Originally Posted by MoparG
so what of the concern of rubbing that pre-existing dirt into the paint then? You're saying that if i do move the mitt around lightly it should be ok.
I suppose i frowned at the idea of dipping the mitt into the clean water after each panel because of the loss of (expensive) soap. I use the Zip Wax car wash bottles of soap (yes I know its not the very best stuff either but it's not the worst and still costs something.
The idea is to mitigate the chance of marring while still effectively cleaning your vehicle. ….you can’t do that by dabbing and you are likely doing more damage as a result as you dry (since the dirt has not been fully removed).
Using Grit Guards in your buckets, using two buckets, using wash media that releases contamination easily, rinsing the car before beginning to wash, using a quick detailer or quick wax as you dry, etc. are all things that can
help lessen the chances of creating new scratches. Your choice of products, techniques and tools can also make a big difference since quality and characteristics will vary.
The following video is from Mike Phillips who is an excellent instructor and contributor to the detailing community (he's participated in discussions on various detailing forums over the years). He used to work for Meguiars and currently is Director of Training at Autogeek. .....nice, knowledgeable guy. .....and an old, but good video and one of my favorites to reference since it demonstrates some simple, effective washing techniques & ideas:
How to Wash Your Car (ShowCar style!) - YouTube