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#1 Mobile Chicane

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:20 PM

Sorry, but how do I wash my car?  I've never had a car with a soft top and mashoov upwards facing vents - is it OK for soapy water to go through the vents/go on the soft top?  Or do I have to be careful and keep away from those?  Do I need to cover them?  What's the right way?  Any other tips?  Many thanks!



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:29 PM

No issues with the soft top, and I wouldn't worry too much about the vents either. Just avoid pouring sh1tloads of water over them unnecessarily.. 

 

And you will get water on the sills (minimum) in the cabin (yes, with the windows up..), no matter how careful you are. Welcome to VX ownership!   :lol:


Edited by Strugs, 13 January 2019 - 10:31 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:30 PM

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#4 Pie and mash

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:32 PM

Ive always done it the old fashion way 2 buckets of water 1 soapy 1 clean lol

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:46 PM

Lots of people have their own ways of doing things but for me, I wash my cars in an offbeat way.

I snowfoam the car but try to avoid the soft top and vents as much as I can.

Rinse and foam a second time but then use clean microfibre towels dowsed in the foam using the 4fold technique to go over the car.

I use no buckets at all. Ever. Also I don't use a pressure washer.

The car is rinsed again and any stubborn areas sorted with tar remover etc. I use a towel rung out in foam on the roof and vents etc so little water saturates the roof or drops onto the engine and electrics.

Wheels are done using brushes and a well used towel to agitate the cleaner.

Then it's all dried and sealed every time it's washed (which isn't very often for the vx) but I do it this way for all the cars I've had for a long time because I don't want to be DA polishing them after every wash!

Edited by pete-r, 13 January 2019 - 11:48 PM.


#6 Ormes

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 05:42 PM

Since I seldom use the thing, I always clean it panel by panel using demon shine... yes the experts will tell you that you are bound to create swirls and whatever, but it's a 15 year old car!  Just find this the easiest way.  I live in a very, very, very hard water area, so if I go near it with water, it just looks terrible.



#7 Nev

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:05 PM

I'm an expert in this matter, hosepipe and sponge, shouldn't take more than 5 minutes once or twice a year. Then spend the rest of the time you've saved driving it!



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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:10 PM

I'm an expert in this matter, hosepipe and sponge, shouldn't take more than 5 minutes once or twice a year. Then spend the rest of the time you've saved driving it!

 

...or better still... get the better half to do it ;)



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 11:55 AM

I don't wash my car I just take it to the service station and the problem is solved.



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:40 PM

I don't wash my car I just take it to the service station and the problem is solved.

 

Except it's not.  That's where you're likely to get your paintwork scratched for a number of different reasons.
 



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 01:09 PM

remove front and rear clams before washing



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 04:13 PM

 

I'm an expert in this matter, hosepipe and sponge, shouldn't take more than 5 minutes once or twice a year. Then spend the rest of the time you've saved driving it!

 

...or better still... get the better half to do it ;)

 

 

Sadly, those days have passed, she doesn't clean my cars any more. :(
 






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