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Old 05-31-2013, 01:10 PM
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I want a good flow through brush that connects to a hose and adds the soap and everything on one unit. I think its what the dealerships use to wash all there cars quickly. Can someone recommend a good one to me? I think it will make washing my truck a lot faster and easier since I never have time to just go out and wash vehicles. It would be nice to not need a bucket so I just grab the brush, soap, and the hose.
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I can't answer your question about a brush, however IMHO you are not doing the paint on your truck any favor by using a brush to clean it. If you use a brush the next thing you will be faced with is how to get all the little scratches out of your paint.
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Yes, exactly what Pull Ya said ^^

I used a brush to wash my truck all winter and I seriously regret it! It made the paint look absolutely terrible. Now I'm power polishing the whole truck with compound, polish, and wax just to remove it. Never again will I wash it with the brush.

A microfiber wash mitt is the best thing to use for washing your truck. They are incredibly soft and won't scratch your paint at all. There's no sense in rushing to wash your truck. It's much better to take your time using the right products and going a really good job.
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BUT, if you are adamant about brush washing, make sure it is boars hair. it ALLEGEDLY wont scratch the paint, but i also never use a brush...
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I have always used a microfiber mitt but it always takes me about 2 hours to wash my truck. Not sure if I'm just to careful not to miss a spot or just slow. I always find spots that bug me and I will work on them forever until I get them off or just accept that it's not coming off.

As far as waxing goes, maybe I don't do it right but I used to use turtle wax and I would apply it to 2 areas, once I finished the second area I would wipe off the first area. That stuff took some effort to get off so it would take forever to wax my car. The truck is a lot bigger so I have never tried because I just do t have time to do it. If I'm not working thee is something more important to be do e at home or its just me and my daughter who's 1 and does not like to not be looked at for a minute. Lol

How do you wash and wax so fast. A lot of members here claim to wash and wax in 2 hours! Do the buffers make the difference? I worry about buffing to much and fading the paint or something.

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I prefer the 2 bucket method when using a brush
but who has the time, it interrupts my beer drinking

I have a Flow Thru Brush that is just OK, i would have preferred a swivel type head.
i bought it at Home Depot about a year ago
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It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to wash my truck, not including drying it off. I do am fairly picking and make sure I cover the whole thing. I often wash the bottom half of the truck a second time just to make sure I didn't miss anything there. But I do go at it pretty hard from start to finish; I definitely feel it in my arms by the time I'm done.

As far as waxing goes Turtle Wax will definitely take you longer. I agree that it is quite tough to get it off properly. I've found liquid waxes work just as good (as long as you buy the right one) and come off 10 times easier. For hand application I'd recommend Jax Wax. Worked great for me for a long time and is super easy to use. Plus it can be applied in the sun which is also a bonus if you don't have a garage or shaded area to do it in.

Machine waxing is definitely 10 times faster as well. With my Porter Cable polisher on speed level 4 and a waxing pad it takes no time at all to apply the wax to the truck. Literally 15 minutes tops apply it to the entire truck. Then you just have to wipe it off. And if you use a good machine applied wax (I used Meguiars 2.0 tech wax) it comes off fairly easy as well. Makes the entire waxing job about 40 minutes. And applying wax with a buffer will not fade the paint at all... it's just applying a coating on top of the paint, not polishing it. Polishing is a whole different area... lol.

Here's my thread about polishing and waxing my Ram:

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=142829

If you start with proper products from the start (wash mitts and waxes) you shouldn't have to put in the polishing time that I have. Again, it's because I washed it with a brush that I'm putting in all this time so don't go down that road like I did. I'd definitely recommend getting the Porter Cable (or similar DA polisher), some waxing pads, and a good wax and applying a few coats to your truck as soon as you get it. It will keep it looking nice for a long time.
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