When you ask a detailer for a starter pack, they will often begin with 2 buckets and a proper washmitt. But why? What’s so special about a washmitt that you need to have it? A washmitt is essential in taken care of your vehicle in a way that will minimize the amount of surface imperfections you create.
Why use a washmitt
Washmitts are made from carefully sourced materials that have as little effect on the surface as possible. After you’ve polished and refined a vehicle, you don’t want to ruin it by created new washmarks, swirls, cobwebs and other surface imperfections. Together with the 2 bucket method, you can use a washmitt to minimize the risk of new marks. It works like this because the washmitt lifts dirt up from the surface, keeping it away from the surface.
A sponge is a very common tool to wash a vehicle, but sponges don’t lift the dirt and sand up. Moving a sponge over the surface will drag the dirt it catches over the surface, creating new marks in your paint. A washmitt is designed to lift that dirt up, away from the paint. To prevent it from being dragged over the surface. Thus minimizing the risk of creating surface imperfections.
Are washmitts perfect
No. Although a good washmitt minimizes the risk of surface imperfections, it doesn’t prevent them completely. It is not flawless. Other factors at play can be the amount of times you rinse out your washmitt, the cleanliness of the buckets you are using, the lubrication of the shampoo you are using and much more. Your washmitt will also wear, and needs to be replaced at some point. A washmitt is not perfect, but it helps a lot. Unfortunately, there is no perfect solution.