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Exclamation A quick winter wash (Tips..)

Lets face it its cold damp and horrid out there and no one in their right mind is going to want to spend hours outside cleaning the car only for it to be as bad again the next time you go out not everyone has a pressure washer so this wash is been done without one...........


Obviously at this time of year they start lathering the road with rock salt which coats the car obviously this is no good left on the car and is better rinsed off as often as possible That and it keeps your lights number plate and windows clear.....

so start with a dirty car...

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I always start with some kind detergent pre-wash this could be either applied by a hose dispenser such as a Gilmour
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a Super-Spray

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or even a pump up garden sprayer

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even a watering can will do


I just use a cheap car shampoo im currently using Turtle wax big orange which is on offer in B&Q at 5 (or it was when i got some)

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I use a metric "Glug" in the gilmour and top up with water the dirtier the car the more i put in .......


Next i start low down and cover the car working upwards in the solution and leave to soak for a few minutes
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(whilst its soaking i refill the bottle and Fill a bucket with clean water and rinse the wheel arches out)


Next step is to rinse the car well with a fan jet of water to remove the worst of the soiling

So you now have a wet and slightly less dirty car

(notice that i didn't pre rinse the car with water this allows the shampoo to soak in and not be diluted any more by water still on the car)


As i said earlier i filled a bucket and refilled the soap dispenser
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Rinse the wash mitt out thoroughly

and load it up with a blast of solution from your sprayer

then apply car shampoo to a section of the car eg the roof

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then lightly wipe over with the wash mitt to remove the film of dirt


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Then rinse the mitt out in the bucket and do another section leaving the dirty lower sections until last......

and use a separate wash mitt/ brush on the wheels

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Once all been lathered up start to rinse from the top down using a flowing hose and "sheet" the water off the car.. (this works best on a waxed car) and in doing so it is possible to get the car 95% dry using water.............



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let the car drip dry for a few minutes

then

Go over with a microfibre Drying towel or if you prefer a chamois

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and there you go a clean car with minimal risk of scratching or swirling your paintwork

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Re: A quick winter wash (Tips..)

I'll be round in the morning.

Only joking lol.

I pulled into the Polish car wash then thought better and exited quickly lol.

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Re: A quick winter wash (Tips..)

they use the same mit all day and the same big bucket of water in my 2 local ones

I avoid like the plague! but parents insist its okay

There cars are really swirly, mine aint!

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they use the same mit all day and the same big bucket of water in my 2 local ones

I avoid like the plague! but parents insist its okay

There cars are really swirly, mine aint!

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I know it's just that it's so cold lol.

I'll do it on Sunday, if doesn't snow as I get half way through again.

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Re: A quick winter wash (Tips..)

Man up dom ;-) its only cold when the water freezes on the car as you wash it.......
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Man up dom ;-) its only cold when the water freezes on the car as you wash it.......
I did two wheels and called it a day.

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Re: A quick winter wash (Tips..)

washed and applied jett on mine on thursday....

Had to wash it last night as had to drive across a compacted mud field to get out of work yesterday,

then Did sisters 500 and gave it a coat of Jet and gave mine a quick wash Since i went out for a meal last night those mud flaps dont like 4 big lads up think they are a few inches shorter now ... and Polished a scratch out of dads wing.......

Its not that cold
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washed and applied jett on mine on thursday....

Had to wash it last night as had to drive across a compacted mud field to get out of work yesterday,

then Did sisters 500 and gave it a coat of Jet and gave mine a quick wash Since i went out for a meal last night those mud flaps dont like 4 big lads up think they are a few inches shorter now ... and Polished a scratch out of dads wing.......

Its not that cold
It's bloody freezing here! lol

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Re: A quick winter wash (Tips..)

Only suggestions I would make are to try to use warm water (NOT HOT) as it will dissolve the soap better and do a better rinse. Also a chamois will strip off wax as you try to get the last bits or rinse water off the painted surfaces; the micro towel is much better. Be sure to dry the door jambs or the doors may freeze shut if left out overnight in freezing weather.

Be sure to rinse the undercarriage because the mag chloride used to melt road ice should be rinsed off at least weekly.
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Re: A quick winter wash (Tips..)

A chamois wont strip off wax as its chemically bonded to the clearcoat/ paint i use a MF DoDo supernatual Drying towel personally, But this was intended as a guide for those not into detailing and just want a clean car

The chance with a chamois is the large flat surface of the leather can if the car is not 100% clean any dirt will be dragged across the surface of the paint inflicting scratches or Micromaring.



For cleaning the underside i use a lawn sprinkler when its too cold and horrid to crawl round on the driveway with the pressure washer
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this big orange better be good, i didn't take glasses so didn't realise until i got home you have to add 4 cap full to a bucket, that is a massive 80ml does it know my buckets are 10-15 litres or will i need to double or triple the 4 cap full?

B&Q had a 3 for 2 on too so i had to buy more stuff even though i only went in for shampoo i couldn't miss out on a deal. I got rainx anti-fog as ive always wanted to try it, also got turtle wax platinum series leather cleaner & conditioner instead of Autoglym Leather Care Balm as that didnt say on the front that it cleaned too, couldnt read the back so was unsure if it needed the cleaner separate?
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Re: A quick winter wash (Tips..)

Is that orange bug wash any good to stick in a foam lance then?

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this big orange better be good, i didn't take glasses so didn't realise until i got home you have to add 4 cap full to a bucket, that is a massive 80ml does it know my buckets are 10-15 litres or will i need to double or triple the 4 cap full?

B&Q had a 3 for 2 on too so i had to buy more stuff even though i only went in for shampoo i couldn't miss out on a deal. I got rainx anti-fog as ive always wanted to try it, also got turtle wax platinum series leather cleaner & conditioner instead of Autoglym Leather Care Balm as that didnt say on the front that it cleaned too, couldnt read the back so was unsure if it needed the cleaner separate?

Its the cost of one local imegrant hand car wash here .. it makes bubbles it cleans rather well even I cant see the point in using really fancy boutique car shampoos in winter


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Is that orange bug wash any good to stick in a foam lance then?

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not really a foaming cleaner this guide was intended for those who dont have access to a pressure washer
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I've searched on the turtle wax websites and still cant find out what size bucket they are referring too
i seen you mention big orange in a few threads chose this one as it will be winter again soon pissing down with rain now so no washing is being done
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I've searched on the turtle wax websites and still cant find out what size bucket they are referring too
i seen you mention big orange in a few threads chose this one as it will be winter again soon pissing down with rain now so no washing is being done
i just put a glug in a bucket cba measuring stuff like shampoo fair enough strong trade stuff such as G101 needs a bit of care but retail car shampoo meh
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