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Tim

I washed my car!



For the first time in at least 3 months the 320 got a wash.

Mrs Tim, er, kindly bought me a Karcher pressure washer for Christmas and I finally used it yesterday.

I know we have some cleaning Gods on here so I'd just like to list the steps I took and get some feedback.

1) Rinse car with washer using just water.
2) Apply snow foam at the middle setting (in hindsight I should've gone for the max).
3) Leave it for a few minutes
4) Attach Karcher brush and go over the car with water turned on
5) Rinse car with pressure washer just using water again
6) Leave it for 10 minutes, come  back and admire the streaks and missed bits all over the car, consider that the wheels will need to be done the old fashioned way  

In my defence this is the first time I've used a pressure washer like this, I felt slightly under pressure (aha!) by people walking past and scowling AND the car was extremely filthy so is probably due 2 washes anyway!

Let the comments flow.....
DetmoldDick

I have not cleaned my car this year.
Martin

I would never use a brush.  If the foam is the right mix and left to dwell, the pressure washer should be enough to get it pretty clean.  Then you need to use a bucket and sponge to get it 100% clean.
JohnC

Snow foam actually works better on a dry car. However snow foam can only do so much and it then needs a wash with a bucket and a wash mitt - not a brush -AAAAAAH
Martin

I'm getting better / quicker results with snow foam through a hand sprayer.  I cleaned the BMW in about 15mins on Saturday, it wasn't spotless but I was putting the summer wheels on so I wanted it to be cleaner.  It looked pretty good and any more would have been a waste of my time, as it's been raining all day today.
Tim

Ok, brush will be going in the bin.
I reckon I could've done it  a lot quicker if the car hadn't been so dirty to start with.
Martin

I also think you'll get better results blasting the snow foam off than swirling all the dirt around with the brush.
Tim

You're probably right.
When I looked at the car in the light from the garage searchlight I did notice the car needs a good polish anyway - it's got a lot of minor swirl marks and so on.
Polishing it might be a job for the summer.....
franki68

I haven't cleaned the allroad since we left Manchester in June.

Thought I would make an effort to fit in with the locals all of whom drive around with number plates obliterated by dirt,
Bob Sacamano

I'm having to wash my car myself now - since Brexit all the Romanian and Kosovan car washers have gone.
simonp

I did mine the other week. It's all covered in crap again now.
Blarno

DetmoldDick wrote:
I have not cleaned my car this year.


I haven't cleaned my car since December 22nd, and only then because one of my workmates cleaned half of it whislt I was in the bog.
Big Blue

Brush? Brush?

I nearly shat myself when I read that. I don't clean mine more than half a dozen times a year but when I do it's a big job and it shines.

(I did polish the exhaust tips this weekend )
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Blarno wrote:
... one of my workmates cleaned half of it whislt I was in the bog.

I need two of your workmates
Roadsterstu

Martin wrote:
I would never use a brush.  If the foam is the right mix and left to dwell, the pressure washer should be enough to get it pretty clean.  Then you need to use a bucket and sponge to get it 100% clean.


This.

I've only just started using snowfoam but I use it on a dry car. I let it "dwell" for at least 20 minutes, nearer 30, then jet wash it off. That gets it 90% clean. Then wash by hand with a soft mitt and rinse afterwards with the jet wash. I don't use a brush on it.
Blarno

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Blarno wrote:
... one of my workmates cleaned half of it whislt I was in the bog.

I need two of your workmates


Literally just the right hand side. Clear split line down the middle. I was almost impressed.
BeN

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