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Roadsterstu

Road grime

Is it me, or is it worse than ever this year? Washed the V60 yesterday. For the first time in about 10 days, not for the 10th time in a week. Anyway, beneath the grime there are hundreds of tar spots. The car had a good few when I bought it and they are on the list of things to sort when the weather is better, in the spring. However, it is now peppered in tar spots, including up the tailgate. In this cold weather, how????

I've also finally ordered a snow foam lance for the pressure washer and some Autobrite Direct Magifoam. And some tar remover!
DetmoldDick

I've yet towash my car this year  

I bought some foam but it turns out it was for use in foam parties    
JohnC

Lots of tar spots because of all the emergency patching they do in winter.

And my car hasn't been washed this year either! I am looking forward to some therapeutic rest with fresh air whilst washing it at the weekend.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

JohnC wrote:
I am looking forward to some therapeutic rest with fresh air whilst washing it at the weekend.


Ahhhhh, at last an excuse !  I can claim that I have had lots of "therapeutic rest" over the past 2 weeks !!!
Martin

I haven't washed either car in 2017, but they have both been parked up for 3 weeks.  The BMW is really dirty, so it will be getting a clean on Sunday morning.
Racing Teatray

All that cold weather and high pollution with no rain meant a particular build up of dirt and salt on roads, making them extra dirty. Then it tipped it down, creating even filthier conditions.

My car is largely grey with brown edges after a trip up to rural Suffolk last weekend. My wife's car, which she commutes in every day, was given a jetwash (no point spending more than £2) less than a week ago and is already filthy. At least she's sworn never to buy a white car again given how badly it shows the dirt.
Boxer6

JohnC wrote:
Lots of tar spots because of all the emergency patching they do in winter.

And my car hasn't been washed this year either! I am looking forward to some therapeutic rest with fresh air whilst washing it at the weekend.


Supposed to be heavy rain on Saturday according to the Beeb weather site yesterday. Good luck!
JohnC

Boxer6 wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Lots of tar spots because of all the emergency patching they do in winter.

And my car hasn't been washed this year either! I am looking forward to some therapeutic rest with fresh air whilst washing it at the weekend.


Supposed to be heavy rain on Saturday according to the Beeb weather site yesterday. Good luck!


Sunday it is then!

I am off to the McMillan Cancer Charity lunch tomorrow afternoon and given the guys I am going with, doing anything on Saturday might not be the easiest of options!
Roadsterstu

Getting spannered for charity? Excellent!
Blarno

I broke my own rule and washed my car last weekend, only because some old biddy hit my rear door and I needed it clean for the repair quotes.

Now I've got the quotes it's getting left until March, although I expect the body shop will have to wash it.
Bob Sacamano

I am proud to report that my rear number plate is now illegible.
Bryan M

So was mine but chucked it though £3 wash n go to avoid getting done for unreadable number plates
Alf McQueef

Its always shocking in the winter. What's more shocking is that I've had the XFR nearly 2 years and still have never waxed it - the dealer supplied "supagard" type stuff (not that brand) must have contained unicorn blood or something, it has kept it's shine and crap-repellency amazingly.

Nothing gets tar spots off easier than a simply clay barring, Stu - minimal effort, minimal time, then if you wax afterwards the result is a million dollars whatever wax is used.

Personally I wax so little these days I have loads of it, people give it to me as a gift when out of ideas. So I have multiple unopened Autogylm super resins (indeed whole unopened gift multipacks of Autoglym stuff), , a once-used big bottle of Amor all shield wax (which is probably what the Jag will get), some Meguiar's cleaner wax and even at least a serving of Meguiar's NXT which dates back to me buying the GTA! Which is before my 11 year old daughter was born. If I'm ever at a meet, I'll hand out some wax...
Roadsterstu

It's going to get clay barred. The paint has a horrible texture to it. Thankfully it does at least have minimal swirls marks and a deep colour, so it should come up well with some graft.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Boxer6 wrote:
Supposed to be heavy rain on Saturday according to the Beeb weather site yesterday. Good luck!

.....and the weather we had yesterday and today was nothing like what they forecast; almost totally dry, a bit chilly but sunshine around plus large areas of blue sky for a change, and I didn't have to wash the C-Max this week-end as the continual daily washed over the past 2 weeks meant that it looks clean, even when you're close up to it.

Used the Fiesta this week-end and it got a wash on Saturday afternoon when I got home (c 140 mile drive to Swindon and back), but it certainly hides the dirt a lot better than a white car !
Racing Teatray

I had the GC washed today and it's now tucked away under the new Stormforce car cover my sister gave me for my birthday. At least this way, when the local foxes use it as a handy ramp to get over our garden wall they won't leave mud and scratches all over the paint. And more importantly, I won't stress out about that every night in the wee small hours each time I am woken up by the foxes screeching outside.
Bob Sacamano

Pulled onto the drive yesterday to find what looked like a small Romanian leathering off the BMW. Turns out it was a very cold Mrs. Sacamano in a bobble hat. Apparently it had taken two washes involving 6 buckets of soapy water to get it clean.
I've suggested she keep a bucket and sponge by the front door and she can give it a quick once over when I come in each night. The language would have made a docker blush.
Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Pulled onto the drive yesterday to find what looked like a small Romanian leathering off the BMW. Turns out it was a very cold Mrs. Sacamano in a bobble hat. Apparently it had taken two washes involving 6 buckets of soapy water to get it clean.
I've suggested she keep a bucket and sponge by the front door and she can give it a quick once over when I come in each night. The language would have made a docker blush.




I can report that the car cover does the trick stress-wise. Twice last night I was awoken by the fucking foxes (possibly literally and gangbanging judging from the noise) and it was comparative bliss not to feel the need to rush to the window to see exactly where they are...
Bob Sacamano

Racing Teatray wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Pulled onto the drive yesterday to find what looked like a small Romanian leathering off the BMW. Turns out it was a very cold Mrs. Sacamano in a bobble hat. Apparently it had taken two washes involving 6 buckets of soapy water to get it clean.
I've suggested she keep a bucket and sponge by the front door and she can give it a quick once over when I come in each night. The language would have made a docker blush.




I can report that the car cover does the trick stress-wise. Twice last night I was awoken by the fucking foxes (possibly literally and gangbanging judging from the noise) and it was comparative bliss not to feel the need to rush to the window to see exactly where they are...


You need to start a local hunt meet. Tally ho and away across the urban landscape we go!
Michael

Bob Sacamano wrote:
You need to start a local hunt meet. Tally ho and away across the urban landscape we go!


You're onto something here but I think the traditional hunt in the city isn't going to work, most Defenders following the action couldn't get into the ULEZ, for example.
Perhaps we should look at disruptive technologies, crowd sourcing the location of the fox through an app and then all piling into Über cabs to give chase? When caught the fox can be but on a cycle which seems like the London way to die.
Bob Sacamano

Michael wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
You need to start a local hunt meet. Tally ho and away across the urban landscape we go!


You're onto something here but I think the traditional hunt in the city isn't going to work, most Defenders following the action couldn't get into the ULEZ, for example.
Perhaps we should look at disruptive technologies, crowd sourcing the location of the fox through an app and then all piling into Über cabs to give chase? When caught the fox can be but on a cycle which seems like the London way to die.


Prius Uber cabs with winches on the front so that enthusiasts can get them over back garden fences.

A trail left by a Just Eat delivery boy on a scooter, until the real fox trail is picked up.

Cyclists to be deemed hunt sabateurs with an open season on them.
Racing Teatray

Nice.

Given that laying down fox repellent was entirely useless and that taking midnight pot shots from the upstairs windows with an air-rifle* is liable to result in someone calling the police, I have tasked the gardeners with fitting mesh wiring to the estate railings (properly dug into the ground) to make it harder for the little bastards to get in. They still be able to squeeze under the gates but at least they won't be able to flit willy-nilly through the railings at a run wherever and whenever it suits them. One fox I can just about cope with. It's when there's more than one and they start bickering that the noise starts. And the other night there were no less than five of the bloody things having a vulpine approximation of a Mexican stand-off on the lawn right under our bedroom windows.

*the idea being (i) that it's slightly quieter than a 12-bore and (ii) I really just want to put a pellet in their backside to send them packing, otherwise I have to work out how to dispose of the damned fox carcasses.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Michael wrote:
When caught the fox can be but on a cycle which seems like the London way to die.


A fox on a Boris Bike, whatever next !
Michael

I'm not sure Dr Fox and Boris would get on so well.
Bob Sacamano

Racing takes extreme anti-fox measures:

Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Racing takes extreme anti-fox measures:



I am tempted!
Roadsterstu

I am now officially a snow foam convert! For a 90% clean car, with no contact, it's not bad at all. And it's quite good fun to use.
Michael

Roadsterstu wrote:
I am now officially a snow foam wanker!

FYP. I believe that's the correct term.
Bob Sacamano

Roadsterstu wrote:
I am now officially a snow foam convert! For a 90% clean car, with no contact, it's not bad at all. And it's quite good fun to use.


Can you advise the snowfoam virgins where to get the kit from and the cost?
Martin

Roadsterstu wrote:
I am now officially a snow foam convert! For a 90% clean car, with no contact, it's not bad at all. And it's quite good fun to use.


I've moved from using it through a spray head attached to he pressure washer to spraying it through a 5L hand pump sprayer, you don't get all the foam, but it works just as well and it doesn't need to dwell for as long.  It's also a lot less obvious during and after the process.

Bob- I've tried a couple and now use Bilt Hamber Auto Foam (bought from Ultimate Finish) and a Hozelock 5 litre sprayer.  I think the mix is about 8-9%.
simonp

Roadsterstu wrote:
I am now officially a snow foam convert! For a 90% clean car, with no contact, it's not bad at all. And it's quite good fun to use.


My car is usually so dirty that it only gets about 40% clean after I jizz on it. I am a snow foam wanker and love it!
Martin

Mine was as dirty as it's ever been when I cleaned it on Saturday and it still came up 90%+ clean, i think the spray loosens the dirt better than the foam and it's easier to make sure you don't miss a bit when pressure washing it off.
Michael

I got some Autofinesse stuff which is very good. I put in quite a high concentration which shifted most of the embedded grime when I pressure washed it off.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

I just keep on washing mine every day with water and shampoo, never giving the dirt time to dry !
Racing Teatray

On Saturday morning I awoke and was, for once, pleased to note the muddy foxy pawprints all up the bonnet, windscreen and roof of my car. Pleased for they were on the car cover and thus not on the car. Must say it's a pleasant novelty getting into one's car after a week and it being still as clean as when you left it (which, even absent foxes, never happens in London due to the high levels of atmospheric pollution).
Bob Sacamano

Racing Teatray wrote:
(which, even absent foxes, never happens in London due to the high levels of atmospheric pollution).


I was amazed to read that 16% of households in the South have a wood burning stove. Whatever happened to the Clean Air Act? The pollution those things kick out is tremendous - worse than diesel cars. It seems pointless trying to stop diesel vehicles entering cities if we're going to go back to the pea soupers of the 50s with smoke from chimneys. Madness.
Nice Guy Eddie

Guilty Log burning southerner here.

Very odd there hasn't been a crackdown, I have a number of friends in central London who all burn logs and I often ask what the deal is. I get a gallic shrug in return
Racing Teatray

Our house, being an '80s yuppie dream home, doesn't even have a chimney, let alone a fireplace...
Bob Sacamano

Racing Teatray wrote:
Our house, being an '80s yuppie dream home, doesn't even have a chimney, let alone a fireplace...


You've not made it until you've got a chimney large enough to send a small boy up.
simonp

The eagle has landed. In a tree right above my car the other night. The bonnet has so much bird shit on it that I can hardly see the dirt that is hiding the paint!
Tim

At least the dirt will protect the paint from the birdshit  
PG

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Guilty Log burning southerner here.

Very odd there hasn't been a crackdown, I have a number of friends in central London who all burn logs and I often ask what the deal is. I get a gallic shrug in return


There are two types of wood burning stoves. Ones that can be used outside a clean air zone and ones that can be used inside.

The clean air zone ones have different air flow arrangement so that they will burn at a higher temperature and hence should not produce much soot or particulate. Well that's the theory.

http://www.clearviewstoves.com/clearview-smoke-control
simonp

Tim wrote:
At least the dirt will protect the paint from the birdshit  


I think it had been eating custard, as it is yellow!
Giant

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
(which, even absent foxes, never happens in London due to the high levels of atmospheric pollution).


I was amazed to read that 16% of households in the South have a wood burning stove. Whatever happened to the Clean Air Act? The pollution those things kick out is tremendous - worse than diesel cars. It seems pointless trying to stop diesel vehicles entering cities if we're going to go back to the pea soupers of the 50s with smoke from chimneys. Madness.


I see wood burning stove installations daily. I'm sure they're just currently a must have fashion item for those renovating/building their own home. Most of the time the client says they used it once but it was unbearably hot so never use it again.
DetmoldDick

Giant wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
(which, even absent foxes, never happens in London due to the high levels of atmospheric pollution).


I was amazed to read that 16% of households in the South have a wood burning stove. Whatever happened to the Clean Air Act? The pollution those things kick out is tremendous - worse than diesel cars. It seems pointless trying to stop diesel vehicles entering cities if we're going to go back to the pea soupers of the 50s with smoke from chimneys. Madness.


I see wood burning stove installations daily. I'm sure they're just currently a must have fashion item for those renovating/building their own home. Most of the time the client says they used it once but it was unbearably hot so never use it again.


Do they realise they can be regulated down?
Racing Teatray

In case any of you think I'm exaggerating or getting overly precious about the damned foxes, last night we got home around midnight, and so rather than trying to heave the cover on to a no longer particularly clean car in the dark, I simply parked it well away from the wall on the basis we'd use it again today and thus minimally annoy our neighbour. And guess what a fucking fox decided to climb on it anyway. Christ knows why.

Exhibit A:
simonp

Racing Teatray wrote:
Christ knows why.


Christ thinks it's because the bonnet is nice and warm.
Racing Teatray

Except there was no sign of it having sat down - usually there's a smudge, fur and more footprints. This one seems to have jumped up, put a couple of paws on the windscreen and then jumped back off again.
TreVoR

I would be worried about damage from the car cover. There have been some serious issues on the TVR groups. I would keep a serious eye on the paintwork if I were you.
Racing Teatray

It's a pretty expensive fitted one so I hope it doesn't cause damage.
Michael

I don't think I'd be too worried about potential damage when it is averting actual damage from the foxes.
TreVoR

Michael wrote:
I don't think I'd be too worried about potential damage when it is averting actual damage from the foxes.


Obviously, but I would be keeping a close eye on wing tops and any edges for signs of scuffing.
Racing Teatray

Well, I made sure to use the cover last night and this morning there was a fresh set of muddy prints up and down the length of it.

I wonder if you can legally taser a fox?

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