A Clean Cord is a Happy Cord

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23 Sep 2008 23:31 #11426 by Bill Hummel
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Not really a Restoration tip, but this is a good tip anyway.
Black cars are tough to get totally spot-free... I know!

Anyone else tried one of these? They work great! NO drying.
Even in direct sunlight. Amazing, and this is the best price I have found.



http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.as ... av=&browse

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24 Sep 2008 16:44 #11433 by Josh Malks
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This is exactly the same principle used in the Mr. Clean car wash gadget available in most auto supply stores. The problem with this little guy is that you have to carefully monitor the resin stick, because if it is used up un-noticed you will get water spots again, and they are hard to get off.

Personally, I don't favor spraying water on your car unless it is really dirty. (Like after a 3000 mile trip! :)) Water gets inside of doors and into other crannies, resulting in rust and corrosion. There are now many products that will make your dusty car shine without water.

But if you love to wash your car, a de-ionization unit like this is well worthwhile, especially at Costco's price.

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24 Sep 2008 16:55 #11434 by Bill Hummel
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Hi Josh,

As much as you drive your Cord, are you telling me that you can keep it clean without getting water on it? How do you do that?

I drive my Cord every weekend (to the liquor store ...) There's no way I can keep my black Cabriolet a Crowd Pleaser without giving it a regular bath.

Then there is also my black Suburban ... and my black trailer. And my dark Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 41' Black and Blue Chevy Pickup and on and on.

That's a lot of car washes! And I cannot take the Cord through a commercial car wash. I would drown.

Out here in hill country, everything is cheap. A car wash is only $6.00 but that adds up for someone who likes to keep his cars clean.

So back to my question. How do you keep a Driver clean without water?

Got to be clean!

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24 Sep 2008 16:59 #11435 by Bill Hummel
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Josh Malks wrote: The problem with this little guy is that you have to carefully monitor the resin stick, because if it is used up un-noticed you will get water spots again, and they are hard to get off.


There is a meter on the unit which measures the number of gallons that flow through the unit. You can get a good idea of how much life you have left after you have used up one bag of resin. Just look at the gallons used and you'll know for next time.

There's quite a few car guys out here with these units. We all use well water. We compare notes on our resin life expectancy.

Always keep a spare bag.

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24 Sep 2008 17:46 #11436 by Josh Malks
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The resin problem I referred to was with the Mr Clean unit ("the little guy").

First of all, black is much of the issue. My Cadet Grey Cord can probably go many times the time and distance of yours before actually looking dirty. So part of the secret is repaint your car.

Second, never have your car judged. That keeps folks from looking too closely.

For dust I use a venerable Kozak Drywash cloth. For grime I'm now trying some very effective non-water products --- Griot's Garage Spray-On Car Wash and Turtle Wax's Foam Away. These last two plus some microfiber cloths seem to work very well. (Armorall used to make some wipes for this purpose, as you know Bill, but these have been discontinued. They seemed to work well, but I am worried about why Armorall stopped making them, so I will not use them again until I can get an answer from Armorall.)

And I do wash my car occasionally, and clay and wax it a couple of times a year.

For chrome, there's a product called Zoopseal that can be applied AFTER your chrome is scrupulously clean and shiny. It is very expensive --- 100 bucks for a little bottle. It's a ceramic seal that keeps chrome (and polished aluminum) from oxidizing. Took me a full week of evenings to do my Westchester. Dismantled the bumpers completely, etc. It's normal life is about two years without polishing. I have had it on for more than three now and some spots on the chrome are just now beginning to look a bit less-than-shiny. That's [i:odn3epyc]three years[/i:odn3epyc] without polishing chrome! Just wash it with a mild cleaner from time to time. Google it.

Bottom line 1: I'm lazy.
Bottom line 2: I MUCH prefer driving my Cord to cleaning it. :)

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24 Sep 2008 18:17 #11437 by Bill Hummel
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Josh Malks wrote: First of all, black is much of the issue. So part of the secret is repaint your car.

Second, never have your car judged.



1) No can do! Black is the crowd pleaser. You missed Friday night in the square this year. Two pretty Polish blondes who could not speak a word of English walked right past all of the "correct" cars and climbed all over and inside of my Cabriolet. Ask George Arakelian, I think he saw them too. Without getting too graphic, I can tell you their boy friends started taking VERY suggestive photos of them on my Cord. After my initial outrage and getting a closer look, I gave them my email address and asked them to send me photos! If they send them I will forward them. Most cannot be posted here. So Black is where it's at! Especially at night.

2) Waken told me to stay very far away ....

And ArmorAll is indeed selling their wipes again. They are now in the ToGo series. Remember I said the original name was wrong and they would probably reissue under a new name?

But these are only for very light cleaning in between car washes. Your car cannot have any grit on it. I still have about 50 boxes of the old ones. They are starting to dry out however .... :(

http://www.armorall.com/products/view_p ... _index=new

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