Washing lifted truck

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  1. BeetleJuice

    BeetleJuice Banned

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    I am looking to start washing my truck at home.
    5 years of brush drive through carwashes and a year of diy carwashes, needless to say I have a ton of swirl marks I am looking to get rid of.

    I am wondering what do you use far as brush wise for washing the truck.
    I am lifted on 35s so the hood, windshield and roof are hard to get to.
    I have looked at a lot of RV brushes but most of them look flimsy and cheap. Was hoping someone here can point me in the right direction for a good washing brush.

    I plan on using a towel for as much as I can and only use the brush on the hard to reach areas.
     
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    Since you insist on using a brush, check out Detailed image, Autogeek and Autopia. Each site sells high quality brushes. The softest material is microfiber then real wool for wash mitts.

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    go to home depot in the window cleaning isle.

    The brushes are way cheaper than the ones in the car section of autopart store and the one I found was even softer and has a hose attachment.
     
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    I saw some at auto-zone that looked decent. I was quoted 800 dollars to have a shop do it for me...
     
  5. Pull Ya

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    $800 for what????
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    To completely detail the outside
     
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    Use the two bucket method. Buy a foam canon and a high quality wash mit. I use chemical guys for all my stuff


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    Yup...only microfiber mits for this guy.

    Buy a little step ladder :naughty:
     
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    I only use micro fiber towels too; both wash and dry. I have a 6" lift with 35s and use one of these. Mine is similar to the orange one and gets me high enough that I can clean over half of the top on each side and I am 5'10". I also like and am getting a second one from Craftsman too so I don't have to stop and move the stand from side to side as I am often trying to stay ahead of the Las Vegas sun to prevent spotting.
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    The estimate of $800 may not be to far off depending on the amount of swirls you have and the condition of the paint. For a full correction of the paint and installing a quality coating that should last 3-5 years, that price is in the ball park. I think that you will find that "most" professional detailer prefer to use microfiber over brushes when you are washing your truck.
    Jay
     
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