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Old 11-14-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default Suggestions for cleaning car from snow/road grime?

We recently moved to Colorado with our 2008 Forester XT Dark Gray, just in time for a few snow falls. This past Monday we drove up to Keystone to get in a few early ski season runs. Now that we've returned home the car looks like hell (super thick dirt across the back end and sides). I'm looking for advise on 2 fronts:

1) Rust Prevention - I'm assuming they put salt on the Colorado roads, or something that may not be good for the under body of the car. Should I simply 'try my best' at spraying under the car with a pressure washer? The goal being, get everything wet to dilute the corrosive effect.

2) Swirl/Scratch the paint - Should I just power wash the car several times and then let it air dry each time? Do not use a rag, towel, bucket wash, etc? I read a few posts where people suggested doing this to decrease paint damage.

I imagine the advise given here will help me through the winter since I plan to visit the mountains once a week through the winter.

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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http://www.autogeek.net/winter-car-care.html

Hope this helps a little bit.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #3
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Thank you for the link, I'll give it a read later today. In the mean time I power rinsed the car for 4 minutes and let it air dry. The top layer of crud came off and I can finally see out of the windows again

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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in the winter time i'll take the car to a touchless car wash to get the grime/salt off the paint and the undercarriage. it wont exactly clean the car 100% without doing a good handwash. i'm assuming you guys have a shop/garage and having a rinseless shampoo could make it easier to keep the car nice and clean for the winter.

also instead of wiping the car clean with a chamois try using the patting dry technique then drying with another MF towel. (if car is clean without leftover dirt/contaminant risking scratching & swirling)
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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itstony - it's funny you mention the rinseless shampoo as I was just reading about it. It sounds a bit too good to be true. Simply apply it from a bucket and that is it? Have you used the rinseless before? I figured soap film would be left behind.

My personal car is without garage currently so doing a full cleaning in doors is not an optoin this winter

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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yeah ive used it plenty of times. if it makes you feel more safe using it, you can make a bottle of it and spray down the grime first and you can see the filth kind of drip right off. using light to no pressure on the wash mitt will also help ensure no swirls.

ive used it at a wash bay before even tho youre not suppose to use buckets
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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I have done a road trip to Canada during winter/new years and my car was in the same situation.

My steps :
1. rinsing the car with just water from hose/pressure washer (under carriage also)
2. spraying the car down with suds from hose/pressure washer
3. car soap, bucket w/ grit guard, and washing mitt (wipe in a downward motion from top to bottom in one stroke)
4. repeat steps 1-3
5. spray Iron X to remove metal deposits from car surface.
6. rinse off iron x

you can stop here if you feel that it is clean enough, if not proceed to final steps.

7. clay if needed
8. seal/wax

Car is clean right?wrong this is after rinsing/suds/washing






Roof of car



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