Practice. How to wash your car at the station … like a professional

“Washing your car at a station is easy, fast and relatively inexpensive. But to get a truly professional and durable result, you also need to use your own professional products. This is the first point that can pose a problem.

Will the manager of the washing station allow you to use your products at his station? Nothing is less safe, and therefore the question should be asked in advance if anyone from the station is on site. ” says Mickaël Lenis, a traveling self-cleaning professional.


A wash glove and microfiber cloths are part of the basic equipment. Image Maniac Auto.jpg

Fast and efficient

For Johan, head of the manufacturer of retail products Fictech, a methodology must be respected. “We will of course follow the different phases of washing. If you want to do a really thorough cleaning, it is essential ”.

In order not to be disturbed, and to have a good time, we are in favor of staggered hours. “In the morning or in the evening after dinner, the stations are often deserted. Enjoy it, ”adds Mickaël.

Prewash, an important step

“We start with a prewash. If we can equip ourselves with a foam cannon at home, we will keep it simple here. We just want to use the station’s prewash mode. We will also take the opportunity to apply a professional rim cleaner.

While the product is in place, spray the body with mosquito repellent. It will help us in the next step to remove the dirt “After a good rinse, we move on to the next step.

Rinse thoroughly to avoid streaks.  Photo Blue Elephant.jpg

Rinse thoroughly to avoid streaks. Photo Blue Elephant.jpg

Choose the right shampoo

“We take a glove with a professional shampoo. We recommend a shampoo that creates enough foam to take advantage of a mechanical effect. We are thinking in particular of Fictech Red Bubble, a shampoo with a shiny finish that foams well. Although it is normal should be diluted in a bucket, it is quite possible to use it by applying a few hazelnuts on the wash glove. ” says Johan from Fictech.

“Some manufacturers have felt the need for a station washing shampoo, such as Meguiar’s, which offers a dedicated product. But you can use any professional shampoo. We will choose a hard, medium or soft shampoo, depending on the condition and any treatments already available. is present on the body, ”Mickaël specifies.

Using a ceramic set protects the car for three months.jpg

Using a ceramic set protects the car for three months.jpg

Manual washing, instructions for use

“We apply a few hazelnuts on the previously wet glove. During the previous rinse, the glove can be left under the wiper to moisten it. We always start from the top of the car, so as not to contaminate the glove.

We continue crosswise, element by element. Of course, we end with a good rinse, “says Johan.” There is still a very important step, to make your car shine and protect it “.

A simple spray applied to a damp car after washing and your car shines for a long time

A simple spray applied to a damp car after washing and your car shines for a long time

The end, an important step

“When your car has been flushed and when we are at the station and time is short, we use an easy-to-use product. We’re talking about Quick Details. It is a product that is applied directly on a wet base. We spray all the way around the car before rinsing at high pressure. Fictech Hydro-Stop can even be used without having to wipe it off afterwards. It can also be wiped, element by element, always with a microfiber. The purpose of this product is to provide real protection for your body. With its hydrophobic effect, it repels water and dirt. The body stays cleaner longer. But above all, we want to make the next wash easier, while at the same time making it shine ». We can recommend the products Quick Detailers +, Brilliant Shine Detailer from Sonax, Cire Eclair Ultime from Meguiar’s, Q2M Quick Detailer, or even the ceramic treatment from Fictech Carlift. It allows you to take advantage of the durability of the ceramic treatment, while being easy to use, ”specifies our details Mickael. “This last step will protect your body for two to three months”.

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