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Old 03-28-2015, 08:39 PM   #121
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Move it around once in awhile. It will keep leaves, pine needles etc. from drifting under and and will deter rodents, snakes etc. A coat of wax once in awhile might help with the weather. I know some people swear by wax used for leather. Dawn dish soap is all I use to wash my vehicles.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:05 AM   #122
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:15 AM   #123
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:27 AM   #124
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:30 AM   #125
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Move it around once in awhile. It will keep leaves, pine needles etc. from drifting under and and will deter rodents, snakes etc. A coat of wax once in awhile might help with the weather. I know some people swear by wax used for leather. Dawn dish soap is all I use to wash my vehicles.
Good point on moving it around. Isn't dish soap too harsh for vehicles? I was using it on my bike, but noticed the rubbers were getting dry too quickly...
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:23 AM   #126
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I've always used Blue Dawn.
I haven't heard anything bad about it. Maybe other brands or other Dawn soaps.
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Most vehicles have been waxed at some point in their life. Wax protects the surface of the paint. It is a replaceable wear layer of sorts. It helps bugs, tar, tree sap, ect come off the surface without bonding to the paint and causing damage.

Wax also helps seal small imperfections in the paint, and water proof the surface. In winter here, the wax is the front line of protection against the salt and expansion / contraction of water in the small crevices. With out the wax, The body of a car can go down hill fast.

Dish soap removes all this protective coating, and should not be used to wash vehicles.

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Old 03-31-2015, 10:27 AM   #128
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Most vehicles have been waxed at some point in their life. Wax protects the surface of the paint. It is a replaceable wear layer of sorts. It helps bugs, tar, tree sap, ect come off the surface without bonding to the paint and causing damage.

Wax also helps seal small imperfections in the paint, and water proof the surface. In winter here, the wax is the front line of protection against the salt and expansion / contraction of water in the small crevices. With out the wax, The body of a car can go down hill fast.

Dish soap removes all this protective coating, and should not be used to wash vehicles.

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That was my understanding, too. And very important here in S.FL! I wonder how much $$$ would it be to wax a short bus lol!
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:33 AM   #129
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:36 AM   #130
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I've always used Blue Dawn.
I haven't heard anything bad about it. Maybe other brands or other Dawn soaps.
I know dawn is probably the most gentle of soaps...remember the commercial with the grimy duckling? Still, I like to use "car wash+wax" type of soaps for my cars and bike
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