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Old 09-12-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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how cold is too cold to wash?

minus 2 outside but sunny and as car will be garaged for a few days i thought id give her a clean.

quick google of washing in cold and it throws up quite a few points.

will the minus weather screw my PW up?

the run off will freeze the drive and street so people will be queuing up to slip and put a claim in

and at what temp does soapy water freeze? will it be freezing on my car?

some people said ONR but cars to grity to use that safely i think
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:25 AM   #2
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If you can go to a local jet wash and just give it a pressure rinse, spray shampoo and a power rinse off, then when you get home use the onr.

Using the pw, in minus wont affect it as it will be warmed with the motor, but if it settles and you leave it in minus degrees it can crack the internals, so always try to empty out as much of the water and keep it inside.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:27 AM   #3
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I've never had a problem with ice forming on the car during a wash. Freezing on the pavement later could definitely be an issue though.

Doubt I'll be partaking this weekend though as the car isn't bad at all and has a nice layer of frozen rain on it which I doubt is going anywhere this weekend by the looks of things.
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I came home late afternoon yesterday with the car caked with road grime. Thought I would give it a quick blast to make it look better for the weekend. Anyway car was showing outside temp of 2.5.
I gave ita blast with Angelwax Fastfoam and let it dwell for nearly 15min while I cleaned the wheels. By the time I started rinsing, the foam on the roof had actally frozen...maybe the chemicals freezing point is different from water.
A quick blast of the pressure washer removed everything no problem and car looks great. I didn't bother with a hand wash and put it straight in to the garage to stop any further freezing.

So trial and error for freezing point of products.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:00 PM   #5
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Anyway car was showing outside temp of 2.5.
In my experience, cars frequently show temps a bit warmer than ambient, especially in cold conditions. I assume the heat sensor gets a bit of heat soak from the engine etc. Anyway it could easily have been just above freezing when you got back, and then dropped below that shortly after.
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Wouldn't imagine it would be a problem myself, and I don't think a claim like that has a leg to stand on. It's cold all the floors are wet with rain water, there is ice everywhere.

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2 degrees in teesside, car all done happy days . Fusso is brilliant stuff .
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Anything below 10 degrees and I won't bother, that's it in a nutshell for me.


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10?? In this country that's basically the summer only then!

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10?? In this country that's basically the summer only then!

He is tough and means 10 Fahrenheit
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