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Old 11-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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Wash in winter?

I got a question for all you guys who drive your camaros (or other nicer car) during the winter. How do you guys wash it? I just got a new daily driver, and unlike the beater i had before, this thing is pretty nice. I dont like taking my cars to a car wash cause they either use jets with way-too-high pressure, or brushes that press way too hard, and every time i used to go to a regular car wash, more paint would be stripped off my car, and it would just look worse. Plus, i dont have money for them anyways. I wash all my cars by hand, but last winter i just had my beater, and i never washed that. But now i have a nice truck, and id like to wash it during the winter, but cant figure out how to do it on my own. My hose isnt heated, and its disconnected in the winter anyways Any suggestions, BESIDES going to a car wash? Thanks!!
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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Depends on how cold it is. I will either go to an automatic touchless car wash or go to the pay and spray car wash.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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Sorry, can't help ya much.

I bought a winter car (2005 Explorer) that I am not really concerned with the exterior condition. I have no problem running this through the car wash all winter long.

On the bright side, it will give me something to practice my porter cable and swirl removal stuff on in the spring!
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #4
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Not my Camaro, but when I drove my Monte in the winter I always waited for a warmer day that all the snow was melting a bit, then I'd wash her down and dry it and that was about it..

In Wisconsin it was always too cold to throw some quick wax on her or anything like that.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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I don't see where you have many options. It's either drive through wash or the .25 (more like $2 now) wash just to knock off the gunk ...
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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My Camaro is parked in the winter, but my wife drives her Audi Q5. Any day I am off work and its at freezing or above is a day I wash her car! Underneath, in the wheel wells, and the exterior....just to get the salt, slush, and winter shit off it even if its only for a day. I put the hose in the basement to melt any ice so its full speed ahead the day I want to wash.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:30 AM   #7
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My Camaro is parked in the winter, but my wife drives her Audi Q5. Any day I am off work and its at freezing or above is a day I wash her car! Underneath, in the wheel wells, and the exterior....just to get the salt, slush, and winter shit off it even if its only for a day. I put the hose in the basement to melt any ice so its full speed ahead the day I want to wash.
+1 You'll have to wait for a day above freezing. Keep your hose unfrozen or hit up the do it your self car wash if their is one near by. The touchless washes genearlly won't get all the salt and dirt off your car anyway. A little bit of wax goes a long way to, make sure to toss a coat on there before its to late.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:43 AM   #8
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Optimum no rinse, two bucket method works really good for winter washes!
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:47 AM   #9
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Greetings to Fond du Lac! Where it is seriously cold.
This will be my fourth winter driving my Camaro and it is my daily driver. Like many of the good suggestions above, the fall prep work will pay off big time. Make sure it is waxed good and I also use a clear seal protectant. I will wash it during the winter in a totally touchless car wash as needed just to get a layer or two off, and they spray salt solution around here like crazy. I have had no problems that I couldn't fix in the spring with some more waxing, buffing or polishing. I use all Zaino products but I'm sure any high end products should help.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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Optimum no rinse, two bucket method works really good for winter washes!
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This!! CamaroDream turned me on to this. Its awesome.You can do so many different thing with it. Rinseless wash,clay bar lube,waterless wash,detail spray....Its great!!! I dont know if I would use it if your car was REAL dirty though. My car doesnt ever get real dirty so I really dont know how good it would work like that.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #11
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I wash mine inside the garage if it is too cold.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:04 PM   #12
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http://www.adamsforums.com/forums/wa...-bar/15165.htm

This is the exact process I use to wash my 08 HHR SS daily beater in the winter!
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #13
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I've never heard of it, but it looks like a really good option.
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I've never heard of it, but it looks like a really good option.
Trust me it works awesomely! Cant wrong with opt wash n shine

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Old 11-07-2012, 04:11 PM   #15
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Not sure how adept at plumbing you are, but I customized my outside water spigot with both hot and cold water and the ability to mix it to whatever temp I want. So as long as I have and unfrozen hose, I am good to shower my cars with hot steamy wash water.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #16
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I honestly don't understand while people are hesitant to use the "pay and spray". I have used them exclusively for the last 7 years, and they work very well and leave no damage if used with common sense. My car doesn't have any swirls or issues since the initial finish problems.

I recommend it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #17
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A lot of pay n' spray places have heated water... if you take your own supplies you can do a very good detail a few times a winter. This will be my first winter in CO so this is the route I'll be going for my truck when the weather gets really sloppy.

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:31 PM   #18
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one more vote for a waterless wash or rinseless wash.

Here are some good examples:

Ultima Waterless Wash
Optimum No rinse
Pinnacle Waterless wash with carnauba
Pinnacle Rinseless wash with carnauba
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:53 PM   #19
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Thanks a bunch guys! I dont like regular washes, touchless or otherwise, because they make a small paint chip/rust spot/other imperfections much larger or more noticable. And my new truck is very nice in comparison to what i was driving before, but its still 18 years old and from WI. Theres a little rust, and paint scratches and whatnot. After what care washes did to my camaro, i never want to go back to one of those again. Over the summer i just washed the camaro and the burb at the same time, but i dont drive the camaro during the winter anymore, and actually have a vehicle im concerned about for my DD!
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:57 PM   #20
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Last winter was my 1st attempt at not using car washes in the winter. Black Camaro in Chicago weather scared me, but these forums helped. I end up going with a 2 bucket method (both filled with hot water from house) and the Optimun no-rinse. That stuff is pretty amazing and slick. I used multiple MF large towels per job, and just took my time lightly removing dirt and salt in small sections at a time, and rinsing out well in rinse bucket, followed by pat drying. Minimimal swirling by spring, but just did a light re-polish, which I planned on doing every spring anyways.

My tip is to get a pair of long waterproof gloves, as the water I used was hot, but would get cold by time I was done.
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