Originally Posted by el_vago32
But again, not everyone has the facilities to wash their vehicle, and let's not even talk about winter time in the northeast. For some of us a car wash in the only option.
I'm in WI and our winters are as rough as yours. I gave up on washing my vehicles in winter many years ago. It's a waste of time and effort with the sloppy roads around here.
What I do instead is to give my vehicle a very thorough wash and wax in late fall with a quality wax. At the very most I'll take it to a self serve car wash around mid winter and simply spray off the accumulated road salt with straight water if it's really that bad. I don't touch the paint with a wash mitt or soap... that way I'm not stripping any of the wax off.
That may sound abhorrent to most out here but I've noticed that with this practice I have to deal with far fewer rust particles (LOL... aka, environmental fallout) in the spring than what I had to deal with when I actually washed my vehicles in the winter. The vehicle washes up just fine in the spring and the paint has never looked the worst for wear from me not touching it all winter.