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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 2:51 pm 
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Yesterday I washed, polished & waxed my car, of course last night & this morning it rained horrible dusty rain.
On leaving work just now I noticed that where the dusty rain had beaded then dried on my shiny car it actually looked worse than the thin & uniform layer on my colleagues' cars.
So ignoring the protection it may offer it made me wonder if it's really worth the trouble?
This isn't a serious question but it does sometimes make you wonder, or is it just me?

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 2:55 pm 
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I prefer to think in terms of the car being steel, aluminium and plastic. It's all protected by a series of coatings called paint. Do you need more protection?

It comes from the factory all shiny. That shine will stay there under all the mud, unless you try to scrape the mud off.

Think of it like a bottle of vintage brandy. It's only worth something if you leave it well alone. :D

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 3:07 pm 
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:D That's an interesting perspective.

Trouble is cars look so much nicer when they're shiny but it just doesn't last long :(

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 3:10 pm 
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BTW. Sorry for putting this in the wrong section mods, I couldn't decide whether or not to put this thread in the spit & polish room but decided against it as it wasn't a serious question about car cleaning

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 4:04 pm 
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You are protecting the paint that protects the bare metal so for me yes it's worth doing to keep that layer effective.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:31 pm 
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When I had my Jag, every time I went near it with a sponge it rained the day after. This was so consistent that when my mate got married I washed it in the morning to guarantee a glorious day. It worked too as I got mild sunstroke.

When I'm in the mood and have the time I do really enjoy it so the fact that it gets dirty again doesn't really bother me. The way I look at it, I had a shower this morning and I'll probably need another one before the week is out.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:13 pm 
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It's always worth it.
How else are you going to get out of other household chores that the wife wants you to do


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 12:34 am 
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jezza9876 wrote:
It's always worth it.
How else are you going to get out of other household chores that the wife wants you to do


You haven't met my wife, this is how it works-

Any form of car maintenance is a waste if time & money, you neglect and abuse the car & just expect it to work, when it doesn't work anymore blame me for allowing it to happen :wall:

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:24 am 
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Gaz38 wrote:
jezza9876 wrote:
It's always worth it.
How else are you going to get out of other household chores that the wife wants you to do


You haven't met my wife, this is how it works-

Any form of car maintenance is a waste if time & money, you neglect and abuse the car & just expect it to work, when it doesn't work anymore blame me for allowing it to happen :wall:


Were we married to the same woman ? Or are they all pretty much alike :wall:


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:59 am 
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calam1ty wrote:
Gaz38 wrote:
jezza9876 wrote:
It's always worth it.
How else are you going to get out of other household chores that the wife wants you to do


You haven't met my wife, this is how it works-

Any form of car maintenance is a waste if time & money, you neglect and abuse the car & just expect it to work, when it doesn't work anymore blame me for allowing it to happen :wall:


Were we married to the same woman ? Or are they all pretty much alike :wall:


offering to "clean" her car as well often helps. This usually takes the form of spraying it with the hose pipe as I,m walking past :park:


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:18 pm 
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:D :D :D


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 10:20 pm 
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I've owned this Saab since 2006, it's polished on average four times a year. It's washed once a week or more if needed :? And the wheels are cleaned after every trip. Sad? Maybe :park: but it's in immaculate condition for a 54 plate :D

By coincidence this photo was snapped today in the Tesco car park in Springburn Glasgow


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:51 am 
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That is immaculate it looks brand new. Well done. ;)

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 7:37 am 
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Geoff 9-3 wrote:
That is immaculate it looks brand new. Well done. ;)


Thank you for your kind words, suppose it's not too shabby for a 14 year old with 60k on its clock. :)


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:37 am 
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chris-k wrote:
Geoff 9-3 wrote:
That is immaculate it looks brand new. Well done. ;)


Thank you for your kind words, suppose it's not too shabby for a 14 year old with 60k on its clock. :)



I think that makes the point that it's worth doing.


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