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Old 13 Nov 2004, 05:05 pm
caliclown
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Default Best way to wash 2005 TL

Just bought this thing and I need to take care of it after driving a
piece of garbage for years. What is the best way to wash this car and
what are the best products to use?

I live in an apartment complex and don't have access to a hose. I do
park in a covered garage however.

Also, I already picked up a few minor scratches in the lower passenger
side bumper. What is the best way to get rid of these? I'm sure I'll
pick up many scratches along the way, but it sucks to get them after 1
week of ownership.

I'd appreciate any ideas.

Thanks.
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Old 13 Nov 2004, 11:32 pm
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Why in the world would you spend money on a luxury car when you (apparently)
don't even own a house?

That seems an incredibly inefficient method to acquire wealth.

When I was saving for a house, I kept cars for 10+ years and then bought
only when I had enough cash to pay for it in full. And if I didn't have
enough money for a new car, I bought used.

That ~$40K would go a long way to buying real estate -- not in Santa
Barbara, where median house prices are $1M, but probably wherever you are.

- Russ in SB


"caliclown" <caliclown@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:56713dd9.0411131505.4364572c@posting.google.c om...
> Just bought this thing and I need to take care of it after driving a
> piece of garbage for years. What is the best way to wash this car and
> what are the best products to use?
>
> I live in an apartment complex and don't have access to a hose. I do
> park in a covered garage however.
>
> Also, I already picked up a few minor scratches in the lower passenger
> side bumper. What is the best way to get rid of these? I'm sure I'll
> pick up many scratches along the way, but it sucks to get them after 1
> week of ownership.
>
> I'd appreciate any ideas.
>
> Thanks.



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Old 14 Nov 2004, 12:13 am
John
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Default Re: Best way to wash 2005 TL

You are coming across like you are calling him stupid for spending HIS
money. I bought a new '99 TL and still lived in an apartment. I traveled a
lot and wasn't home enough to take care of a house. I own a home now, but if
I were single, I'd live in an apartment. When you're only home 3-4 days a
month, a home is too much to worry about.

You're goals are most likely not the same as his. Ever think of that?

"RLL" <rlombardo@cox.net> wrote in message
news5Cld.114862$cJ3.96585@fed1read06...
> Why in the world would you spend money on a luxury car when you

(apparently)
> don't even own a house?
>
> That seems an incredibly inefficient method to acquire wealth.
>
> When I was saving for a house, I kept cars for 10+ years and then bought
> only when I had enough cash to pay for it in full. And if I didn't have
> enough money for a new car, I bought used.
>
> That ~$40K would go a long way to buying real estate -- not in Santa
> Barbara, where median house prices are $1M, but probably wherever you are.
>
> - Russ in SB
>
>
> "caliclown" <caliclown@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:56713dd9.0411131505.4364572c@posting.google.c om...
> > Just bought this thing and I need to take care of it after driving a
> > piece of garbage for years. What is the best way to wash this car and
> > what are the best products to use?
> >
> > I live in an apartment complex and don't have access to a hose. I do
> > park in a covered garage however.
> >
> > Also, I already picked up a few minor scratches in the lower passenger
> > side bumper. What is the best way to get rid of these? I'm sure I'll
> > pick up many scratches along the way, but it sucks to get them after 1
> > week of ownership.
> >
> > I'd appreciate any ideas.
> >
> > Thanks.

>
>



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Old 14 Nov 2004, 09:06 am
caliclown
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Hahahahaha, I just bought and sold a home and have investments in
plenty of other real estate and stocks you clown. I hate cutting
grass, raking leaves, making repairs, and living deep in the suburbs.
Is that a good enough reason?

There's also the age old argument of renting vs buying. Owning your
own home is a liability not an asset. It's not always the best way to
acquire wealth.

Come down off your cross. Winter's approaching and we could use the
wood. Unbelievable. Just help me wash my stinking car.



"RLL" <rlombardo@cox.net> wrote in message news:<D5Cld.114862$cJ3.96585@fed1read06>...
> Why in the world would you spend money on a luxury car when you (apparently)
> don't even own a house?
>
> That seems an incredibly inefficient method to acquire wealth.
>
> When I was saving for a house, I kept cars for 10+ years and then bought
> only when I had enough cash to pay for it in full. And if I didn't have
> enough money for a new car, I bought used.
>
> That ~$40K would go a long way to buying real estate -- not in Santa
> Barbara, where median house prices are $1M, but probably wherever you are.
>
> - Russ in SB
>
>
> "caliclown" <caliclown@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:56713dd9.0411131505.4364572c@posting.google.c om...
> > Just bought this thing and I need to take care of it after driving a
> > piece of garbage for years. What is the best way to wash this car and
> > what are the best products to use?
> >
> > I live in an apartment complex and don't have access to a hose. I do
> > park in a covered garage however.
> >
> > Also, I already picked up a few minor scratches in the lower passenger
> > side bumper. What is the best way to get rid of these? I'm sure I'll
> > pick up many scratches along the way, but it sucks to get them after 1
> > week of ownership.
> >
> > I'd appreciate any ideas.
> >
> > Thanks.

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Old 14 Nov 2004, 09:32 am
rll
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OK, you are correct, it is your money.

I never take my cars to the car wash. My wife always takes hers in. I wash
then by hand and use Zymol products for both washing and waxing. If you
don't have access to a hose where you live, you can look for a hand-wash
business where you live. We have one in Santa Barbara and a friend who
obsesses about his car said "they are the only ones who do a better job than
I do". I haven't tried them yet, but am considering letting them detail my
NSX.

Another suggestion, I bought two types of 'spray-on' car wax you apply after
washing when you don't want to do a full wax. They are quite different in
texture but both work well. Here's the names:
- RainX Fast Shine
- Turtle Wax Express Shine

Another thought is to find a friend who has a passion for his car(s) and she
about borrowing his hose and water on weekends. Perhaps after tennis or
some other shared activity.

I wonder if there is a idea here -- open a business with a series of bays
with hoses instead of the high-speed hoses that wash-it-yourself places. I
would have used it before I had my own hose and water.

Good Luck,

- Russ in SB

"caliclown" <briandegrano@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:b43b6461.0411140706.70de38fb@posting.google.c om...
> Hahahahaha, I just bought and sold a home and have investments in
> plenty of other real estate and stocks you clown. I hate cutting
> grass, raking leaves, making repairs, and living deep in the suburbs.
> Is that a good enough reason?
>
> There's also the age old argument of renting vs buying. Owning your
> own home is a liability not an asset. It's not always the best way to
> acquire wealth.
>
> Come down off your cross. Winter's approaching and we could use the
> wood. Unbelievable. Just help me wash my stinking car.
>
>
>
> "RLL" <rlombardo@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:<D5Cld.114862$cJ3.96585@fed1read06>...
>> Why in the world would you spend money on a luxury car when you
>> (apparently)
>> don't even own a house?
>>
>> That seems an incredibly inefficient method to acquire wealth.
>>
>> When I was saving for a house, I kept cars for 10+ years and then bought
>> only when I had enough cash to pay for it in full. And if I didn't have
>> enough money for a new car, I bought used.
>>
>> That ~$40K would go a long way to buying real estate -- not in Santa
>> Barbara, where median house prices are $1M, but probably wherever you
>> are.
>>
>> - Russ in SB
>>
>>
>> "caliclown" <caliclown@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:56713dd9.0411131505.4364572c@posting.google.c om...
>> > Just bought this thing and I need to take care of it after driving a
>> > piece of garbage for years. What is the best way to wash this car and
>> > what are the best products to use?
>> >
>> > I live in an apartment complex and don't have access to a hose. I do
>> > park in a covered garage however.
>> >
>> > Also, I already picked up a few minor scratches in the lower passenger
>> > side bumper. What is the best way to get rid of these? I'm sure I'll
>> > pick up many scratches along the way, but it sucks to get them after 1
>> > week of ownership.
>> >
>> > I'd appreciate any ideas.
>> >
>> > Thanks.



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Old 14 Nov 2004, 09:41 am
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Default Re: Best way to wash 2005 TL

On 14 Nov 2004 07:06:24 -0800, briandegrano@gmail.com (caliclown)
managed to remove the duct tape and said:

>Hahahahaha
>SNIP


Hey. You could be an inner-city drug lord, and it still wouldn't
matter. You have great taste in cars.

The best way to wash your new car is with love and care.

Enjoy!

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Old 14 Nov 2004, 12:00 pm
Bryan Oakley
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RLL wrote:
> Why in the world would you spend money on a luxury car when you (apparently)
> don't even own a house?
>
> That seems an incredibly inefficient method to acquire wealth.
>


Buying _any_ luxury car, house owner or not, is "an incredibly
inefficient method to aquire wealth."

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Old 14 Nov 2004, 12:58 pm
Bruno
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On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 18:00:59 GMT, Bryan Oakley
<oakley@bardo.clearlight.com> managed to remove the duct tape and
said:

>Buying _any_ luxury car, house owner or not, is "an incredibly
>inefficient method to aquire wealth."


What good is wealth if you don't enjoy it?

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Old 14 Nov 2004, 03:39 pm
Michael Pardee
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Beware of washes with brushes (they scratch the finish - visible the very
first time) or those rotating towels. One of the guys I work with took his
company truck through one of those and it ripped the company radio antenna
completely out of the roof. It bent the metal and everything - maybe 300-400
lbs of pull needed to do that. My brother lost a side view mirror to one
once. Touchless car washes are the safest.

Mike

"caliclown" <caliclown@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Just bought this thing and I need to take care of it after driving a
> piece of garbage for years. What is the best way to wash this car and
> what are the best products to use?
>
> I live in an apartment complex and don't have access to a hose. I do
> park in a covered garage however.
>
> Also, I already picked up a few minor scratches in the lower passenger
> side bumper. What is the best way to get rid of these? I'm sure I'll
> pick up many scratches along the way, but it sucks to get them after 1
> week of ownership.
>
> I'd appreciate any ideas.
>
> Thanks.



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Old 14 Nov 2004, 03:50 pm
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On 13 Nov 2004 15:05:08 -0800, caliclown@hotmail.com (caliclown)
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