Winters' Paint Job

Winters Paint Job - I hate all the salt and sand of Minnesotan winter driving.
@webeishere (36351)
United States
January 12, 2010 11:04am CST
Yes this photo shows a Minnesotan winter paint job. It is my car all nasty with salt and sand residue from the roads. It get's really nasty with thew temps getting up into the high 20's and low 30's now. I need to wash it often in the winter to keep the salt from building up which will cause it to rust the body away in the future. Do you have salt and or sand on your roads? How often do you wash your vehicle in the winter months? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Mine is ready for a good wash job. I'll take it in within the next few days as you can't really wash it here in Minnesota when the temps are very low or the door freeze shut....even when the car wash has a dryer....I go to a car wash that takes it through for me as I got stuck in one a few years agon and hate going through them!
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Shut the doors bu then open them so they are slightly ajar. Then drive it a few blocks or so and this forces the water to run away from the door frame. I do this each winter and never get frozen in or out of my car. I'm getting mine washed tonight. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@GardenGerty (126759)
• United States
13 Jan 10
We used to put Armorall on the gaskets of the school bus doors and it kept them from freezing shut.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Thanks! I'll try it today when I wash the car.....since it's supposed to be so nice out!
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Yes, we have those same kind of paint jobs here in Illinois. There is lots of salt on the cars these days. I wash the car maybe once or twice in the winter if there is going to be a spell where there will not be any new snow. Today is a nice clear day and not extremely cold, this would be a good day to get a car wash actually.
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I wash mine when it gets to look like it does in this photo. I have washed it weekly in the past winters due to the sand and salt. I love a clean and shiny car even in the winter time. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@Hatley (164170)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Jan 10
hi ladym be careful washing your car will surely bring on a nasty rain storm with mud all splashed over your nice shiny car, always seems to happen, wash car, it rains. he he he.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Just wash it again I say. Hee hee! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I thought that most of today's cars were fiberglass and wouldn't rust. That's probably just the bumpers and stuff. I wash my car about once a month in the winter and once in the summer. It doesn't really get very dirty, as I travel an average of 30 miles a week.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
The higher end cars, and larger cars are still mostly steel. Mine is plastic and fiberglass bumbers only. The rest is steel. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@maximax8 (30579)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 10
Hi there Grandpa Bob. I think your car looks covered in the salt and sandy residue from the road. It sounds like your locality got lots of snow and then grit was placed on the major roads. I have just had my car serviced and it has passed its safety check. Grit has been placed in my locality on its major roads. I live in a close and the road up to it is covered in ice. It is snowing again right now. So in the morning I guess there will be new snow on the ground.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I have been ouitside chipping away ice build up on my driveway for a week now. Its hard work but someones got to do it. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Jan 10
Don't they have garages in Minnesota? Well seriously, we don't have to deal with rust due to the salt issue, so cars last a whole lot longer here. But my car probably gets washed every couple of months or so. More often if we take a trip and it gets bug splatted.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Yes but we do have to drive on the roads though. Hahahahaha! That's where the salt and sand are set. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Jan 10
Yup, I knew that... lol
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
12 Jan 10
How well I remember those days. Where I live now in Oklahoma, there isn't much need for salt and sand. There are usually one or two storms throughout the winter, but after it's melted and dried, the street sweepers are out in full force. Back when I lived in New England, I tried to wash my car during the late morning of sunny days. Even if temps stayed below freezing, the driness of the air usually took care of the water before dark. On some days anyway. More often than not, we would end up getting more snow or ice in pretty short order...whether is was forcast or not. I think that washing my car was a magnet for drawing precipitation. During my last year there, when I was about 10 miles from the nearest car wash, I took care of the need for frequent washes by purchasing a light, silver-metallic grey car. It hid the salt in the summer, and the dirt and bug spots in the summer. We hardly had any snow that year....
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Well we get snow all too often for sweepers to get it cleared. Must get really dusty cars in the spring and summer there? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Spring isn't too bad because we usually get quite a bit of rain. In the summer it's pretty hot and dry, so between the birds, pollen and dust the car washes do a brisk business.
12 Jan 10
Hi GRANDPA BOB, Yes, we have lots of snow too and my husband won't clean his car yet till all the snow has gone, he don't use his car a lot anyway as he love riding his race bike more. Tamara
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Well I drive every day and it's nasty looking. Plus it gets on my coat and pant leg as well. Coat from rubbing against the car and the legs of pants from them hitting the ground or the floor mat. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
• United States
12 Jan 10
UGH...I hate it, this winter weather sucks big time and is so so very hard on cars. It is hard to try and wash them when the temperatures get so cold but the temperatures are suppose to warm up here starting next week so I am sure that I will go and then and get the car washed just to be sure that the salt and yuck can be taken off before it does any more harm to my car.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
It's also hard on clothing. I am comstantly wiping down my coat. It rubs against the salt covered car eqach time I get in or out. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@Hatley (164170)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Jan 10
hi Grandpa Bob the only debris we get on Ca cars is dust and grit from debris left on the freeways. at least we did finally get some rain this late fall just before the year ended. but now its dry again and people often forget to wash the dust and debris off their cars here. Our Gold Crest van is an exception as it gets a lot of use,only sad part is it can only hold six people, for a place like this they need a bigger SUV so they could take more people. just to get out among people of all ages I do go on our shopping trips every Wed. here it gets boring as so many are all older people. I like to be around a mix of all ages myself having worked in the library for so many many years.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I'd be lost without my snow, cold, salt, and sand. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
• United States
16 Jan 10
speaking of..my bro needs to wash his car before it gets "car cancer". he got spoiled with his old geo with fiberglass body. they seem to be using more sand than salt here nowadays..probably cheaper. i'm surprised they just don't take it from the water,we're surrounded by it.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Your car looks exactly like mine at the present Grandpa! Mine is almost completely covered with salt and sand residue. It hasn't been warm enough in 4 weeks to wash it off either. I suppose I am going to have to break down and go to a heated car wash as I don't want my paint job to rust. We have been atypically cold here and the roads have been salted/sanded much more than usual.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Happily, we don't have this problem around these parts, I probably should wash my car sometimes... but... well, haven't had it done in a while..
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
26 Jan 10
My car gets like that too! I try to wash it once or twice during the winter IF its not so cold my doors will freeze shut.
@GardenGerty (126759)
• United States
13 Jan 10
The last year or so they put brine on the road before the snow falls. I leave all of that up to hubby as far as the washing. It does not seem to build up, but we are not driving much.