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#1 OFFLINE   wamba2000

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

This Saturday it was partly sunny and into the 70's in Phoenix (sorry if you are in cold country, you can laugh next August when we melt), so took advantage by giving the C-Max a bgath, claybar'd the exterior and a coat of Mother's polish.  Got inside and cleaned the windows, dusted, and wiped down the vinyl plus dressed the tires.

 

I think it runs better!!

 

 

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#2 OFFLINE   RachelnLa

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:56 PM

Bright and shiny!!

#3 OFFLINE   Joey

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

Nice job!  How long did it take you?



#4 OFFLINE   wamba2000

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:26 PM

Joey, I washed the car with Dawn dishwashing detergent first and rinsed thouroughly ( Dawn is very alkaline and will  remove any wax/polish applied by dealer wash, etc.)  The claybar was pretty fast, due to there being no oxidation and the surface was warmed by the sun a bit.  Then buffed the detailer Mothers recommends off, and applied the polish.  Let it glaze up and then did a little window cleaning inside and out, dressed the tires, etc.

 

All told, probably a 2.5 hour job, maybe 3.  I washed my wife's car while the polish was setting up.

 

Sure looks nice and I had a good chance to examine the paint job, nothing to complain about.!



#5 OFFLINE   Jus-A-CMax

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:17 AM

I did that to Max as soon as I got her back. 3 hrs of luvin elbow grease, got all the crap off her that accumulated from the train/trucks and sitting in the car yard.



#6 OFFLINE   pomtrey

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

so jealous of all of you who can wash and wax yr own car. we live in brooklyn and really don't have anywhere to do that. the options, as i see them, are either a "hand wash" for $40-$50 or one of the drive thru car washes. i am afraid to do the drive thru cause of the damage it might do to the paint job. and can't really afford the hand wash as much as needed. our Gracie is in need of a bath!! any ideas? any opinions on the drive thrus?? am I being too cautious? love love our little gray c-max!

#7 OFFLINE   Laurel

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

I go through the drive through washes and Tip is sweet and clean.  We have lots of space to hand wash, but I am too lazy unless it is a hot sunny day (which won't be happening anytime soon).



#8 OFFLINE   pomtrey

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

and do u remove the antenna before driving thru?

#9 OFFLINE   Jus-A-CMax

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Its 79 today, gonna hit the gym and then some Costco shopping and then its wash Maxine day, gotta keep her shiny...all that shine, dirt free paint adds another .00001 of a mile to the MPGs  ;) 



#10 OFFLINE   C-MaxJaxon

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

I mostly go to the coin-operated self-service high pressure sprayer bays. Nothing but water touches the paint. Sometimes, I dry it off with a towel if I want it spot free.



#11 OFFLINE   Laurel

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

and do u remove the antenna before driving thru?

No, I never thought of doing that.  All seems well without doing it.



#12 OFFLINE   pomtrey

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

thanks for all the input on the car washing. just want to take the best care i can.

#13 OFFLINE   RachelnLa

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:03 PM

Just make sure the rain sensor is off.

#14 OFFLINE   Laurel

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:33 PM

Yes Rachel that is a good reminder.  I always do that.  Can't see that any car washes now days would do damage to your paint.



#15 OFFLINE   RachelnLa

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:37 PM

Automatic car wash here tapes your wiper blade down. I won't be going there!

#16 OFFLINE   Jus-A-CMax

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:57 AM

1 car wash = 2 beer, wonder which one I'll take  :drool:



#17 OFFLINE   JAZ

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:10 AM

I've used these on and off for decades and they work very well when a wet wash isn't practical.

 

http://www.autogeek.net/kozak.html?gclid=CPXNhp__vLUCFcdDMgoddRIAVQ



#18 OFFLINE   Jus-A-CMax

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:23 AM

I've used these on and off for decades and they work very well when a wet wash isn't practical.

 

http://www.autogeek.net/kozak.html?gclid=CPXNhp__vLUCFcdDMgoddRIAVQ

 

autogeek is a great forum and good place to get stuff.  :rockon: 



#19 OFFLINE   pomtrey

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

lovin the auto geek site! the cloths are interesting, as is the dry wash spray.
lookin at some options now. if only it wd get warm!

#20 OFFLINE   roninsd

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:28 AM

Doesn't the ice surrounding the body protect the paint job? :drool:








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