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      07-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #45
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Summer / Spring / Fall

Once a week, Same with any car ive owned... I wash/clay/polish etc once in spring and again in fall..

Black is harder but it does look nice, Using good products helps take away some of the effort.

I cant wax / full detail every few weeks with a baby and 50hours of work. By most " Non car people's standards " Im already crazy and when I say my car is dirty they think its clean..

The inside is always spotless, I vacuum, meguirs interior detail w/microfiber twice a week. I cant stand the nasty dust.

Food and Smoking doesnt come near my car.

Winter

Unless its not completely freezing outside ill try to stick to the schedule but its hard.... I still always find time to atleast clean the rims no matter what since it can be done fast at a DIY place and I always wash off salt/snow asap.
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      07-17-2012, 04:30 AM   #46
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Black Sapphire Metallic. I am used to black since I have had my black Pathfinder since 1993. I wash the BMW every week and the Pathfinder about every two weeks (along with my wife's white Volvo). Yeah, with all three in a row in the driveway we definitely get the "oreo" effect... I try to remove bird droppings as soon as I see them.

An aside, I do wish I could get the high gloss deep look on the BSM that I can get on the non-metallic black on the Pathfinder.
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      07-17-2012, 09:43 AM   #47
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I wash it every friday afternoon after work. Its my way to wash the week off both the car and my mind...
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Black Sapphire Metallic. I am used to black since I have had my black Pathfinder since 1993. I wash the BMW every week and the Pathfinder about every two weeks (along with my wife's white Volvo). Yeah, with all three in a row in the driveway we definitely get the "oreo" effect... I try to remove bird droppings as soon as I see them.

An aside, I do wish I could get the high gloss deep look on the BSM that I can get on the non-metallic black on the Pathfinder.
yeah, bird dropping left on the car for a while seem to eat into the paint.
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Once a week,if no rain.
Same as any other color
I have had.
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Twice a month when I get the chance, if not at least once a month.
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Mines black and during the summer it's hand washed every Saturday morning. During other times of the year when it's not as nice out, I have unlimited car washes at a car wash in town and have been know to go sometimes 27 out of 30 days a month. Luckily someone else is washing and hand drying at those times.
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Mines black and during the summer it's hand washed every Saturday morning. During other times of the year when it's not as nice out, I have unlimited car washes at a car wash in town and have been know to go sometimes 27 out of 30 days a month. Luckily someone else is washing and hand drying at those times.
They hand wash it though right? God forbid some stupid machine leaves spider web squigglies on your car.
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Yeah I avoid the machines best I can. Only in the winter (if it's not freezing) will I run it through just to get the undercarriage.
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Sapphire black... I've only had my car a month, so I'm still in the honeymoon phase. I have been washing it almost every day.

I use optimum no-rinse for most washes.
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