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      11-03-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Washing her in cold weather

What do you do when weather is sub 60 degrees? I've always fought this just before storing my cars for the winter. I hate to stop driving them, but in Wisconsin there comes that time and invariably the car is pretty dirty. Like my M right now. And it's 45 out.
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What do you do when weather is sub 60 degrees? I've always fought this just before storing my cars for the winter. I hate to stop driving them, but in Wisconsin there comes that time and invariably the car is pretty dirty. Like my M right now. And it's 45 out.
1-When it's not freezing outside than wash the car before storing for hibernation .
2-Get her on a battery tender see # 26 on this page >>>http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...=872785&page=2
Last year we had temps - 19 Celsius and my car was 4 months in hibernation !
So...same problem here....
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Yep the mechanical process I have down pat. It's just getting the car clean in cold weather that is the problem. Anybody out there hand wash when temps are in the 50s??
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Yep the mechanical process I have down pat. It's just getting the car clean in cold weather that is the problem. Anybody out there hand wash when temps are in the 50s??
50s fahrenheit is about +10 Celsius...what is your problem man ?
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Wash the wheels with a hot/warm bucket of water+soap. Then pre rinse the car and foam gun if you have. Use 2 bucket system with hot water+soap.
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I just wash it in my heated garage. Coldest I hand washed in was -20 outside...
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What do you do when weather is sub 60 degrees? I've always fought this just before storing my cars for the winter. I hate to stop driving them, but in Wisconsin there comes that time and invariably the car is pretty dirty. Like my M right now. And it's 45 out.

Get the major grime off with a power washer, then pull it into your garage and use Griot's Spray-On Car Wash with the their thick green microfiber towels. I have been using the stuff now for years, even on my daily driver black Porsche Cayenne. I have been very happy with the results. The best part is that once you buff dry, you have a brilliant finish that needs no further waxing.

However, 45 degrees isn't too cold to wash IMO.
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Someone should open a 'heated car wash warehouse' in areas like that. Here in central Texas it doesn't get cold enough to not wash outside.
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I hand wash outside down into the low 40F's. The secret is 5mm scuba gloves. Most of the time, my hands aren't even wet after removing the gloves.
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Thanks fellas. I will definitely try the Griot's Spray-On. You always wonder about this kind of product. Doesn't seem safe but if it works on black it'll work on everything... I kinda went that route today- after a good run to warm the car completely, went through a very high grade touchless automatic wash, then eased the 4 miles home, drove into the garage, shut the door and raised the hood. The engine heat brought the air temp up enough to use Meguiar's polymer based final detail as a drying agent. I used 2/3s of the bottle with great results, She's ready for her winter sleep.... full tank with Stabil, 50 lbs in the tires, battery maintainer hooked up, dryer sheets in trunk, under hood and in the interior- the mice hate the smell. And covered. Sad day indeed but good to know she'll be ready for Spring!
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I hand wash outside down into the low 40F's. The secret is 5mm scuba gloves. Most of the time, my hands aren't even wet after removing the gloves.
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WOW! 55 degrees is about my limit outside. Thankfully I have a heater in my tiny garage.
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I got a heated garage with a drain so cleaning the car isn't that bad for me.
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ONR Wash and Wax. Couple ounces and one gallon of warm water and some microfiber towels and just wash it while it sits in the garage. You won't get that much water on the floor of the garage and what does will evaporate after a few hours.

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Someone should open a 'heated car wash warehouse' in areas like that. Here in central Texas it doesn't get cold enough to not wash outside.
Lucky guy....
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It was 49 & sunny here today. I washed outside with a bucket of really warm water... Not bad at all. When I put the car away for winter, I'll wash, clay bar, and then wax all in my garage. I like to take my time just doing portions of the car in each session. My garage isn't heated, but it is under the house and stays about 55 degrees.
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find a friend who lives in a condo with an underground wash bay.
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washed my car for 2 hours this morning in the cold. dress warm and tough it out i guess.
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Where in WI are you? I'm in Greenfield and use a local body shop(Racine where I used to live) I trust to hand wash my vehicles in their heated bays during winter. There's a couple of places that does it but only this specific shop passed my hand wash test(soap cannon for initial wash down, dual bucket technique, etc.). PM me if you need names.
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Where in WI are you? I'm in Greenfield and use a local body shop(Racine where I used to live) I trust to hand wash my vehicles in their heated bays during winter. There's a couple of places that does it but only this specific shop passed my hand wash test(soap cannon for initial wash down, dual bucket technique, etc.). PM me if you need names.
I don't drive it in winter and by the time I got home from Racine she wouldn't be fit to store. Thanks for the offer, though.
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When I drove my e46 ///M3 in Alberta Canada temperatures around -20 C (that would be - 4 F) I took her to a closed self wash (doors open when you drive in and close behind you, the place had about 12 separate stalls and when one was free the next car drove in ~ I always picked late night hours not busy and was able to also dry my car by hand) it had everything we needed even an air dryer, so no problem at all.

All depends to how far you have to drive to find such a facility, otherwise get a winter beater and put that nice ///M3 under a winter cover
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MAN UP! We get -40 celsius (with wind chill) over here which funnily enough equates to -40 fahrenheit and if I can wash my car outside then so can you. I've only lived in this climate for 4 years too.

Anything over 15 fahrenheit is nothing to complain about lol. Oh and before I forget, we live in snow for about 5 months. I guess the stereotypes about Canada are true.
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