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    Winter cleaning options/products

    Hello everyone,
    i have a black 19 c43 that i have hand washed/waxed since new. With the cold weather upon us in the Midwest, what are my winter time washing options? I have a garage but no drain inside. I have access to water and pressure washer. I have been looking into rinseless washes and waterless car wash. Anyone have any tips or insights on how I can keep it looking sharp even in the coldest months?

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Where are you at in the Midwest if you don’t mind me asking? There’s a few of us in the Midwest who are quite active here and if you’re near me I’d be willing to help you out, show you techniques and some products.

    I’d recommend any of the rinseless washes available here, you can dilute them to make a rinseless wash and waterless wash. Some of the most popular would be Wolfgang Uber Rinseless wash, Optimum No Rinse and Duragloss rinseless with Aquawax.

    I’d also grab an easy to use spray wax/sealant, which you can use as a drying aid, in a “wax as you dry” situation, or after drying the wash solution off. Here I’d grab whichever spray wax/sealant that matches the brand of rinseless you go with just to keep it easy on the decision making and product synergy. Wolfgang has a spray wax(can’t remember it right now), I really like Optimum Opti-seal, lastly Duragloss Aquawax.

    In the cold months some products can become harder to use just from the temps and possible changes in humidity. I’ve never used the Wolfgang products but have used the other two in summer and just above freezing temps without issue!
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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackc43 View Post
    Hello everyone,
    i have a black 19 c43 that i have hand washed/waxed since new. With the cold weather upon us in the Midwest, what are my winter time washing options? I have a garage but no drain inside. I have access to water and pressure washer. I have been looking into rinseless washes and waterless car wash. Anyone have any tips or insights on how I can keep it looking sharp even in the coldest months?
    Rinseless wash can be done in a garage with no drain. I did it for years. Wash the car, go have lunch, by the time you come back, the water on the floor has dried. Might take longer in the winter though.

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    I dont have a drain in my garage either. My floor is pitched 4inches over the 28foot back to front. What I do when I have to wash inside (winter time) is get my old shop vac out and just put it near the door. The water runs toward the door and the vac sucks it up. Maybe some water barriers and a vac can help.
    "Dirt likes detergent so much better than the surface that it's attached to, it'll leave that surface to go hang out with the soap"...aim4squirrels

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    I’ve had good luck with McKee’s N-914. Inexpensive and works awesomely! I like to rinseless with that and then use Car Pros Ech20 mixed to waterless dilution with a little bit of sio2 sealant as a drying aid before drying of the N 914. Been a good year round option to me.

    Mixing the Ech20 for me has come down to 2-2.5oz Ech20 with one once of sio2 sealant. Helps dry and leave a little protection


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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Quote Originally Posted by dcjredline View Post
    I dont have a drain in my garage either. My floor is pitched 4inches over the 28foot back to front. What I do when I have to wash inside (winter time) is get my old shop vac out and just put it near the door. The water runs toward the door and the vac sucks it up. Maybe some water barriers and a vac can help.
    Hmm...I always squeegee the water out of the door but it creates an ice issue, I have to salt it and I loose precious heat opening the door. I am going to try the shop vac this winter. Thanks for this tip
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    I am known in my neighborhood as the crazy guy who washes his cars in the winter. As long as it is 35 degrees and sunny, I will do a two bucket wash in the driveway in shorts singing "Winter Wonderland". My hands do get cold so I use Glacier Bay ice fishing gloves and they work very well.
    If it is too cold for the garden hose, I will go to the local coin op and blast as much crud as I can off the vehicle with the power washer and then bring it home for a rinseless wash in the garage. My garage is not heated but it is insulated and always above freezing. Some water will get on the garage floor but it is not much and it does not cause a problem. My rinseless wash of choice is Wolfgang Uber and the number of wash mitts I use depends on how dirty the vehicle is.
    Don't let the winter diminish your passion for a clean car. We will persevere.

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    I too detail in the winter. My wife tells everybody she is married to a crazy man. I do a good sealant and wax ahead of winter than as long as it is above freezing I do a spray wax and wash outside. Now that my daughter has a garage it should be easier this year. lol I did this in Ct and now in RI.

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    Dunno what kinda protection you have (wax, sealant, coating) but here in NE Ohio I do as little as possible during the winter, sometimes 'less is more'. Its a nice vacation from the regular maintenance of Spring, Summer and Fall.

    Won't really even touch em aside from a wash if a rare 60 degree day shows up. Maybe if it's been 2+ months will run thru local touchless tunnel but that's more for undercarriage rinse really.

    If'n I tried to waterless/rinseless wash I'd just do more harm than good Winter cleaning options/products

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    Re: Winter cleaning options/products

    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.

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