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Old 01-03-2015, 12:33 PM
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Cold Weather Washing

Is there an optimal outdoor temperature for car washing?

Rather, is there anything obviously improper about washing a car in temps below 14F (-10C)?

Any helpful tips or suggestions?

My car has fallen victim to the unsightly splashes of dirt and salt, and I'd like to get her nice and clean... I do not have access to an indoor garage, or otherwise indoor facility... I was thinking drive-through touchless?

Any input helps

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Old 01-04-2015, 03:43 PM
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I will venture to say that you can't effectively use a traditional wash in the temperature you described. My first detail job was in sub 30 degree weather and I had to literally take a break until it warmed up because the water was turning into ice on the car. If it is 40+ and sunny I will wash my car. Depends on what you can take!
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:58 PM
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If you have a garage, get Optimum No Rinse and some microfiber towels. You can use warm water to wash the car in the garage.

Check YouTube for the how-to vids. Once you start, you won't go back to 'normal' washing again, winter or summer.
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:35 PM
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Looks like i wont be washing the cars for another few months Thanks, gents
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:00 AM
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I take mine through a touchless car wash, which get 90% of it off. I then go back home in the garage and use a bucket of warm water and a microfiber town to finish it off. This works really well for me.
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I take mine through a touchless car wash, which get 90% of it off. I then go back home in the garage and use a bucket of warm water and a microfiber town to finish it off. This works really well for me.
No a bad idea but I would strongly recommend you want to consider using a product such as Optimum No Rinse. Using OR would be much, much better for the paint.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:01 AM
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Try this alternative. Larry from Ammo NYC is really top notch. You'll be hooked on his work.

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:07 AM
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Thanks for the tips, guys. Good stuff.
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