Charlies guide to MH & Vehicle washing. The correct way

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  1. Charlie

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    Time and time again I see comments about how we clean our precious Motor homes. Some use waterless products some don't. I DONT !

    Here I will show exactly what I use and how to use it.

    The following kit will revolutionize the way many of you will wash your vehicles . The outlay if you have a pressure washer is minimal. The time and effort saved is huge. With respect a few here are not so young so minimal effort is a bonus.
    A Huge bonus is these devices are excellent for cleaning the roofs of MHs !

    So the procedure.

    Cleaning a vehicle using a foam lance .

    A foam lance is really designed to clean a vehicle before hand washing. But doing it this way will be more than enough for most people. They/you will foam your MHs then finish off by wiping the windows with a micofibre towel or a drying towel job done. Please NEVER use chamois leathers they scratch !

    This in effect gives a non touch wash to your vehicle .

    See here for an idea of the process.


    The cost of the lance is minimal. Please note you need a pressure washer and when ordering the lance you need one with the correct fitting for the make of washer you have. Please ask if unsure and I will advise.

    The snow foam lance
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Karcher-K...Delivery-HD-/141695688395?hash=item20fdb89ecb

    The snow foam solution.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-VALET-...D-EXCLUSIVE-/110859550723?hash=item19cfbe8003

    You fit the lance to your PW and in the lance bottle you put 1/1/2 inches of the solution. I then add a dash of car shampoo and fill the lance bottle with warm water. You are now ready to go. Please note. Adding more than the advised amount of solution to the lance bottle will give to strong a mix and this will remove any waxes applied to the vehicle.

    I clean all my vehicles using the above. Its fast efficient and best of all easy.

    During summer months I do this as a pre wash and after foaming and power washing I hand wash then rinse for a perfect finish. Most as said above will be happy with the foam wash but I'm fussy !

    During winter I foam and power wash only. I never hand wash during the mucky months. I wash in winter to rid the vehicles of salt and silicates that get on the vehicles. Anyway they look like tom tit within a day in the winter months.

    I mentioned above drying towels. Drying towels replaced Chamois leathers years ago. They are soft Extremely efficient again very easy to use and do not scratch you paint !!

    Drying towels
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TWIN-PACK...ade-Quality-/251597453459?hash=item3a94607893

    Trust me when you try the above method of cleaning you will wonder why you haven't been doing it for years.

    CAUTION. Please when power washing take care when near to vents on your vehicles. Also some graphics and Decals should be treated with care..

    Any questions just ask

    Charlie
     
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    Charlie, great post
     
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    Bucket and sponge extending brush & get some exercise at the same time bugger the pressure washing :)
     
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    thanks a lot Charlie.. (y)
     
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    Thanks Charlie; in fact just washed both van and the Jag using that method. Very easy. One point is that cheap microfibres drying towels are rubbish - pay a bit more for a good one. (y)
     
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    I will pass this information on to Juan David, he needs a tip or two on keeping the Town car up to scratch.
    Any advise on improving his driving standards would be greatly appreciated, the agency drivers are more professional.
     
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  7. Robert Clark

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    May I ask a question please @Charlie ?
    How do you get rid of bugs from the bodywork and windscreen?
    I tried some Autoglym bug remover spray and it was rubbish, most bugs remained after two applications.
    Also, I spoke to my local car valet who suggested applying Caravanbrite (by Diamonbrite) to my new MH - costs £250 and he said it would last a lifetime.
    Thanks in advance!
    Robert
     
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    Thank you for information and links
    :mnythnks:
     
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    You've been watching me then, thats how I do it. I rarely bother drying it and I leave the pressure washer for the Land Rover.
    I also use AutoGlym bug remover, it seems to work for me, the amount of bugs you get on the front of the van in Summer driving 1000+ miles in France is incredible. The bug remover shifts them all.
    But, I would also add that a good polish all over a couple of times a year helps in shifting muck and bugs and stops water marks appearing on the paintwork when it dries.
     
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  10. Mr and Mrs Batty

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    Very good post for people with pressure washers. We have a verbal cleaning method in our house however. Lesley shouts '' Neil the van needs washing or the rugby won't be on the TV later''.
    Neil swears and goes out and washes the van by hand !

    Seems to work - wonder what will happen after the world cup ??!!
     
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    These so called wonder treatments are complete and utter rubbish. Dealers make money on them. They are the only ones that gain..
    A large garage in Worcester used to offer a paint protection to their customers at a cost of well over £300 . I used to get the sponges which contained wax and when punctured allow that wax to come out onto the car for 5 quid..

    Process was damp the sponge puncture the section on the back and rub it over the car. Time for application roughly an hour it tea breaks are taken.. For 300 quid ?

    Bugs on windows just need water as hot as you can handle and a nice soft sponge. Wet the screen and wait five minutes before washing them off. None of the so called window treatments are going to make any difference to this no matter what they claim.

    Bodywork. Well bugs or anything wont stick as badly on the bonnet of the car/vehicle if its well waxed. But again its wet them with warm water allow them to soften then wash away.

    There are so many fringe products that claim to do so many things but the reality is they are just re branded re packaged cheaper products but sold for far more of you money.
     
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    The way to decide if a drying towel or micofibre is suitable is to try the CD test.
    Take a blank CD and wipe it with the cloth. If it marks it its no good. If it doesn't its fine.

    The blue drying towels I linked to are very good. I chose those because I know them well . They can be bought under various brand names for a lot more money. Same product just more coin.

    Costco do a pack of 36 excellent microfibres for 11 nicker. Just as good as anything on the market only well priced.

    Mico fibre towels should Always have the labels removed before use. Said labels can scratch.

    Never use fabric softeners on any microfibre products. It makes them go hard and ruins them in no time. (y)(y)
     
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    Thanks - useful info on the CD test. Got a car "club" (just a bunch of us going back a few years) dinner meet coming up next month and the Jag will have to be gleaming by then.
     
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    Thank you Charlie for great thread! All 3 items mentioned now ordered and should be with me later this week.
    Just need to muster up the energy to get it done.
     
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    I have a pressure washer and wouldn't let it near my vehicles.

    My tried and tested method of washing my van is to use Fenwicks Motorhome cleaner. Fenwicks Bobby Dazzler, an extending vehicle washing brush and a 5 litre spray bottle. Garden hose.

    After a recent 10 day tour of the West Highlands, bugs midges moths and all.
    I used the system on my van with the greatest of ease.

    Method....


    Fill 5 litre spray bottle with warm water, use ONE CAPFUL of Fenwicks Motorhome cleaner in the bottle.

    Spray a section of the van and allow to work for 30 seconds to 1 minute. ( don't let it dry) , brush over with extending brush. Rinse off using low pressure garden hose.

    Repeat until the van has been done all round. Finish with a rinse.

    Next fill your 5 litre spray bottle with cold water and ONE CAPFUL of Bobby Dazzler and spray all over van and leave to dry.

    If you live in a hard water area you may wish to dry it.

    I wash my van regularly,and it is clean and shiny, with minimal effort.

    It could also be washed away from home with very little water....ie at a storage unit.

    I also use the system on a black pearlescent finish on car only change is i always use a new sponge on it.

    No need for bug sprays or anything else.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-Litre-P...d-Killer-Garden-Shoulder-Straps-/181390402433

    One of thes chaps is all thats needed. £7.99 @ B & M
     
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    Maybe we need a wash off at a meet .. :whistle:

    I have to side with Charlie on everything hes said here. Some great posts by someone who knows what he's talking about.
     
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    Hi Charlie love the the posts what car shampoo do you use I will trying this method fed up with cleaning car m/home and 5 minutes down the road looking no different in the winter,I agree in the winter months all about keeping muck and salt off
     
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    I will give this a go as i normally use Hose with long brush attached with compartment for shampoo/wax. It does work but it is hard work, if this makes it easier than it will be money well spent.

    both ordered :)
    Thanks
     
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    also ordered the three items

    .. the foam lance and cloths arrived two days ago, but still waiting on the foam ..

    ebay seller said it should be here today..will report back when tried out
     
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    Errrrrrrrrrr, Neil the van needs washing or your tea won't be on the table later, or even worserer sex won't be on the menu later :eek: :LOL:
     
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