: "How Dirty Is Your Car" thread



mccombie_5
02-04-06, 08:54 PM
Well, ours hasnt had a wash since November.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c249/mccombie_5/Stuff/Vectranoplates.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c249/mccombie_5/Stuff/norear.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c249/mccombie_5/Stuff/vectra003.jpg

Sandy
02-04-06, 09:06 PM
My cars are spotless 99% of the time. From April until October I do them myself in our driveway. From November until March I take it to a hand car wash, where it's hand washed as I watch and blown dry using a lawn & leaf blower. Twenty Bucks. I cannot tolerate them dirty. That's a definate NO NO.

slk230mb
02-04-06, 09:16 PM
My truck was really dirty from the trip back up to school and all the salt on the roads. I didn't get a chance to take it to the car wash this week, and it's been raining this weekend, so it's less dirty that it was, but still dirty. I need a nice day to go get it washed and put some polish on the chrome rims.

mccombie_5
02-04-06, 09:21 PM
In the summer dad and I keep the Vectra at least immaculate, the Trooper is a different matter, being an off road vehicle, it is filthy anyway, it's driven accross a field every day so my setpmother can tend her horses.

This is the Trooper soon after we took ownership, this was taken AFTER dad had worked that side of the bodywork, it now has a less unslightly wheel cover (as seen in Vectra pictures) and the ugly rustiful draw bar has been replaced with a more subtle item.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c249/mccombie_5/Stuff/Trooper1nplate.jpg

Elvis
02-04-06, 09:46 PM
I got mine washed today at "Mr. Pride."

$14.99 + tax.

It was just too damn cold to do it myself, and it's been about a month.

CIWS
02-04-06, 10:17 PM
This was taken today, now that you ask ;)


http://www.ciws.net/ctsv/0204kat.jpg

Jesda
02-04-06, 10:52 PM
The BMW is freshly washed, but the Nissan is still caked with crap from plowing through snowstorms in the central plains.

http://jesda.spilky.com/turkey2005/IMG_0762.jpg

gdwriter
02-04-06, 11:34 PM
Oh, man, mine is so dirty I can't stand it. Sandy, you'd plotz if you saw Cruella. Not quite as bad as Jesda's Maxima, but close. The whitewalls are dingy graywalls, there's a gray film all over the car and gray streaks running up the hood and roof from highway driving in the heavy rain. And yes, my garage is a mess, too.

We had a string of clear days in December and I washed her then, but since Christmas, it's been "rain, rain, everyday, you'll see the sun some other day."

However, I've seen on both the Weather Channel (http://beta.weather.com/weather/tenday/97351?locid=97351) and National Weather Service (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/forecasts/ORZ007.php?warncounty=ORC053&city=Independence) Web sites that it's supposed to clear up tomorrow and be mostly sunny this week. So between church and the Super Bowl, Cruella is getting a bath.

Tomorrow when she's outside, I'll post some before and after pictures.

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2040001_1.jpg

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2040003_1.jpg

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2040005.jpg

eldorado99
02-04-06, 11:51 PM
Well where I live, I kid you not we had 40 straight days of rain, so I don't usually wash my cars unless the weatherman reports more than 3 days of no rain ahead. So my Ford is pretty dirty right now, but the Caddy is pretty clean, mostly because I don't drive it unless its good weather or the Ford is partially disassembled.

Sandy
02-05-06, 12:01 AM
She looks like a nice car. Too bad you're not in New Jersey, I'd take you to my guy. He is exceptional. He is located in an ewxceptionally wealthy area, and has "regulars" - Regulars are those who come in every week. The town is called "Montclair" New Jersey. For reasons unknown, at least 100 professional sports stars on New York teams have chosen Montclair as their home. Homes there are from a "fix 'em up special" at $800,000 to lavish mansions from the 1930, for 3,4 & 5 million!
The cars he gets in, (I have seen many) are UNreal. Porsche Wide Body Carerras, a Maserati Quattroporte, many Jags (an XK-R Coupe in Flash Red) to mer-SAY-dees the Square Jeep Cherokee one is real popular, and loads of BMW 635 'Verts, and last time I saw a yellow ZO6 (2005) there, 3 Bentley Arnages and 1 Rolls Royce Azure 'Vert, along with many QQ plated cars, such as a 1964 Corvette 427 Vert. They are ALL there, along with my lowly Town Car :suspense: The owner does all the cars, and works alone. Oh, there's also New York TV personalties cars there too, that live in Montclair. Also some top female models from Manhattan live there. You KNOW you're in Montclair when you duck into a coffe shop and a cup of coffee to go is $1.95.

I found out that the well to do demand alot more than the average schmo but they toss BIG bills at the end. The wash is $20.00. I give him $25.00. The Porsche Widebodyguy I saw hand him a fifty. He's some superstar on a NY basketball team.

LittleB
02-05-06, 12:29 AM
It's been raining a lot here so mine is currently dirty...and today the boys were putting in baseboards and crown molding so of course now I have saw dust all over my car as well :bigroll:

Sandy
02-05-06, 12:50 AM
OMG, sawdust is THE worst! It gets into tiny cracks & grooves and is really hard to get out. You have a lawn & leaf blower? Use that ! Wetting the sawdust makes it MUCH harder to get it all off.

Kev
02-05-06, 01:19 AM
I am too ashamed to respond. :nono:

LittleB
02-05-06, 01:32 AM
LOL He was gonna use the pressure washer before I washed it myself.... the car already has swirls in it so oh well.

gdwriter
02-05-06, 01:45 AM
I am too ashamed to respond. :nono:

Chicken. :hide:

I even posted pictures and Sandy hasn't sent anybody to Oregon to have me whacked.

Or are they on their way? :hide:

gothicaleigh
02-05-06, 09:31 AM
My CTS is finally where a black car belongs in winter. Sparkling in the garage.

The 325 is currently... in a snowdrift. So white. Beneath, if memory serves, it is a two tone BMW Delphina grey/blue and dirt/grey. :p

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 09:36 AM
I think dad misses his garage. He has nowhere to like, spend all his free time, so he boarded out the attic to a "fishing room" where he ties all his traces and melts his lead to make weights.

He has everything up there.

Sandy
02-05-06, 10:00 AM
My Sixty Special has never once been in Rain, YES, Virgin Windshield Wipers !
The Town Car has been in rain 2 or 3 times, NEVER in snow, and never when roads are STILL showing signs of salt coverage. Both have garages.
How this has been done? My house's 3rd floor is my office. I can conduct all business from there. When we hear of an impending snow storm, we go marketing and stock up big time. In an emergency, less than a 3 minute walk away is a 7-11 type of store (Express Food Mart) and either I or wife walks over. Usually it's just for milk.
So far this winter, we had but ONE snowfall, that amounted to just 2 inches, and THAT was waaay back in December (early part of month). We've had many days of 50+ temps, and the other day it was sunny & 60 !
But, I think we are finally gonna get it NEXT week! (Snow Storm)
I should move south as I hate snow, it's the car lover's worse nightmare.

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 10:07 AM
that's quite a feat Sandy!!

Dad works about 20 miles from his house, and his wife about 5 or 6. The Trooper has helped greatly this winter, dad doesn't like driving the Vectra in the snow, so the Isuzu has been it's saviour.

Although it only has two seats.....

Elvis
02-05-06, 10:17 AM
Carmela Soprano went to Montclair St.

Sandy
02-05-06, 10:57 AM
That show has been filmed all around here, in this area. It's a PITA, because they totally close the roads for almost an entire day,to shoot 1 or 2 scenes in a house or intersection and the actual blip within the show might take 45 seconds, & the road is shut down from 7AM until 5PM.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-05-06, 11:13 AM
I was Josephine weekly in the summer, but I do it like monthly in winter because I hate when the doors, and locks freeze after I've washed it! That, and it's just too cold to wash it now.

But there is nothing that makes you love your car like seeing it freshly washed, after it was caked with snow and salt residue!
I forgot how clean she shines!

Destroyer
02-05-06, 12:10 PM
that's quite a feat Sandy!!

Dad works about 20 miles from his house, and his wife about 5 or 6. The Trooper has helped greatly this winter, dad doesn't like driving the Vectra in the snow, so the Isuzu has been it's saviour.

Although it only has two seats.....
2 years ago I sold my '01 Trooper. Bad gas mileage and not much more room than a Camry are the reasons I sold it. Basically a good truck but mine was a 2WD version. I bought it new and remember asking myself only weeks later "WTF was I thinking?". Definately did not suit my needs. Here's a pic of the truck seeing as we now need proof of what we say:eek: .

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 12:28 PM
Was yours the V6 engine? If it was its likely to get terrible mileage.

Ours is a 3.1 Turbo Diesel, gets about 27-29mpg. Its also reasonabley fast, for what it is, this is manual transmition, and it has a 4x4 box, selective 4x4, rather than perminant.

Its also a commercial vehicle.

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 12:33 PM
Also:

My dad would kill for the rearmost side windows and the wheels off of that.

peterb
02-05-06, 12:35 PM
Hey, just washed my RS6 this afternoon, but it was filthy before I started - last got washed at Christmas. The wife washed her little Audi too, but the Toyota could still do with a rinse down.

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 12:36 PM
Hey, just washed my RS6 this afternoon, but it was filthy before I started. The wife washed her little Audi too, but the Toyota could still do with a rinse down.

Is you wife's an A2 or A3?

peterb
02-05-06, 12:37 PM
Is you wife's an A2 or A3?
A2 TDi.

boricuacaddy
02-05-06, 12:43 PM
Oh the Horror! :eek: My car is so dirty it was almost mistaken for an abandon car! :banghead:

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 02:08 PM
A2 TDi.

Do they really get 50mpg :eek:

peterb
02-05-06, 03:55 PM
Do they really get 50mpg :eek:
Yep, the average has never been below 50! And it's not a bad little car - the passenger compartment feels as roomy as my old A4, and it's got the typical 'Audi' feel on the road.

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 04:08 PM
Yep, the average has never been below 50! And it's not a bad little car - the passenger compartment feels as roomy as my old A4, and it's got the typical 'Audi' feel on the road.

Thats effing amazing!!

I haven't seen many of these about actually, they dont seem to have sold well, feck knows why if you get 60mpg and Audiness!

peterb
02-05-06, 06:51 PM
Basically, it's just too expensive for the perceived market sector - with a few factory options added, ours came to over £18k! And the rumour is that Audi weren't able to make a profit on it - the manufacture of the aluminium space frame isn't cheap!

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 06:57 PM
Basically, it's just too expensive for the perceived market sector - with a few factory options added, ours came to over 18k! And the rumour is that Audi weren't able to make a profit on it - the manufacture of the aluminium space frame isn't cheap!

18k :jawdrop:

Thats about the same price as a Mondeo Ghia....

Our Vectra cost 4,100, and the Isuzu was 4,300.....

One of my teachers at school sold his Alfa 155 in favour of an A2 Diesel...

Now I know why.

Jon
02-05-06, 07:25 PM
http://jon.q45.org/images/IMG_3884.jpg

They're both spotless

mccombie_5
02-05-06, 07:29 PM
That looks great Jon!

gdwriter
02-05-06, 10:21 PM
OK Sandy, these are for you. Here she is before I got started. You can see how dingy gray she is:

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050001.jpg

Here's the backseat. You can see a Yellow Lab and a blue interior are not a good combination, even with the blanket (why do I allow my dog in the car? He loves to go for rides, and that's why vacuum cleaners were invented). There are also some muddy paw prints on the seat after Hoover's little excursion (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=586515&postcount=441) on Thursday:

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050004.jpg

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050005.jpg

Dingy, dingy, dingy!

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050006.jpg

Work in process. Westley's Bleche-Wite (http://westleys.com/), Heavy Metal Tire & Wheel Cleaner (http://www.heavymetalpolish.com/Products/TireCare/) and a wire brush on the whitewalls. Other than Betty, I've never had a car with whitewalls, and I want them white, dammit. Blackwalls would look tacky on a car like Cruella:

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050008.jpg

I'm gonna wash that gray right off of my car (channeling Mary Martin in South Pacific):

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050013.jpg

Interior Hoovered (pun intended) and Pledged:

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050010.jpg

All done. Not bad for a 15-year-old car with 209,000 miles:

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050019.jpg

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050016.jpg

So Sandy, does this meet your approval?

Let's just hope the Weather Service (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/forecasts/ORZ007.php?warncounty=ORC053&city=Independence) is right for a change and it stays sunny and rain-free this week.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-05-06, 10:28 PM
Gdwriter shes a beaut!

How do you get your wheels so clean? I have the hardest time with that! I actually used a toothbrush on all four wheels once! It took me an hour to do them all!

What do they call that exterior color?

It certainly doesnt look like 209k miles! :)

gdwriter
02-05-06, 10:53 PM
Gdwriter shes a beaut!

How do you get your wheels so clean? I have the hardest time with that! I actually used a toothbrush on all four wheels once! It took me an hour to do them all!

What do they call that exterior color?

It certainly doesnt look like 209k miles! :)

Thanks, Chad. She doesn't drive like it, either. I really do like this car, and she looks so much nicer when she's clean.

The Westley's Bleche-Wite (http://westleys.com/) is the best I've found for whitewalls and the Heavy Metal Tire & Wheel Cleaner (http://www.heavymetalpolish.com/Products/TireCare/) is the best I've found for wheels.

http://www.gdwriter.com/graphics/hubcap.jpg

Betty's wire wheel covers are a bitch to get really clean. I once took them apart and cleaned each spoke individually with chrome polish; took the better part of a weekend and putting them back together was a dicey proposition, so I'm not doing that again. The Heavy Metal cleaner does a really good job on both Cruella's alloys and Betty's hubcaps. I used a toothbrush-sized stainless steel brush on the whitewalls, then a larger brush on the wheels and sidewalls. Bought both brushes at Target.

I believe the color is called Medium Sapphire Blue. Sapphire Blue just happens to be my favorite color.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-05-06, 11:11 PM
I also use that Westley's Bleche-wite on my white walls. I HATE the look of a very dirty white wall. But in these MN winters, its very hard to wash your car regularly, especially since I have that gaping hole in my fender, which actually I can spray water directly into, and nothing happens.

eldorado99
02-05-06, 11:15 PM
Well I hope you guys are all happy, you inspired me to go outside and wash all the cars in the driveway :p. It took a while but I'm finally done, there are a lot of cars out there. phew!

Sandy
02-05-06, 11:44 PM
It looks really great! I notice HOOVER in so many of your pic. You really love him and it's so evident that he really loves you. So nice. I used to have a dog with a mutual relationship like that. She died at 9 and my wife & I still miss her. She was 1 in a million. (Large Afghan Hound ~ No Pictures).

I enjoyed the "Color-Keyed" bucket, too ! :D BTW, what was the temps there, 2-day? Cold here in NJ and we are in for a week of much colder air. Last week we had a record breaker of 60 degrees and 2 50+ degree days. This week we'll be in the teens at nite & mid 20s daily.

Yes, Medium Sapphiree Blue Firemist is the color.

gdwriter
02-06-06, 12:07 AM
It looks really great! I notice HOOVER in so many of your pic. You really love him and it's so evident that he really loves you. So nice.

BTW, what was the temps there, 2-day?

I got the Sandy Seal of Approval! Whoo-hoo!

Thanks for noticing Hoover. He and his two sisters the kitties are not just pets, they're family and very dear to me. He's a wonderful dog and a great companion. I had to run a number of errands yesterday, and he enjoyed getting to go along. He got to come with me at Lowe's and charmed a number of people, then waited patiently in the car while I went into Target.

The only problem with taking him out during the winter is he still likes to stick his head out the window, even when it's cold. Plus, he won't stick with just one window. So I'm alternately lowering one window while raising the other (I've gotten good at toggling the power window switches).

I think it was in the high 40s today, possibly up to 50. It's 37 now at 9 p.m. and may get a little colder overnight. It should be in the 50s this week, so not bad for February.

BTW, I filled my color-keyed bucket with warm water from the sink.

Sandy
02-06-06, 12:32 AM
I love Afghan Hounds & since married we've had 2. Prior I had one myself.

I cannot go thru losing one again. All 3 died at 9 years of age. One of Cancer, one of a blood aliment and one of and unknown reason.

#3 was my all time fav. She was the smartest and most willing to be trained dog I have ever seen in my 59 years. My folks were amazed by her, strangers, family, nobody could believe that dog. She died of a heart attack. We (wife & I) cannot endure to gotru that type of loss again, but I'm still the dog lover, but now I love other people's dogs. Hoover wears it all on his face. I can see the kind of pet he is. I've silently noticed hhim in many other of your photos, too. The Caddy looks terrific, especially for a daily driver. Take it easy with that wire brush.

gdwriter
02-06-06, 12:54 AM
OK, if anybody has suspicions that I've gone off the deep end, this many confirm them. But I don't feel like folding laundry or unloading/loading the dishwasher right now.

Chad, since you asked about the brushes I used on the tires and wheels, here's a picture of them so you'll know what to look for at Target:

http://www.gdwriter.com/cruella/P2050003_1.jpg

The three-brush detail set includes stainless-steel, brass and nylon brushes. I used both the stainless-steel and brass brushes on the whitewalls; both seemed to work equally well. Sandy, which would you recommend?

I used the nylon brush to gently scrub the emblems. Got the loop in the "C" on the rear Cadillac emblem really clean for once.

BTW, my wreath and crest emblems are rather faded, so I bid on and won a hood ornament on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8034169576&viewitem=&rd=1,1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT) today that looks brand new. Hope it won't be too hard to change out. Then I'll look for a new trunk lock cover.

Night Wolf
02-06-06, 01:40 AM
With a hyrdrolocked engine, the car being dirty is the least of my worries :) Well, I got her running :)....

just for S&G's... here are some OLD pics of the Oldsmobile :)...

http://inoventionseast.com/Oldsmobile/PDR_0039.JPG

http://inoventionseast.com/Oldsmobile/PDR_0040.JPG

http://inoventionseast.com/Oldsmobile/PDR_0041.JPG

mccombie_5
02-06-06, 05:49 AM
It looks really great! I notice HOOVER in so many of your pic. You really love him and it's so evident that he really loves you. So nice. I used to have a dog with a mutual relationship like that. She died at 9 and my wife & I still miss her. She was 1 in a million. (Large Afghan Hound ~ No Pictures).


Dad's dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, is on each of my picture of the Vectra funnily enough (I'll take some nicer ones when the windscreen is fixed and after I've washed it on Saturday, it can look nice, i promise), the Staffy (Char) has taken a liking to sleeping in my room at Dad's house when I'm not there, so when I am, she recognises the smell and stays by my side. On Saturday she was looking after the car whilst it was off the driveway, she stayed near it all day and made sure nobody touched it!

My own dog is a Gordon Setter, Oscar. He's 5 years old, and hes like a big lapdog! His size is hard to scale from that picture, but he really is BIG.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c249/mccombie_5/Stuff/OscarGarden.jpg

davesdeville
02-06-06, 05:53 AM
My Eldo is usually fairly clean. I had the battery die on me, and it tested good at Autozone, so it sat for about 2 weeks while I drove the 75. Some douchebag must've launched a soda at it from a moving car, and dust got stuck to the soda... it was really bad. That's the only time it's been real dirty though.

The 75 has always been clean.

Sandy
02-06-06, 09:27 AM
I would not use any brushs on center caps. I would use a sponge & dish detergent like Palmolive Green in hot soapy water and rub wit sponge. Brush bristles leave behind scratchs. That's okay for the actual rims but not plactic coated center caps.

gdwriter
02-06-06, 10:36 AM
I would not use any brushs on center caps. I would use a sponge & dish detergent like Palmolive Green in hot soapy water and rub wit sponge. Brush bristles leave behind scratchs. That's okay for the actual rims but not plactic coated center caps.

Good to know. Thanks Sandy!