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Do you wash your truck before a road trip?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by 1UPPER, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. Apr 28, 2017 at 8:36 AM
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    I'm curious if anyone besides myself likes to wash their truck before a long road trip? Yes I know it will get bugs and dirt all over it. I just enjoy having a clean ride inside and out before a long trip. I also like having a clean windshield while driving. Anyone else feel the same way? IMG_7196.jpg IMG_7197.jpg
     
  2. Apr 28, 2017 at 8:37 AM
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    Hell no. o_O I don't even wash it after the road trip. :D
     
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    Nah I wash it after road trip.
     
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    It's a lot easier to wash it after road trip if it's clean before though. Maybe it's just me wanting all those other truck brand owners to wish they had a Tundra as well. Lol
     
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    Yep, I definitely wash it before a trip.
     
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    I feel ya on the inside part but I wash afterwards
     
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    I also wash her at least once a month with a spray on wax and apply a hand wax twice a year so I plan these around road trips
     
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    Spray on wax??? How does that work? No wiping on or off?
     
  9. Apr 28, 2017 at 8:56 AM
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    It's a wax as you dry. Spray it on when the car is still wet then I squeegee and dry with a microfiber. Works pretty well
     
  10. Apr 28, 2017 at 8:58 AM
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    i wash it both before and after.....i'm weird..
     
  11. Apr 28, 2017 at 8:59 AM
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    Any good particular brand? I throw my back out trying to wax. Need to try something new.
     
  12. Apr 28, 2017 at 9:07 AM
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    I always wash mine before and after, sometimes even while I'm at my destination. I keep small bottles of 303, spot cleaner and instant detailer in the truck all the time. My wife says there's something wrong with me o_O
     
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    I wash it just to sit in the garage, LOL. So yes, I would clean before a trip (unless the trip is to get it dirty :mudding:, then no).
     
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    Inside before a trip. Depends how dirty it is outside. If I'm going somewhere it's snowy/ rainy. Nope. Not until after trip.
     
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    This is what I have used on the Taco and Tundra for years. Using a jelly blade to squeegee the car is not only a ton faster but A LOT easier too.
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    Jelly blade? Never seen those. Local auto parts places carry them?
     
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    Fellow foam cannon user I see....nice!

    Hell yeah, I wash it before and after a long trip. Family and friends think I am weird but if you start with a clean truck it's easier to get back to a clean truck after the trip. That's my thinking anyway.
     
  18. Apr 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM
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    Yes, i also wash them generally before a rain storm. That said, my tundra has been deprived, have only washed it once. But I generally wash 1-2 cars every weekend.
     
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    Haven't seen them in any auto stores but Amazon has them.

    https://www.amazon.com/California-C...396892&sr=8-1&keywords=california+jelly+blade

    I bought it in a package that came with a California duster too. It has a special wax on it so you can wipe off dust without scratching the car in between washes. The neighbors think I'm crazy for washing so often, but when they see me dusting it they think I am nuts lol

    https://www.amazon.com/California-C...rd_wg=ntIus&psc=1&refRID=VPG0GG66AMKWCA9MAQ61
     
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    Yeah, I try to wash it all the time. But we get a lot of rain, so I usually wash it, then 15 minutes later it rains and its a mess again.

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    do not use EITHER of those products above. Esp the duster, all it's doing is moving dirt around your paint and scratching it. The jelly, your car better be spotless of dirt otherwise it's doing the same thing. Trust me on this.


    Learn how to sheet water off the car after a wash, or if you like wasting money, do a full RO/DI system setup like I've done. Don't ever dry a car, water dries spotless. Still will bust out an air compressor or the leaf blower to get it out of jams, etc.


    CRspotless makes great RO/DI units.
     
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    Road trip part is irrelevant. I barely wash my truck lol.
     
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    I wasn't going to say it, being somewhat of a new guy here, but everything mentioned above is correct.
     
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    Coming from personal experience I've used these products for more than 7 years on multiple vehicles with no such issues. I'm pretty anal when it comes to washing and keeping a clean car and considering the frequency at which I wash I would have had an issue by now. I can see if you didn't know how to properly use the products it could cause some issues. #scratchfreesince93
     
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    coming from multiple experiences as someone who detailed cars for a living for some time, has cars with $10K paint jobs, once did product developing and testing for a very popular car care product company.....and has chatted with some of the industries top detailers. There was a time where I thought they were safe too, and my experience showed me they aren't. I've got multiple california dusters that are 20+ years old.....that haven't seen a car in 15+ years.


    You'd be amazed how often the conversation of "how people think these two products are safe to use" i've had.....

    You keep doing your thing, but I would never even come close to recommending these products for use; nor do I know anyone who has examined a cars paint in depth that would.


    Will the duster get the dust off? Absolutely (as long as you get all that wax coating out with a few weeks of wrapping it in newspaper so you get no more streaking)....will the gel glide get water off? Absolutely. (although, learn about water sheeting....much more efficient).


    But, take a look with a good light or the bright sunlight at your paint....and you'll see the damage they've both created.


    bottomline, you are trapping dirt between your paint an an object and dragging it across your paint...
     
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    I wash it before the trip, right before I get to the destination and when I get back.
    :anonymous:
     
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    I always do a wash before and after, I put that Chemical Guys stuff to work. And I would for sure rather have dirty wheels and paint than a dirty grille and windshield.
     
  29. Apr 28, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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    I respect your experience and opinion but I'll stick with my experiences as none of youre statements have been an issue for me. I agree that people have mixed feelings on these but most from what I have heard and conversed are positive.

    Again usung the product incorrectly could do what you say. I mention this again because of how you described the use of these products. The jelly is meant to squeezee water off of a clean vehicle after wash. If you are still trapping dirt between the blade and jelly you aren't washing the vehicle properly. As for the duster its not meant to be used as a tradional duster in a swirling motion rather than in a light swipe.

    In the end we can agree to disagree. Now if you excuse me I'm going to go wash my truck.
     
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    I wash mine before a trip if it's not raining. Usually when ever it needs it.
     

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