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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 20, 1:03 PM
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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

When I used to wash my 70 the first thing I did was pit blue painters tape along the window fuzzies so water would not het into the doors and 1/4ís.

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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 20, 9:49 AM Thread Starter
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Not going to fault anyone that doesn't wash their car with water. However I am curious as to why one would be afraid to do so. Especially when talking about the.prima dona life style that most classic cars live.
I live in the rust belt and have been washing my daily drivers with.water for almost 50 years. Any rust that my cars have shown is a tribute to corrosive elements used on roads as opposed to washing with water. Also any corrosion is usually limited to areas that are affected by driving the car in moist, dirty conditions. Such as wheel wells, fender corners, etc.
I even wash my Chevelle with water once or possibly twice a year with water. Admittedly most of the time it doesn't get dirty enough to require washing with water.
If one takes measures to blow water from beneath moldings, etc. I can't see what damage washing with water does.
I've always thought same as you, I'd see these threads and just go pffttt.. I literally drench the cars I'm washing and myself with 0 cares besides removing all the dirt and getting the cars as clean as possible. My 64 is a basket case under the paint. I honestly believe they just sprayed heavy primer over original paint with 0 prep and smoothed it out. Since I've had the car and done several detailed washings rust bubbles in the doors, behind trim, etc have gotten worse. To try and limit the growth I've tried to switch to waterless washing which has become a serious chore. I feel it's grinding the dirt into the paint doing more damage than good. Even try to use a car cover to keep it clean in between, never done that before either. My garage sees a LOT of traffic and work, so there's always dust flying, grinding, quick dry throwing, cars pulling in and out, etc. Car gets extremely dirty if it just sits, I also drive it a lot so it doesn't stay clean long. I'll have to get a pic of how it sits right now, it's "clean" but extremely dusty even though I'm still driving it.

Thanks again for all the input, I'll stop by the store tonight to see if the Leno stuff is available. I know my local vatozone just started carrying chemical guys products.

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....And we use a leaf blower to dry. .
Man..don't use a leaf blower on your paint. That thing blows dirt and 2 cycle exhaust fumes at 100mph onto your paint job. Even if it's an electric leaf blower I would not use it...
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To try and limit the growth I've tried to switch to waterless washing which has become a serious chore. I feel it's grinding the dirt into the paint doing more damage than good. .
I can see where you would be concerned about getting your existing bodywork wet. I guess I was referring to a car that the bodywork is rust.free and in sound condition. After all on those type cars the paint and bodywork is in just as good condition under the moldings as it is on open paint work. Also I am not in the habit of using high pressure water but just enough to get it wet and then rinse off.
To be honest I have never used a waterless wash but depending upon how dirty the car is I would think one old be damaging the paint. Not talking about cleaning off light dust with detailer and a microfiber.
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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

hi
1### clay bar /Washing/compounding /waxing
OR
2#### Professional duster

Enemy
rust ,, dust corrosion [yes dust contaminates eventually eats everything it sits on ]
sitting water inside doors and on brake calipers etc etc

1
clay bar with detailer u can buy by the gallon
wash with Mothers car wash . It neutralises the tap water and canbe used for regular washes ie does not remove wax
Rupes Bigfoot 1 x compound 1x polish
Auto Glym -- Synthetic Hard wax
Mothers Synthetic Cannuba wax------------to paint and chrome

Synthetics last double the length of time

The wax is sacrificial to protect paint

Keep vehicle in tent with open ends for ventilation but a lot less airborne dust fallout.

NB any micro fibre used is used once and then washed in domestic washing machine

Only wash every 3-4mths
compound wax etc every 6-12mths
dust often every month
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hi
1### clay bar /Washing/compounding /waxing
OR
2#### Professional duster

Enemy
rust ,, dust corrosion [yes dust contaminates eventually eats everything it sits on ]
sitting water inside doors and on brake calipers etc etc

1
clay bar with detailer u can buy by the gallon
wash with Mothers car wash . It neutralises the tap water and canbe used for regular washes ie does not remove wax
Rupes Bigfoot 1 x compound 1x polish
Auto Glym -- Synthetic Hard wax
Mothers Synthetic Cannuba wax------------to paint and chrome

Synthetics last double the length of time

The wax is sacrificial to protect paint

Keep vehicle in tent with open ends for ventilation but a lot less airborne dust fallout.

NB any micro fibre used is used once and then washed in domestic washing machine

Only wash every 3-4mths
compound wax etc every 6-12mths
dust often every month
Are you washing a car or baking a cake.
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I clay bar and it removes all the surface grit you can feel with your hand. Just did it one time. Then I use the Mequires carnuba liquid wax with a Harbor Freight buffer. I have a car cover for indoors and never use it and I really like looking at my Baby every day when I enter the garage. That's the beauty of not driving it, being able to see it on a regular basis. Like a girl friend maybe? I dust it with microfiber cloths once a week. The old california duster has some kind of stuff in it that holds the dust and it builds up and eventually scratches the surface with fine scratches. I've shifted the Cali duster to just the engine compartment . No water ever.

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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

A bit of levity or annoying but the least of my car's worries is getting washed and rust from said attention. Maybe having junk is a bit of a blessing.
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...That's the beauty of not driving it, being able to see it on a regular basis. Like a girl friend maybe? ....
No girlfriend of mine stayed around when she wasn't being driven. I see your point but I'm unfortunately on the complete different spectrum. I don't appreciate things that sit, I'd rather be experiencing them.

If this car wasn't a rusted hulk under the paint I'd install A/C and make it my daily driver.

You can't find new spots, gain experiences, or enjoy your hard work without some recreation. I love driving the car around, see people smiling, answer questions, give rides, makes life great!


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