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Old 07-09-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Daily/weekly desert dust maintenance, what do you do?

Desert dust. What do you do for regular maintenance? I use the California Duster almost daily, or at minimum every other day. I just don't want to wait 'till the end of the week to wash it as I'm afraid it will start to cake on. Don't want to really use a QD every day, though I would still use the duster first.

What do you do and how often? Not talking about wax choices as there's already plenty of threads on that. This is more about that crap dust that takes only 8 hours to accumulate.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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I don't do **** because it's a waste of time during the summer monsoons.

You wash or "dust" your car and the thing is dirty hours later wether it's the dust or rain. So I don't even bother in the summer.

Just my $.02
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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As much as I want to give in to my OCD tendencies, the facts are hard. I have a Crystal Black car and its caked within 24 hours. It's been like 3 or 4 weeks since I've touched it lol
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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Even without the monsoon, you know that it literally is covered form one 8 hour work shift parked outside. Seriously though, on a clean car the California Duster does a great daily job. Just curious if anyone else had any ideas.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:46 PM   #5
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I too use the duster. It's really apparent on the windows.

maybe i am lucky, since i park in south scottsdale underground parking 3 floors down.

Couldnt be anymore perfect
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:00 AM   #6
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Garage it and drive the work truck. but yeah I feel like every time I drive it it gets dusty just being out for a few hours. I too employ the Cali duster and even have the small one for the inside lol.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:41 AM   #7
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I wash my car on a sunday and then on Monday when I get off work I get inside my dirty car...
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #8
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Yeah, wash day is usually Saturday after the sun is behind house. I just don't want to wait for a full week's of this desert crap to accumulate.

Can ONR or ONR WW be uses on a dusty car or will it rub the dust in the paint?
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:57 AM   #9
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Is this a 2013 thing? Washing your car every week and wiping it down every day? Sounds like a PITA for a tarted up econobox.

Even when my car was brand new, I'd wash it maybe once a month or every 2000 miles, whatever came first. When I was still driving the car, I would wax it up with fresh wax every two months and that was about it.

My current DD? I've washed it twice in the 2 years I've owned the car. I'm not even kidding.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:12 PM   #10
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Yeah, wash day is usually Saturday after the sun is behind house. I just don't want to wait for a full week's of this desert crap to accumulate.

Can ONR or ONR WW be uses on a dusty car or will it rub the dust in the paint?
Yes, you can use either. I like this stuff better for a waterless wash
http://www.autogeek.net/ultima-water...ncentrate.html

Depending on which of my cars, I actually almost never wash it conventionally. Just with a waterless wash, then top it with spray wax(something like DG aquawax). If **** is really grimey, or it has seen rain I will wash it.

Main thing is you keep rotating to clean sides of the microfiber, and keep everything lubricated.

This car literally saw water maybe once in 2 years of ownership.





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Is this a 2013 thing? Washing your car every week and wiping it down every day? Sounds like a PITA for a tarted up econobox.

Even when my car was brand new, I'd wash it maybe once a month or every 2000 miles, whatever came first. When I was still driving the car, I would wax it up with fresh wax every two months and that was about it.

My current DD? I've washed it twice in the 2 years I've owned the car. I'm not even kidding.
I dunno. I am anal. I like keeping my stuff looking new. I also change cars a lot so it makes selling stuff MUCH easier, when my cars look minty.

Although at times I do think of getting a beater so I only have to worry about 1 car.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #11
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Yes, you can use either. I like this stuff better for a waterless wash
http://www.autogeek.net/ultima-water...ncentrate.html

Depending on which of my cars, I actually almost never wash it conventionally. Just with a waterless wash, then top it with spray wax(something like DG aquawax). If **** is really grimey, or it has seen rain I will wash it.
So... just a little dirty, not sealed in with rain/mud, you can just spray down your car with this stuff (diluted) and wipe off, and voila, clean car? No rinsing down the car first? Hell, if I don't have to commit to being in the sun and how long washing the car takes (I have low back issues), I could actually keep my car clean.

Like right now, it's too dirty (imo) to try to wipe down with a duster (which I've never found useful, as it just seems to move the dust around, but I probably have a crappy duster thingy). I could do the waterless wash thing? I mean, how not-dirty does it need to be to use the waterless stuff and not scrape the hell out of the paint?
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:31 PM   #12
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I am not really sure how to quantify the amount of dust/dirt would be "too much" for me personally. I would say use your best judgement.

But if you were to do it once or twice a week, and the car just saw normal driving, it should be ok.

Main thing for me is using GOOD microfiber towels(folded in 1/4's), keep rotating to clean areas of the towel, and then changing out once soiled.

Another thing is I don't use the same towel on the lower portion of the car. On a wrx probably about that raised area of the door, down, I would use different towels. Those areas usually pick up more crap.


After I clean the whole car like that I will go over it with something like this.
http://www.autogeek.net/duragloss-aquawax--951.html

If the car is a bit more soiled you can use Optimum No rinse(bucket method) in the garage.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:33 PM   #13
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Oooh.
Okay, this is awesome.
I could have a clean car on a regular basis! Woo!
So, give the car a good proper wash, and then maintain weekly with the garage waterless washing. I can dig it.
Thank you.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #14
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I wash it in the rain, spot free rinse... then again, it doesn't rain mud here.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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Sounds like a PITA for a tarted up econobox.

My current DD? I've washed it twice in the 2 years I've owned the car. I'm not even kidding.
Yeah, it can be a pain, but so it mowing the lawn, cleaning debris from gravel/desert landscaping, and trimming trees. It's just what you do to take care of your things. Not like the dregs that wouldn't know a car wash if they ran in to one.

I work with a guy who goes to Francis & Son's a couple times a month. He thinks his white car seems to look okay, but it feels like sandpaper, the paint is crap after less than 2 years.

It's a pride of ownership thing, if you let the car go and don't take regular care of it it'll never look good again without professional intervention. If you clean it regularly it's always easier to keep it that way. I liked that my '05 WRX was still shiny and silky smooth the day I sold it.
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