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Old 02-26-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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Talking anyone else anal about washing the car?

Before washing the car ive generally spend a hour or 2 underneath it, cleaning all the underside bits and pieces like shocks, steering rack and members...

anyone else doing this or am i just crazy? (first new car ive ever owned i figure its easier to spot a problem if the underside is also spotless....

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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I clean it and then I go to Walmart and park out in the middle of nowhere
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:22 PM   #5
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I did the same with all my other vehicles. I typically keep them spotless. Never knew when you're going to be upside down, exposing your... underside.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:26 PM   #6
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Clean, the under carriage, the clean all exterior, clean the interior with a tooth pick, and back to black on all the exterior plastic armoral clean and protect interior, it usually my entire Sunday.


I offload et it filthy, and will all way stop at the self was before getting home, my car never make it home dirty
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #7
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I clean it every week or two in the summer, maybe a little more often in winter depending on the amount of snow and the related mag chloride ice melt.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:29 PM   #8
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I am crazy with cleaning my cars but not over the top with the Jeep since I go off road with it I figure it's gonna get some scratches and nicks anyway. My other cars I only wash myself, I have had detail work done on them from a professional before it takes 2 days and cost around $1,000 I do this 2 times a year for 2 of my cars.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:30 PM   #9
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I used to have a CAR, and yes I kept it clean. Now I have a JEEP, it gets wet when it rains...and I powerwash the mud off it after playing on the trails.
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Clean, the under carriage, the clean all exterior, clean the interior with a tooth pick, and back to black on all the exterior plastic armoral clean and protect interior, it usually my entire Sunday.


I offload et it filthy, and will all way stop at the self was before getting home, my car never make it home dirty
You should ditch the Armor All, dude. It's greasy, and a dust magnet. Try using Aerospace 303. Awesome stuff.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:32 PM   #11
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hi, i go to a brushless car wash only water hits the Jeep and
air dry, towel dry rims, done! looks great.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:33 PM   #12
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I used to own a dirt bike, and i kept that spotless after every dirt ride.. I figure this is the same : D
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:36 PM   #13
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You should ditch the Armor All, dude. It's greasy, and a dust magnet. Try using Aerospace 303. Awesome stuff.
Will do, I use the armor all so my plastics don't crack or dry up in the sun, I send most my time with the roof down
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:44 PM   #14
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Will do, I use the armor all so my plastics don't crack or dry up in the sun, I send most my time with the roof down
I use the 303 on the entire interior, my Bushwackers, the canvas on my soft top (with a soft bristle brush), door handles, side mirror bodies. It'll clean as well as it protects. I've used it on my Jeep and motorcycle instead of waxing, as well.

It'll keep the plastics from fading and cracking, and doesn't leave a filmy residue. You can get it at some True Value hardware stores, and sometimes at marinas. Or from Amazon...

Amazon.com: 303 Aerospace Protectant 32oz: Automotive
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:46 PM   #15
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I clean it and then I go to Walmart and park out in the middle of nowhere
haha me too. i find the farthest spot away from everyone cuz nobody is putting a dent in my door unless it's me.

I have also found it very necessary to alert whatever female is with me whether it's my girlfriend or i'm taking my mom to dinner, that I'll drop them at the door if they didn't wear their hiking boots

as to the washing part, HELL YEAH! I like my cars spotless top to bottom unless i'm heading to the trails
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:51 PM   #16
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You should ditch the Armor All, dude. It's greasy, and a dust magnet. Try using Aerospace 303. Awesome stuff.
I hate armor all with a passion I got to get soft top stuff I will also try A 303 does 303 make it shine or just clean ?
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:53 PM   #17
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forget it I should of read more thanks !
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:56 PM   #18
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We own a Bimmer and a Grand Cherokee in addition to the wrangler. I am pretty anal about cleaning both of them but the wrangler - not so much. IMO, the wrangler is meant to get dirty so I will clean it once a month or so but that's about the extend of it. I won't try and do any minor cleaning every other weekend like I do with the other two vehicles.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:06 PM   #19
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I clean both Jeeps the same as I have every motorcycle, car, or truck I have ever had.

To me they are all an investment and I want to protect that investment as much as possible. Also makes it easier to see rust or leaks sooner.

But I do take the '04 TJ off road, but didn't when I first got it. (8 years ago)

My reasons for a Jeep:

1.) Smile factor...I can't drive it for long with out being happy/ relaxed.
2.) Convertible...ok not really but topless in the summer with fresh air and sunshine, tunes rollin, or a late night cruise back from the lake after a day of sun and or fishing top down summer time....can't be beat!! Or taking the long way home from work just for "JEEP TIME" is how it is.
3.) 4wd...it is the only vehicle I have ever had that I KNEW the snow in INDIANA wasn't gonna stop me.

Of course I want it clean..... who wants to ride around with crud falling off/ dust in the face scratched up paint, falling apart rig? Get it dirty but clean it up/ know it is safe and ready for the next time.

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Old 02-26-2012, 02:20 PM   #20
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Single BEST JK option is a power washer!!!! I use mine ALL the time. My neighbors get a kick out of it but I'm telling you if you don;t have one, get one. It makes cleanup a snap!!!
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:33 PM   #21
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I haven't washed my Jeep since 2006.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:43 PM   #22
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I have a firemans nozzle hose, that's about it. I did buy a wet/dry vac though, that was my main concern, having the interior clean.

I am considering buying a small pressure washer for the underside, and we have a lot of concrete around our house. Sidewalk looks terrible right now from leaves that sat
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:47 PM   #23
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If we get a little rain I call it good. If not I might hit a few potholes to knock off some of the chunks.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:15 AM   #24
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haha me too. i find the farthest spot away from everyone cuz nobody is putting a dent in my door unless it's me.

Same here!!


I don't get underneath it but if we're going to have a stretch of nice weather I'll go ahead and wash and polish it up.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:22 AM   #25
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In the summer I love it clean, but in the winter with all the salt in on the roads in Michigan its useless to even try.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:56 AM   #26
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In the summer I love it clean, but in the winter with all the salt in on the roads in Michigan its useless to even try.
That wen you need to was the undercarriage the most.

Pressure was it the spray with wd-40, all of it
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Single BEST JK option is a power washer!!!! I use mine ALL the time. My neighbors get a kick out of it but I'm telling you if you don;t have one, get one. It makes cleanup a snap!!!
My power washer would take the paint off.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:27 AM   #28
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My power washer would take the paint off.
Not really, power washer is good for the mud but you can't get a detailed finish with it.
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Not really, power washer is good for the mud but you can't get a detailed finish with it.

I said that my power washer would take the paint off. That means the mud and paint, right down to bare metal.
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I said that my power washer would take the paint off. That means the mud and paint, right down to bare metal.
Oh I misunderstood

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