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DIY Car wash

Creating your own car wash is a great idea whether the kids are just looking to earn some pocket money during school holidays or you need fundraising ideas for charity.


Setting up a DIY car wash can be really simple, and also more enjoyable than you might think! It’s a great way to get the kids to do something productive over their school holiday whether it’s cleaning the family car to earn a bit of pocket money or, if you’re looking for fundraising ideas, spreading the word to the neighbours and inviting them to get their cars cleaned with the proceeds going to a local charity.

Setting up shop
Firstly you’ll need some car cleaning products and although you may need to buy a few items, you will likely find some items around the house:

  • Bottle of car shampoo
  • A couple of wash mitts – you can use sponges but it’s worth investing in a mitt as they’re designed to reduce scratches to the paintwork from hard to remove grit
  • Some old towels and rags
  • Window cleaner
  • A wheel brush
  • Two buckets
  • Plus a big colourful sign and a float for a charity car wash
  • Febreze car air fresheners

Pre-Rinsing
Don’t underestimate the power of a pre-rinse. Yes it takes a little longer but it loosens up dirt and wets the paintwork ready for washing. If you have a hose pipe, direct a gentle spray of water at the paintwork, don’t be tempted to blast the car with high pressure or you'll force grit into the paint. If you don't have access to a hose or there is a hosepipe ban, then a watering can with the rose fitted will do the trick.

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Shampooing
When it comes to shampooing the car, start with the wheels or you’re like to get dirty spray from wheels all over a nice clean car! This stage removes dust, grit, mud, road film from the paintwork. Add the correct amount of car wash solution (according to the dilution ratio on the bottle) to your bucket and fill with water to produces nice soapy suds.

The ‘two bucket’ car wash method
As suggested by the name, this method uses two buckets, not one. The first bucket holds the warm water and car shampoo. In the second bucket you have clean fresh water. Using the fresh water bucket to rinse off your mitt during washing the car rinses out any dirt and grit that could otherwise scratch the paintwork, and cause that annoying swirl effect.

Drying
This is the part that can really make or break the final outcome of all your hard work but it can easier than you might think. Rather than sweeping the towel across the paintwork to remove the water, try simply patting it dry. Lay your old towel down over the wet paintwork and gently pat the surface. The towel will absorb the water to dry the paint. A thin film of water may be left behind but this will quickly evaporate to leave a sparkling, streak free finish.

Windows
Finish your car wash with the windows. Have two cloths to hand and a bottle of Flash window cleaner. One cloth should be slightly damp – use this to wipe the window clean after spraying with Flash. The second cloth should be lint free, that way you’ll get a streak free finish with no bits of fluff left behind.

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