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    Winter cleaning process?

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    I am interested in how your car cleaning habits change from summer to winter?

    I always do the full clean on my car in summer every 3 weeks... foam, wash, wax, polish.
    but this cant be done in winter without a garage.

    It goes dark early, by the time i finish work its too dark
    And its always damp or wet, cleaning in the rain is a no... and waxing impossible.

    What do you guy do, do you use a special product or just use a wash & wax shampoo?
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    For a start don't polish after a wax. It's polish before a wax.

    Last few times IV just snow foamed, quick wash and dry. Just a quick dry, don't try to get all damp off, wipe over with a microfiber, keep wringing out and do all car, then with a fresh microfiber lightly wipe all car again. Yes damp patches will come back. Unless you get some warmth into the paint it will always do it.
    To be honest when we get the snow etc I probably just snow foam and rinse once a week to keep top side of salt and debris.
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    Reason i asked is because today is a typical example.
    I put aside today to wash the car and its doing that fine rain crap
    Rather than do nothing (car is pretty dirty) i was tempted to wash anyway.
    neighbours would probably think im off my rocker haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnoe View Post
    Reason i asked is because today is a typical example.
    I put aside today to wash the car and its doing that fine rain crap
    Rather than do nothing (car is pretty dirty) i was tempted to wash anyway.
    neighbours would probably think im off my rocker haha
    Like mine do, fine rain is good, rinses car better no streaks
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    I wear a t-shirt in a summer and a coat in a winter

    I wash the same all year around. the differences are in a winter I don't always get it as dry as I'd like and I very rarely put and wax on in the winter months so I usually make sure one of my last Autumn wax finishes is a longer lasting wax. If I get the chance in a winter I will give it a going over with a quick detailer.
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    my car gets washed every weekend ,normally religiously. during the winter,it doesn't even get dried after a wash,then after about the end of march,once a month itll get the works,wash,dry,polish,then wax,also a clay mitt,if it needs it,which it does now tbh,fecking tar spots.
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    I just wait til march then wash it. No point in washing it cause its black and no sooner have i taken it up the road it gets filthy again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plym Ian View Post
    I just wait til march then wash it. No point in washing it cause its black and no sooner have i taken it up the road it gets filthy again
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    Wasn’t a bad day today so gave mine a quick wash,mainly jet washing to blast the muck under the wheel arches,joys of countryside living as farmers are still ploughing their fields..then straight out onto the road ..bless em.

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    Weather permitting once a week,I usually give mine a powerwash/snow foam then dry.The last wax I did was a coat of Fusso,it's still lasting and beading water!.
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