The Must-Have Car Detailing Supplies

To achieve a spotless and polished look, it’s important to have the right car detailing supplies on hand. Here is a list of must-have supplies based on reviews and expert recommendations. These supplies cover various aspects of car detailing, including washing, cleaning, and maintaining both the interior and exterior of your vehicle.

Quality Car Washing Buckets

Start with a couple of top-notch car washing buckets. These aren’t just any buckets; they’re built to boost your car washing game.

Look for a bucket with a dirt screen. This nifty feature traps dirt at the bottom, keeping your sponge or wash mitt cleaner. Cleaner tools mean a cleaner car, free from pesky grime.

Think about using a two-bucket system. One bucket holds your soapy water, and the other is for rinsing. This keeps the dirt from one bucket from finding its way back onto your car. Many pros swear by this method for a safer, more thorough wash, including me, Neil Ednacot from River Islands Car Salon.

If you have a QuickJack car lift, opt for waterproof buckets that work seamlessly with your lift. This way, you can wash and maintain your car without a hitch.

cleaning bucket

The Car Wash Hand Mitt

Detailing your car to perfection? The car wash hand mitt is your new best friend. This little gem makes cleaning quicker and more effective.

A good hand mitt is soft and soaks up water like a sponge, ensuring a gentle yet thorough clean. Its fibers lift dirt off your car without scratching the paint. Plus, it holds plenty of water, so you cover more ground with each pass.

Hand mitts beat traditional sponges or brushes hands down. Their straight-line motion helps spread cleaning agents evenly and avoids swirl marks. They also reach those tricky spots like wheel wells and grilles effortlessly.

The Key Features of a Car Wash Hand Mitt:

  • Soft fibers for a scratch-free clean
  • Highly absorbent for efficient water use
  • Even coverage with straight-line cleaning
  • Easy access to tight spots
  • Built to last

How to Use a Car Wash Hand Mitt:

  1. Fill a bucket with soapy water or your preferred car wash
  2. Dip the car wash hand mitt into the bucket and allow it to absorb the cleaning solution.
  3. Gently glide the mitt over the surface of your vehicle, using straight and even strokes.
  4. Rinse the mitt in a separate bucket of clean water regularly to remove dirt and grime.
  5. Continue cleaning different sections of your vehicle
  6. After use, rinse the mitt with clean water and allow it to air dry.

Foam Cannon

For a deep clean, we use foam cannon. This tool coats your car in thick foam, breaking down dirt and grime effectively.

The foam cannon covers large areas quickly, ensuring every part of your car gets a thorough clean. It saves time and effort, giving you a consistent, spotless finish.

No water source? The AMMO NYC AERATOR is your answer. This device uses pressurized air to create foam, making it perfect for water-restricted areas.

Benefits of a Foam Cannon:

  • Deep, thorough cleaning
  • Quick coverage for better results
  • Even application of cleaning solution
  • Time and effort saver
  • Works with AMMO NYC AERATOR for waterless washes

LED Auto Detailing Light

Good lighting is crucial for detail work, especially in dim areas. An LED auto detailing light provides the perfect illumination.

These lights attach easily to your car, either by clamping or magnetically, lighting up every nook and cranny. Whether you’re working inside or under the hood, they ensure you don’t miss a thing.

LED lights are energy-efficient and long-lasting, making them a smart investment for anyone serious about detailing.

Benefits of an LED Auto Detailing Light:

  1. Provides optimal lighting for precision work
  2. Easily clamps or magnetically attaches to your vehicle
  3. Long lifespan and low energy consumption
LED light

Vacuum and Blower

A clean car interior requires both a vacuum and a blower. These tools handle all the debris, from carpets to crevices.


A strong, portable vacuum is essential. Look for one with good suction and useful attachments for tight spaces. Cordless options add convenience.


A blower is great for dusting out hard-to-reach areas like vents and between seats. Lightweight and easy to use, it complements your vacuum perfectly.

Having both ensures every part of your car’s interior is spotless.

Plastic Razor Blades

Plastic razor blades are a must for safe residue removal from surfaces like glass, paint, and chrome. Unlike steel blades, they scrape off stickers and decals without scratching anything.

To use them, angle the blade and gently scrape away. These blades work on various surfaces and can handle other tasks like removing paint overspray or ice.

An ideal tool for cleaning hard-to-reach areas, such as tight corners or edges, where stickers or decals may be. They can also be used for removing paint overspray, cleaning up dried or excess glue, or even scraping off ice from windows during colder months.

The safety and versatility of these blades make them a valuable addition to your toolkit.

Drying Tools

Properly drying your car after a wash is essential to prevent water stains and mineral deposits from damaging the paint. Two popular options for drying tools are chamois and microfiber towels.


Chamois is a highly absorbent material that is excellent for removing water from the surface of your car. It leaves a streak-free finish and helps to achieve a spotless and polished look. When using chamois, it’s essential to blot the surface gently rather than rubbing to avoid causing scratches.

Microfiber Towels

Microfiber towels are another popular option for drying your car. They are incredibly absorbent and effective in preventing water stains. Microfiber towels are also gentle on the paint surface, reducing the risk of scratching. When using microfiber towels, it’s recommended to pat the surface rather than wiping it to avoid swirl marks.

Auto Detailing Belt

Stay organized with an auto detailing belt. 

It is designed to be ergonomic, allowing you to wear it comfortably while working on your vehicle. It provides multiple pockets and compartments to accommodate various tools such as brushes, sprayers, and towels. 

With everything at your fingertips, you won’t have to waste time searching for tools, or interrupting your work.

Rolling Work Seat

A rolling work seat also makes detailing more comfortable and efficient. Adjustable height and good back support reduce strain during tedious tasks.

These seats allow easy access to all parts of your vehicle, whether you’re working on the wheel wells, brake rotors/pads, or other hard-to-reach areas, making your work smoother and more productive.

Invest in one to enhance your detailing experience for a long time.


Remember, always choose the best tools. Don’t try to be as cheap as possible. As with everything else, you get what you pay for.

So, take the necessary steps to maintain your vehicle’s appearance and value by investing in these car detailing supplies.

With the right tools at your disposal, you can achieve that spotless and polished look that will make your car stand out from the rest.

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