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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-01-2022, 14:33 Thread Starter
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Washing the van???

Yeah alright, it does need doing, my once a year thing won't work up here as it gets anything in the air blown at it and mostly onto the roof and as the van is quite low on the front when parked it all ends up on the cab.


So what is your choice of poison when it comes to putting in the bucket of water please?
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Common or garden car wash liquid gloop stuff. Warm water and one of those long extending brushes (around 10-15 quid from the local market or Ebay/Amazon).

Rinse off with garden hose on sprinkle setting.

Go around and dry windows and glass with microfibre towel.

Use fly + tar spot remover for ingrained crud. Black streak remover for...err...black streaks!

Takes about an hour or so I reckon.

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It used to take me all day G, hence the idea of stuffing it out of sight, Lidl used to sell some gloop that worked, might still have some, it also needs a good polish as it has some odd-looking dull patches.
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I'd lose the will to live if I thought about polishing ours, due to its size.
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If you recall I recently bought that wee polishing machine, not used it for that yet though.
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Ah yes you did. I forgot.

Let me know how you get on as that could be a good purchase.

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I'd just buy it G, not expensive and yours and my fitness levels are quite different.



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I'm a bit gutted actually Kev as its my birthday next week but I've dropped all the hints now so would be greedy to ask for another thing tbh.

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I take 3 to 4 hours cleaning, but that includes moving stepladders around and having to wait for gaps in the main road traffic etc. I also clean under the bonnet and the rinsing involves flicking clear water onto the bodywork with an extendable squeegee before a more thorough wiping off with the squeegee, i.e. the sponge being immersed in the clean water bucket and then wrapped in the faux chamois leather to wipe the body clean [this avoids the soapsuds contaminating the clear water]. Then use a 2nd squeegee wrapped in a second faux chamois leather to wipe the body clean]. And then I polish the cab exterior, and the pavement side of the Van [do each side on alternate weeks; safer than running up a stepladder on the traffic side of the road!] I also try to wash the roof about every 2 or 3 weeks, including the Solar Panel, and spend time looking for any bodywork scratches from overhanging branches etc. I prefer to wait until I'm in the mood to clean Brunhilde, so that I can my time to do the work and quite enjoy it, rather than it becoming a chore [which cleaning the alloy wheels always is]


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