Washing the car in the sunshine
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08-15-2016, 03:40 AM #1
Washing the car in the sunshine
Around here in Arizona, the opportunities to wash a car in the "shade" or on an overcast day are rare. So, what I've come up with is this:
I use the hose and the Meguiar's soap (plus other products like Rain-X bug-b-gone or whatever its called) to wash the car as normal. Of course, the sun dries up the (super hard) water leaving deposits. I take a towel to the body and dry off what is still wet. Then, I go over it with quick detailer to get rid of the spots.
I just go sick of waiting for an overcast day... the car was getting caked with dirt (especially after two trips home from work in the rain).
Anyway, just an idea if you otherwise have the time on a hot sunny day to wash the car.
08-21-2016, 07:34 AM #2
If I don't feel like moving vehicles,boats,quads around in my shop to give me some extra room to wash a vehicle out of the sunlight, I just use the garage. Move my wife's Terrain out, and have at it.
If you don't have a garage, carport or some way to get out of the sun, ask a friend or a co-worker to use their garage/shop for a while and buy them a 6 pack. Those deposits being left as water spots will eventually become harder and harder to remove until they do permanent damage to your paint. Especially being baked on in the sunlight.
08-21-2016, 12:07 PM #3
The ez up tents are a good option. You may want to consider a rinseless wash option that will give you the ability to work panel by panel. Optimum No Rinse is a good one to use.2002 Artic White SS 35th Wheels|Full Hotchkis Suspension|Koni SA|Magnaflow CME|SLP lid|www.fquick.com/The_Guz
08-21-2016, 06:01 PM #4
Yeah, I have a garage, but I have other stuff in there that I don't want getting blasted with the hose.
Anyway, that's why I go with the quick detailer spray afterwards: to remove the deposits so that they don't accumulate. Car sleeps in the garage during the hottest times of day anyway.Lid, Throttle Body, LS6 Intake, Stage 1 Heads, Mild Cam, Magnaflow Cat-Back, LS7 Clutch, SFCs, STB, Panhard Bar, Strano Springs, Strano Sway Bars, LCAs, Konis (F), Bilstiens (R), MGW Shifter
09-10-2016, 05:49 AM #5
You can always wait until the sun goes down or wash it before the sun comes up.2002 Firebird Formula - 5.7 Liter - "Last of the Breed"
10-07-2016, 04:08 PM #6
[QUOTE=024mula;2954702]You can always wait until the sun goes down or wash it before the sun comes up.
Thats what I was going to suggest......We are sunny and Hot most of the year so.....I just wait until sunset and wash away.....From what Ive always understood and stand by....The best results and whats best for your paint is to NEVER wash it in the hot sun or when the hood or whole car surface is hot to the touch...yeah hard water streaks and so on can be rubbed out but why bother..?Same goes for waxing and polishing.
10-11-2016, 03:42 PM #7
10-11-2016, 07:33 PM #8
Black Paint always looks good on almost any car! Its one of the best colors to have ....Everything looks so sleek and shiny... I almost went for a black SS but as I already new and friends that paint for a living told me black shows any and all imperfections in the bodywork of the car and easily shows any scratches,chips and dirt/dust..... So with that being said and mainly because im very very anal when it comes to the things I mentioned I decided against it..Im way too picky when it comes to paint ...So I can imagine water spots from hard water (which we have here...very hard) and other things that come with black.....Its still one of my favorites for cars,,But I am more then pleased with the SOM that I chose,,,Its really a unique color shines like a diamond in a goats ass even when its not highly polished I just love it. As Naaman mentioned I also use Meguiars Quick Detail in between polishing and waxing it really does wonders if some of the water dries and causes any deposits..Great stuff.
10-15-2016, 06:10 AM #9
10-15-2016, 05:49 PM #10
One of these days, I will install a whole-house water softener (due to the age/type of plumbing, it's an all or nothing deal at my house). Until then, I'm pretty much stuck spraying gravel out of the hose.
10-15-2016, 06:17 PM #11
Last edited by SuperSSguy; 10-15-2016 at 06:20 PM.
10-15-2016, 06:22 PM #12
[QUOTE=Naaman;2956474]One of these days, I will install a whole-house water softener (due to the age/type of plumbing, it's an all or nothing deal at my house). Until then, I'm pretty much stuck spraying gravel out of the hose OH MAN THAT SUCKS......
Last edited by SuperSSguy; 10-15-2016 at 06:26 PM.
10-16-2016, 06:40 AM #13
Here is what I use, originaly I bought it for drinking water but later I used the filtered water on the car and I am truly amazed everly time I use it but since I have a silver car I really don't do it all the time.
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I still use it for drinking water.
Last edited by 024mula; 10-16-2016 at 06:46 AM.
10-16-2016, 10:08 PM #14
Same here. In fact, the exact same size is what I have in my kitchen.
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