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Ever washed your car in the rain? #4581815
11/22/17 11:29 AM
11/22/17 11:29 AM
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Boston, MA
Bgallagher Offline OP
Bgallagher  Offline OP
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Boston, MA
It is hit or miss with washing in the rain. Some people say no way others say that rain itself is low mineral etc. That being said it is raining fairly heavily in MA today and warm so I decided to do a traditional wash and not dry it because the rain is fairly heavy and tomorrow is going to be a high of 40. That being said I know it wont be perfect but washing is better than not washing right? Opening this up for discussion...

Last edited by wwillson; 11/22/17 12:22 PM. Reason: subject clarification
Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581819
11/22/17 11:34 AM
11/22/17 11:34 AM
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DFW
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I've done this. Great way to conserve water and have a little fun. If you're looking to clean off dirt, this is a good way to do it. If you're looking for anything more than dirt removal, this probably isn't the best way to do this. This probably goes without saying, but you will not get a showroom level carwash from rain water.

Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581827
11/22/17 11:42 AM
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Ruidoso, NM USA
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Many times. Water restrictions abound in NM these days but Summer thundershowers can bring a good wash day.

Even my sunny day washes are "rainwater"...filtered from a 550 gallon tank under the back deck.


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581843
11/22/17 11:54 AM
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A Highway Near You
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I've done it. soap the truck up in the shop and throw it outside to "rinse" in the rain. Not a show quality result because of the water spots..but it works.


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581846
11/22/17 11:57 AM
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Living in the Puget Sound region in WA state, you cannot avoid washing your car in the rain. In fact I washed and waxed the car last Sat and it rained the last ten minutes of the job. Fortunately I have a carport to pull it into.


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581851
11/22/17 12:02 PM
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Texas & Global
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I have washed cars/trucks/HD equipment in the rain (younger days) …
I will soak and power wash the black truck at the coin wash while raining and hit the highway … good to chase some mud and salt from underneath while the rainwater does not let it spot like my home water does


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581924
11/22/17 01:23 PM
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Yes but I learned you need very heavy rain to rinse all of the soap off.


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581943
11/22/17 01:43 PM
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WI
No, I always rewash after it starts raining while I'm washing something.


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581955
11/22/17 01:55 PM
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I've done it, It helps when you have a black car, it doesn't get so hot that it bakes the soap on before having to rinse it off.

I have also found as long as it rains long enough to drop any particulates out of the air, dust, pollen, and enough to rinse off the tap water, rain will not leave any water spots.


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4581991
11/22/17 02:31 PM
11/22/17 02:31 PM
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midwest
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I do it all the time because I live in an apartment in the city and I'm cheap. I use diluted car wash soap in a spray bottle, a bucket for rinsing the rag and a couple of cat litter jugs full of water to help rinse out dirt and leaves that collect around the windows, trunk etc. I even spray on some spray wax and wipe it around if it's not raining too hard at the time.

Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: JamesBond] #4582059
11/22/17 03:37 PM
11/22/17 03:37 PM
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Cali
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No! smart enough to get out of the rain LOL

Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4582103
11/22/17 04:18 PM
11/22/17 04:18 PM
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Los Gatos, CA
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Los Gatos, CA
I haven't, but in CA is it becoming more common due to the severe drought conditions.
I used to wash the cars fairly often; now almost never...

Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4582105
11/22/17 04:21 PM
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Cave City KY
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i let the rain wash my car because i live on a gravel road.


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4582106
11/22/17 04:23 PM
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I haven't actually washed my car in the rain, but when I was a kid, my Dad helped me buy a 91 GMC Sonoma. It was new, and I was so proud of it. It was raining bad and it was all muddy. So I drove it in the garage, washed it and waxed it, then put it right back out in the rain. haha.

I did that because I didn't like how the truck was "Beading". Geeze I was a skitzo haha.

Possibly still am. haha.


Jeff


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Re: Ever washed your car in the rain? [Re: Bgallagher] #4582379
11/22/17 08:38 PM
11/22/17 08:38 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Yup, did it in September. The Sonata was reallllly dirty outside, and it had been 100+ degrees outside for months on end. Then one night it started raining and it was so nice and cold, washed it up. Next morning it looked pretty good, but had water spots.

Was worth it.


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