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      12-29-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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How to wash during freezing cold weather?

I live in upstate NY, and it snowing frequently which causes concern of snow damaging the vehicle.

It is freezing cold, so washing the car at home is not an option (water fill freeze on the driveway, making it dangerous)

Any tips on how to keep the car clean/keep salt off the vehicle during winter months?

And are there any protectant that will cover the undercarriage of the vehicle from salt damage?

Thanks!
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      12-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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touchless car wash is one option in winter, its got the blower at the end and it will not remove all the salt. Youll still see some residue on the doors.

sencond option is softcloth car wash, which has potential of creating swirl lines but it will wash off all the salt. Same wash the dealer uses.

Its a lose lose situation
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      12-29-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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touchless car wash is one option in winter, its got the blower at the end and it will not remove all the salt. Youll still see some residue on the doors.
Oh yeah, perfect way to get a shit ton of scratches!!
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I power wash, then, to take off any spots I use waterless spray wash (Griots is good but there are plenty of others) and finish with Auto glym detailer as long as it is not too cold out and I'm parked in the garage it works well for me

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Go to a heated garage or put a heater in your garage. Use Optimum no rinse with grit guards and the 2 bucket method. Eliminate swirling forever.
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Go to a heated garage or put a heater in your garage. Use Optimum no rinse with grit guards and the 2 bucket method. Eliminate swirling forever.
That's all fine and dandy, but how are you suppose to clean the undercarriage where the salt accumulates the most?
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Here in Buffalo we have a locally owned chain car wash called Delta Sonic. They are everywhere and do a hell of a business. They have a "touch-less" car wash, no spinng brushed and just the over head cloth things that go over the car. The use a ton of foam and high pressure water to reduce the chance of scratches. Also has an under carriage spray.

When I slap the snows on my car, I get their monthly pass. Unlimited car washes for 23 bucks a month. Used it this am as a matter of fact- they had a couple guys with hot water hoses at the begining of the wash to get the ice out of the wheels.

When its decent out after the wash I do a quick spray detail for a little extra shine and protection. In the spring I will clay/buff/polish/wax with Einzette products - I do this every year.

Perect solution for a car that is driven year round? Yes. If it was a show car it would be off the road this time of year and had washed only. My car has 125k miles and people ask me if it's new all the time.
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There is a good video on the Detailed Image site on using a combo of the two bucket system and a coin-op spray car wash. You get to hand wash your car and not have a watery mess at your house.
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Oh yeah, perfect way to get a shit ton of scratches!!
Good job bud. Read the whole post before you start posting nonsense
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Good job bud. Read the whole post before you start posting nonsense
You mad bro?
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Wash rinse, then rinse.That's at those self wash bays. Do not go through those touchless car washes with the blower at the end. They will scratch your rims, scratch the paint, the bonus prize will be when they dry your car with those dirty towels. Surprise, tons of swirl marks.
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Two different methods that work great:

http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-P...in-the-winter/
http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-P...-no-rinse-onr/

Good luck!

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You mad bro?
It helps not to quote the part where he is talking about a touchless car wash, then claim that will give a shit ton of scratches. It shows a lack of basic reading comprehension.

Oh, and 'you mad bro' is fairly dated now.
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