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10-02-2019 01:59 AM
cerial It is all dependent on where you store it and what it conditions it experences.

Outside, uncovered, and in the grass is going to require a diffrent treatment than in a heated garage up on jackstands with the weight off the tires.

I avoid the conveyor track washes like crazy. The underbody wash is poor at best, chemicals/pressures can be harsh, your rims and body need to fit within a template. All that coupled with the kid leading you in is being told to get through as many as possible has me avoiding them. I have had 2 instances where the guy at the road stopped and they just kept running the thing. Kind of screwed at that point as you bump into the one in front then the one behind you bumps into you. Now the result on my end was just some paint rubbed against my crome both times.
But still stuff should not happen.

If I am driving something a typical shape I will use a lazer wash. But there your still hitting some heavy chemicals and pressures.

I go to the cheap coin operated washes or use a pressure washer at the house. You can control the wand and pressures even chemicals at the house. This means if you can shoot inside frame rails and then go up to a soft top lightly hitting the thing avoiding damaging weather stripping.
Pull out the microfiber cloths and dry the thing off. Then go onto waxing the paint, treating the rubber, and polishing the glass. Even go into detailing the engine bay and interior. All without being pressured like at your typical conveyor wash.

I wash down my rides once every 2 months and at a minimum detail them once a year. If they need to do it more then that your talking about a hour or two on a nice day detailing your ride.
10-01-2019 11:01 AM
bentwings I try to get my 77 el Camino washed once a week. I usually get the better car washes that get the underside too. The car was restored in the ‘90’s so not new but looks new and has good gloss. No rust showing. I don’t do car shows any more so I don’t donthe detains as nice as I used to do. I still clean it up but without a garage or shop any more it’s much harder. I average about 15k a year on it and don’t drive it at all in the winter. The Rally steel wheels are showing a bit of wear but a spray can will fix that.

When it comes time to get new tires I can sell the used tires and wheels for about what new wheels from Summit cost. They sell wheel and tires balanced for less than I can get at Discount tire.
09-18-2019 06:34 AM
rip-tide Rust will show up because it is not driven. Drive to clean a mile or 5 will do the trick, add some needed fun/enjoyment to your life.

09-17-2019 08:22 PM
LowNLOUD Dude, just wash it when it gets dirty. No more no less.

Your brakes will have a tendency to give you a little trouble when you let it sit up for a while. So be sure to take it out for a spin every now and again and that should clean the rust off your calipers.

09-17-2019 07:36 PM
how often do i need to take my car into the carwash?

Hi, how frequent at the bare minimum should I wash the outside of my car or take it threw a carwash? I am also asking this because I am thinking if I don't wash it enough the breaks, break pads, rims as well as a part of the tires on my car will erode, rust and become dirty witch will ruin it enough to where I have to replace them or get them cleaned. This has happened before where I had to pay to replace these. also got them cleaned once luckily witch was a very low price witch fixed my car issue. the dirty rusty break pads or other parts of my car would cause my car to make a loud squeeky noise when using my breaks or slowing down while driving.

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