Over the past winters, I've taken pictures of how the paint on my truck progresses over the winter. This winter I've decided to document this in more detail, and post the results on here.
The test subject is my daily driver, a 2002 Ford F-150 with 117,000miles. It sits outside 24/7. The area for the test will be mostly in the UP of Michigan, Houghton to be exact, a place that averages 200inches of snow for the winter. This is where I go to school, and the truck will be parked in a parking lot. The other parts will be back in Chicago during breaks. The truck will probably receive ONR washes then and maybe a spray sealant, haven't decided if I will be doing the spray sealant because of this test. The previous sentence is weather permitting. I do keep a bottle of Meguiar's M135 and some MF's in the cab in case of bird bombs.
The truck does not get driven everyday, but right now is being driven about 200miles each week. That will change to about 20-50miles each week once winter really hits.
So here we go, August 27, 2012.
- Wash w/ Chemical Guy's Citrus Wash & Gloss. 1oz/1gal
- Clayed w/ Meguiar's Clay Kit
- 1 coat WGDGPS 3.0 applied via G110v2 on LC Crimson HT.
- WG Exterior Trim Sealant on all trim. Tonneau cover has nothing.
- Duragloss 501 on all wheels
- Rain-X on all glass.
- WG Black Diamond Tire gel
In addition to the Rain-X, my washer fluid is Rain-X 2 in 1 fluid. The orange one. August 28, 2012.
- ONR Wash
- Second coat WGDGPS 3.0 applied the same as before. 16hr cure time. September 1, 2012.
After driving about 600miles. Rained a little the night before. Truck is dusty up close. September 7, 2012.
Rain-X action at 65-70mph. Click the image, its a video.
Video of beading. Again, click the image. September 17, 2012.
Washed at automatic-touchless car wash. No pictures. September 28, 2012.
Truck has been driven down a 7mile long gravel road and a little mud. October 4, 2012.
Washed at automatic-touchless car wash. No pictures.
I will try to update this thread at least once a month, will probably be bi-weekly. Look forward to lots of pictures and then videos of water beading and blowing right off the hood. And yes, I will remember pictures of before and after the car wash from here on. I will try to get more detail in the pictures as well.
If anyone has any comments or suggestions, they are more than welcome.
Thanks for looking.