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As I posted before, I'm a big fan of rinseless washes for both my Camino and the family daily driver fleet. Meguiars has discontinued their D114 rinseless wash, but I've found both Duragloss and Optimum's products to be superb. At $39.99 typical cost per gallon, which yields 128 washes using 2 gallons each, it's a bargain. I'll drag out the hose only if I've been on a muddy, unpaved road, or for my major spring cleanup on a DD that's been through a PA winter. My favorite wash media is the Meguiar's or Blackfire microfiber mitts, which are designed to release the accumulated dirt with a firm shake in the bucket.
The video embedded in Autogeek's catalog page, http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-rinse-free-express-wash-and-wax-d11501.html
shows some good technique of both the rinseless and waterless wash procedures.
Another time-saving step with both a hose or rinseless wash is to use a spray wax, such as Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax (D156 in gallon form), or Duragloss Aquawax, among others, as a drying aid. After a light preliminary wipe just to remove any heavy water, fog the panel with the spray wax, then wipe it dry with a clean microfiber. Not only does the drying process go quicker, you've boosted your wax protection.

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Good stuff!

Most of mine have been mentioned and learned some new! I use clean make up brushes or artist brushes for interior dusting around vents and trim. :bigups:
 

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I use a similar technique with my rinseless washes. Rather than a MF towel, I prefer either a Meguiar's or Blackfire MF mitt. The Griot's mitt is both thicker and softer, but since it's a gray color, you can't see the dirt as well as the others I use, which are white.
I'll make a pass lengthwise along each panel, then reverse direction, winding up with two dirty edges. Flip it over and repeat. After 4 passes, a vigorous shake in the bucket dislodges all but the most stubborn dirt.
I may be a little OCD about some aspects of my process, but with a Dark Burgundy, original paint Camino and a black daily driver Lacrosse, some extra care when washing or wiping saves me polishing time later-and as I mentioned earlier, there's not a whole lot of paint left to polish on my Camino.

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I'm a fan of Easy-Off oven cleaner for the engine, Brillo and SOS pads for the white lettered tires and glass stove top cleaner for all painted surfaces! Seriously, I use most of the products/techniques mentioned here. I'm a big fan of the Junkman. Lately. I have been using a product called F-11 on my paint after cleaning/claying, etc. I really like the results. Unfortunately, it's more than a dollar. :-(
 

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I'll start with Q-Tips. I buy a small supply and transfer them to a clear plastic box to keep them clean until used.

Examples of using them for automotive detailing include:
Cleaning in hard to reach small places like around the lug nuts.
Dipped in an appropriate solvent, they can help remove dried fuel lacquer from a carb leak.
Buy the Real Q-Tips. I had a huge bag of generic ones and the cotton tip would come off. Hate to think of getting it caught deep in my ear?
 

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Here's one that won't even cost $1.
Got some of those foam "can koozies laying around?
They'll fit perfect on most aerosol window cleaner cans, or even 12 oz. round pump spray bottles. Then you can set 'em down on the hood or roof without danger of sliding off as you work your way around.

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I find these small clear plastic containers to be useful.
They keep stuff clean and semi organized.
In addition to detailing tools, they are useful for household and automotive screws, bolts, nuts and holding things like loose tea bags.
I also find them useful in the family and the pet's first aid kits, helping keep products fresh and prevent damage.

So were do I find them before reuse?

The larger ones I find with drink mix packets, like Crystal Light or the more square, less opaque are Kroger drink packets.
Since these have dyes in the mixes, make sure to rinse thoroughly before use.
I like that a sharpie can label the sides and the lid of the container making things easier to find.
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I find these small clear plastic containers to be useful.
They keep stuff clean and semi organized.
In addition to detailing tools, they are useful for household and automotive screws, bolts, nuts and holding things like loose tea bags.
I also find them useful in the family and the pet's first aid kits, helping keep products fresh and prevent damage.

So were do I find them before reuse?

The larger ones I find with drink mix packets, like Crystal Light or the more square, less opaque are Kroger drink packets.
Since these have dyes in the mixes, make sure to rinse thoroughly before use.
I like that a sharpie can label the sides and the lid of the container making things easier to find.
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yep, I've got a box-full of the semi-clear ones, great for small items especially when disassembling stuff
 
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