Washing a Car! How often is too much? - martin
Do i have a problem that is particular just to me? I feel the urge, no the need, to wash my car whenever it is even slightly dirty, even if this is 7 days after the last washing session. I resist two out of three times because i feel that the paint work/body does'nt appreciate the kind of constant agitation that my washing spunge offers. Am i being paranoid, can you wash a car once a week, everyday and it not cause any paintwork problems?

(i am refering to hand wash or light jet wash, not a machine wash as these really scare me when the rollers hammer into the bonnet and roof)

cheers,

the Washer
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Wales Forester
I too am a serial car washer Martin, I've washed mine twice this week, once on Saturday and again on Monday as it had a thick layer of sandy dust deposited on it. Good old hand wash and leathered off afterwards. Maybe we've got too much time on our hands?
I can't see it does the paintwork any harm as long as you keep the sponge/bucket/chamois free from any grit and make sure you give it a good hose off before you start to remove any surface grit.
Of course a regular polish every few months doesn't harm either. Autoglym Super Resin of course! - will I get a pallet of that delivered now for mentioning it?!
After all they're built to not be garaged these days.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - martin
reasurring words PP, we must both have far too much time to spare as you say. My girlfriend has threatened to get me psychiatric help if i carry on. I try to explian that i find the whole process therapeutic in itself, but she's never gonna understand it as I do. My clean car is a clean ordered mind and body, yes, it's an estension of myself. Opps, getting a little carried away.

As for polishing. I feel that it being a lot more work, i tend to do this every few months, which seems to surfice. I would of course love to have it shinning as much as it does after a good waxing/lustre all the time, but this aint feasible with the working day as long as it is.

What about jet washes, are they the king of grud control or a potential hazard for paintwork?
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Wales Forester
Jet washes I tend to avoid for general cleaning, but I do frequent them when the car has been through mud for example and I want to get the inside of the wheelarches back to some kind of cleanliness. Also good in the winter for getting rid of the salt build up on the underside.
Maybe we have one of those compulsive cleaning disorders - I too find it therapeutic and there is a clear end result which gives satisfaction.
Oh dear I must go, a van has pulled up outside and some men in white coats are coming up our path!

PP
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - martint123
Get water meters, that'll calm you both down. ;-)
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Wales Forester
I find that the bottled water is far more kind to the paintwork!
;-)

PP
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - L'escargot
Get water meters, that'll calm you both down. ;-)


I'm on a meter and I've calculated that I use about 50 gallons for a really thorough money-no-object hand wash, and this costs costs me 35p ~ much cheaper than any other method.

L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - frostbite
this
costs costs me 35p ~ much cheaper than any other method.


It might cost you that to 'extract' the water, but I think you will find the charge to drain it away more than doubles that figure.

Still cheaper than the garage though.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - L'escargot
this
>> costs costs me 35p ~ much cheaper than any other
method.
It might cost you that to 'extract' the water, but I
think you will find the charge to drain it away more
than doubles that figure.
Still cheaper than the garage though.


50 galls = 0.227 cubic metres water used @ 76.2p/cubic metre plus 0.216 cubic metres sewerage @ 80.2p/cubic metre = 35p.
Quod erat demonstrandum !

L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - frostbite
50 galls = 0.227 cubic metres water used @ 76.2p/cubic metre
plus 0.216 cubic metres sewerage @ 80.2p/cubic metre = 35p.



I'm impressed by your accuracy & attention to detail! I'm also impressed by the difference in charges between your water co. and mine.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - L'escargot
>> 50 galls = 0.227 cubic metres water used @ 76.2p/cubic
metre
>> plus 0.216 cubic metres sewerage @ 80.2p/cubic metre = 35p.
I'm impressed by your accuracy & attention to detail! I'm
also impressed by the difference in charges between your water co.
and mine.


Seems like the M62 is not the only good thing to come out of Yorkshire ! My prices were only for metered water used and did not take into account £19 pa standing charge and surface water drainage of about £45 pa.

L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Andrew-T
I hope all you serial washers are prepared for withdrawal symptoms when the drought warning kicks in after all this fine weather. :o)
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Blue {P}
He he, the fact we;ve got Kielder resovoir means we've never had a hose pipe ban that I can remember. :)

I'll be washing all summer long :)

Blue
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - KB.
Have total empathy with your goodself, martin, and peterperfect and agree with PP's comments re. the pressure washer - OK for the wheel arches but prefer a bucket & sponge for the rest..

BTW Re. the other thread, what does "Plus ca change, plus cest la mem chose!!" mean? I'm too ashamed of my lack of French to ask the question on the thread in question.


KB.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - smokie
OK I am a washer too. Probably only once a week, but it takes but 10 minutes to go over with hose and sponge, then leather, and the twice yearly AutoGlym makes it so much easier and satisfying.

Of course, taking ten minutes out to give it a wash regularly means it never gets *really* dirty. Mind you, in winter, it is very satisfying washing off a film of dirt and finding gleaming bodywork underneath...
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - THe Growler
Far be it from me to suggest anyone here needs help :-0

I can spend (and do) hours with cotton buds, a toothbrush, Luster Metal Spoke Cleaning Tape and Autosol with my bike on a hydraulic lift keeping my Harley cleaner than when it came out of the showroom, with nary a crook or nanny unattended to, but I need several days' psyching up to wash anything on 4 wheels, and even then find excuses not to do it. Mind you, an F-150 is big and does need a step ladder to get the roof and the windsheld done.

So I let Ferdie's girls at the Bikini Car Wash take care of it...

Freudian answers on a postcard please......





Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Morris Ox
In the early days of the big Landcruiser (the 4.2TD, one of the first 4x4s I ever drove) I took one to a drive-thru car wash. Guy ran out and stopped me, warning me I'd bring his carwash down! Again, you could only do the roof with steps.

Mind you, I also took a Discovery into a multi storey car park once. Realised fairly quickly an alternative use for roof rails...

Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Gen
All Serial Washers

This is in fact very bad for your cars. First the paint will become dull. Then it will oxidise, allowing rust to form underneath. Eventually the paint will just fall off.

As I have an old car and don't mind this if you tell me where you live I can come park outside for an hour twice a week and I'll read my newspaper while you enjoy yourself.

Kind Regards

Gen
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - HF
This is in fact very bad for your cars. First the
paint will become dull. Then it will oxidise, allowing rust to
form underneath. Eventually the paint will just fall off.


Which, of course, is why I refrain as much as possible from washing mine. I have only the car's best interests at heart...
HF
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - martin
Had the same kind of fun with an old Commer Camper van I used to have, it was pretty much impossible to keep clean without the use of a crane and climbing robes. I prefer my Passat these days, as it allows endless fun at the jet wash station on summer days.

Talking of jet wash, have just come back from FeuVert (in Grenoble, France) and they have this fantastic foam washer for just 2 euros, it makes a lovely mouse that covers your car in a gentle, yet thoroughly efficient way. My passat is now gleaming like CD held up to the light..... Yes I must get some pills for my disposition, it's taking over!!!
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Blue {P}
I tend to clean mine *at least* once a week, often twice. It always looks gleaming, and 'cos it's got Extra Gloss, I tend to find it gleams like it's just been polished every time I wash :)

Use the pressure hose to remove the rubbish from the paint (from a distance, I don;'t strip the paint) then sponge it clean, rinse and dry.

No paint scratches, oxidisation, or any other nasty things as yet, and the car's a year old. Still showroom fresh :)
Blue
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Dynamic Dave
a lovely mouse that covers your car ....


Mouse?? Geees, what are you feeding him on so that he can cover a whole car?
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - THe Growler
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose": loosely translated - "the more things change, the more they remain the same".

Can be applied to just about anything you can think of......


Washing a Car! How often is too much? - KB.
I thank you, G.
KB.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Daedalus
Martin,

If you want you can come and wash our cars. They are lucky to get done once per year.

Bill
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Baskerville
FIFTY GALLONS? Just for car washing? And this is certified drinkable tap water presumably. No wonder we have water shortages in the summer. Personally I use rain water from a big water butt that collects it off the roof. Just as good. If it's empty the car stays dirty, but that hasn't happened yet.

Chris
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Dave_TD
I get the mickey taken at work for washing the Skoda 5 or 6 times a week! Mind you, that's about every 400 miles, in which distance you can pick up an awful lot of road salt/ flies/ mud. It gets a vacuum every day too, and all the plastics and glass polished weekly. I *do* get more than my share of VIP jobs though, as they know straight away that my car will be clean and OK to send for important customers.
Fifty gallons sounds a bit much, I've got a five gallon bucket which gets filled once with wash & wax solution and then twice with plain water to chuck over the car before I leather it off.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Shortwing Rob
Back in 92/93 I had a Frontera.

Being a pretend off-roader I always felt it looked silly gleaming in the sunshine, so in the whole two years, about 85,000 miles I only ever 'washed' it (ordinary, garage roller wash) three times, and this when it just got too much loose filth on it that used to transfer to my clothing if you brushed against it whilst getting in and out.

The day it was returned to the lease company I hand washed it, and I have to say that the paintwork underneath was superb.

Puma gets washed about every three weeks, usually a hand-assisted commercial wash. Life's just to short for bucket and spongeing.

I like the idea of this giant mouse cleaning your car for you, would it harm my cats?

Rob
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - martin
The joke is wearing thin, my typoes are perfectly acceptable mistakes..... "MOUSSE" OK! or "FOAM"... if you like!!!!!

But i too like the idea of a giant mouse licking my car clean!!!!!
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - smokie
Using hose and sponge takes me less time than it would to drive to the garage, get token, queue, sit being washed, then drive home. In fact I do two in the time that would take. (OK the AutoGlym session takes longer, twice a year)

Costs less too (don't forget your petrol costs!).

And is "better for you".

And your car.
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Shortwing Rob
"Using hose and sponge takes me less time than it would to drive to the garage, get token, queue, sit being washed, then drive home. In fact I do two in the time that would take. (OK the AutoGlym session takes longer, twice a year)"

"Costs less too (don't forget your petrol costs!)."

Yes, but I call in at a car wash near one of my clients so It is en-route, no added time, distance or petrol costs



"And is "better for you"."

Ah, sounds like the old Puritan ethos is coming out here



"And your car."

How?



Rob
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Shortwing Rob
And the car wash cost ends up on my expenses :)

Rob
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Wales Forester
And the car wash brush marks end up on your paintwork.
;-)

PP
Washing a Car! How often is too much? - Ian (Cape Town)
Do mine [white car] every few weeks, and polish with a UV protection every 6 mths.
Fortunately we don't have to put up with salt, but the big problem is flying beasties.
Our average feathered variety seems to have an output capacity measured in gallons, some of which can eat through paint in a matter of days.
The small midges/moths/beatles etc make a nighttime trip great fun - I've often had to stop on long journies just to scrub the windows and headlights after multiple "collisions" with insects.
For some reason, I always forget to clean the front numberplates, though ...

 

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