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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / FDP auto detailers and obsessive vehicle owners: what do you do in extreme cold?

RKSTRAT
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Jan 2nd, 2018 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile  


So, needless to say it is very cold. We had a blast of snow on Saturday and I ended up driving on the highway...behind a salt truck.
Highway driving generally results in a salt spray all over the car.

I only use the hand wash car wash. But it has been closed due to the cold temps. There might be a window of opportunity on Thursday,
as it will climb up to 29 degrees. But more snow after that perhaps.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wash my LLC twice a year so I'm no use to you. I was thinking of getting a detail this spring as the vehicle has only been washed 20-25 times in the years I've owned it (since December of 2009).

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Jan 2nd, 2018 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am not that particular, so I just go through the car wash, which seems to always open despite the cold (they only close for precipitation).

Once you can't see out of the windows because of the salt, you know its time. Its likely time for me now, but with snow scheduled for tomorrow night, maybe I will just go by the gas station and squeegee.

I wash mine much more in the winter because of the salt. In the fair weather months, I can forget to do it for months at a time.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

We have a great hand car wash near in town, hit that when it suits and run a low pressure hose over it a couple of times a week. Mainly to remove mud. Underside gets steam cleaned twice a year and sprayed with oil. Then some fresh water when hosing it down.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Most guys that I know who obsess over their vehicles and scooters do the same thing: they don't take their 'good' vehicles out of the garage unless the sun is out and the sky is blue.

They have a beater for all the other days.

You can spot these vehicles from a mile away. Everything is perfect on them. They even q-tip the joints in the body panels.

It's always entertaining when one of these goobs is really tailgating me on the road. It's when I notice my windshield could use a squirt of washer fluid.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

It was 4 degrees the other day when we were visiting in Omaha, so I drove it through the auto car wash (yes, with brushes! horrors! but this car is a 10 year old Hyundai Santa Fe).

After going through the wash, which included the "power air dry" at the end, I pulled over in the gas station and took a rag to all the door seals and tailgate. Then I made sure I opened all the doors about 20-30 minutes later to make sure nothing was frozen shut.

Drove home to Minnesota over the weekend - and it's filthy again! So there you go!

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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

"It's always entertaining when one of these goobs is really tailgating me on the road. It's when I notice my windshield could use a squirt of washer fluid."

Oh, so you were the guy that squirted me :-).

BTW, when there is a leaf blowing crew out in the street, I
give them the evil eye. They stop and let me pass.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I saw you wave at me. You didn't use all your fingers :o)

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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

It’s very hard to maintain a clean vehicle up here with the heavily salted streets and highways. I use the touchless wash every couple of weeks.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

The good news is that chemical action from the salt is MUCH slower at very cold temperatures.

That's why parking your salt-covered car in a heated garage is NOT a good idea unless you plan to wash it very soon.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use to be a "clean car guy" and had a quarter car wash near me that had a heated floor in each of the bays, so I could use them anytime.

But now I live at the end of 1.5 miles of dirt road, so I've had to get over it. Too dusty.

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