The Grit Guard Insert - Red

Item Description:

Separate the grit from the wash mitt with the Grit Guard Insert!

Protect your vehicle from wash-induced swirls with the Grit Guard Insert! The Grit Guard Insert is a radial grid that sits in the bottom of the wash bucket. Use it to agitate your wash mitt and remove grit, which falls to the bottom of the bucket. The Grit Guard Insert stabilizes the wash water in the bottom to keep dirt there. Therefore, the Grit Guard prevents the transfer of grit back to your vehicle. Voila! Your vehicle incurs fewer swirls during washing. This incredible tool is available in complete wash bucket systems and by itself. Try it once and you'll never want to wash your car without it!

The scratches and swirls on the surface of a vehicle are caused by improper car washing’s. Dirt and grit from the vehicle’s surface are trapped in mitts and brushes.


  • Radial Designed Surface to clean your mitt and brush. Trapped Contaminants are released as mitt or brush is rubbed across surface.
  • Gravity causes dirt to settle to the bottom of the container
  • The end to long hours spent removing scratches caused by improper car washing.
  • Wash water stays clean - Scratch-Free Clean.

Contaminants fall to the bottom of the bucket and stay.


  • 10 1/8” diameter , 2 1/2” high weight 6 oz.
  • Four quadrants located on the base of the insert calm the wash water
  • Solvent resistant

Easy to use.  Simply place the Grit Guard® Insert in the bottom of any 12" diameter Bucket.

Made in U.S.A.!

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Product Reviews

34 Reviews
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94% Recommend this product (32 of 34 responses)
By Mark
July 15, 2019
Decent product but doesn't fit all the way in my 5gl buckets
decent quality but as stated it doesn't' properly fit my buckets
ConsDoesn't fit
By Pete
Elmwood Park, NJ
March 17, 2019
dont fit my wash bucket
time to buy different buckets
By Randolph
February 25, 2019
It just works.
A must have for your two bucket wash.
By Richard
, Toms River, NJ
December 4, 2018
First Opinion
I purchased these to be used in my generic 5 gallon buckets at home. Unfortunately they do not fit which i thought was odd as it mentions the item will fit in any 12" diameter bucket.
ProsWell made Good price
By Cristian
Oceanside, CA
July 14, 2017
No rocket science here, keeps your mitts and towels from ever touching the bottom of the bucket, ensure that the diameter fits your buckets though
By Jason
Thorofare, NJ
May 12, 2017
2 bucket wash perfect
I love them. Works great. The best thing when your done with your wash empty it out throw some water and a APC in there with the grit guard and you can agitate and soak all your spent pads to keep the grime from setting until your ready for clean up.
ProsThey work
ConsThey don't fit every 5 gallon bucket. I just made some homemade spacers out of plastic 1/8" tile floor spacers left over from our bathroom remodel. Slip them between the edge of the grit guard and bucket stays in place.
By Richard
Raleigh, NC
December 24, 2016
Grit guard
The grit guard works exactly as advertised, keeping the grit such as sand and dirt away from the cleaning pad. It even has finger holes to aid in removing the piece from buckets that may be just a little bit small.
By Jeff
Irvine, CA
September 17, 2016
Great Product
This product works great. I can see all the dirt that is trapped on the bottom on the bucket and not ending up on my car. I use the two bucket method and used two of these in the dirty bucket and one is the other. It also serves at a great wash board for the wash mitt.
ProsVery reasonable cost and works well
By Tony
Walnut, CA
September 12, 2016
Every car owner needs this
Of all the tools to have, this is the most important to ensure a swirl free car wash. Keeps dirt and dust particles trapped at the bottom of the bucket. The proof is when you poor out the buckt after the wash. It will surprise you how much dirt it traps. Must have 2 for 2 bucket wash method.
ProsQuality built. Works well and fits in most wash buckets.
By Michael
September 12, 2016
Yellow for pad washer
Need yellow for Grit Guard pad washer. Very frustrating to line up the small dome when it's black on black. Should come this way on pad washer.l
By Yulius
Edmonds, WA
June 18, 2016
A detailer's best friend
I won't wash my car without this!!
By bill
April 3, 2016
easy to use works great all dirt goes to bottom of pail
Prosget one
By Frank
October 5, 2015
Detailing need.
Great product,good price,fast shipping.
By Jaime
Visalia, CA
September 8, 2015
Double up
Works great you won't believe how much gunk comes off the wash Mit. I recommend 2 in each bucket using the 2 bucket method
ProsYou can store them easily by stacking them inverter
By Tom
Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 12, 2015
Clever idea
A simple idea that works well. Fits perfectly in the bottom of the five-gallon bucket I use for car washing. It allows any grit and dirt in the wash water to settle safely out of reach of a sponge or mitt. Is it necessary? I don't know. For the price, if it keeps one scratch off my new truck, it's worth it.
By Justin
North Canton, OH
July 16, 2015
Simple, Works
A simple product. Scrubs the dirt out of the mitt and I saw the dirt remain in the bottom of the bucket. Fits right in a home depot 5 gallon bucket.
ProsCheap Fits good
By Rodney
Gainesville, FL
May 18, 2015
Unless you love scratched paint you should get these
I can't tell you how disturbingly often I see or hear about people wash their cars without certain essential tools and wonder in shock why they have scratched paint. Get these for every bucket and the price is definitely fair! It's more important than what soap to pick.
ConsDoesn't have a hand to slap people who choose to save their money on this of all things
By Ed
Kansas City
May 10, 2015
Great idea
Great idea wish I would have used this earlier. Would have prevented micro scratches.
ProsEasy to use and keeps the dirt on the bottom.
By Michael
Lawndale, CA
April 24, 2015
Should be in everyone's bucket
This is such a simple must have. It does it's job leaving the grit and grime on the bottom of the bucket and keeping the wash media clean to avoid those pesky swirls ad scratches or love marks as they are often called.
By Bob G.
Mercer Island, WA
October 25, 2014
What more to say, it's necessary to have in your buckets.
I feel though two GGs in the bucket would work best.
ProsIt's a great product and a must have.
By IanK
Chadds Ford, PA
September 8, 2014
Simple but doesn't fit all buckets
I'll never wash a car without a girt guard inserted into the bottom of my soap and rinse water buckets. Be aware, not all 5gallon bucket will accept a girt guard, if you force the grit guard in eventually the bucket will split open.
By Matt M.
New Jersey
September 6, 2014
A Must Have
It keeps the dirty water at the bottom of my wash and rinse bucket. It's simple and just works.
By EVOlved
September 6, 2014
Can you wash without these?
The answer is no!! If your not already using grit guards at least buy 2 I would buy 4 if I was starting over. I use one in my wheel and tire bucket, one in the wash bucket, and one in the rinse bucket. They are extremely simple but they do what they are supposed to.
ProsCheap Effective Keeps your paint from marring and swirls
ConsThey aren't free?
By Anthony
New Orleans, LA
August 15, 2014
Very Durable
Very durable and will last for many years. Works as advertised. Only works in 5 gallon bucket, not bucket you might buy at Walmart.
By Nixma
July 4, 2014
Cannot do without!!
Bought this for my second bucket. Perfect fit
ProsProtection durable
By Fred
San Antonio, TX
June 21, 2014
Good But Needs to Be A Bit Smaller Diameter
This grit guard works fine but the first 5 gallon bucket I put it in was slightly narrower in diameter than other buckets and the grit guard was 8 inches from the bottom of the bucket. For it to be affective I had to put three times as much water as I needed in the bucket. I found a different bucket and the Grit Guard fit better and went to about 2 inches from the bottom. I think it needs to be about a half inch narrower so it fits in all 5 gallon buckets.
ProsWorks as advertised
ConsNeeds to be about a half inch narrower so it fits easily in all 5 gallon buckets.
By Ryan
Bridgewater, MA
June 18, 2014
Simple but effective
they are very simple item but very effective keeps the dirt on the bottom and if you use a mitt and a sponge they dont settle into the dirt if you let the soak. I use one in each bucket wash and rinse. Allows you to agitate your wash media to clean it.
Prosfits nice snug in your avg 5 gallon bucket so you can scrub with it has finger holes in center to get 2 fingers in to pull it up.
By Neilson
Alexandria, Louisiana
March 4, 2014
It works
I use two of these for my Rinseless washes. I grind the chenille mitt into the guard to release dirt after each panel.
ProsIt does what it's supposed to
By KB i.
Hagerstown, MD
January 2, 2013
Grit Guard insert
Works as described
By Jeff
April 19, 2012
Must have
Proper washing will go a long way to saving your paint. Use a grit guard in your rinse and 1 in your wash bucket to greatly reduce wash induced marring. By using the grit guard all the sand and grime fall to the bottle where you cant pick it up with your wash media. Scrub your wash media on the grit guard to release the grime. Its a must have.
ProsSimple to use Lots of colors to choose from