I actually use the quarter car wash in winter as well :/ I know it's freezing, but I used to have like WAY back in the day lol a black chevy Xtreme S10...and from going to the automatic washes, I had the orange peel effect really bad, but who knows, maybe paint was crappy back then, this was in like 98-99 I think...so I hated that look because after its clean and the sun hits at the right angle, all you see is all of those little dimples in the paint, drove me nuts...since then I freeze my butt off lolIn the winter, it's usually the automatic car wash. You will eventually end up with a minor scratch or two though - unless it is a true touch-less.
In the summer, it's the hand/coin wash followed by a micro-fiber dry. Then a couple waxes a year. I think i'll try the Black Magic liquid wax this year.
Interior is just wiped down with a damp micro-fiber cloth and vacuum. Like AvengerRT, I don't let the interior get that dirty. I even knock the snow off my shoes before I get in - my daughter says I look like the girl in The Wizard of Oz tapping my heels together. I just turned in a leased Caliber after about 18 months, and it was just as clean as the day I leased it. It helps that the kids are now adults and no longer live with me. :smiley_thumbs_up:
Oh, man, don't get me started. As someone who started in the detail shop and then went to body work... I take about 3 hours in the nice weather to go down to the pay'n'spray and get the whole thing done by hand, myself.
Hot tip - Window cleaner, wheel cleaner, tire dressing. I don't care what brand you use, but if the wheels don't shine, the windows don't sparkle, and the tires aren't black enough to generate anti-matter, it ain't clean.
So weather is being somewhat friendly saturday to us michigan people...I'm going to attempt to clean mine so I can get some pics...hopefully my fingers don't freezeMy first car was a 1985 Caprice Classic, former squad car.
I painted it gold on tan with a tan interior, added some stiffer rear end springs, put in a 3.43 Posi, a hood scoop and a NASCAR style blade spoiler. I put 18" wheels on the front and 21"s on the back. It looked slammed... and better yet, everyone came to talk to me about it - they usually loved it, or wanted to know what the hell I was on.
The point of this story is that despite having blacked out windows, and multi-spoked wheels, and white-letter Cobra tires, if the windows were dusty, or the wheels were gross, or the black didn't pop, it didn't matter what the rest of the car looked like. It just looked like some old grampa car.
If you want an experiment, just run your car through an automatic washer, and the then look at it after it dries (this is key). If your tires look grey, or you've got brake crud in your wheels, it won't have that "snap" to it.
lolololol that is too funny...Mmm salty. I forget that Ontario and Michigan like to use the winter snow period to try and make car-jerky.
They actually don't use salt on the roads in the prarries, because it usually never gets up to -10C without it going above freezing anyway, so what's the point? On a related note, I saw a an old pickup truck in Jasper park being eaten by goats because it was so salty. And it wasn't stuck in a ditch or anything it was in a parkinglot with a whole family of goats licking it.