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The best-bang-for-the-buck long-throw polisher is probably the Bauer Long Throw Polisher from Harbor Freight. This unit has a throw of 20mm (compared to a standard throw of 4-8mm) and comes with a 6-inch backing plate. The price at the time of this writing is $100, so you are basically getting a long-throw polisher for the price of a standard short-throw polisher.

To me, there’s just nothing worse than walking around in soggy wet socks when you’re trying to enjoy a nice time washing your vehicle. Vessi sells waterproof shoes that keep your feet completely dry, which are the perfect shoe to wear when you’re washing your car. They have awesome support and look amazing too.

Car detailers who perform paint correction will need to inspect the paint carefully to see how much and how aggressive to polish the vehicle in order to remove the imperfections in the paint. Therefore, if you ever need to inspect the paint on your car, you may want to invest in an inspection light.

The Sun Joe 6-amp electric leaf blower has a small form factor and is pretty easy to wield, as the size is pretty small and the outlet is narrow. But that’s pretty much the best of it. The unit does not push much air through its outlet, so if you try using this unit to dry your vehicle, you’re going to have a hard time.

When you’re cleaning the wheels and tires on your vehicle, you may have to pull out several different types of brushes. These brushes may include ones to clean the wheel face, the inner wheel barrel, and the tire sidewalls. One of my main go-to brushes is the Mothers wheel brush and tire cleaner, which can be used to clean both the face of the wheel and the tire sidewall.

Washing a car’s exterior and being able to reach all areas of the car can be relatively easy when you’re washing a coupe or sedan, but it can be more frustrating when you’re trying to wash the roof or higher areas of an SUV or a truck. As an alternative to getting a step stool out, you may consider using a car wash mop, such as this 62 in. one made by MATCC (MATCEE).

When I’m washing a car, one of the things that keeps me from taking out my foam cannon is having to lug out the power washer and hook everything up. If there’s no reason to pull out the foam cannon, I’d almost always rather use the Two Bucket Wash Method alone. However, sometimes the vehicle may be a bit dirtier and may require pre-soaking with car soap. A foam gun such as this MATCC/MATCEE can be a good alternative to a foam cannon as it can produce extra suds, although certainly not as much as a foam cannon produces.

You’ll find a garden hose in practically any yard you come across, but how many times have you found these hoses all kinked and rolled up in a bulky mess? Sometimes, it may be necessary to have a hose that is easily rolled up and brought along with you. In the case of a mobile car detailer who uses their customers’ water source, it is important to have a long enough garden hose that can be transported in a small form factor.

I typically use my EZ Detail wheel brush when cleaning wheels, but while I was away from home and needed a wheel brush for some detailing work, I picked up another wheel brush at the local Autozone called the ProElite Wheel and Rim Cleaning Brush. This brush worked well for my wheel cleaning needs for the next few months, although the bristles are a bit tired-looking.