July 11, 2022 3 min read

What is the Benefit of Using the Two-Bucket-Wash Method on Your Vehicle?

Washing your vehicle, the right way, is more important than you think for the preservation of its finish, which can almost be considered a maintenance item for your vehicle. Failing to utilize the proper methods for washing your vehicle and result in expensive damage or at least the need to perform expensive paint correction maintenance to restore its shine and blemish-free finish.

Why Should You Use a Two-Bucket-Wash Method the Next Time You Wash Your Car?

Performing a vehicle wash as often as you like is perfectly fine - if you take the necessary steps and precautions to avoid causing damage to your vehicle’s finish and paint. Utilizing one bucket to wash your vehicle may end up costing you in the long run as doing such can cause damage from using dirty or contaminated water or soap-water from the same bucket, which may contain dirt, debris, and grit that is reapplied when you ring out your washcloth in the bucket.

Pro Tip: You may use a TopCoat® Mycro Microfiber Towel for your washcloth during the process of using a two-bucket washing method. A TopCoat® LuvGluv® Hand Mycromitt can also be used for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas. Additionally, for professional results, use a TopCoat® Ginormous Drying Microfiber Towel to thoroughly dry your vehicle and reduce the risk of scratching the surface.

You must understand that simply hosing off or using a light pressure spray on your vehicle does not remove stubborn contaminants and debris that may end up in your wash bucket. Simply using soap, or any type of car detailer wash/soap like TopCoat® PolyWash®, may not suffice to help keep your washing cloth clean. Just one motion of wiping your vehicle with a washcloth and soap will contaminate the cloth as debris and dirt must go somewhere.

Once a washcloth is placed back in your wash bucket the water then becomes contaminated, and you don’t want to contaminate your soap-water bucket as that soapy water will end up back on the surface of your vehicle and potentially be buffed into the vehicle’s clearcoat with each wipe-motion of your cloth. By using a two-bucket-method you can help avoid contaminating your soap-water by first dunking your used washcloth into a pale of clean water to wring it out. Then, you may immerse your washcloth into the soap-water bucket to saturate it with soap that has minimal contaminants and debris that may otherwise easily scratch the surface of your vehicle.

Using the two-bucket-wash method will also help ensure when you dry your car with one of our microfiber drying towels or using a blower that loose debris or grit that can scratch your vehicle is not on the surface if you should ever buff an area dry. 

Bonus Two-Bucket-Wash Method Tip: There are other steps to take to help ensure your two-bucket-wash method reduces the risk of scratching your paint surface, such as using a grit guard.

Another added step to help ensure your two-bucket-wash method helps to avoid damage to your vehicle’s surface is to use a grit guard. A grit guard is a mesh-like divider that is placed in the bottom of your wash bucket that allows debris, or grit, to sink to the bottom of the bucket under the guard so your soap-water has less debris for your cloth to pick up. A grit guard essentially allows gravity to be your friend in letting debris or grit sink to the bottom of the bucket and keep your washcloth separated from a contaminated portion of the soap-water or water in a wash bucket. Using a grit guard can also be beneficial if you only use one bucket. However, we do not recommend using just one bucket.

Two-Bucket-Wash Method Pro Tip:As always, be sure to properly protect your paint surface and clearcoat with TopCoat® F11® or TopCoat® F11PRO® after you have performed the proper two-bucket-wash method. By applying TopCoat® F11® or TopCoat® F11PRO® after a proper vehicle wash, you can help ensure that your surface is better protected from dirt, debris, or grit that may end up on your washcloth the next time you perform a two-bucket-wash method. A two-bucket-wash method is not always 100% in preventing damage to your vehicle’s paint and clearcoat. Using TopCoat® F11® or TopCoat® F11PRO® is an added benefit in helping prevent damage from a potentially contaminated washcloth on your next wash. The more F11® or F11PRO® you use, the more protection it provides.