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#4749629 - 05/06/18 08:27 PM How long does it take you to wash the car?
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41654
Loc: New Jersey
I was talking with my barber, and he just uses a soft brush on a long pole. Done in no time flat.

It took me nearly 2 hours to wash the van this afternoon.

Of course I do the following:
- rinse sponges and rag
- rinse bucket
- fill bucket with soap from foam gun
- rinse car with plain water
- soap roof
- wash roof, rinse
- soap hood, wash hood, rinse
- soap a panel at a time
- wash upper 3/4 with one sponge, lower 1/4 with another sponge
- rinse, repeat for each panel
- clean door jambs, inner painted metal on doors, kick plates, etc. with rags/brush/etc
- clean wheels with brush and wheel woolies, using meguiars waterless wash and wax
- rinse car again
- apply HydrO2 to each panel and spray each off well
- spray car again
- blow car dry with electric blower
- dry as needed

Granted the van is huge, it's just so slow of a process.

I can say that Ive done the same process for years and have no marring to speak of, even on dark cars. I'm very careful.

But I can't afford the time, I'd rather play with my kids on the weekends. Naps are getting shorter.

Not to mention this doesn't include iron-x, if applied another product, etc.

How long does it take you, and have you found any shortcuts to speed things up?

I tried foaming the whole vehicle but even in shade and beautiful cool conditions it just drips and dries too fast. So I do a panel at a time...

Thanks!

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#4749631 - 05/06/18 08:32 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21084
Loc: Orlando, FL
It takes me 30 minutes per vehicle.

I just need it clean, not showroom spotless.

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#4749646 - 05/06/18 08:46 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 3825
Loc: North Carolina
Inside about 2 hours, outside about 2 hours.

A quick pressure washer rinse and spray wax is about 30 minutes.
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#4749648 - 05/06/18 08:47 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29564
Loc: NY
Two bucket wash and dry, about 30-40 minutes for the Liberty or Rubicon. I can do a no frills wash to my work van in about 15 minutes.
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#4749653 - 05/06/18 08:49 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
mbacfp Offline


Registered: 09/02/15
Posts: 816
Loc: California
30 - 45 minutes...faster because of DI water. You guys use that?


Edited by mbacfp (05/06/18 08:49 PM)
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#4749655 - 05/06/18 08:53 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 5287
Loc: MIchigan
Sounds like you could use one of these...although they dont make this specific one there are others on Amazon you could get.


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#4749667 - 05/06/18 09:02 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
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Roughly one hour.
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#4749671 - 05/06/18 09:06 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
michaelluscher Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 2402
Loc: Staten Island, NY
4-8 minutes, depending on the line at the car wash

My paints pre trashed, and my back is bad

One day I'll two bucket...
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#4749681 - 05/06/18 09:14 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: Warstud]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41654
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Warstud
Sounds like you could use one of these...although they dont make this specific one there are others on Amazon you could get.




I used to run that, parents still do. Now I have a little bit "better" on the hose foam gun.

Foaming the car gets more soap on the panel. Ive not found it to save time in any way.

If I went to a pressure washer foam lance, it would take even longer to get out. Set up, put away, etc.

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#4749683 - 05/06/18 09:16 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: PimTac]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41654
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: PimTac
Roughly one hour.


I'll say it is more like one hour on the cars. The van is just a lot more surface area.

Those who say 30-60 minutes, do you clean the door jambs and door bottoms?

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#4749685 - 05/06/18 09:17 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
nickaluch Offline


Registered: 10/04/08
Posts: 370
Loc: Long Island,nassau county NY
Half hour,use a brush with long handle
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#4749688 - 05/06/18 09:19 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4717
Loc: MTL, CANADA
30-1hr. Depends how meticulous I am. I iusually do hood windsjield back windshield and trunk lid then rinse. Upper panels and back and front bumper and rinse then lower panels and rinse. My paint is thin and suffers from tons of little white specks courtesy of rock chips. Guessing the paint wasnt of great quality on my car.
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#4749699 - 05/06/18 09:30 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 16918
Loc: Michigan
About half an hour here...
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#4749710 - 05/06/18 09:43 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4637
Loc: MA
About 15-20 minutes, more if there's a long line. About 5 minutes through the car wash and about 10 minutes or so to wipe it down afterwards. 5 minutes if you skip the wipe down, but then you tend to get spots.

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#4749723 - 05/06/18 09:52 PM Re: How long does it take you to wash the car? [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 10730
Loc: Idaho
How ever long the drive through car wash costs.
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