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Old 02-14-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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Question Washing the salt off the underside of your car :P

So I wanted to find a better way to wash the underside of my car, to get as much salt off of it as possible, and here is what I arrived at...

( I was going to a car wash, but I was not thrilled with how little water the wash was putting out.)

I use a sprinkler wand like this one:

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Except I found mine at Lowes for ~ 12$




I then stick it under the car, spraying upwards... ... I have been pondering if I could find any chemicals which might also help to neutralize the salt - but besides water, I can't think of what else to use.

I was curious if anyone else had figured out a better way to do it?
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:38 PM   #2
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Looks like a good option

I hit up a car wash if the car's real salty. I'd rather not spray water all over my driveway, then have it freeze.

The best thing to neutralize the salt is water.
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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Looks like a good option

I hit up a car wash if the car's real salty. I'd rather not spray water all over my driveway, then have it freeze.

The best thing to neutralize the salt is water.
lol this


Dont be cheap op, just go to a carwash that has underbody spray and pay 10$ to get your whole car washed.
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:41 PM   #4
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I drive it up on ramps and just use a regular hose and sprayer....
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:53 PM   #5
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^ what he said. If you dont have ramps and/or if the car is too low (cant go to a car wash), jack up the front and rear end and have at it.
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Old 02-14-2010, 04:19 PM   #6
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Simple Green would work well as a cleaner.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:28 PM   #7
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:35 PM   #8
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I've hit up a decent drive-thru wash a bunch of times this winter due to the salt that's been caked on my car. Chassis bath ftw!

Usually I wouldn't be caught dead at a drive-thru wash, but I've stopped being so anal in my old age.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:08 PM   #9
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full service drive thru car wash especially during this winter i need to get my car detailed though when spring hits, all this snow/salt is just baaaddd
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:59 PM   #10
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lol this

Dont be cheap op, just go to a carwash that has underbody spray and pay 10$ to get your whole car washed.
I am not being cheap, i don't care about paying for a car wash. There are two full service car washes near my home, and I was using them to wash the underside of the car, until I actually looked at what kind of pathetic job they did - the water that sprays up under the car has no pressure - which makes sense when you think about... they don't want to kill anyone's cars because they did a good job with an underbody spray.
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:26 AM   #11
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The only drive-thrus that I use are the touch free type. They do decent on a fairly clean car. For this type of weather, I would use a few layers of clothes a set of stands. Remove the wheels, get the wash bucket,brushes, and the creepr ready and get under there and begin scrubbing.

Yep, I'm the anal retentive, OCD type when it comes to cleaning the car.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:17 AM   #12
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The only drive-thrus that I use are the touch free type. They do decent on a fairly clean car. For this type of weather, I would use a few layers of clothes a set of stands. Remove the wheels, get the wash bucket,brushes, and the creepr ready and get under there and begin scrubbing.

Yep, I'm the anal retentive, OCD type when it comes to cleaning the car.
Me too!
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:59 AM   #13
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Toucheless washes do nothing. If I go to the carwash I like use the full contact giant-spinning-brillo-pad wash.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:25 AM   #14
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I've hit up a decent drive-thru wash a bunch of times this winter due to the salt that's been caked on my car. Chassis bath ftw!

Usually I wouldn't be caught dead at a drive-thru wash, but I've stopped being so anal in my old age.
Maybe using drive-thru is why my car looks like crap all the time.
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