Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
 
JUICEDMOTORSPORTS
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com > Technical Camaro Topics > Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-05-2009, 11:37 AM   #18
beowulf80
 
beowulf80's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 2SS / RS MT, IBM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Yorkville IL
Posts: 180
On a friend's recommendation I tried using a new, clean, soft squeegie (sp?). Worked like a charm, got most of the moisture off. The rest I was able to get with a single 100% cotton bath towel. So much of the water is already off that that the single towel is barely damp. For crevices I blow them off with compressed air then wipe them down. Just started using Zaino, so I'm wiping down with Z-6 after. Looks great!
beowulf80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 03:42 PM   #19
2SSONLY
 
2SSONLY's Avatar
 
Drives: FAST!
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: The Last Frontier
Posts: 480
Quote:
Originally Posted by rolnslo View Post
You should look into getting one of the Mr. Clean AutoDry systems. http://www.mrclean.com/en_US/home.do

Our water is extremely hard also (tons of iron coming straight out of the well). I've been using the Mr. Clean AutoDry just for the water filtering ability. It works really well for me in removing the mineral deposits from the water before it hits my trucks. Replacement filters are about $7-$8 each and mine last for about 5 washes instead of the 10 uses it says on the package but it's still cheaper than going to a local car wash.
Thanks, saw something on another thread about filters. Will check into them. Another thread on washing black camaros. I don't have a good place to wash out of the sun so as summer heats up, may have to hog a wash bay at a car wash and can then use their spot free rinse.
__________________
#5336, 6M, Racing Bone Stock; lookn' to spoil.
can't cut a light...can't run the number...can't even quit.
2SSONLY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 04:00 PM   #20
smitty912
 
smitty912's Avatar
 
Drives: 2007 G6 GT
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Auburn Hills, MI
Posts: 42
California Water Blade ftw
smitty912 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 04:06 PM   #21
Milk 1027
Camaro➎ moderator
 
Milk 1027's Avatar
 
Drives: '13 BLK 1LE
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: AZ
Posts: 13,515
the problem for me when using a towel, is that sometimes it's so hot outside, that the sun dries the back side of the car, before I'm done with the front. or vice versa. Leaving water droplettes, and making me have to wash it again.
__________________
Milk 1027 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 04:26 PM   #22
GMtothecore
"That Guy"
 
GMtothecore's Avatar
 
Drives: Camaro SS...........what else?
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: OOOOOOOklahoma where the wind comes sweepin' down the plains.
Posts: 2,361
Quote:
Originally Posted by Milk 1027 View Post
the problem for me when using a towel, is that sometimes it's so hot outside, that the sun dries the back side of the car, before I'm done with the front. or vice versa. Leaving water droplettes, and making me have to wash it again.
...that happens to me all the time.
__________________
GMtothecore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 05:57 PM   #23
hb-rocks
 
hb-rocks's Avatar
 
Drives: Chevy
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: HB CA
Posts: 567
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2SSONLY View Post
Thanks, saw something on another thread about filters. Will check into them. Another thread on washing black camaros. I don't have a good place to wash out of the sun so as summer heats up, may have to hog a wash bay at a car wash and can then use their spot free rinse.
doood...just go buy one of those big Costco Patio Umbrella's that's sorta "Cantileverd" and use it as shade cover when you spend a hour or 2 out washing your baby....!


hb-rocks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 08:41 PM   #24
bcannan354
 
bcannan354's Avatar
 
Drives: 1968 Camaro
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Naples,Florida
Posts: 184
I like to take it for a ride to dry it off. Just drive it down the road at 70 MPH or about 5 minutes and it is completely dry. Nothing ever had to touch the car = no marks. Mom told me to work smart, not hard.
bcannan354 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 08:43 PM   #25
jr_hoyt
J-Rock
 
jr_hoyt's Avatar
 
Drives: 2001 Yellow Ford Focus
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Duncan, Oklahoma
Posts: 121
Quote:
Originally Posted by CamaroHutch View Post
SHAM-WOW Towels while wearing a SNUGGIE!!
Yeah, and if the Sham-Wow scratches the finish, just use some Mighty puty to fill it in!
__________________
My current ride: 2001 Ford Focus, ZX-3, Banana Yellow
My future ride: 2010 2LT, w/ RS, Rally Yellow w/ black rally stripes; Order # NKMNP5
DESTINY?! I THINK SO!!!

jr_hoyt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 08:44 PM   #26
Thrillz


 
Thrillz's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 Charger R/T / 2012 Dodge Ram
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ontario
Posts: 2,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by rolnslo View Post
You should look into getting one of the Mr. Clean AutoDry systems. http://www.mrclean.com/en_US/home.do

Our water is extremely hard also (tons of iron coming straight out of the well). I've been using the Mr. Clean AutoDry just for the water filtering ability. It works really well for me in removing the mineral deposits from the water before it hits my trucks. Replacement filters are about $7-$8 each and mine last for about 5 washes instead of the 10 uses it says on the package but it's still cheaper than going to a local car wash.
It will help a bit with the water but this system is kinda bleh. My wife bought it as a gift as she know detailing is my thing but if u use it per directions which i did u will not get a great looking wash. The wash mitt and the soap is garbage. The soap dispensing is laughable at best. Changing the setting is really annoying as well. I have 2 black cars they dont lie. The water is not bad in these parts and it turned out very streaky. Foam gun with fire nozzle using 2 bucket method still only way to fly imo. As for my mr clean its collecting dust. Btw u can use other brand soaps u dont have to use that crap they tell u to use. U pay 10 bucks for a little bottle of soap plus there $10 filters its a pricey toy for a less then average wash no thanks .Sorry folks there is no free lunch washing and drying a car properly. U gota put some time and effort into it.
Thrillz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 09:29 PM   #27
GeorgiaSS
 
GeorgiaSS's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 SS RJT.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by smitty912 View Post
California Water Blade ftw
and a leaf blower, then wipe down the few spots that are left with a 100%cotton towel. Takes 5 minutes. the blower will blow all the water around the doors, door handles and trunk away. Most of the runs you get after you drive down the road will be gone.
__________________
07 Trailblazer SS
13:60 @ 102 mph.
GeorgiaSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 11:46 PM   #28
rolnslo
Rolling along...
 
rolnslo's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 2SS/RS SGM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 4,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thrillz View Post
It will help a bit with the water but this system is kinda bleh. My wife bought it as a gift as she know detailing is my thing but if u use it per directions which i did u will not get a great looking wash. The wash mitt and the soap is garbage. The soap dispensing is laughable at best. Changing the setting is really annoying as well. I have 2 black cars they dont lie. The water is not bad in these parts and it turned out very streaky. Foam gun with fire nozzle using 2 bucket method still only way to fly imo. As for my mr clean its collecting dust. Btw u can use other brand soaps u dont have to use that crap they tell u to use. U pay 10 bucks for a little bottle of soap plus there $10 filters its a pricey toy for a less then average wash no thanks .Sorry folks there is no free lunch washing and drying a car properly. U gota put some time and effort into it.


There's a reason I said I only use it for filtering rinse water. You nailed every reason not to use it for actually washing the car with their soap. Works fine for filtering the minerals out of my water when washing my black Expedition.
__________________
rolnslo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2009, 11:58 PM   #29
UCF w00t
Geek
 
UCF w00t's Avatar
 
Drives: IOM 2010 Camaro 2SS
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Orlando
Posts: 4,452
Quote:
Originally Posted by rolnslo View Post


There's a reason I said I only use it for filtering rinse water. You nailed every reason not to use it for actually washing the car with their soap. Works fine for filtering the minerals out of my water when washing my black Expedition.
To be honest, I use it and like it. But then again, I'm not as anal as you guys appear to be. Works fine for my needs and is much easier than dragging out a bucket and other crap. In FL, especially during summer, it's going to rain again within a day so no point in going nuts with the wash heh.
UCF w00t is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2009, 07:35 AM   #30
Thrillz


 
Thrillz's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 Charger R/T / 2012 Dodge Ram
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ontario
Posts: 2,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by UCF w00t View Post
To be honest, I use it and like it. But then again, I'm not as anal as you guys appear to be. Works fine for my needs and is much easier than dragging out a bucket and other crap. In FL, especially during summer, it's going to rain again within a day so no point in going nuts with the wash heh.

Honestly i wish it was a great product for the average consumer but it isnt. If your all about speed i can do it the the usual way in not too much time then using mr clean. For drying a car i use my leaf blower and a drying towel it takes no time at all. I then go over the car with some detail spray and call it a day. I Just dont like doing a half azz job when doing things like i said i have 2 black cars they dont lie about products if there good or bad.
Thrillz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2009, 08:45 AM   #31
2010 SS RS

 
2010 SS RS's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 2SS/RS IBM Black Polished
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 2,108
Place a small paper filter over the air intake to protect from getting debris into the blower. A painters dust mask works great with a little duct tape. Then your blower will be much safer to use. This is pretty important subject cause this car wash activity is a daily maintainence item. If towels are used blot dry method is the only way to protect against scratches. Careful when using car washes as most use re-used water and you are throwing someone elses dirt on your car under high pressure. Spot free rinse is kerosene added to water...yuk! 2SSONLY you are doing the right thing by finding what works for you. When you find a method you dont mind it becomes fun rather than a chore. Hey chimps groom each other so there is no reason you cant groom your Camaro every day right!
__________________
418 Stroker, 621RWHP 648 lbs TORQUE Built by Laramie GM Auto Center Tuned by Nick at Mac Autosport. EForce SC, 2 3/4pulley,LPE dual fuel pump, JRE Twin fuel rail upgrade, posi clutch kit, RX oilcatch can and breather, Callies Compstar crankshaft and rods, Racing bearings, CP -13.8 race pistons, steel rings, Comp Cams X6 blower cam, Springs, HD timing chain and tensioner, Doug Thorley Tri Y LT headers, 89.7lb injectors, RPM rollbar, DSS1400 shafts, Simpson 5 pt harness, BMR Toe rods and trailing arms, led lights, RPM input and output shafts
2010 SS RS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2009, 09:26 AM   #32
Sixtyniner
Member
 
Sixtyniner's Avatar
 
Drives: 010 2SS/LS3
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Posts: 124
I'v been using a blower for years, learned about from my local Harley dealer, works great, no damage. Just be careful with the snout. The Mr. Clean filter system works great too if you're on well water. Happy washing!!
__________________
____________________________
Sixtyniner

VR 2SS/RS LS3

Pace Setter LT Headers
Magnaflow 3" Comp Exhaust
MSD Wires
Roto-Fab CAI
Hurst Short Throw
Tune - Speed Inc.
BMR 4 pt Strut Tower Brace

Sixtyniner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2009, 09:18 PM   #33
2SSONLY
 
2SSONLY's Avatar
 
Drives: FAST!
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: The Last Frontier
Posts: 480
Quote:
Originally Posted by hb-rocks View Post
doood...just go buy one of those big Costco Patio Umbrella's that's sorta "Cantileverd" and use it as shade cover when you spend a hour or 2 out washing your baby....!


Not a bad suggestion but the wind here would have that thing 25 miles away before I could drop the hose to try to grab it. Maybe I could sandbag the base to anchor it.

Lots of good suggestions on this thread. Like Larry said, everyone's just got to get a system. BTW Larry, the blot method doesn't work for me. Could see the borders of the chamois.

Yep, I'm reading as many posts as possible and trying suggestions. I'm trying the leaf blower next time.
__________________
#5336, 6M, Racing Bone Stock; lookn' to spoil.
can't cut a light...can't run the number...can't even quit.
2SSONLY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2009, 09:28 PM   #34
Nexus6
More human than human
 
Nexus6's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 IOM 2SS/RS
Join Date: May 2008
Location: The mouth of hell
Posts: 1,890
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2SSONLY View Post
Not a bad suggestion but the wind here would have that thing 25 miles away before I could drop the hose to try to grab it. Maybe I could sandbag the base to anchor it.

Lots of good suggestions on this thread. Like Larry said, everyone's just got to get a system. BTW Larry, the blot method doesn't work for me. Could see the borders of the chamois.

Yep, I'm reading as many posts as possible and trying suggestions. I'm trying the leaf blower next time.
Do you really want to risk that thing falling on your car? i wouldnt even trust it being sandbagged.The only thing short of bolting it down would make me nervous.
__________________

1100 - 10/22/2008
3000 - 05/27/2009
3300 - 06/06/2009
3800 - 06/29/2009
4B00 - 06/29/2009

Warehouse 13 survivor

Blood stains,speed kills,fast cars,cheap thrills,rich women,fine wine,i lost my sense i lost control i lost my
mind.
Nexus6 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Washing/Detailing for Newbies MRK III Z28 Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection 119 10-27-2015 05:01 PM
What's considered a Muscle Car? SyN General Automotive + Other Cars Discussion 125 09-25-2010 01:04 AM
The Journey greenrail 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 16 05-29-2009 08:43 AM
NEW!! Voice Your MARKETING Suggestions/Input for Focus Group on 2010 Camaro. Mr. Wyndham 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 114 05-08-2008 10:24 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.