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Old 11-13-2013, 05:03 AM   #1
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Winter Wash Wonderment

For those of you that drive your Mustangs in the winter, how do you keep it clean and keep salt from eating it? I'm really reluctant to use an auto wash and it will soon be too cold to hook up the hose in the driveway. Too bad there isn't an indoor do-it-yourself (that I know of, at least.)
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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The day after they salt the roads, take it to a local Car Wash and spray it down!.. Been doing that for the past 6 years and the paint still looks good!..
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Only way your gonna get the salt out from under it is at an auto wash. Just the price you pay to drive it in the winter.
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I use a touch less wash since I don't have house access at my apartment complex and the car wash was closed temporarily due to the city complaining about the runoff from the cars being sewage. It blasts the crap out of the undercarriage when you first roll in which is a plus.
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try to find one of those do it yourself ones, it'll be an open bay. Waterproof shoes, rubber gloves, clean the brush before it touches your car and don't worry about getting it spotless.

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Old 11-13-2013, 10:17 AM   #6
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Try to find a brushless car wash place so that you car doesn't get scratched up. That's what i have to do in the winter unfortunately. It sucks but sometimes you don't have a choice.
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In the winter I have 2 places the car wash that handles really nice cars the average car that rolls through is $35,000. I see people getting $100K plus cars washed there. Then at least a few times during winter I use the Self Service bay with my own bucket and towels. Usually it's really dirty at this point, and I spend a good amount of money there so they shouldn't complain.
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For those of you that drive your Mustangs in the winter, how do you keep it clean and keep salt from eating it? I'm really reluctant to use an auto wash and it will soon be too cold to hook up the hose in the driveway. Too bad there isn't an indoor do-it-yourself (that I know of, at least.)
Another alternative, for the body at least (not the undercarriage) would be to plastidip your entire car and then peel it off in the spring/summer. Obviously you won't get a shiny black plasti-dip, but you can always go with matte black or a different color all together. You also won't have to worry about the brushes at your local car wash, or salt getting through the dip so it will be much more convenient when you need a wash.

Of course, you can always do what the above people suggested.
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just a warning, the ones with rails that guide your car through can scratch low-profile rims (esp on the inside where you won't see it). I think it is a rare occurance but............
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just a warning, the ones with rails that guide your car through can scratch low-profile rims (esp on the inside where you won't see it). I think it is a rare occurance but............
+1 thats why IF i ever go to a car wash place which is rare i make sure my rims are off since i take them off for the winter anyway so my stock rims are on anyway so no biggie
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+1 thats why IF i ever go to a car wash place which is rare i make sure my rims are off since i take them off for the winter anyway so my stock rims are on anyway so no biggie
Yeah avoid cheap car washes!
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Yeah avoid cheap car washes!
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No matter how dirty your car is do not go through one of those automated car washes. It's not worth it.
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For those of you that drive your Mustangs in the winter, how do you keep it clean and keep salt from eating it? I'm really reluctant to use an auto wash and it will soon be too cold to hook up the hose in the driveway. Too bad there isn't an indoor do-it-yourself (that I know of, at least.)
Powerwash it wipe it down then use some aquanil waterless wash/wax www.croftgateusa.com
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