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How often do you wash your Tacoma?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by mtnrunner, Nov 25, 2012.

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How often do you wash your Tacoma

  1. Weekly

    408 vote(s)
    47.1%
  2. Monthly

    333 vote(s)
    38.5%
  3. Only after mudding

    57 vote(s)
    6.6%
  4. Never!

    68 vote(s)
    7.9%
  1. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM
    #1
    mtnrunner

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    I tend to wash mine once every few weeks or so.... but I also know other Taco owners who literally never wash their trucks. I mainly do it to keep mud and salt (in winter) from degrading the paint. I also think brake dust on wheels looks shitty...

    So how often?
     
  2. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM
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    90YotaPU

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    When I drove it daily, I'd shoot for once a month. Kept it clean inside and out. Now that I have a company truck, I drive the Taco maybe once a week so it's getting washed every few months.
     
  3. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM
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    leg killa

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    Normally every week if I'm home. I'll skip a week every now and then if I'm busy. I tend to wash it less during the winter
     
  4. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM
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    Rich91710

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    I wait for rain :D




    But if it doesn't rain, I'll run it through the touch-free at the gas station every couple of weeks.
     
  5. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM
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    Hardscrabble

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    I wash my truck a couple of times a month. I like it clean.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM
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    Spoonman

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    On the way home from any and every wheelin day. Or if its dirty.
     
  7. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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    DEEVON911

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    You pretty much summed it up for me. I have a weird thing about clean wheels, so if the truck doesn't look too bad, but the wheels git brake dust building up, or just plain dirty, ill wash them only. :anonymous:
     
  8. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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    WheelinJ91

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    I try to keep it clean, but i usually looks better dirty as i have pinstripes and rock chips, so i probably wash it 1-2 times a month....
     
  9. Nov 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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    Beers

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    When it needs it or if it is dirty and there is a streak of nice weather coming up.
     
  10. Nov 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM
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    spiralout462

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    I've only had her 4 months but I haven't missed a week yet. The color black might have something to do with it. Plus it's my first new truck so I've never had to maintain perfect paint before( which it's not any more).
     
  11. Nov 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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    AaronArf

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    I picked weekly. This time of year its about once every 2 weeks just because its cold and shitty out.
     
  12. Nov 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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    gearcruncher

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    Just getting the winter paint protection job done now . 7 steps and 2 days later , i am finished .Winter wax works excellent .
    Wash it as much as possible but never ever use a brush , just use the rinse cycle at the car wash making sure to remove all the salt , then use a shammy to remove the crap that penetrates the winter wax .
    Costs 1 dollar to do a rinse but the salt is gone .
    We already have 2 feet of snow where I live and the salt man cometh every day
     
  13. Nov 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    rawdog

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    In the winter... At least once a week, in the summer... whenever it gets dirty..
     
  14. Nov 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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    AeroCooper

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    This.
     
  15. Nov 25, 2012 at 6:04 PM
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    I've had mine for 2 weeks and have washed it twice. This is my first new vehicle so it's nice to start with perfect paint. Always use my foam gun and two bucket method... Try to prevent swirls!!
     
  16. Nov 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    bowzerdoo77

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    I'm an every week guy and I even dry it off every morning because it has been wet with the dew in the morning.
     
  17. Nov 25, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    DEEVON911

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    What's the foam gun, and 2 bucket method?
    Now that's dedication to a clean truck.
     
  18. Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    On An Island

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    Now that I'm in Texas (the weather is better here than the PNW) it's weekly.
     
  19. Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    sch0enne

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    My 2nd gen I did once a week or so. My 1st gen mmmmm every few weeks if it is really dirty :)
     
  20. Nov 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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    This will tell you everything you need to know.

    http://www.detailedimage.com/Auto-Detailing-Guide/Washing-and-Drying/#two-bucket

    You use one bucket for clean soapy water and another where you rinse your mit after every panel on the truck. My dirty water bucket has a grit guard insert that helps trap dirt particles at the bottom. Never put your mit into the clean bucket without rinsing it in the dirty bucket first. No dirt on the mit= no swirls.

    The foam gun applies soap to the truck as a pre rinse... Well worth the $$ fir sure
     
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