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Washing the Car


Go to your local autoparts store and pick up some car wash soap. Meguires and several other companies sell car wash soap. The secret to the stuff is that it doesn't remove your wax, what a concept eh? If you use normal dish soap, kiss all that hard work good bye. You want to use as little as possible or you will still remove some of the wax. Use lots of water and little soap.

red_triangle.gif (202 bytes) Matt Trostel writes about water spots and washing your car:

I don't usually have this problem on my Super Black '92 SE-R.   Here's some tips that might help.

These tips are assuming that the water spots are from the most recent wash.  If they're old water spots, you may have to do a multi-step clean/polish/wax process to get the water spots off the finish.

Under the Hood

Special care should be taken to not get water in the spark plug wells. It will cause rusting and corroding of the contacts. There are two ways to avoid the water problem:

  1. Use compressed air to remove moisture once it gets into the plug wells.
  2. When washing your car, either jack the car up so that the water runs off, or park on an incline so that the water runs off.

red_triangle.gif (202 bytes) Searl Tate writes about cleaning under the hood:

Unless you live in a high mineral/salt area, I advise against it. Taking cues from Mike Kojima's immaculate bay, I used his technique.

Just get a bucket of water, and a couple of paint brushes of varying sizes. For cleaning solution, I used both citrus cleaner and "Simple Green" on separate occasions. I prefer the latter (buy a big Price Club size and dilute it). My best results came from about a 30:1 mixture for dusty areas, and closer to 2:1 for oily spots (be careful where you spray the concentrate). Use the appropriate size brush for the job and use water sparingly. Another device that worked well for me is a "dishwashing" style glass cleaner (long handle). I have two- one with a brush, and one with a sponge head. A large spray bottle with clean water and adjustable nozzle works well to rinse tight areas. Shop towels or durable disposables work well to catch the rest.

Do this, and you don't need to worry about over spray and damaging components.