Just curious how everyone washes their Cobra. Something I've often wondered about with roadsters, and something I've been wondering about lately, since I haven't got the top reinstalled on my Belvedere...
I have been on the road for about 4 years. I haven't washed the body since before it was installed in the chassis.I use a spray, dry wash type, solution that I get from a local supplier called Art's Waterless. The stuff works great, I get constant comments on how great the paint looks! Arts Waterless # is 916-955-5720 if you are interested.
I also use a lot of the quick-detailer, waterless type stuff. However, after a long trip, that's just not enough. Then I just bucket-wash the car like I would any other. Sure, you have to be kind of careful about water running into the cockpit, but the nose and wheel areas (the dirtiest) are pretty easy to clean up. I just use high-quality car wash soap and 100% cotton towels to dry. After about 2 years and roughly 6700 miles, I've got stone chips in the paint from road use, but the car otherwise looks great.
Bucket wash it, hose it off and use a silicon squeegee and towels to dry it off. I put a couple of towels behind the seats to catch the runoff from the rear fenders and cover the cockpit with one of Phil Deals tonneau covers. Between washes I use quick detailer to keep it looking good.
Use regular bucket and hose. Just always spray away from the cockpit. Water will run down behind the seats off the rear deck, but not too much if you are careful. Then I use a chamis to dry it off. I have also been using the MR Clean Spot free dry sprayer. It removes the hard waters pots that usually come after it starts to dry. I just put the Zaino treatment on this last winter so I will see if it helps repel some of the dust and lighter stuff this summer.
Hey guys, a simple method i use. take two inch masking tape and run it around cockpit so half of it is sticking above body. takes a couple minutes. and works as a water damn. just carefully rinse off,and no water gets inside. just pull off tape and go. Just my 2 cents.....Jim
I have talked to many guys and have come up with this system and it keeps it nice, clean, and no time at all!! also, I talked to my painter, Jeff (Bat) Miller, and he gave me the tip..
I ordered the Zaino system. Now, they have many products, and though all may be good, I picked up the Z 2, which is their show polish, Z 5, which is the same, but with additive that fills in some swirls...and the big one...Z 6! that is the one you want the most! It is the same as Quik Detailer, but the Z products have NO SLILCONE! That is important, as it does not build up, and is so easy to apply, it takes me about 20 minutes to do the whole car, and it takes the place of washing , if you stay on it often. check out their site...and you will like it. the have more products, but I have done well with these, and they are easy on the paint!
The California microfiber (or paraffin coated cotton) Dusters work well for dusting purposes if the car has sat uncovered or been driven in somewhat dusty conditions. A light touch with the duster followed by a spray detailing (I use a lot of Griot's Garage products) seems to work well. If it needs a more complete washing I, too, am a bucket washer.
A recent article in Hot Rod Magazine recommends using the "Two Bucket Method". One with a quality car wash solution and one with clear water. You rinse your mit or sponge in the clear bucket between each soapy wash use. This will reduce fine scratches due to retained grit.
I wonder if a product like I used on my motorcycles would work well. Something like Honda-vrite (I think that was it) is an aerosol spray that dissolves bug guts etc. and leaves a great shine with no water. Kind of the rub-it-on spray waxes but better quality. Even the painted plastic on the bike looked like wet paint. Never came across anything that stuff wouldn't take off. Just an idea. I';m gona try it...Im sure its just the "bike:version of some car products that have ben mentioned but I have already confirmed good personal experiences with it if anyone is interested.
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