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Old 05 Jul 2004, 09:55 pm
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Default Car Wash High Pressure Wax

Anyone have any thoughts on the quality and/or effectiveness of the car wash
high pressure wax for use on cars? Just out of curiosity...


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Old 06 Jul 2004, 11:25 am
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In article <HxoGc.13578$JG5.449734@news20.bellglobal.com>, "Scott"
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> Anyone have any thoughts on the quality and/or effectiveness of the car wash
> high pressure wax for use on cars? Just out of curiosity...


Based upon what I have read or heard, it's better than just plain water.
However, I believe that everyone would agree that it's not as good
as regular wax applied the old fashioned way--hard work.

There is a car wash near my home. I usually spray down my car with water
mixed with wax about once a week. I only use real wax about once or twice
a year. I have not had problems with rust and the car is about 4 years
old.

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Old 06 Jul 2004, 07:22 pm
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Jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote in message:

> There is a car wash near my home. I usually spray down my car with water
> mixed with wax about once a week. I only use real wax about once or twice
> a year. I have not had problems with rust and the car is about 4 years
> old.


I have two or three car wash self-serve bays near my home and school
in central New Jersey. I use them so much I keep them in business,
especially during the summer.

In addition to Jason's advice to spray down the car once a week, wax or
no wax, I also make it mandatory to manually spray down my Accord
immediately on my drive home from every single day at the beach.
This spray-down removes the small salt particles that are deposited onto
the car's finish during the day, and cling to the finish through
static electricity, so that the particles do not get blown off even
when driving 65 mph.

As those who live in coastal towns can attest, salt air is very detrimental
to a car's finish, especially if the car is ungaraged. Salt is simply
sodium chloride (NaCl). When dew forms on the car during the following
morning, the water reacts with the sodium chloride (in the presence of
sunlight, which catalyzes the reaction) to form hydrochloric acid (HCl)
and sodium hydroxide (NaOH), which are both extremely damaging to the
car's exterior surfaces, particularly the hood, roof, and trunk. Thus,
a spray-down is highly recommended for everyone immediately after any
day at the beach.

Paul
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