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Old 15-03-2021, 11:11 AM   #1
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Cleaning a car with no hose, what to use ?

Just been asked this question by my boss at work and I got a bit stumped.

Basically his daughter lives in a flat, she has bought a new car, but wanted to know what products she could use to clean it but she has no access to a hose, so it will basically be buckets from her flat.
Any ideas and recommendations? As I have no experience of cleaning a car without a pressure washer.
She wants to do it herself rather than outsourcing it to someone to clean for her.

Any advice on process and products to use would be much appreciated.

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Old 15-03-2021, 11:16 AM   #2
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1st question, does she have a jetwash nearby to remove the bulk of dirt 1st?, then a rinsless wash with ONR. encourage the use of a drying aid and some protection.
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Old 15-03-2021, 11:21 AM   #3
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I dont think she does, I dont think I would even recommend cleaning a car without pressure washing it first. I have no experience at all of this situation. I thought of ONR but then thought that I still would not use that without atleast pressure washing first.
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Old 15-03-2021, 11:30 AM   #4
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Not everyone has the same expectations.. A clean car is maybe all they're looking for, the caveat is that if it's not already, the ONR method (on a dirty car with no pre wash) will induce swirls and marring.

That's actually not a huge issue for 90% of the population and ONR can be made 'safer' by pre soaking with a pump sprayer, using a dedicated plush wash mitt, one of the ONR sponges I remain sceptical of, or multiple plush microfibre towels.

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Old 15-03-2021, 02:59 PM   #5
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A watering can with a rose. A couple of trips for wetting the car and rinsing.

Use low suds shampoos. I have found CarChem 1900:1 pretty good and easy to rinse off.
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Not everyone has the same expectations.. A clean car is maybe all they're looking for, the caveat is that if it's not already, the ONR method (on a dirty car with no pre wash) will induce swirls and marring.

That's actually not a huge issue for 90% of the population and ONR can be made 'safer' by pre soaking with a pump sprayer, using a dedicated plush wash mitt, one of the ONR sponges I remain sceptical of, or multiple plush microfibre towels.

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Ive been using the multiple microfibre method for over 8 years now and my cars paint is honestly pretty much swirl free. Main thing is making sure the paint is protected as it will clean so much easier and lessen any friction.
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Old 15-03-2021, 03:28 PM   #7
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ONR is a great choice and if used correctly won't induce marring or swirls in and great deal if at all. A good pump sprayer to remove some of the heavier dirt works a treat and tgen a 5 minute pre-soak woth ONR.

The trick is to get the paint clean and protected as the dirt the simple washes off.
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ONR is a great choice and if used correctly won't induce marring or swirls in and great deal if at all.
For anything other than a dusty car, I don't believe that to be the case... unless you've rock hard paint or a light coloured car (where it's harder to spot). The pre-wash is really the most important step in safe washing, but you can't do that without a hose/pressure washer in reality
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Use a local jetwash at a petrol station to give it a good jet down. This can be bolstered with a good prewash added with a pump sprayer before jetting. Afterwards, using an ONR wash and multiple towels/mitts will work as the abrasive contamination should be mostly removed.
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ONR would be my go to.
If you can get a large pump sprayer or one of those newer rechargeable jet washes, so you can do your best to remove heavier dirt under some sort of pressure. Then do a 2 bucket ONR wash, you are relatively safe.

I guess she would need:
Large pump sprayer
2 buckets and grit guards
ONR
Wash media
Drying cloth and some mf cloths
A qd/drying aid.

She would even be able to do glass and some interior then except for a hoover. Wouldn't take a lot to store

I guess optional would be something like surfex HD to maybe break down dirt before hand

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