As of today, winter stopped showing its miserable face and the sun came up which gave me the opportunity to clean the car for the first time this year. I hate having a dirty car and enjoy washing it, so I got to it.
My washing utensils include a small bucket, long brush, and stronger brush for the wheel arches, rims and tires. For the body, I have a hand mitt, 2 microfiber towels, a bigger bucket and some car shampoo. I believe this is a good combination of care for the paint and not being too pedantic about it. I got the tips from AMMO and Drive Clean, their videos are excellent.
First I clean the wheels, rims, and wheel arches from the mud. I take about an hour with all 4 wheels so they are as good as brand new. Then, I clean the body. I begin spraying the car twice with a "shower" setting on my hose gun. Then, I use soaped water to constantly wash were the mitt will pass to take all the muck from the paint. After the areas are clean I use the first microfiber towel to clean the excess drops and a second dry microfiber towel to take away any water marks (that I hate with a passion). I finish off details in the doors and inside the cabin and I am good to go. All in, it was a 2 and a half hour job.
You might think this is a bit of an overkill, but I care a lot about my car. What even more ironic, is that my girlfriends father actually owns a car wash. But tell me, how do you wash your car?