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I have two of these guards and exclusively use standard big box store 5 gallon buckets. In my experience these guards do not hit the bottom of the bucket, they settle about an inch above right where the diameter of the bucket (which tapers) matches that of the guard.
If anything they perform better with more water underneath, but they can be difficult to remove if you press hard to make them stay level. If you don't press the guard will tilt while in use; which probably doesn't impact performance but is annoying if you like to use the guard to scrape your wash mitt like I do.
My solution was to just feed string between the central cones and tie a loop that I can pull with one finger after pressing down hard.

In terms of actually trapping dirt and abrasive contaminants the performance is amazing; I would never wash my car without one. Seriously dump the water above the guard out then lift the guard to see the contaminants that were trapped.

I use two different colors, which helps me differentiate my wash bucket and rinse bucket after moving them around the car and sipping beers in the sun.
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Chemical Guys=Snake oil salesmen. Dollar Store colander flipped upside down in your bucket. Nothing Chemical Guys sell is worth what they charge. Clowns.
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Apparently only fits their bucket that they overcharge.
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Apparently only fits their bucket that they overcharge.
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Apparently only fits their bucket that they overcharge.

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Question:What all size buckets will this fit?
Answer:The Cyclone Dirt Trap fits snugly in any standard 12" diameter bucket.
By Chemical Guys MANUFACTURER on April 4, 2017
I use a 5 gal. Home Depot bucket. It does not go completely to the bottom but that is so you will have room for the sediment to settle.
By Engineer on March 30, 2017
It came from Lowes
By James J Martinez on March 30, 2017
I dropped mine into a standard 5 gallon paint type bucket. It fit perfect and worked great. When I removed it and emptied the bucket, all kinds of sand and dirt came out. My wash mitt never carried the stuff to my truck's paint.
By James J Martinez on March 30, 2017
This grit guard was made specifically for Chemical Guy's 4.5 gallon bucket. It will not fit a home store 5 gallon bucket perfectly (it will stop about and inch or more from the bottom and if you push it in hard it will be challenging to remove). I found the best bucket for this is an empty drywall mud bucket, which is 4.5 gallons and the same size as Chemical Guy's buckets. You can buy a 4.5 gallon bucket of drywall mud from a home store for about $12.00 vs. Chemical Guy's $17.00 empty bucket. see less
By Zac on December 17, 2017
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Question:What is the actual measurement? it seems that this is made for chemical guys $15 bucket only. some buckets are narrower at the bottom too.
Answer:If you buy the orange home depot bucket. Your good to go.
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I got one. I've wanted one for a while but refused to pay full price.
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Does not fit right in my 5 gallon Walmart bucket
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I have two of these guards and exclusively use standard big box store 5 gallon buckets. In my experience these guards do not hit the bottom of the bucket, they settle about an inch above right where the diameter of the bucket (which tapers) matches that of the guard.
If anything they perform better with more water underneath, but they can be difficult to remove if you press hard to make them stay level. If you don't press the guard will tilt while in use; which probably doesn't impact performance but is annoying if you like to use the guard to scrape your wash mitt like I do.
My solution was to just feed string between the central cones and tie a loop that I can pull with one finger after pressing down hard.

In terms of actually trapping dirt and abrasive contaminants the performance is amazing; I would never wash my car without one. Seriously dump the water above the guard out then lift the guard to see the contaminants that were trapped.

I use two different colors, which helps me differentiate my wash bucket and rinse bucket after moving them around the car and sipping beers in the sun.
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I have two of these guards and exclusively use standard big box store 5 gallon buckets. In my experience these guards do not hit the bottom of the bucket, they settle about an inch above right where the diameter of the bucket (which tapers) matches that of the guard.
If anything they perform better with more water underneath, but they can be difficult to remove if you press hard to make them stay level. If you don't press the guard will tilt while in use; which probably doesn't impact performance but is annoying if you like to use the guard to scrape your wash mitt like I do.
My solution was to just feed string between the central cones and tie a loop that I can pull with one finger after pressing down hard.

In terms of actually trapping dirt and abrasive contaminants the performance is amazing; I would never wash my car without one. Seriously dump the water above the guard out then lift the guard to see the contaminants that were trapped.

I use two different colors, which helps me differentiate my wash bucket and rinse bucket after moving them around the car and sipping beers in the sun.
Some of the reviews, and a neighbor of mine, report that the bottom gets scummed up easily, and it's difficult to remove. Any truth to this?
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Some of the reviews, and a neighbor of mine, report that the bottom gets scummed up easily, and it's difficult to remove. Any truth to this?
I always rinse my guards and buckets after using; no buildup for me (2 years of use). I also exclusively use normal car soaps; not "all in one" products that have wax additives and such.
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Apparently only fits their bucket that they overcharge.
None of these have ever truly fit a standard 5 gallon bucket. Even the older grit guard models. They get close enough to the bottom that it doesn't matter.
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Trim them to fit. I did that with some other branded ones to fit some nice heavy duty wash buckets.
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Anyone know if it fits in the yeti bucket?
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Does this fit into the yeti bucket
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Does not fit right in my 5 gallon Walmart bucket
Do u just mean it wont go all the way to the bottom? Because it doesnt need to or do u mean it wont fit at all?
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