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Old 01-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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Washing your rig.. How often??

May seem like a silly topic, but my goal is to take care of this rig as best as possible from day 1..

Our 2014 JKU Sahara has 250 miles on it.. Just took her through the snowy streets of Tulsa today and the under carriage and wheel wells are pretty dirty.. Which got me thinking.. How often do you guys and gals do a full undercarriage wash via a car wash? For that matter, can a hard top properly sealed go through a conventional car wash with you typical giant rolling brushes and jet washing and such?



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After I get a bunch of that salt and road crap on my jeep the first day above freezing I hose it off with salt-away, great stuff as it gets rid of that crap like nothing else.

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I have the undercoating and rust proofing to help during the winter months. Just went through a touchless wash today to get some of the thicker crap off. I will do it in the winter probably after we have the usual snow, road dirt, salt storm. I haven't brought it to a self serve power wash yet but when I have more time I would probably do that as needed. Aside from the winter months or just colder temps, I try to do it at home once every week or 2. Would rather do it at home than the other options.
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After I get a bunch of that salt and road crap on my jeep the first day above freezing I hose it off with salt-away, great stuff as it gets rid of that crap like nothing else.
Salt away.. Sounds interesting.. Is this a bottle that hooks up to your hose or something?
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I have the undercoating and rust proofing to help during the winter months. Just went through a touchless wash today to get some of the thicker crap off. I will do it in the winter probably after we have the usual snow, road dirt, salt storm. I haven't brought it to a self serve power wash yet but when I have more time I would probably do that as needed. Aside from the winter months or just colder temps, I try to do it at home once every week or 2. Would rather do it at home than the other options.
Undercoating and rust proofing.. Where did you have this done and what did it cost? Thanks for replying !!
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I wash it after 4 wheeling trips and in between when it needs it. I also have a high pressure sprayer and do it my self. That way I can do a good job underneath the Jeep. I can never find a good car wash to do a good job so I do it.
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I'll pressure wash mine when there is more mud than there is paint. Does that count? Lol
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Spring and fall and whenever I can't see the jeep under mud
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Undercoating and rust proofing.. Where did you have this done and what did it cost? Thanks for replying !!
I had this done at the dealer on a 2010 JK I bought used recently. It is called Mastershield. It is from Mopar. I paid $380 total and I feel it is a small investment over the life of the Jeep that I plan to keep for a very long time. There are other services like it and folks sometimes DIY with products you can purchase, but I feel the dealer service area knows much more about the Jeep and how and where to apply than I do.

"Rust Inhibitor-Is a fogging spray method, wax based which protects from the inside out penetrating crevices, cavities and other rust-prone areas for maximum protection, forming a water proof, salt resistant seal. no drilling required. One time application with a lifetime warranty.

Undercoat -black wax-based formula which seals the underside of your vehicle against road salt, dirt and stone and gravel abrasion. Forms a "blanket" that helps insulate your vehicle from the heat and cold and acts as a sound deadener for a quieter cabin ride."


I believe warranty is only at time of new purchase. I didn't get a warranty because my vehicle was used.
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Part of the reason I started the thread is that living in Oklahoma is relatively new to is, and was not sure how quickly/ harshly the salty roads will start to take its toll on the rig.. I figure to clean it Thursday morning when I get back I town.. I know 3 days of light crud won't really hurt things, but of course 3-6 months will probably take its toll.. Agree?
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4 Times a Year - I clay my car. Gets all the bugs and bits off. Don't do it more than this and it will strip the paint.

8 Times a Year - Wash, Wax, and Buff

10 to 12 times a Year - Simple wash and spray down after a road trip/off road trip.


I wash so much because I have to park him outside.


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Salt away.. Sounds interesting.. Is this a bottle that hooks up to your hose or something?
Yep, works better than a pressure washer. Make sure if you get it you get the mixing dispenser for the hose.

First time I took it to the pressure washer, looked good until it dried, still had salt everywhere. Then I got salt-away and with just a garden hose it was gone. Did under carriage and all.

This is what I bought, have to get some more as I'm running low.

Salt-Away Concentrate Kit with Mixing Unit - 32 fl oz (946 mL)
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Yep, works better than a pressure washer. Make sure if you get it you get the mixing dispenser for the hose. First time I took it to the pressure washer, looked good until it dried, still had salt everywhere. Then I got salt-away and with just a garden hose it was gone. Did under carriage and all. This is what I bought, have to get some more as I'm running low. Salt-Away Concentrate Kit with Mixing Unit - 32 fl oz (946 mL)
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Jeep and underbody as needed. Inside frame with high pressure hose once a month.
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honestly the more often you get your undercarriage flushed in the winter the better, salt is the devil lol i just wish i had a hardtop like you guys so i could use the auto washes... its too damn cold to wash my jeep every week like i do in the summer
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They use a lot of mag chloride in the winter here, so when it gets warm enough between storm cycles to wash it without freezing the doors shut, that's when I get it done...
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Yep, works better than a pressure washer. Make sure if you get it you get the mixing dispenser for the hose.

First time I took it to the pressure washer, looked good until it dried, still had salt everywhere. Then I got salt-away and with just a garden hose it was gone. Did under carriage and all.

This is what I bought, have to get some more as I'm running low.

Salt-Away Concentrate Kit with Mixing Unit - 32 fl oz (946 mL)
Thanks for the info. Just ordered on Amazon. Love this forum.
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I went to the self serve power wash today as it snowed yesterday and I had tons of salt on it. Once the roads clear up after a snow - I will wash it off immediately as I have seen what the salt does to vehicles here and even my last one which I had undercoating applied from the dealership. Didn't matter - most everything rusted anyways.

My problem is that I am only 5' tall so trying to aim that power sprayer on the top of my jeep and get that cleaned off is nearly impossible. I do get down low and try to spray as much undercarriage area as possible especially my wheel wells - basically anything I can reach with the sprayer gets sprayed off.

I need to seriously look into getting a power sprayer to do it at home but in the winter months - totally impossible unless you want to ice skate in your driveway.

So short answer - whenever needed - as often as needed - and especially after getting salt spray on it.

My question is what do people use to keep the black plastic fenders, etc. from oxidizing, fading, and just looking old. I have had my 2014 for one month now - don't have a problem but want to do anything possible to prevent a future problem.
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My question is what do people use to keep the black plastic fenders, etc. from oxidizing, fading, and just looking old. I have had my 2014 for one month now - don't have a problem but want to do anything possible to prevent a future problem.
When you order the Ace sliders get a set of their steel fenders too
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Mother's Back to Black works really well on the fenders.

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When you order the Ace sliders get a set of their steel fenders too
I wish but that has to wait until after I get a new front bumper and winch.
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Mother's Back to Black works really well on the fenders.

Amazon.com: Mothers 06108 Back-to-Black Trim Care - 8 oz: Automotive
How often do you use it? Once a week - once a month - after each wash??

Is Amazon the only place that carries that particular product?
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How often do you use it? Once a week - once a month - after each wash??

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Mother's Back to Black works really well on the fenders.

Amazon.com: Mothers 06108 Back-to-Black Trim Care - 8 oz: Automotive
Back to Black is the best thing I have found for fenders.

I have a detailer that washes, waxes, power cleans the under carriage, and details the inside for me for $45 or without wax for $35.

It goes in covered in mud and comes out shiney.....

They like to display the Jeep out front when it is done.

Takes them 3 hours.....
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I went to the self serve power wash today as it snowed yesterday and I had tons of salt on it. Once the roads clear up after a snow - I will wash it off immediately as I have seen what the salt does to vehicles here and even my last one which I had undercoating applied from the dealership. Didn't matter - most everything rusted anyways.

My problem is that I am only 5' tall so trying to aim that power sprayer on the top of my jeep and get that cleaned off is nearly impossible. I do get down low and try to spray as much undercarriage area as possible especially my wheel wells - basically anything I can reach with the sprayer gets sprayed off.

I need to seriously look into getting a power sprayer to do it at home but in the winter months - totally impossible unless you want to ice skate in your driveway.

So short answer - whenever needed - as often as needed - and especially after getting salt spray on it.

My question is what do people use to keep the black plastic fenders, etc. from oxidizing, fading, and just looking old. I have had my 2014 for one month now - don't have a problem but want to do anything possible to prevent a future problem.
do you remember that 303 aerospace treatment we talked about? works wonders on the plastic body parts...
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do you remember that 303 aerospace treatment we talked about? works wonders on the plastic body parts...
X2! I use it on my Soft top every month. I tried on my dash it works and lasts better than anything else I've tried. Amazon by the gallon.
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I've owned a jeep for a month now ... we've HAD to wash it every weekend since hah
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It only gets washed when I come off a really muddy trail or when it rains. LOL

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