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Old 04-27-2004, 12:01 PM   #11
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Good advise,

Just to add...,
Some info Amanda and I shared earlier-
You also have the option of washing the car in the rain. yeah, I know, but it works:)

Fill the bucket with(if possible)filtered or distilled water from your grocery store(about .50 a gallon). You will get better results and no spots.

Use your favorite wash mitt and car wash(yes, in the rain, the more rain, the better..., no thunderstorms though).

The rain will pre-rinse the car(no hose), you wash as usual(almost..., you may want to wear a rain suit, LOL!!)
When the car is washed, the rain will do a final rinse and no more spots than if it only rained, except now you have a clean car.
You can also wait until it stops raining and dry off as usual. I prefer to use a leaf blower..., Really! :)

Hope this helps...
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Old 04-28-2004, 05:58 PM   #12
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It sounds like a great idea to wash the car in the rain. Rainwater is softer right? But I am wondering, what about the pollutants that rain can pick up as its on its way down (normally called acid rain) and then when the water evaporates from the surface, it leaves the pollutant deposits that can be harmful to your car's finish.
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Washing the car in the rain. LOL Yes it would work but you would look stuipd. I'm going to do this now. LOL my neighbors are going to think I'm even more weird. They saw me with the hair dryier taking of the badges. LOL
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It sounds like a great idea to wash the car in the rain. Rainwater is softer right? But I am wondering, what about the pollutants that rain can pick up as its on its way down (normally called acid rain) and then when the water evaporates from the surface, it leaves the pollutant deposits that can be harmful to your car's finish.
Unless you dry off your car EVERY time it rains, what would be the dirrerence, other than the car is clean?
i did suggest, if possible, drying the car when the rain stopped with a leaf blower..., even that much more safe:)
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Washing the car in the rain. LOL Yes it would work but you would look stuipd. I'm going to do this now. LOL my neighbors are going to think I'm even more weird. They saw me with the hair dryier taking of the badges. LOL
Wait until they see you with a leaf blower and bug sprayer too!!
Then they will think weird:)
(who cares..., I am not out to impress anyone..., as long as I am having fun and not hurting anyone..., next time I just may bring my own bar of soap..., then let them "think" what they will, LOL!!! :)
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My Focus is white, Soooo, I just use a soft brush [Home Depot] on a mop handle. When one gets old, bending over isn't as much fun as it used to be. I use a good quality car wash [Turtle Wax] and rinse, rinse, rinse. I use a wash mitt & Zep [more Home Depot] Citris on the wheels/tires. If I go near the beach, I do at least a fresh water rinse.
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Old 05-09-2004, 08:19 PM   #17
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i just have to say thanks, guys..............when people ask, i can say that there are other people as insane about their cars as i am....
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Talking my A.D.D. or O.C.D for washing my car

here' how i wash my car......
pressure rinse (gently)
wash with meguiars gold class
rinse lots
clean rims and undercarriage (the part that easy to get to) with left over
rinse more
maybe wash again with meguiars
rinse again
every few washes, wash with permaplate car wash solution (the stuff they give you when you put clearcoat on). ITS THE BEST - SUPER FOAMY, makes your car baby butt smooth
rise, rinse, rinse
spend about 1 or 2 hours, maybe 12 drying it perfectly. i think i need a leaf blower

windows get cleaned with invisible glass (by stoner)(just to be extra clean)
tires get 2 coats of meguiars tire stuff. (it's purple and smells like grape)
tires get a few more coats - but with more shine, less time (by stoner)
small streaks in paint or rims cleaned with a dap of invisible glass (it works miracles)

everyday i dust it with my car duster, clean off tire-strewn dirt









repeat as soon as necessary

or possible
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Hey Makakilo,

I lived there with my father in 2002 - great view from up there.
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So when you guys use a leaf blower, do you use an electric or gas model? I would assume you wouldn't want to use a 2-cycle leaf blower because of the dirty exhaust. And what's your method, stand on a step ladder and blow from the roof down?
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