01-12-2013, 12:29 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Way north of Texas
I live in the snow and ice. Gandolf gave us a 1/2" of freezing rain yesterday, and the city is attempting to make us the next Great Salt Lake.
I own several black Harleys and now a black '13 JKUR.
That said, here is my solution. I wash with a soap injected pressure washer to get the grime off. I do under with a modified wand, and on occasion put on a short wand and crawl underneath. It's a mess, but it works. Also do engine compartment.
Then I do a hand bubble bath with a microfiber cloth.
Then back to the pressure washer with soap turned off to rinse.
Here is my "black" trick. I have softened water at the garage hydrant. I run that soft water through a carbon tank to remove any chlorine. Then that through a 200 psi pump to an RO membrane and then to a DI tank. Finished pharmaceutical grade water goes to a 100 gallon fiberglass holding tank.
From the tank to a 60 psi pump, and into another small 500 psi pressure washer. Rinse liberally...all nooks and crannies... door jambs, undercarriage...engine compartment...
Air dry... Wax... Caress...
Take it out and find mud... Or in the case of the bikes ride in the rain. Repeat.
Actually, you can just about duplicate what I do at a good "wand" type DIY car wash bay... I just have some attachments that make it easier, and my spot free rinse is a little purer...
I do not under any circumstances use a brush of any kind at the car wash bay...hand operated or "robo" powered kind...looks like 60 grit sandpaper to me...