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Hello all

I thought to reflect on something regarding quality mitts that I use on my black paint

I just bought a new sheepskin mitt to replace my other main mitt

It's a Genuine Sheepskin Mitt by Simoniz

As I endeavor to ensure I don't scratch my black paint, my concern is that this new mitt may be scratching my paint.

My previous mitt always left nice white soap suds (I use Turtle Wax Zip Wax car wash soap) on my finish, when I applied the mitt on the car, whereas this new one doesn't. It's odd however I can only presume the soap is on there on the car.

I bought a Simoniz Synthetic Wool Mitt with Memory Foam for my secondary mitt for the lowers, which was half the price of the Sheep Skin one.

I wonder if the fact that the Genuine Sheepskin Mitt by Simoniz isn't relaying the soapy white suds on my car they way my old mitt used to is also related to my perception that the mitt is causing scratches (I noted a few wash scratches on a panel which was odd as I am very careful when washing the car).

It doesn't make sense though as my other mitt was a good one but not genuine sheepskin; this mitt is supposed to be better.

Now i wonder if the Simoniz Synthetic Wool Mitt with Memory Foam would be better for the uppers if the sheepskin one is scratching.

I use the two bucket method by the way plus I hose down the mitt after dunking it in the water bucket

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I've been using a synthetic wool mitt for two years now. On my B5 Challenger and Granite Crystal GC. Never any scratch issues using them - they'd show for sure on the GC. I too use a two bucket method with grit guards in both, it DOES pick up a lot of debris so I make sure I do only one panel only at a time and check the mitt after the rinse bucket. On big panels - hood, roof, flip the mitt after wiping a side. I also make sure I have plenty of suds in the wash bucket, lubricity has a lot to do with it as well but I still go for suds as insurance. BTW, the mitts I have are from Adam's, I do wash them in the washer periodically as well.


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For similar cost as your new mitt, get one of these

https://www.carpro-us.com/wash-mitts/carpro-merino-wool-wash-mitt/

I use that for the paint, and this for the wheels

Chemical Guys - Chenille Microfiber Premium Scratch-Free Wash Mitt

Make sure you use a quality soap, you want a soap that has lubricity, and won't strip your wax/sealer. If you don't have a coating

Chemical Guys - Citrus Wash & Gloss Concentrated Car Wash (1 Gal)

OR

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g7101-gold-class-car-wash-shampoo-and-conditioner-1-gal/

If coated, you don't want anything left behind (Glossifiers, etc.). I'd suggest Reset

https://www.carpro-us.com/wash/carpro-reset-car-wash-500ml-17oz/

Get some grit guards if you don't have them already

http://www.chemicalguys.com/Grit_Guard_Insert_p/gritguard.htm?1=1&CartID=0

You don't have to spend a fortune, but get a few great products and save that finish! I can also recommend a foamer, not very expensive, and if you foam before the 2 bucket, the majority of dirt will wash away with the foaming.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000Y190WE/ref=asc_df_B000Y190WE5088021

I am not a detailer, but I play one on weekends ;)

A Guy
 
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