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Broch Hunter

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Be careful of the jet wash detergent/wash brushes, they are normally full of grit and brake dust and will scratch the hell out of your paint.
A colleague of mine once used a jet wash at a supermarket to clean his new Mercedes and found he had grit blasted the paintwork to the extent it needed a respray. The cause was eventually determined to be an ill fitted/missing inlet filter on the jet wash, but only after a legal battle between the supermarket, the jet wash operating company and my friend. At one stage Mercedes became involved as the jet wash company said it must have been because of poor quality paintwork on the car.
 
CaliBear

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A colleague of mine once used a jet wash at a supermarket to clean his new Mercedes and found he had grit blasted the paintwork to the extent it needed a respray. The cause was eventually determined to be an ill fitted/missing inlet filter on the jet wash, but only after a legal battle between the supermarket, the jet wash operating company and my friend. At one stage Mercedes became involved as the jet wash company said it must have been because of poor quality paintwork on the car.
Wow, I bet that was a massive headache to get sorted with each party blaming the other.
Most car washes recycle the water in a big tank underneath the wash area (which is why they hate having really muddy off roading 4x4s), not sure if it's the same on that pressure washer, but sounds like it could have been and why the grit was coming through as clean water without the filter.
Hope it all worked out ok in the end despite the no doubt expense of having to go down the legal route.
 
Karlos

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I never use jet washes, I use a bucket with a decent wash & wax mixed with recycled rain water from one of our water butts, Start with all openings doors boot bonnet fuel filler rinse with rain water from a watering can.

The main vehicle start at the top as Borris said and work my way down rinsing as I go then allow to dry (difficult the last few months) 2 different sponges, one for bodywork and the other for wheels. Wax every couple of months.

Always worked well for me, Audi always comment on the bodywork condition of my wife's car which is 5 years old now and has had this treatment about once a week.
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soulstyledevon

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@Karlos get a two bucket washing method going. It really works...

Im onto the glass today.
Hot rinse with a spray bottle, clean down, then claybar rinse again and finally wax...

Check out the glass reflection... :cool:

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soulstyledevon

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Now the OCD kicked in......

Wheels spray rinsed, clayed and polished.
Check the before pic, with brake dust on the wheel. The Clay Bar has lifted this off and brought them back to life.
Now do I get the jack out and remove the wheels to do the inside...:headbang

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willwander

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They are looking nice :thumb
Are you sure about this, they can be a twat to get off lol
 
CaliBear

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Now the OCD kicked in......

Wheels spray rinsed, clayed and polished.
Check the before pic, with brake dust on the wheel. The Clay Bar has lifted this off and brought them back to life.
Now do I get the jack out and remove the wheels to do the inside...:headbang

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Ha, ha! I guess if you have the time.
My folks next door neighbour does that everytime he washes his car. I like to do a job properly but there's no way I have the time to do that everytime, especially as they will be dirty again by the end of the week.
I use those wheel brushes with a handle and some reasonably strong mixed APC in a sprayer. The brushes get at the back wheels easy but with the brake calipers in the way on the front you can use a small brush or roll the van forwards/backwards a few feet.
 
Borris

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I never use jet washes, I use a bucket with a decent wash & wax mixed with recycled rain water from one of our water butts, Start with all openings doors boot bonnet fuel filler rinse with rain water from a watering can.

The main vehicle start at the top as Borris said and work my way down rinsing as I go then allow to dry (difficult the last few months) 2 different sponges, one for bodywork and the other for wheels. Wax every couple of months.

Always worked well for me, Audi always comment on the bodywork condition of my wife's car which is 5 years old now and has had this treatment about once a week.
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Nice Cali and very smart indeed.

Candy white is one of my favourite colours. I've had two VWs and a Skoda in that colour in the past and the current van is half Candy White. It always looks crisp and stunning when cleaned and I've always felt that unlike the darker colours it looks cleaner for longer. It's also easy to touch up without the repair showing like on a metalic colour

Using rain water from water butts is a really good idea especially it you live in a hard water area. The calcium deposits left behind after a hard water wash are very unsightly and a right $@d to shift. However be careful, I'm sure you'd know this but just in case, if the water butt contents have come off your roof via the gutters and down pipes then it will contain grit from the tiles as well as other grit laden crud often deposited by our feathered friends. Whilst most of it will settle at the bottom of the butt below the tap level, it would be dangerous to assume that all you are drawing off is clear water. I've also tried doing this in the past and discovered grit in the water, thankfully before I used it! It should really be filtered before use.
 
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westfalia

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@Karlos get a two bucket washing method going. It really works...

Im onto the glass today.
Hot rinse with a spray bottle, clean down, then claybar rinse again and finally wax...

Check out the glass reflection... :cool:

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You've missed a bit. :)

I would like to do the same but we've lovely blue skies and a wind
chill of about -10.

Nice Gondola. :thumb I was looking for one last year, found one but it was 3k:headbang
 
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You've missed a bit. :)

I would like to do the same but we've lovely blue skies and a wind
chill of about -10.

Nice Gondola. :thumb I was looking for one last year, found one but it was 3k:headbang
That was my project for late summer last year.
Unfortunately the rain came and I haven’t been able to make a start.
Will hopefully get things moving over the coming weeks. It’s going to be garden room/play house for our little one.
Gonna mount on a small deck with a slide off...

Well that’s the plan ;)

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TripleBee

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Ha, ha! I guess if you have the time.
My folks next door neighbour does that everytime he washes his car. I like to do a job properly but there's no way I have the time to do that everytime, especially as they will be dirty again by the end of the week.
I use those wheel brushes with a handle and some reasonably strong mixed APC in a sprayer. The brushes get at the back wheels easy but with the brake calipers in the way on the front you can use a small brush or roll the van forwards/backwards a few feet.
I do it once a year per set.
When winter wheels get on, I clean both inside and outside of the alloys. When alloys on, I clean the steel wheels. Not that easy anymore as the rust is coming up.
 
Karlos

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Nice Cali and very smart indeed.

Candy white is one of my favourite colours. I've had two VWs and a Skoda in that colour in the past and the current van is half Candy White. It always looks crisp and stunning when cleaned and I've always felt that unlike the darker colours it looks cleaner for longer. It's also easy to touch up without the repair showing like on a metalic colour

Using rain water from water butts is a really good idea especially it you live in a hard water area. The calcium deposits left behind after a hard water wash are very unsightly and a right $@d to shift. However be careful, I sure you'd know this but just in case, if the water butt contents have come off your roof via the gutters and down pipes then it will contain grit from the tiles as well as other grit laden crud often deposited by our feathered friends. Whilst most of it will settle at the bottom of the butt below the tap level, it would be dangerous to assume that all you are drawing off is clear water. I've also tried doing this in the past and discovered grit in the water thankfully before I used it! It must be filtered before use.
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]Thanks Borris, I clean the butts out twice a year and the 2 I use for bodywork come off a corrugated plastic roof on my carport at the back of my garage the water goes into the first but and overflows to a second which is the one I draw from.
I love the Candy White so glad I didn't go for Mojave Beige which was my first choice. I had thought of a bottom half wrap but think I have talked myself out of it although I do like your van colour with the lower half in Starlight Blue.1.jpg
 
Karlos

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Sorry not sure what went wrong there, my reply should have been -

]Thanks Borris, I clean the butts out twice a year and the 2 I use for bodywork come off a corrugated plastic roof on my carport at the back of my garage the water goes into the first but and overflows to a second which is the one I draw from.
I love the Candy White so glad I didn't go for Mojave Beige which was my first choice. I had thought of a bottom half wrap but think I have talked myself out of it although I do like your van colour with the lower half in Starlight Blue.1.jpg
 
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That was my project for late summer last year.
Unfortunately the rain came and I haven’t been able to make a start.
Will hopefully get things moving over the coming weeks. It’s going to be garden room/play house for our little one.
Gonna mount on a small deck with a slide off...

Well that’s the plan ;)

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Awesome! You bought one of the gondolas from Flumserberg. That‘s our homebase! For the last nine years I trained kids there on the snowboard (base-boarding.ch)!
Seeing the gondola your garden next to your California made my day!
 
Borris

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Sorry not sure what went wrong there, my reply should have been -

]Thanks Borris, I clean the butts out twice a year and the 2 I use for bodywork come off a corrugated plastic roof on my carport at the back of my garage the water goes into the first but and overflows to a second which is the one I draw from.
I love the Candy White so glad I didn't go for Mojave Beige which was my first choice. I had thought of a bottom half wrap but think I have talked myself out of it although I do like your van colour with the lower half in Starlight Blue.View attachment 56544
Looks like a good set up.
 
soulstyledevon

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Awesome! You bought one of the gondolas from Flumserberg. That‘s our homebase! For the last nine years I trained kids there on the snowboard (base-boarding.ch)!
Seeing the gondola your garden next to your California made my day!
Sapto, epic...
My wife and I went for a long weekend in January. It’s a beautiful place and would like to go back in summer.
We had some lovely conditions whilst there.
Your so lucky having these places on your doorstep.


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