There is not a lot to think about when it comes to just washing the car, but here are a few tips to get you started on the right path. First off, don’t use dish soap as it’s too aggressive for auto paint. It also strips the wax right off the finish, so pick up a bottle of vehicle-specific soap. Also, get a bucket that has a grit guard in the bottom to keep the mitt from sitting in the dirt sediment. Speaking of mitts, a microfiber mitt holds loads of soap and is very delicate on the paint.