Washing car during winter?

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  1. dougfir

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    Do you guys wash your car during the winter? I live in northern california where it rains, but does not snow. Should I even bother washing it every week if it rains almost every week? during the summer, I'd wash only once or twice a month since it doesn't get dirty very quickly.
     
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    Wash it regardless. You don't want a couple of months of grime to build up on the paint.
     
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    I wash my car during the winter, about every 2 weeks.
     
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    ok, just wanted to make sure I'm not being anal about my car (which is what my friends tell me). Thanks!
     
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    Never hurts to have a cleaned and waxed car, even in the winter.
     
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    Your friends obviously neglect their cars' paint, then. You should bring that to your attention.
     
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    You'll get the last laugh on them when in two years, your car still looks new and their cars look like ass.
     
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    haha you guys are great.
     
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    i live in northen california too in the bay area. i just wait till the rain stops one day and i wash my car. i'd also wax it so it can bead off all that damn rain water
     
  10. Type R Boy

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    I think washing your car in the winter is a MUST if you live in Canada. All the salt and dirt can really do a number on your cars paint finish. Also if you regularly clean it (once a week, or at least once every 2 weeks) you will prevent your car from rusting as well. I know ppl who have never rust proofed their car but take the time once every 2 weeks to either power wash (coin-op) or bring it thru a touchless that sprays the bottom to get rid of the salt and grime, that dont have a single spec of rust after 10 years.
     
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    n2_space Space > *.*

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    I :love: QEW in the winter :bigthumb:
     
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    I live in Saskatoon and we have very cold and long winters up here (its been snowing almost everyday for the last week) Is it still possible to use qew to wash my car? What is the coldest temperature that you would wax your car at? Are there any waxes designed to be put on in the winter?
     
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    You can QEW wash a car in temps as cold as the upper 20's but you have to work fast if the car has been in the cold all day. If you have access to a garage you can work inside because QEW leaves very little water on the ground.

    What do you mean by waxes designed to be put on in the winter?
     
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    I thought generally waxes shouldnt be applied at temperatures less than 15 Celcius (60 degress Fahrenheit). I was wondering if there are some waxes that work better than others when applied at 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit
     
  15. MrBonus

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    I hate winter washing. :hs:

    I usually just use lukewarm water and dishwashing gloves along with thick attire and just try and get through it as quickly as possible.
     
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    I wash inside in the winter. Nice heated garage. :)
     
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    Most synthetics can be used right down to the freezing mark, carnaubas can be finicky under 40 degrees.
     
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    I've used QEW in the teens :hs:
     
  19. Isn't using warm water on a cold car supposed to be bad for the paint though?

    I usually can get my garage temp just above freezing. I have a hot water hookup; but always been scared to use it.

    I need to move to Florida :hs:.
     
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    My parent's garage has it's own hot water heater! And with having R20 in the walls and R45 in the ceiling it's nice and warm in the winter (also has it's own 60 amp electrical service, but no heater, it doesn't need it). Wish I had QEW when I was living at home in the winter :(
     
  21. MrBonus

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    I just use water that is warm enough to keep my hands from freezing but nowhere near hot. I've never had a problem with damaging the paint.
     
  22. autoracer1

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    Advantage: Having worked at a car dealer.

    I can go back and work inside the heated shop :cool: I'm going to put my car on the hoist and pressure wash it every week or so.
     
  23. White95Max

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    I wash my car every 2 days or so in winter. I plan to take it to a DIY car wash this winter at least 3 times just to spray off all the salt and crap from the underbody/wheelwells.
    Wash your car when it's dirty. Just because it's going to rain again in a few days doesn't matter. It's supposed to rain/snow here on Monday, but I'm definitely washing my car tomorrow.
     

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