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Old 02-03-2001, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I'm sure many of you rarely experience this, but in Washington, it'll be sunny one day, than pour down hard the next, and our weather can be just a pain in the a$$ sometimes... Anyway, you just got done washing car your car, and followed by a long hard wax, your car is just as clean and shiny as can be! But it rains the next day... My friend tells me since your car is waxed, after it rains, you can just rinse your car with a hose and dry it, and it'll be shiny and clean again... Since the layer of wax is like a coating of protection from dirt and water spots and stuff... So I'm wondering, is this true? Its a rare day of sunny weather in the winter, so I'm thinking about waxing my ride, but is it worth it? ANy of you guys wax your IS's in the winter? Thanks in advance
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Old 02-03-2001, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, that's true. If you use good wax product. The one that I prefer is Zymol clean/wax. The auto part stores are selling them $13/bottle. You can get 2 of them @ Costco for $14.99. Out of all the product I have used, Zymol is the best.
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Old 02-03-2001, 11:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nelly--I drove a gorgeous Taurus SHO (silver)
until last November when I traded it in on
an IS300 (also silver).

I lived in Aberdeen, Washington most of 1998,
and it rained 100 inches there that year.

I still washed the Ford myself, and kept a
good coat of wax on it. I didn't too much
mind the rain on the car, as compared to here
in Los Angeles where the rain is about equal
mixtures of water and sulphuric acid.

Keep the car looking nice, and enjoy it.
(One caveat, however: I always wipe off the
horizontal surfaces after I put the car in
the garage. I have a belief (unsubstantiated) that some of the acid in
the rainwater will etch the clear coat if
you let it stand on the surface, so I dry
off the flat surfaces, even if I'm going to
take the car out again later. I know--
pain in the ass--but if you like the car,
take good care of it. And if you're ever headed over to Aberdeen, don't forget the
GoreTex.
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Old 02-04-2001, 11:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My friend tells me since your car is waxed, after it rains, you can just rinse your car with a hose and dry it, and it'll be shiny and clean again... Since the layer of wax is like a coating of protection from dirt and water spots and stuff... So I'm wondering, is this true?
Dude, I wouldn't try this shortcut. It's akin to drying your car with sandpaper because rinsing your car does not get rid of all the particles of dirt. Car wash soap is formulated to attach itself to the dirt particles which then get wisked away when you rinse the car.

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My dad tried something similar. He wet the car, then used a sponge while rinsing the car to wipe. He was too lazy to get some soap, and it ended up giving the car swirl marks up the ass, even though I had zaino-ed the car not long ago.
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Old 02-04-2001, 01:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Dude, I wouldn't try this shortcut. It's akin to drying your car with sandpaper because rinsing your car does not get rid of all the particles of dirt. Car wash soap is formulated to attach itself to the dirt particles which then get wisked away when you rinse the car.

So basically, for the Winter time anyway, its better to just wash your car daily then to give it a wash and wax and just leave it be? I know waxing helps out a lot but it really is a long slow hard process for me... I guess I'll just stick to washing it and wait till Spring... [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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IT only took me 45 min to wax the hood, trunk and top. Since These area are very vunerable to the sun. I used Zymol wax. It's the best in the market I think
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Whats next? Birds usually **** on my car after I wash & wax it!
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Old 02-05-2001, 09:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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[img]images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] Must have been this weekend. I barely got done washing it and got a few hours of parading around before the rain hit. It didn't rain enough to do any good for the reservoir situation...just enough to annoy me.

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Old 02-05-2001, 11:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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In the same ass boat as you. I washed and waxed my car on saturday thinking I would leave it in the garage for the rest of the week, all was well until my brother took the keys to my commuting Avalon. I was debating at 6:10 this morning if I should take the day off because of the rainsnowdirtslushsalt forecast. But as the diligent eployee I am, I took my car to work in the paint ruining $hit

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