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Here’s what you need:

  • Three five-gallon car wash buckets ("Homer" style)
  • Three grit guards, to be placed in the bottom of each bucket
  • Car wash soap: There are hundreds of options, but Mequiar's D111 Shampoo Plus, Optimum Car Wash, or Griot's Car Wash are all great
  • Three car wash mitts: The micro-chenille wash mitt three-pack is the way to go here, and make sure you choose three different mitts
  • Wheel cleaner: Go with SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect or CarPro Iron X Iron Remover; but beware, they smell awful. Use in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wheel-cleaning brushes: It's important to clean the barrels of your wheels as well as the wheels' faces; to clean the barrels, use the "Speed Master Wheel Brush," while you can use the "Mother's Wheel Brush" for the wheel
  • Drying towel: Cobra Guzzler HD Waffle Weave Drying
  • Quick detail maintenance spray sealant: Blackfire Midnight Sun Instant
  • Three microfiber towels: Super Soft Deluxe Blue Microfiber Towels with Rolled Edges three-pack, to be used for your final finishing step with the quick detail
  • Nozzle: Carrand 9-Pattern Adjustable Spray Nozzle, or typical multi-spray hose nozzle from your local hardware store

Find out how to use these products to give your car a professional-looking wash at home here.