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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-09-2020, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Exterior cleaner/detergent or not

My 88 Spur is starting to attract a little dust from her first few outings. Want to give it a wash but would love some recommendations on how to go about it given I'd rather not wreck a work of art. The OM suggests just hosing down with cold water, but would love to hear opinions on whether a detergent would help, and if so what. I'm seeing lots of threads on polishing, but not necessarily cleaning. I might be over complicating this I'm sure, but would love to hear people's thoughts. I don't plan on doing this too often given the opportunity for introducing H2O into places I'd rather it not settle, so if there are any 'apply & wipe' options I'd be pleased to hear them.

Anything especially different needed for the Everflex roof I need to be aware of?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-09-2020, 09:08 PM
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Personally I use car shampoo but don't let the soapy water sit on the car for long so I rinse it in stages as I go. I use 2 buckets, 1 with soapy warm water and the other with clear water so I can rinse the sponge in the clear water each time it starts to run dry and then dip it in the soapy water and start washing again. The reason for the clear water bucket is to remove any grit from the sponge before each soapy application. I rinse the whole car down before I start to remove any grit and wash from the top downwards. Leave the wheel arches, lower sills and wheels until last as those areas usually contain the highest quantities of grit and you don't want to rub that grit over your paintwork. I then run a chamois over the paint to remove any water marks before the car fully dries. A brisk drive helps to dry the car off completely but sometimes I use my air compressor to blow dry inside the wheel arches and into any drain orifices under the sills. I've no experience where everflex roofs are concerned.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-09-2020, 09:34 PM
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A decent car shampoo like migures works, I use a foam cannon to begin to soak down the car and then shampoo , wash and dry and wax.
Nothing scientific
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Thanks folks. Got to get me a foam cannon!
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I tend to refer to the bible:


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2020, 04:48 PM
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Thanks Detomaso, plenty of excellent advice there.
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