How-To: Rinseless Washing

  • By Saul Davidson
  • 25 Jul, 2017

What You Need:

  • 2 Tall Buckets & Grit Guards (labeled rinse & clean)
  • 1 Optimum Big Red Sponge (or other soft wash media)
  • 1 bottle of Opti-Coat No Rinse (or other rinse less wash)
  • 2 Ultra Plush Opti-Coat Microfiber Drying Towels (no synthetic chamois)
  • 1 Bottle of Opti-Coat Hyper Seal (Other Spray Wax/Sealant)
* All of the products mentioned in this article can be purchase online from Optimum Polymer Technologies, or from your local Opti-Coat coating Installer

Getting Started


Place a Grit Guard in the bottom of each bucket to trap the grime that releases from the Big Red Sponge (BRS). Then fill each bucket with two gallons of water. Once filled, add 1oz (4 capfuls) of Opti-Coat No Rinse to each bucket and mix thoroughly using the BRS.

Once your solution is all mixed up and the drying towels are standing by, you are ready to go!

Washing Your Vehicle:

When performing a rinse less wash you always want to break the car into sections and work your way from the top down. When working from the top down, you are greatly reducing the likelihood of getting contaminants from lower panels stuck to your wash media. This in turn reduces the chances of swirling your finish.

Now that you have a plan of attack, you can start washing your vehicle by following these four easy steps!

1. Use a gentle touch with the Big Red Sponge

When performing a rinse less wash you want to be extremely careful and only use enough pressure to safely remove the grit and grime. You don't want to rub the contaminants into the paint. The Big Red Sponge is designed to pull the cleaning solution and contaminants into the grooves and off the surface of the paint with minimal pressure. When using the BRS, saturate the sponge and then wring it out until it drips a steady stream out of the corner or the sponge when held at an angle. Wipe the panel in a zig-zag motion until the entire surface has been wiped clean.

Once you are finished wiping the panel, place the BRS in the rinse bucket and move to step two.
2. Dry using the Opti-Coat Ultra Plush Drying Towel and Opti-Coat Hyper Seal

After washing, mist each panel with Opti-Coat Hyper Seal and immediately spread the product with the drying towel and watch as the water instantly absorbs into the microfiber towel. Using a drying aid such as Hyper Seal is a great way to ensure there is enough lubrication during the drying stage of any wash method to prevent marring the paint.

3. Rinse out your Big Red Sponge and repeat!

Once the panel is dried, ensure your Big Red Sponge is free of grit and debris by rubbing it on the grit guard in the bottom of the rinse bucket. Squeeze out the excesses water and gather more cleaning solution by dipping it into the cleaning bucket and lightly wringing it out. Repeat step 1-3 until all panels are cleaned and protected.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How dirty is too dirty?:
This is a very common question that gets asked. It is recommended that if there is large debris or excess road grime stuck to the paint that a pre-rinse is done using a pressure washer or medium pressure hose nozzle. This step should remove a majority of the large debris and allow for a flawless execution of the 2-bucket rinse less method.

How to store the Big Red Sponge:
Before using the BRS for the first time, soak the sponge overnight in a bucket of the No Rinse solution. This helps to soften the sponge before its first use. Once you are finished washing your car, clean out the sponge one last time and store it in the clean bucket of solution until your next wash.
By Saul Davidson 25 Jul, 2017
  • 2 Tall Buckets & Grit Guards (labeled rinse & clean)
  • 1 Optimum Big Red Sponge (or other soft wash media)
  • 1 bottle of Opti-Coat No Rinse (or other rinse less wash)
  • 2 Ultra Plush Opti-Coat Microfiber Drying Towels (no synthetic chamois)
  • 1 Bottle of Opti-Coat Hyper Seal (Other Spray Wax/Sealant)
* All of the products mentioned in this article can be purchase online from Optimum Polymer Technologies, or from your local Opti-Coat coating Installer
By Saul Davidson 14 Jul, 2017
The drive-through car wash is a staple of many busy American’s lives. Whether they use the gas stations tunnels, or the “professional” car washes on the corner, most people run their vehicles though an automatic wash at least once a month. In principle, washing a car once a month is fine, its the method used that can either destroy or prolong a like-new finish.

With the rise of the “unlimited” wash plans at a lot of local car washes, now is the time to learn how detrimental these “Car Washes” can be for a vehicles paint system.

Swirl Factories:
These swirl inducing monsters are slowly becoming extinct but until they are completely gone all cars are at risk of having their paint destroyed by these outdated machines. They claim to have the “cleanest” brushes and “softest” towels, but you must be look past these claims and see what these machines actually do to your paint.

Imagine every bristle and towel as a tiny piece of sandpaper. They slap against your car and take off the dirt and grime, while leaving behind millions of tiny scratches. The car comes clean, but at the what cost? Every time a car leaves these types of tunnel washes, they leaved more damaged than the last. Every $3 car wash and complimentary car wash from your dealership leaves your car looking more swirled than ever. In the long run, these washes will will cause your paint system to degrade until the vehicle will need to be re-painted or restored by a very good detail shop.

High Pressure Acid Baths:
You’re probably thinking, “But I only use touch-less washes!” Unfortunately, this type of tunnel wash can be just as harmful to your vehicle as the swirl factories of old. Most “touchless" washes rely on using extremely high pressure nozzles paired with extremely harsh chemicals to remove the dirt and grime from your car. These harsh chemicals can strip the best waxes in seconds and leave your car unprotected from the elements. If you don't apply a new coat of wax on a regular basis the chemicals can seriously damage your paint. It’s almost like going out on a 110 degree day without any sun protection and expecting to not get sunburn. You would not do that to your skin, so why would you do it to your cars paint?

Protecting Your Paint:
By washing your car at home you can save money, water, and your vehicles. All you need is 15 - 20 minutes a week, some high quality microfiber towels, and a good rinse-less wash product (we recommend Optimum No Rinse).

If you can't find the time, get it touch with your local detailer and set up a regular maintenance plan so you can ensure your vehicles are getting the love and care they deserve.
By Saul Davidson 17 Apr, 2017
Car show season is upon us and at A&G we want to share our passion and knowledge with all of you! We love seeing owners get their hands wet trying keep their cars looking the best they possibly can! It shows they are passionate about the same things we are. The cars. Throughout the rest of the year this blog is going to become a place for us to share our knowledge with all of you. We want to answer questions that you might not have ever thought of and give you tips and tricks that will help you maintain that show car finish at home.

Along with the detailing themed posts we plan on showcasing our experience at local events (C&C and other local shows) through photos and live videos so keep yours eyes open for our pictures and videos.

And always remember at A&G,

We Love To Love Your Car! 


By Saul Davidson 17 Apr, 2017
The time has come for the rest of the world to see how awesome the local car community is in St. Louis! Noah Alexander has been building neck breaking custom cars that showcase old class style with a modern twist. With cars showcased at SEMA and other national shows Classic Car Studio is more ready than ever to show their process to the world. 
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