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    Default Dont wash your car this weekend

    morning all. anyone here seen in the todays paper advising people not to wash their car this weekend. i think it was in the daily mail, ( or so the father in law tells me) It basically says the ash from the volcano may damage your paintwork if washed off. sorry if this has been discussed before. i was looking forward to washing the car today too.

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    should be ok if you jet wash the dust off first I would of thought ..........anyways mine is getting done ...........theres hardly a sign of dust on mine.

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    Isee autoglym have been quoted in several articles with advice on how to avoid damaging your car...seems pretty much how all of us would do it anyway:

    Autoglym’s advice on dealing with volcanic ash deposits:

    1. Thoroughly soak car bodywork with water to loosen surface deposits
    2. Use a pH-neutral car bodywork shampoo solution to neutralise acidic fallout
    3. Use a number of smaller buckets rather than a single larger bucket to minimise the risk of ash particles being reapplied to bodywork on the sponge from contaminated water
    4. Keep the car wet with clean water while washing with a sponge – this keeps the surface of the paint lubricated to reduce the risk of scratching from any dust that remains on the bodywork
    5. Pay special attention to wiper blades – which may scratch the windscreen when sweeping ash across the glass surface – and side window seals – which may harbour dust that scratches windows as they are wound up and down
    6. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all shampoo from the car
    7. Dry the car using a high quality microfibre drying towel or synthetic chamois
    8. Apply a quality polish or high definition wax in order to provide a durable, long-lasting layer of protection, preventing further contaminants adhering to paintwork, and forming a barrier against acidic deposits
    9. Use a specialist automotive rubber treatment to cleanse and protect rubber seals, wiper blades and tyre sidewalls
    10. Wash frequently until the volcanic eruptions cease to minimise the risk of potential future damage


    Can't believe AG used the word "sponge" though...

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    mine had a good covering of snowfoam thursday evening before washing.

    poilshed afterwards and looked ok.

    but yeah if you cant snowfoam just give it a very good rinse.

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    On the TV it was said that the dust was abrasive and would act like a scourer if washed off with a sponge or wash mitt, rinsing it off would not cause a problem.

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    LOL@ >>>>>Can't believe AG used the word "sponge" though...

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    wash car to late i done it at 7 this morning

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    North West meet tomorrow. Can't not wash it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peadar View Post
    wash car to late i done it at 7 this morning
    well i was kean to get up early this morning to wash the car, but not that kean

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    Quote Originally Posted by peadar View Post
    wash car to late i done it at 7 this morning


    so im not the only one that washes the car around 7 in the morning ,, it does get me some odd looks from the neigbours..

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