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Old 01-20-2009
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Has anyone noticed that we go to the car wash more than we do it ourselves in the winter. It might be just me but I noticed that today i dont do it much but when it needs to be cleaned in the winter I hate to do it but I go to the car wash instead of doing it myself. Also I notice that when i got my first car at age 17 I cleaned it at least once a week. But now that I have a different car and maybe that I am older I dont do it as much. Any thoughts?
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I have a garage so I use a rinseless product that I can do myself. I would never go to a car wash due to risk of damage (swirls, harsh chemicals on wheels, etc).
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Default Re: Winter Wash?

When I did the wash, it was around 50 F in the garage although I used halogens for supplemental light (brought temp up about 5F at the end). It was a much colder outside. You can use warm water and just dress warmly. My garage rarely gets below 40 F except when it is less than 20 F outside.

The moral is that you can detail during the winter months to maintain your car. I did a rinseless wash and waxed another car using Reflections (need to rewash and take some pics) around the same temp. I did not have any real issues with application or removal. I think "drying to haze" is more related to humidity as it is temperature.

You can get creative since it does not have to be in a garage either. Rinseless is actually faster than a hose wash since there is less prep and finishing (getting the hose out and drying since I spend more time doing walk around to remove water spots and touch ups with a hose wash).
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