What Equipment Do You Need to Wash a Car?

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The equipment needed to wash a car includes paper towels, a hose, a bucket and car soap. Use a sponge that is rid of dirt and grit when washing a car with help from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance.

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Good afternoon my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, Certified Master Tech from Redding PA and today we are going to talk about what equipment you need to wash your car. That is not really that difficult or that expensive but your local parts stores, Wal-Marts, K-Marts, they can all hook you up with what you need. Just a few simple things. You are going to need some paper towels when you are all done, even a bath towel will work. Outside of your regular garden hose and a access to a little water you will need yourself a bucket, preferably a two and a half to three gallon bucket, a little car soap. There are tons of them out there, anyone works fine. You just pick one, whatever they have available. Just try to stay away from dish soap, that leaves a lot of water marks and stuff on your car. Most of the automotive soaps are all designed and manufactured not to leave the water marks but it is basically going to be a trial and error if you try one out and feel like it great and if you don't move on to the next one. Get yourself a sponge, try to keep it clean if you can. You don't want to get dirt and stuff in here. If you drop this thing on the ground make sure you rinse it off pretty good. The last thing you want to do is have some stones and grit in there and start wiping your car down and you end up getting scratches all over it. Get yourself some glass cleaner for your windows, paper towels that work with your glass cleaner. The polishing compound I have sitting here, just for a few reasons. If you have got any scratches in your car you might want to rub that down with a little rubbing compound, a little polishing compound and get that scratch out and then when you are all done washing everything down you might want to go over it with a little wax to keep it from rusting out but that's about all you need is a little elbow grease and a little access to water and that's about all you need to wash your car.

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