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Old 10-01-2011, 09:49 PM
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Winter time is coming up fast which means its going to get to cold to go outside and wash my truck by hand. It also means a lot of salt and stuff on the roads! I am curious as to what you guys do during the cold months to keep the truck clean. Back when I was younger and I cared as much about my car as I do this new truck I would bring it through a touchless car wash during the winter and wash it by hand when it was warm enough but I am nervous about taking the truck through any car wash because you just never know what can happen in those things. My dealer told me a lot of people bring there trucks in to repair the side trim pieces because car washes have torn them off! I am sure the touchless ones wouldn't do that but with that big ol' truck I worry that the machine will scratch it up as it washes it...
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Luckily I've got a great wand wash here that's open late and can get in and spray off the worst junk then finish with a hand wash. The owners will let you hand wash as long as there are no line ups. Last winter I even dried and waxed while in the car wash.
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Always a major PITA to keep it clean. I just go to one of those pressure self wash places as often as I can and especially after a major dumping. Costs about five bucks a shot. I just try to get the salt off asap...
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I have access to my own pressure washer but the paint on these rams does not seem to be the best so I am kind of nervous that I will pressure wash the paint right off the truck! I hand washed it today and of course I found another little ding in the drivers side front fender trim where it looks like a rock hit it! I don't think I have washed the truck one time without finding a new blemish... Very annoying to say the least.
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In the winter, I wand wash often to keep the salt off. I don't get very close to the paint though, as I don't completely trust the wands. If the wash is not busy, they let me hand wash and dry off, so I often go on the days that no one in their right mind would wash a vehicle. After all, I'm more interested in protecting my investment then making a 'Look at Me' statement in the dead of winter.

Starting now, I will start waxing the underside of the truck with the wand wash wax. It puts enough of a protective layer to pretty much stop the salt from doing the nasty, then throughout the winter, I wash it often (especially underneath) and wax the underside every time. I've being doing this for a couple of decades now, and when I trade my trucks in, they often comment on how clean and shiny it is underneath. I get similar comments from the service department at oil change time.
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Whatever you do, don't go through a touch car wash, stick with touchless.

I had heat in my garage last year so I would presoak the finish in a Optimum No Rinse wash solution, rinse, and rewash. The only problem was that the water would run into to driveway and it made some nasty ice.

Before the snow and salt come, make sure you have a wax/sealant on your finish and you don't let the salt sit on the paint too long.
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Adding to what Luke said, I would recommend that you put a good sealant on instead of wax. Most sealants will last about 6 months where as wax will only last for about 4-6 weeks. The sealant will give you the same or better protection than wax--IMHO.
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