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What is the Garry Dean method

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The Garry Dean Wash Method is a specific way of washing that helps to save money, use less water and aims to minimize the risk of creating swirls or marring. The technique is very suitable for areas with water restrictions, limited resources and can (with a bit of practice) save time.

Why use the Garry Dean Wash Method

This particular wash method has been developed by Garry Dean (owner of Detail Juice and Garry Dean’s Detailing), and is a combination of waterless and rinseless washing, while also minimising the risk of swirls and other surface imperfections.

Garry Dean’s wash method VS rinseless/waterless

This wash method still uses water, and also uses a principle that resembles rinsing. This means it is not completely rinseless and not completely waterless either. The Garry Dean Wash Method will save on water, and can also save on time, but is also less suitable for very dirty vehicles.

Pros of the Garry Dean Wash Method

  • It saves greatly on the water used
  • With some practise, it can save on time
  • Since there is much less water used, it create less “mess”
  • Less tools/products are needed
  • Can also be used to clean wheels and wheelarches
  • If used correctly, can be used safely on a hot day

Cons of the Garry Dean Wash Method

  • Although this technique is designed to minimise the risk of swirls and other surface imperfections, it create a slightly higher risk then the traditional 2-bucket wash method
  • It uses far more towels then the 2 (or 3) bucket wash method
  • It is not suitable for very dirty vehicles
  • The “rinsing” might not be enough to remove all product, it is possible that some residue remains that could potentially affect the protective product

The Garry Dean Wash Method

What you need:

  • A large bucket
  • Lots of MF towels (this can vary between 20 for a small vehicle and 60 on a large vehicle) to put in the bucket
  • A handful of dry, clean MF towels
  • A spraybottle
  • Rinseless wash shampoo
  • Pre-soak product (QD can also be used)

The washing method:

  • Fill a bucket with water and rinseless wash shampoo
  • Fill the bucket with average size MF towels (you may need up to 30 or more, depending on the size of the vehicle and the amount of dirt)
  • Fill a spraybottle with a pre-soak product, a QD can also be used on relatively clean cars
  • Squeeze/wringe out as much water from a MF towel as possible, this will be your “drying towel”
  • Spray the surface with the pre-soak product
  • Take a wet towel from the bucket, don’t wringe out, and wipe the area clean with some care. No pressure. You can do roughly 1 panel with this towel. Discard the towel after use!
  • Use the moist “drying towel” to “dry” the washed area
  • Take a clean and dry MF towel to completely clean the area and buff to a shine
  • Take out a new, soaking MF towel to wash the next panel and repeat the steps above

Tips and tricks

  • Use a soaking wet MF towel only once, discard it after use
  • Check the towel, don’t let it get to dirty
  • Stop using a towel to wash when it’s not wet enough anymore
  • Wiping in long strokes will prevent round swirls, and makes it easier in the future to recognize if the imperfections where caused by this wash technique
  • Don’t put used towel back in the bucket with water
  • Work from top to bottom
  • Using distilled water will greatly reduce the risk of waterspots

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