Buckets are something that I use most frequently when detailing. I use a 5 gallon bucket for rinsing and the other for soap. Separating the dirty water is an essential process to avoid scratching the paint. I use a 3.5 gallon wheel bucket. The 3.5 is more for carrying my wheel cleaning tools and I find that it’s easier to use since it’s not as tall.
I have one grit guard in each bucket at all times! The point is to keep the dirt at the bottom of the bucket so when you go back to wash the car, you aren’t reapplying dirty elements. A cheap and easy way to avoid scratches.
The washboard accomplishes the same thing as the grit guards, but adds convenience and technique for the rinse bucket. Instead of rubbing the wash mitt against the bottom of the bucket with the grit guard, you can agitate it against the side of the bucket with the washboard. That means that the wash mitt is less likely to pick up dirt and you don’t have to dunk your hand in the bucket as far.
I use this since I don’t have a pressure washer. It’s the next best thing. I get pretty good foam with Adam’s Shampoo on setting D or E. The goal of foaming is to drag all the dirt off the paint before you wash. You’re less likely to introduce scratches that way.
This wash pad is awesome at holding suds and picking up dirt. It’s a good size and easy to hang on to. It seems pretty nimble for being such a simple item. Durability has been very good after about 6-8 months of use. My only complaint is that it seems difficult to get some dirt / bugs out of the pad. I have to pull it out with my fingers. I normally wash the pad out with Adam’s APC and it seems to keep it in good shape. Great price at under $10.
I use this as a drying agent or it’s good when removing bird crap on the go. It leaves a very smooth finish and has a great smell. I buy this by the gallon because it’s one of my most frequently used products.