New car, new paint. Did you put a wax or sealant on it after you purchased it?What do you guys think will it damage the paint ?
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That's exactly what I did when the G35 was new. Periodic wipe downs with an instant detailer/ good auto soap and some microfiber towels is key. Aside from the millions of stone chips on the lower panels from over 100,000 highway miles, the finish looks pretty good for such an old car. I am also a Zaino nut, so coats of wax that last a year help tremendously.New car, new paint. Did you put a wax or sealant on it after you purchased it?
As long as you don't have any scratches in the protection layers, you should be O.K.
I do use a "Washless" car wash on my vehicles. When used with plush micro fiber towels I'm able to "wash" my car without any water (and in cold weather) and get the salt off the paint (the undercarriage is another story).
Hey bro!What's up Guys
It's been snowing in NY all week and my Q50 is covered in salt from the streets
I won't get a chance to wash it for another 2 weeks I'm just. worried about the paint job
What do you guys think will it damage the paint ?
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I did a lot of research (spent 3 hours at it) after I saw this post. I couldn't find one forum dedicated to car detailing that recommended this method. The only mentions I saw about using vinegar specifically mentioned that it was useful for stripping wax/sealant from paint to provide a clean surface for detaililng.Hey bro!
I have been detailing cars for over 18 years. Exotics and all.
Salt could be a big enemy if not taken care of properly.
Salt sticks to paint and is sharp like glass so a normal wash or spray of quick detail wont do the trick without leaving some scratches and embedding salt into your paint which can prematurely wear the gloss finish.
salt will also oxidize the metal and wheels.
after riding in the mess (salt covered car)
get a spray bottle of white vinegar water mix 75% vinegar 25% water.
spray the whole car down. ( you can leave it on as long as you want 20 minutes, over night a week it doesn't matter. It wont do any harm.
after it has neutralized the salt you can wash normally.
Final tip local car washes may used recycled water recycled water will contain tons of salt soo you will loose there overtime as well. Also they use the same soap, sponge, and towels on multiple cars.
I look at it this way yes car washes make tons of money, but so does McDonalds. Just cause they sell it. doesnt make it good for you.
It will remove any wax that you had on your car. You'll def have to rewax after you use the vinegar.
Vinegar is an acid, and will definitely remove the wax. You will need to reapply wax in the area that you clean. After you get the dirt off with vinegar then you should clean the area with soap and water (to remove all traces of the vinegar), then apply wax in the area that you just cleaned. So if you're thinking that vinegar is a replacement for soap and water - the answer is no.
To give your car the magic acid bath, first wash your car with your normal car shampoo, rinse, and then use the distilled vinegar. Just wipe it on with a sponge, and rub it in. Do one section at a time. Let it sit 30 to 60 seconds, and then rinse. When you're done, wash the car again with car wash shampoo, and then rinse. By the way, vinegar will remove your wax, so be prepared to re-wax your car after the vinegar treatment.
I'm not saying that you are wrong, I'm simply stating that I can't find any additional verification of this method. If, as information I have seen indicates, this does in fact strip (I know you said to use it diluted - but so have the sites that recommend it for stripping) paint protection, I would not recommend it unless you plan on re-applying wax or paint sealant.Vinegar is acidic. It eats paint. If you don't water it down and/or you leave it on a long time, it will take a significant amount of paint off.
What brand of waterless car wash?I did a lot of research (spent 3 hours at it) after I saw this post. I couldn't find one forum dedicated to car detailing that recommended this method. The only mentions I saw about using vinegar specifically mentioned that it was useful for stripping wax/sealant from paint to provide a clean surface for detaililng.
I'm not saying that you are wrong, I'm simply stating that I can't find any additional verification of this method. If, as information I have seen indicates, this does in fact strip (I know you said to use it diluted - but so have the sites that recommend it for stripping) paint protection, I would not recommend it unless you plan on re-applying wax or paint sealant.
I hope the poster of this information can provide additional verification. I researched this thoroughly hoping I could find someone else using this method because the application of vinegar to balance the PH level of the salt does make logical sense.
I can state that my method of using waterless car wash (note: I never recommended detailing spray) with THICK microfiber towels (there are many out there that are made for use with waterless car wash spray - the thicker microfiber traps contaminants so you don't scratch your car) has worked for me through 4 winters without scratching my paint (I have a special light that it used to detect scratches that you can't always see unaided - my paint is not scratched).
I've had good luck with Griot's Garage Spray-On Car Wash. They sell a "bundle" that includes the Spray and some of the thick MF towels I mentioned earlier.What brand of waterless car wash?
Don't disagree with you, but I'm not sure how you are relating this to the thread.I've always been a big fan of using paint sealants like Opti-Coat. especially for a brand new daily driven car you really care about. It's key to the paints life.