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    Sponge

    Hi

    Quick question to see what people think.

    What is the best thing to clean your car with to stop the little scratches, is it a sponge?

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    Nope, it's a Sheep/Lambs wool mash mitt, using the 2 bucket method, one bucket of shampoo and one bucket of clean water to rinse the mitt after each panel
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    As above or a microfiber sponge. They are also ok to use.
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    i found that the wash mitt just gave me scratches so iam back with the good old sponge now

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    Arguments between whats best always crop up when best cleaning practice is talked about.
    Sponge wise there are only 2 that fit the bill and are what would be deemed safe, these are grout sponges as these have very open poors which can help lift dirt away from the paint, the other is a zymol sponge, though the z sponge is costly it oozes quality and certainly does feel safe to use, without trying one your not to know.
    With washmitts, lambswool is safest option.
    Genuine merino lambswool is soft and very easy going on paint, dont get this mixed up with cheap synthetic variants as these scrtach the paint very easily.
    Microfibre mitts are a reasonable choice move after sponges but I find they arent that forgiving and would opt for the z sponge over it for sure.
    Always ensure washing is with 2 buckets ( grit guards do help ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by astra-sxi View Post
    As above or a microfiber sponge. They are also ok to use.
    No they're not
    Quote Originally Posted by 888 liam View Post
    i found that the wash mitt just gave me scratches so iam back with the good old sponge now
    Trust me a sponge is worse. If you've had no luck with the MF mitt, look at your washing technique, and try a Dodo Supernatural mitt. Best thing in the world to clean your car with IMHO.
    Quote Originally Posted by scottbt View Post
    Always ensure washing is with 2 buckets ( grit guards do help ).
    Not really essential. I've recently done a test. Washing the car with a Dodo Wookie and a Zaino bucket. Rub your hand through the pile of the mitt thoroughly and it will release all the trapped particles. Found that I didn't inflict any swirls on the paint using this.

    The reasoning behind not using a sponge (or a MF mitt/sponge), is because the sponge is a flat surface it will trap grit underneath it's surface and drag it accross the paint (same as running you hand accross the paint). For this reason, I wouldn't even trust a Zymol sponge. A plush washmitt will lift the particles clear of the paint, thus reducing the risk of swirling.
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    i have used a sponge for years and its been fine no holograms etc, then used the wash mitt and they stuck out like mad! maybe because the sun was shinning on it.

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    try wire wool

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    Very well explained gaz

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    Quote Originally Posted by sport-hatch150 View Post
    try wire wool
    Miy missus' grandad used a brillo pad to wash her wheels, ****ed them.

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