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    Best winter washing method

    Hi guys, first post here and also will soon be my first full winter with a car whose paint I actually care about.

    I live in Michigan so winters can be cold, snowy, and salty. I also don’t have access to a heated garage or warm space to wash the car. The garden hose also gets put away for the winter. I usually use the two bucket method when it’s warm enough outside, but won’t be able to do that come winter.

    Here’s my thought…
    Prep stage:
    1. Fill a pump sprayer with hot tap water and some ONR.
    2. Fill two buckets, one with my usual Meg’s Gold Class and hot water and the other with just hot water.

    Wash stage
    3. Pre-soak a panel or two at a time with the pump sprayer
    4. Wash the panel with 2 bucket method
    5. Dry the freshly washed panels

    I wont be able to pre-rinse, only pre-soak since no garden hose. My thought is that ONR in the pump sprayer won’t get too foamy and will add some lubricity. Hot water used throughout the process so it doesn’t freeze onto the car before I get a chance to dry it.

    Any input from you veterans? Thanks!

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    Re: Best winter washing method

    ONR is the product to use but you don’t need to go to that length or complexity. Mix up Onr in one bucket, get four or five towels in that bucket, pull out a completely sopping wet soaked towel and do two panels then discarded in another bucket. Get a fresh towel out of the bucket and do two more panels, then discard …after you move around the car in this fashion, use a waffle weave towel to dry a car. This is known as a true rinseless wash. The beauty of this technique is since you’re only pulling towels that are completely clean out of the solution, the solution stays virgin it doesn’t transfer dirt back to your car. After you’re done, take all the towels and wash them. And since the towels are completely sopping wet, dirt doesn’t scratch your car.

    If the car is completely filthy with road grime salt snow etc. run it through a touchless wash first then come home and do a rinseless.

    Search on YouTube for the Gary Dean rinseless wash method, he’s made several videos on this.
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    Best winter washing method

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCarBlues View Post
    Hi guys, first post here and also will soon be my first full winter with a car whose paint I actually care about.

    I live in Michigan so winters can be cold, snowy, and salty. I also don’t have access to a heated garage or warm space to wash the car. The garden hose also gets put away for the winter. I usually use the two bucket method when it’s warm enough outside, but won’t be able to do that come winter.

    Here’s my thought…
    Prep stage:
    1. Fill a pump sprayer with hot tap water and some ONR.
    2. Fill two buckets, one with my usual Meg’s Gold Class and hot water and the other with just hot water.

    Wash stage
    3. Pre-soak a panel or two at a time with the pump sprayer
    4. Wash the panel with 2 bucket method
    5. Dry the freshly washed panels

    I wont be able to pre-rinse, only pre-soak since no garden hose. My thought is that ONR in the pump sprayer won’t get too foamy and will add some lubricity. Hot water used throughout the process so it doesn’t freeze onto the car before I get a chance to dry it.

    Any input from you veterans? Thanks!
    How are you gonna get the gold class off with no hose?

    Also agree with above but would use your presoak. Spray 2 panels at a time. Let dwell for couple minutes then rinseless.


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    Re: Best winter washing method

    Another suggestion: All of our outdoor hoses are put away for winter. Leave the crud on the vehicle until it gets above freezing, use a portable pressure washer that has a built in tank (Sunjoe makes one that is battery operated); rinse off vehicle to remove as much junk as possible then proceed to wash and use pressure washer along the way.
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    Re: Best winter washing method

    I too live in Michigan, Go Blue. I do the spray bay to rinse the salt off as much as possible. Then put it in garage to warm up and do a rinse less wash with lots of microfibers. I am considering the Dewalt cordless pressure washer and just doing the rinse at the house where it is warmer

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    Re: Best winter washing method

    I have ONR/GG RW mixed up at the QD ration in a spray bottle I use as a pre-treat. I then do as others suggested and soak a few towels in the ONR bucket and do one panel at a time.

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    Re: Best winter washing method

    Glen e i like the idea of the method you suggested. What towels do you use? Im guessing something with a thicker gsm...like 500gsm +?

    Never did hand washes in the Pa winters unless it got warm enough.

    Im curious as to other folks methods as well.

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    Re: Best winter washing method

    Spray bay here as well, utilizing a bottle of water/soap mixture instead of the bay's own for presoak. Rinse, head home (hopefully not too salty), and rinseless wash / waterless wash depending on road conditions.

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    Re: Best winter washing method

    For dusting. I use ONR with one fluffy 16” x 16” folded twice. After each panel the towel is redipped in ONR and refolded exposing a fresh surface. A towel gives 8 surfaces when refolded.

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    Re: Best winter washing method

    I do a self wash bay as soon as I can. The issue with that is sometimes if it's cold enough, they end up closing them so they don't freeze the water. I think the local touchless may stay open and be an option.

    I would do a rinseless if it's warm enough or I did get AMMO frothe/boost and a foamer to try as well. Haven't used that yet. I use TRC Eagle Edgeless 350's for RW.

    There was some previous discussion on a PVC undercarriage sprayer that seemed like a good idea as well.

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