E90Post
 


European Auto Source
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > Wash, Wax, Detailing and Cosmetic protection/repairs > Winter washing yay or nay



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-26-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
D_o_S
LCI'd
 
Drives: 335i LCI
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Home

Posts: 808
iTrader: (1)

Winter washing yay or nay

Hi,

I have a very simple question: is it a good idea to wash your car in the winter months or not?

Personally, I'm a bit skeptical. If your car is covered in salt, and you wash it all off, then the next day you drive in salt again, it will become covered again, etc. but each time on fresh, clean paint. As such, I think washing in the winter is not a good idea at all? Anybody agree/disagree?

I'm not asking about how I should wash the car, but rather if it's better to wash it or just leave it dirty.

Thanks.
D_o_S is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 01:51 PM   #2
Rival
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 95 z28
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: shytown

Posts: 436
iTrader: (0)

wash it. Leaving the salt on the paint over long periods of time is not good.
__________________
2008 328i 6spd
1995 Z28 6spd - 377rwhp rip
Rival is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #3
///M3NACE
Banned
 
///M3NACE's Avatar
 
Drives: E36 M3, E36 Vert , E90 N52
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Downers Grove, IL

Posts: 3,907
iTrader: (5)

Do you wash yourself in the winter? If yes try taking care of your car too. Salt will eat through you car eventually.
///M3NACE is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
wrickem
doesn't really care
 
wrickem's Avatar
 
Drives: what he wants to
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: lambertville nj

Posts: 2,296
iTrader: (0)

In the winter I wash them once a week at the BMW carwash , wax them once a month,then do a complete clean-up/scratch removal when the weather breaks. I get to drive a semi-clean car all winter and it doesn't get too bad overall this way.
__________________
______________________________________________
'14 528-xdrive - daily driver/winter beater, '06 Boxster - for fun, '07 M6- for even more fun.
wrickem is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
O HELLA BMW
I <3 My E93
 
O HELLA BMW's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 335i vert
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: PA

Posts: 3,138
iTrader: (21)

Easy fix

Buy a e30 325ix for a winter beater like me

No salt on your 335i
__________________
08 BMW 335i E93
**Stance will make B!tches Dance**
CCW LM5T
O HELLA BMW is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
gunsekun
Banned
 
Drives: E92 335i
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: your mom's

Posts: 714
iTrader: (0)

once every 2 weeks is fine. no need to waste your money
gunsekun is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 02:52 PM   #7
///M3NACE
Banned
 
///M3NACE's Avatar
 
Drives: E36 M3, E36 Vert , E90 N52
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Downers Grove, IL

Posts: 3,907
iTrader: (5)

I do mine once a week without the snow. I do it every few days in the winter
///M3NACE is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #8
asus389
Lieutenant
 
asus389's Avatar
 
Drives: 06 E90 325i
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Michigan

Posts: 470
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 BMW 325i  [0.00]
When it gets above freezing I usually go to a coin op and spray it off. You can drive yourself nuts trying to keep it clean in the winter.
asus389 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      01-01-2013, 04:53 PM   #9
64-46
New Member
 
Drives: e91xi
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: 4fifteen

Posts: 10
iTrader: (0)

Give it a good wash and wax before winter hits and then wash once a week during the winter.
64-46 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #10
ny325
Captain
 
Drives: E90 328i jet black spt pkg
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: USA

Posts: 980
iTrader: (0)

I bring my car to those self wash bays. First I wash rinse. rinse, then dry off with a waffleweave towel. Nice, and clean.
ny325 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      01-02-2013, 02:59 AM   #11
D_o_S
LCI'd
 
Drives: 335i LCI
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Home

Posts: 808
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ihsanshaik View Post
Do you wash yourself in the winter? If yes try taking care of your car too. Salt will eat through you car eventually.
I'm sorry, but this analogy does not work.

Let me put it this way:

Take 2 metal screws, place them in a beaker with saline solution.
Take screw 1 out of beaker and wash it with water every day, then clean the rust off with a towel/scotchbrite pad, whatever.
Leave screw 2 in the saline solution.

Which one do you think will rust faster? My bet is on screw 1.

Effectively, by washing every week, you are doing the same thing as above with screw 1. Every time you wash your car in the winter, you are exposing fresh paint/metal to salt and the elements. However, if you don't wash, then there is no fresh paint/metal, so it stays rusted just a little.
D_o_S is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-02-2013, 03:18 AM   #12
Meeni
Gateropode
 
Meeni's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW 330i 06
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: TN

Posts: 1,754
iTrader: (0)

Salt damages paint over time. You don't fear rust, but salt.

By washing, you move the salt spots, so that your entire paint sustain minor damage, instead of having one or two spots that receive heavy damage (and get very visible).
Meeni is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-02-2013, 01:56 PM   #13
mrunner
Private
 
Drives: F30
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Quebec

Posts: 61
iTrader: (0)

For the washing, I bring it to an indoor hand wash place most of the time. It gets sprayed, washed, and dried. Then it goes back into my home car shelter or garage.

Even better than that if I take the car to work. My building garage has a car wash service. It is washed, dried, and brought back to my parking spot, where it continues to dry off, so no frozen car locks and windows etc..

If I washed it myself, or at automatic car wash, sometimes I go to my work heated parking garage and let it sit there to dry in the heat, or I dry it myself and I'm not freezing my butt off outside. Plus I can leave all the doors open and walk all around the car, since no one is there on the weekend or after work.


My biggest comentary on winter washing is, if it is cold out when you wash a car, or it gets cold over night or the next day, the rubber seals on the doors and trunk may freeze up and prevent you from opening them. After the wash, make sure to dry those rubber seals. When you get home, dry them again. You can help the situation by applying a thin film of silicon spray, or paste before the wash. You can reapply again before washes or when the doors feel like they are starting to stick. For me it lasts a while.

This might not be a problem for you if you don't live where it is always below freezing in winter. For me it's a problem.
mrunner is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-02-2013, 06:52 PM   #14
dpilat8588
Private
 
Drives: 2009 328i coupe
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Cleveland, OH

Posts: 67
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I would definitely rinse it off a little at one of those self-serve car washes. I do so about 2 times a week
dpilat8588 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-12-2013, 03:53 PM   #15
sohlman
Second Lieutenant
 
sohlman's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 330iSE
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Surrey

Posts: 205
iTrader: (0)

I agree with the above comment about salt doing damage and it's generally better to wash. However using the incorrect technique can cause a lot of damage to your paint. The more direct contact you have with the paint the more potential damage you can do.

Firstly you should give the car a good detail and wax before the winter starts to give the paint some protection.

I then use a snow foam lance and rinse to get rid of the major contaminants. Then a good quality car wash shampoo. I use the two buckets method and a microfiber or lambs wool wash hit. Then you wash off the suds and lastly dry. The best method is compressed air, but if you don't have access to this then a good quality drying towel and then chamois leather.

The longer you leave the dirt on the harder it is to remove. It is also best to allow yourself time. If you rush it you miss bits

J
sohlman is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:26 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST