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Old 06-11-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Is it just me or do most Jeepers out there keep their jeeps dirty and unattended? I understand that its dirty when you go mudding or off roading, but after that why not give it a nice bath? We spend thousands on upgrades but most people can't spend $12 on having it cleaned.

I'm only saying this because most TJ's and older jeeps in the Houston area look neglected and worn.

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Old 06-11-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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If I don't have money to take it to the car wash, then yea. It'll stay dirty for a couple days. But mine isn't $12. Think more like $25 and up in quarters. And that's a typical day for me.

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Old 06-11-2013, 05:08 PM   #3
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I can only speak for myself, but I bought my Jeep as a second vehicle so that I didn't have to worry about doing anything but have fun with it. I have another car that I baby and Jeeps imo just don't look bad even when their dirty. Every 4 months I wash, clay, polish and wax it and that's about it (I do not off road it). With that being said, just because my jeep has some light dirt on it, doesn't mean it's neglected overall.
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If I don't have money to take it to the car wash, then yea. It'll stay dirty for a couple days. But mine isn't $12. Think more like $25 and up in quarters. And that's a typical day for me.
25 is a bit high, but it's at least 12 bucks to rinse her down after a day on the beach. But that's "dirt" you can't see.

I like the way my Jeep looks after a day up in the woods.....
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I have been kicked out of a few car washes for being to muddy.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:19 PM   #6
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I have been kicked out of a few car washes for being to muddy.
yeah, you wouldn't want to bring your dirty jeep to a car wash...
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:26 PM   #7
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I use my hose. Why spend money when there's free water at your house?
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:55 PM   #9
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I keep my rig dirty and unattended. Its a 3rd vehicle, fully depreciated, and only used on jamborees so I'm not too concerned. I only wash it after jeep jamborees to get rid of the major filth. On the other hand, I do not neglect my chevelle and it is always perfectly clean.
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25 is a bit high, but it's at least 12 bucks to rinse her down after a day on the beach. But that's "dirt" you can't see.

I like the way my Jeep looks after a day up in the woods.....
It may be, but it's also because I scrub under and all over. You've got beach dirt, we have mud that sticks and hardens that you really need to scrub. Plus I don't have a house yet and living in an apartment.
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I have been kicked out of a few car washes for being to muddy.
I've been banned from WaterWay car wash. So don't feel bad. I can only go to the independent car washes.
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All my buddies give my shit for washing my Jeep. I have had a guy who I bought something off craigslist from ask me if I ever take it wheeling because it was clean. I dont know, some people think REAL off road rigs stay dirty.
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I've had my fill of rust and pin stripes. Sure looking rugged is cool for the trip home and maybe a day, but this ol bastard has to last and look at least half as pretty as myself. Always give it a solid initial rinse and sprinkler treatment after wheelin' and wash (possibly rewax/polish) it completely within the next few days. You can always get it muddy for free, but repainting and worn out components due to neglect cost waaay more than what "rugged" is worth.
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It's a Jeep. It's ok to have some dirt. I wash mine when I get tired of the dirt falling off onto my garage floor or if I have to work on it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #15
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It's a Jeep. It's ok to have some dirt. I wash mine when I get tired of the dirt falling off onto my garage floor or if I have to work on it.
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I've had my fill of rust and pin stripes. Sure looking rugged is cool for the trip home and maybe a day, but this ol bastard has to last and look at least half as pretty as myself. Always give it a solid initial rinse and sprinkler treatment after wheelin' and wash (possibly rewax/polish) it completely within the next few days. You can always get it muddy for free, but repainting and worn out components due to neglect cost waaay more than what "rugged" is worth.
the sprinkler trick rocks!!!

I'm a firm believer after replacing too many U-joints and brake calipers over the years.
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the sprinkler trick rocks!!!

I'm a firm believer after replacing too many U-joints and brake calipers over the years.
Did it the first time after playin' in the sand at the pine barrens. Even though I got the majority of it at the coin op washer still had a bunch work its way out. Absolutely a necessity now.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:43 PM   #18
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I treat my TJ just as good as my King Ranch Power stroke F250. They get washed 2 or 3 times a year whether they need it or not.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:55 PM   #19
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I let the rain take care of the paint. But after the beach or mud I spend at least an hour cleaning everything underneath. I'm fighting a war on rust
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #20
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What's the sprinkler treatment? Are you talking about letting a persons sprinkler spray your jeep while your driving by? Or do you place a moveable sprinkler under the jeep?
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I heard about putting it under the jeep....
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:27 PM   #22
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Well that's in interesting, hassle-free way to clean off your baby I guess
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:14 AM   #23
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guess I am in the minority, I keep my TJ completely detailed all the time. Weekly washing, monthly polishing, get all the brake dust off the wheels, tire shine, Back to Black on the plastic pieces, and the interior is kept spotless also, vacuumed after each trip (I take my shedding Lab with me) and wiped clean with Lemon Pledge. And the engine bay too gets weekly detailing. Even the underside is cleaned. You can read the original paper part number tags on the shocks, driveshaft, etc.

Yeah, I'm weird and its only an old Wrangler but why not take pride in keeping it clean and detailed, I've have plenty of fellow Jeepers come up and comment on how they like the look of a super clean TJ. That makes it worth the effort.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:02 AM   #24
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My jeep got its first bath three weeks ago. unlikely to get one anytime soon, other than to rinse brake dust off. the inside needs a good dusting though. may explain the sneezing fits I encounter when the windows are rolled up. :P
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No matter how many times I wash my jeep It still looks the same. Scratches, dents, pinstriping, some foreign blue paint on the side. So I do it sparingly. I do not use it in the mud anymore either.
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I have had dirt and junk fall on me while under the Jeep checking and tightening stuff.

So, I always give it a good wash after a trip. Especially underneath. Nothing too extreme, the interior is always pretty dusty and dirty, and the paint has lots of mountain pin striping on it.
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guess I am in the minority, I keep my TJ completely detailed all the time. Weekly washing, monthly polishing, get all the brake dust off the wheels, tire shine, Back to Black on the plastic pieces, and the interior is kept spotless also, vacuumed after each trip (I take my shedding Lab with me) and wiped clean with Lemon Pledge. And the engine bay too gets weekly detailing. Even the underside is cleaned. You can read the original paper part number tags on the shocks, driveshaft, etc.

Yeah, I'm weird and its only an old Wrangler but why not take pride in keeping it clean and detailed, I've have plenty of fellow Jeepers come up and comment on how they like the look of a super clean TJ. That makes it worth the effort.
While not quite as anal as you, I like mine to stay clean in between outings and pretty much right after. I usually hit a wash station immediately after a wheeling trip before even going home, then do a more thorough job once at home. This pic was taken less than 24hrs after a particularly dirty off road ride.

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[QUOTE=kshaws21;3860292]While not quite as anal as you, I like mine to stay clean in between outings and pretty much right after. I usually hit a wash station immediately after a wheeling trip before even going home, then do a more thorough job once at home. This pic was taken less than 24hrs after a particularly dirty off road ride.

im the same i like having a clean tj (more so since its black) but im not afraid to get it filthy i recently went on a run over anderson damn ranch and hit several deep mud holes a day later i had my jeep looking like new - the mountin pinstriping.
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. I dont know, some people think REAL off road rigs stay dirty.
I hear you, I wheel mine as hard as the rest of crew on a given outing, but I like my jeeps clean, so I spend the time washing as soon after the I get back home as I can, sometimes the same day. I don't feel the need to roll up to work on Monday with a dirty rig to "show" that I am a hardcore wheeler.
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I keep mine spit shined. I love getting it dirty too, it's a Jeep after all. But I also have fun getting it back home and putting a nice shine on it... even the tires. But that's just me.

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