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View Poll Results: How do you wash your Mustang?
By hand - Always 519 67.49%
By hand - when I have time 145 18.86%
By hand - when I'm in the mood 57 7.41%
Automatic car wash - Always 48 6.24%
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I'll never let an automatic car wash ever come close to my car. Washing my own car is like therapy.

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^ Exactly how I feel

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by hand and using the 2 bucket method

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Hand wash or no wash.

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Hand wash as well, even that my paint work is not as critical as others here. I don't say that I'm no taking care of it because I am, but it has some scratches here and there.
I use a bucket with water and soap that already has wax in it. Then I use a microfiber towel to clean/rinse and a old t-shirt to dry it.

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I have a triple black fox Mustang and have to be very careful so I can minimize swirls etc. I use the two bucket method and prior to that I use a foam wash gun.

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How To: Wash Your Car Using The Two Bucket Method.
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Hand wash with Zano soap then Collinite wax

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Currently working on swirl removal on my '06 GT I bought last summer. I came across using ONR via the Gary Dean method with pretty good success. The Rag Company has some awesome towels for us to use on our beasts of burden too. Once I get through the whole car, I plan on doing an ONR wash every week or so followed up with whatever spray wax I have - currently Optimum spray wax.
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I park the car in the shade of a tree. I wait for the surface of the car to cool. I only use water, no soap. I use a pistol grip nozzle on the end of a garden hose. The maximum pressure from my well pump is 60 psi. I wet the entire car down. With the car completely wet, I use a small soaked 100% cotton towel with very little force to loosen the dirt and bugs with one hand, and spray the areas with garden hose in the other hand. When I'm done with the wash, I use an electric leaf blower to dry the car. Small amounts of left over water can be removed with a dry 100% cotton towel. I have never washed a car in a car wash. Washing my own cars by hand since January 1978.

Between washes I use a California duster to keep the car clean.

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I park the car in the shade of a tree. I wait for the surface of the car to cool. I only use water, no soap. I use a pistol grip nozzle on the end of a garden hose. The maximum pressure from my well pump is 60 psi. I wet the entire car down. With the car completely wet, I use a small soaked 100% cotton towel with very little force to loosen the dirt and bugs with one hand, and spray the areas with garden hose in the other hand. When I'm done with the wash, I use an electric leaf blower to dry the car. Small amounts of left over water can be removed with a dry 100% cotton towel. I have never washed a car in a car wash. Washing my own cars by hand since January 1978.

Between washes I use a California duster to keep the car clean.
That's going to put a lot of micro-scratches in your paint. If, by 100% cotton you mean terry cloth, that'll ruin the paint. Also, by blasting high pressure water on a dirty car you're only forcing the dirt into the paint. In turn, you'll end up clay barring your car more often to get it out, reducing the thickness of the clear coat more over time.

Us only microfiber on the car and a very gentle spray and washing motion (straight back and forth... no circles, if anyone needs to know). Only enough pressure to remove the dirt. No more. I'd hate to see you mess up your beautiful white Mustang.
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I wear glasses and found out a long time ago to just wear them dirty until I can clean them the correct way, meaning, flood them with water an use lots of specific cleaner. Always by hand using the softest cloth possible, or you'll scratch them. Very annoying, those scratches.
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I wear glasses and found out a long time ago to just wear them dirty until I can clean them the correct way, meaning, flood them with water an use lots of specific cleaner. Always by hand using the softest cloth possible, or you'll scratch them. Very annoying, those scratches.
I've had lenses with the Teflon coating on them for years. I walk up to the kitchen sink, turn on the hot water, put the lenses under the running water to get them wet. Get a squirt of dish soap, rub it all over both sides of the lenses and then rinse it off with the hopefully by now hot water. Grab a paper towel and dry the lenses and pitch the paper towel into the trash.

Best glasses cleaning procedure I have ever found.
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I agree with Kraig1957 EXCEPT I use microfiber towels to dry up any water drips from the mirrors, door handles etc.
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