Originally Posted by Jay238
I would cry on the first puddle I drove through.
I'd think with the level of detail (pardon the pun) in the layers of sealant and wax, that that puddle and it's content, would just bead up and roll off leaving the truck clean enough that a quick rinse would remove any remaining grit.
I think this thread is great - I used to detail cars for a living when I was younger - it's a LOT of work, but the payoff in terms of pride - and longevity - are worth it.
Sadly, for many of us, the desire to invest the time conflicts with other places that time needs to be applied.
Me, I'm just lazy...
Haven't washed the truck since I bought it in 2011..
Haven't washed my 2009 FJR since I bought that new in 2009.
Haven't washed the KTM 690 Enduro R, either...bough that last year, but I think this one is supposed to remain dirty!
DID wash the Z4 last weekend, though that's only the second time in almost 4 years I've wielded the sponges (I have paid others to wash it, though).
Our Jetta? Surely you jest! Garage cleaners, step forward please!
Now, I did a bang up job on cleaning the rear deck today with the hose.
And while I jest, I think it's terrific the OP took on this project and shared it here. Frankly, I need to refresh on clay barring, as that, and the sealant, make a huge difference.
This type of work is therapy. Great chance to focus, clear your mind, enjoy YOUR tunes, knowing you'll be proud of the outcome. Kinda like building your ideal truck, with less expense, time and headaches.