Originally Posted by Z K
Most of the time drying is what causes swirls and scratches. Wash mitts are lubricated by car wash so they are safer for paint. Drying towels are not and they also drag dirt across the paint if you miss a spot and wipe it with the towel.
As for washing, I use a hose, buckets, wash it outside and pull indoors to dry and detail out of the sun. No way is someone else touching my car besides me.
Yes, I agree that having a hose and multiple buckets in your own space is the best bet, but the point of the thread was that OP doesn't have a place to do a hose and bucket wash. That's why we're suggesting alternatives...