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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 19, 1:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

Hey All,

I notice the more I wash the car, the more rust is showing up. My car is a trailer queen. ( literally!! Take a look! https://www.google.com/maps/@33.6891...7i13312!8i6656 )

In that it came from a single wide from down near the beach. Whomever painted this car needs to get strung up by .. anyway..

I've switched to trying keep the car clean using detailer spray and microfiber towels to clean it off, but feel like I'm doing a lot more harm than good. Doesn't look as clean, lot of static cling, sure I'm leaving scratches behind.

The paint is far from perfect. It has dents, dings, chips, rust bubbles, etc, but I've buffed it out and it does clean up for a decent 60 footer. What are ya'll using to keep your cars clean as you drive them without using water or is there no other way? What products / methods / practices?


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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

Water never touches my Chevelle unless I get into some nasty stuff.

I use the Mequires touch up and microfiber cloths. Don't press too hard. If you picked up muddy sandy debris, I'll wash off that section but not the whole car. The stuff I mostly clean off waterless is just fine dust. I go through a lot of fiber cloths, Do a first light wet pass to pick up dust, then rewet and use a second and third cloth to pick up and polish.

The car lives under a cover most of the time making touchups easier. Sometimes I lightly use a California car duster, but the will leave fine scratches if you get too hard on it.

When it gets scratchy, I use Mequires' ultimate compound by hand for the fine scratches, if it gets too bad, I'll use the Porter Cable rotary polisher and the same product.

It works for me.
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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

I've owned my "Trailer Queen" Chevelle for about 8 years.

Never washed it with water, only Quick Detail and convertible top cleaner and protectant.

Water and humidity is your enemy.
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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

Thank you all for the replies. Just wasn't sure if there was a better way than what I was doing.

I almost daily drive the chevelle sometimes so it does get pretty dirty sitting out all day long / taking daughter downtown at night / softball practice / etc. I do a light brush with california duster before I use the microfiber and detailer spray.

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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

Iíve used Griots Waterless Car wash for years .... Our 2013 Murano, 2003 Ranger, and the '66 never get washed...
Great stuff, and doesnít scratch...

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Water never touched my "66" since I've owned it, I use Dri wash n gaurd products. I have a recent post here with a couple of pics of my car,the results speak for themselves.Click image for larger version

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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

I use this and it works outrageously well,especially on red and black paint:
https://www.lenosgarage.com/collecti...nt=28319828553

I don't wash any of my toys.


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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

and careful of the "califonia duster'> after a while they can actually micro-scatch the paint. I ditched mine upon adivce from others, and use a clean microfibre to dust anymore.

With the dry wash method, a clay bar treatment every so often is also required. I will wash the car with dish soap every few years before i clay bar it and recoat with wax/sealer.

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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

Iíve been using Adamís waterless wash and microfiber towels with good results.


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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

Thanks everyone! First car I've ever owned that's falling apart from car washes. It's nice to hear all the different products / advice, really appreciate it!

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