, you are kind of killing my whole business idea if cars don't get dirty!
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I hand wash all three of our vehicles myself. I became a member of the Septuagenarian Club early this year (so much for my plan to "live fast; die young; look good in the box"), but I still don't consider it too much effort. Besides, I don't like other people touching my stuff.



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I'm for the hand-wash. Why should I pay money for something that I like doing by myself?
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Hand wash, so no Armor All on black plastic from car washer driers. It dries the plastic out & greys it over time. I also got forgiving Pepperdust color so I just wash 1X a month
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