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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Quote Originally Posted by NJNinja View Post
    It has to be in the mid 40's for me to do a wash. I'm thinking of using Optimum No Rinse going forward. I've never used ONR but have heard good things about it. I'm willing to try it. I'd love to not have to rely on using a hose/water.
    Not sure where you are at but you need something like a 1 gallon pump sprayer.

    A pre-rinse doesn't do much for salt,brine or oil films but it sure knocks the snot out of the sand.
    So while your towels will be dirty hopefully they don't carry sand or salt chunks.

    ONR works great in the pre-rinse and wash solution. ECH20 is a little more money but is more slippery.

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    Good to know. I was wondering how it would handle a salted up car.

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Another midwesterner here. Personally I'd just run it through a touchless or leave it alone until you can do a wash proper.

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    All of my outside water lines are turned off thus I use an Sunjoe SPX6001 battery operated pressure washer (as long as it is above 38) in the driveway. Plenty of pressure to remove salt. I do not use it in the garage, only outside. Once the car is prerinsed it either gets washed in the driveway or rinseless in the garage
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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

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    Another midwesterner here. Personally I'd just run it through a touchless or leave it alone until you can do a wash proper.
    The trial and error of being DIY is what helps make informed choices.
    Rinseless in winter means a lot more towels.
    I have done rinseless for 6 years in extreme temps to find out what is workable. I also did these in a garage with no real heat. It works, plain and simple.
    I have a touchless at the BP a mile from the house but I don't like waiting. It does do a decent job with the cheapest wash option with under carriage.

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Mckee's N914 or Griot's Garage Brillant Shine rinseless wash are the way to go, N914 for WW and Griot's Garage Brillant Shine rinseless wash for doing an RW with either the grout sponge using 2 buckets and grit guards or 1 bucket with 5-8 plush, edgeless mf towels thrown in there.

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    A Worx Hydroshot also works well for blasting crud off of the vehicle. You can draw water right from a bucket in case the garden hose is frozen, like it was yesterday.

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    ….I hate winter.

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    3-5" coming tomorrow, then cold and a slight warm up going into next weekend, so hopefully a good chunk is melted by a week from today. I just filled up the washer bottles with RainX 2 in 1 in both cars and checked the oil, tires checked last weekend...here we go, already!

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Hello. I've been wondering about combining my car soap, with a concentrated waterless wash and adding some 99% alcohol to lower its freezing point. The idea being to create a low freeze-point, foamable, high lubricity spray that could be used in something like the big IK sprayer. Any ideas as to whether or not this could be a terrible idea?

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