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post #1 of 24 (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"?

I’ve used Griots Waterless Car wash for years .... Our 2013 Murano, 2003 Ranger, and the '66 never get washed...
Great stuff, and doesn’t 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"?

I’ve been using Adam’s 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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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

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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.
Just a heads up for Chris and anyone else that likes this stuff....

Was just in my local Autozone and they have it 50% off ($5). I picked up a bottle to try it out on a black car.
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 20, 7:43 AM
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I don’t ever use clay bar on any car. No dusters. Or any looped microfiber. Or ever wax on the stripes. I wash my cars coldest water with no sun lower half and wheels.
And we use a leaf blower to dry. . The Chevelle doesn’t get wet around window trim. My other cars are ceramic using correct pads with no circular motions small sections at a time. The ceramic is dabbed on body. If you have a lift it’s great to clean. Brake dust and cleaning wheels a pain.
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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

I park out in the hot sun. Let the car get real hot to open the molecules and loosen the ground in dirt. Then get a bucket of hot water and dip my clean cotton towel in it, wring it out so its damp and wipe the car down a panel at a time..

When finished, I put the car into the garage and get another bucket of hot water, dampen a new towel, then hit it with a quick mist of Behold Furniture polish and wipe it down a panel at a time... Just use a little on Base Coat Clear Coat, that poly is strong as steel and really needs nothing.
A few painters I know say waxing poly is a waste of time and money..

I've been doing this for decades...

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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

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.
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Re: Preferred method for waterless "washing"?

Brad, when I finally figured out the "river runs thru it" door drains, and saw how clean the folks at MCC keep their dry washed long haul cars, it made a convert out of me.

So the non-technical response is, why use water on old metal if you dont have to? And we simply don't have to. Too many good products out there to use water. But water is simple. And it is a free country.

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