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Old 12-02-2006, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I live in upstate New York and it's starting to get cold outside. Last week I washed my 6 and waxed it, but after some rain this week it's already got some spots on it. I was just wondering if anyone could give me some wintertime tips on keeping my car nice.

I have heard people endorse washing and giving a good wax before it gets too cold and then running through a brushless automatic car wash and wipe down the doors before they freeze shut on you. But, I rather wash my beautiful car by hand.

It's about 40 degrees out right now and I was also wondering if it is ever TOO cold to wash my car by hand and wax it. I'd wash it outside and bring it in the garage to dry and wax it after it warmed up a bit. If anyone has some tips/advice for me, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.


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once the temp goes below freezing you should not wash your car by hand. the water will freeze and you are taking a risk of scratching your paint. just take it through a brushless car wash with a underbody spray, its hard to get your car looking clean in the winter, but its better than scratching your paint up.
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If you have a heated garage then it would be fine to go through the car wash (touch less only). Then drive home put it in the garage and wipe it off with a damp towel then let it air dry. Then wax and polish. When waxing in the winter watch for the wax drying too fast with the humidity being so low donít let it sit for too long and your fine.
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If you have a heated garage can't you just wash your car by hand?
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If you have a heated garage can't you just wash your car by hand?
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Only if you don't mind getting your garage wet.


Actually, I washed my car once when it was above freezing, but in the middle of the wash the temperature dropped several degrees (yeah, that fast) and the water started freezing on the car as I was rinsing it. So I drove it into my garage and after the ice melted I dried it off.

So, yeah, it can get too cold to wash your car.
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I'm in the same quagmire. I want to keep my 6 clean, but it seems too damn cold to handwash it outside!
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I wash my vehicles in the garage all the time. Last winter I washed it and didnt have any problems (first winter in new house).
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I wash my vehicles in the garage all the time. Last winter I washed it and didnt have any problems (first winter in new house).
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You know...i'm just so anal about how clean my 6 is that I will give that a try. The only problem is that lighting in my garage is terrible so I won't be able to see as much.
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Do you all have drains or something in your garage? Also, I have a two car garage but there's a divider in the middle, if I parked in one of the spaces I don't see how I'd have enough room to walk around the car, rinse it and wash it without getting water all over the place and me. Then I'd end having huge puddles of water in my garage that could turn to ice over the night if the temperature drops enough. I guess I'll have to deal with a dirty 6 for a few months and just pamper it every week in the spring/summer.
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Do you all have drains or something in your garage? [/b]
No, but I figure if I do the first and last rinse outside and do the two bucket method in the garage, it shouldn't be too much water on the ground. I'll keep thinking it through, if I ever do it, I'll let you guys know how it went and what the outside temperature was.
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