Am I abnormal? How long to wash and polish your car?

Am I abnormal? How long to wash and polish your car?

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Keepersball

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82 posts

26 months

Sunday 6th June
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So I may well be heading for a divorce due to my OCD in cleaning my car!! My process is hoover inside, clean and polish interior, rinse exterior, snow foam, rinse, shampoo, dry, polish, wax, treat tyres, take many many photos haha

This is usually a 3 hour process twice a month

How long do you spend and what excuses do you give the other half? Hahah

Lincsls1

2,157 posts

109 months

Sunday 6th June
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I too am much the same. Certainly more so when I was younger.
It takes me a good 2-3 hours to clean my 'hobby' car which is why I don't do it as frequently anymore.
I am divorced.laugh

Jag_NE

2,576 posts

69 months

Sunday 6th June
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A full detail like that once a fortnight is definitely on the OCD scale! I just give mine a rinse and shampoo once a week and I thought I was extreme!

Toltec

6,686 posts

192 months

Sunday 6th June
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Three hours doesn't sound bad, but mine will only get that a couple of times a year with the odd extra hoover and quick wash when it looks dirty.

Pica-Pica

8,892 posts

53 months

Sunday 6th June
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Jag_NE said:
A full detail like that once a fortnight is definitely on the OCD scale! I just give mine a rinse and shampoo once a week and I thought I was extreme!
Once a fortnight for me, but I wash birdst off straight away.

The spinner of plates

15,424 posts

169 months

Sunday 6th June
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Toltec said:
Three hours doesn't sound bad, but mine will only get that a couple of times a year with the odd extra hoover and quick wash when it looks dirty.
Same

BUG4LIFE

1,695 posts

187 months

Sunday 6th June
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Keepersball said:
So I may well be heading for a divorce due to my OCD in cleaning my car!! My process is hoover inside, clean and polish interior, rinse exterior, snow foam, rinse, shampoo, dry, polish, wax, treat tyres, take many many photos haha

This is usually a 3 hour process twice a month

How long do you spend and what excuses do you give the other half? Hahah
Man, I wish I could do all that in 3 hours! I usually take half that time on the wheels alone smile

mintmansam

135 posts

10 months

Sunday 6th June
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Keepersball said:
So I may well be heading for a divorce due to my OCD in cleaning my car!! My process is hoover inside, clean and polish interior, rinse exterior, snow foam, rinse, shampoo, dry, polish, wax, treat tyres, take many many photos haha

This is usually a 3 hour process twice a month

How long do you spend and what excuses do you give the other half? Hahah
I would say that’s good timing. Once I get everything ready to start cleaning I’ve already spent 10 mins. Then a 10 mins tea break. I’m looking at 2 hours just wetting and two bucket and drying then hoovering. I wouldn’t personally polish and wax that frequently. In fact from September to March definitely not. Maybe a polish in April then once in June/ July and that’s it

JakeT

4,283 posts

89 months

Sunday 6th June
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Normally an hour for a wash, with wheels and spray wax, and an hour to hoover. I tend to do different cleanings at different times, though. Once a month I do both, and check all of the fluid levels, too.

ETA once a year I do a big clean, which is to take all of the wax off, tar remover, polish, and then a couple of coats of hard wax. That's a whole day (10 hours) to do.

Edited by JakeT on Sunday 6th June 22:58

georgeyboy12345

448 posts

4 months

Sunday 6th June
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I'm pretty much the same. I do the same sequence as you, but it takes me more like 4-5 hours. I must be slow.

The Mrs doesn't seem to mind, keeps me out of the house annoying her and keeps me out of trouble, going to the pub etc.

LamedonM

122 posts

11 months

Sunday 6th June
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Good to know there are people worse than my weekly snow foam washing of my car. I am probably the only person that does this on our street.

The Spruce Goose

29,763 posts

164 months

Sunday 6th June
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15 minutes whilst i watch the carwash guys do it for a tenner.

fido

15,384 posts

224 months

Sunday 6th June
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I let the pros do a through clean and wax/sealant once a year. Maintenance clean and sometimes just windows with some water-repellant once a month.

SWoll

11,682 posts

227 months

Sunday 6th June
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LamedonM said:
Good to know there are people worse than my weekly snow foam washing of my car. I am probably the only person that does this on our street.
Weekly snowfoam? How dirty is your car getting in a week at this time of year?

I'll spend a day on ours twice a year (Autumn and Spring) giving it a proper going over, then just a quick wash and top up every couple of weeks for an hour or so Interior gets done once a month as find it a hateful job.


swisstoni

11,395 posts

248 months

Sunday 6th June
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I’ve been there and I’ve come out the other side.
Life is too short.
Maybe once a year I’ll do a full-house job on each car with paint correction if necessary.

The rest of the time I’ll be doing the minimum with high quality products. That means not faffing with snow foam and pressure washers. And doing the interior much less often than the exterior.

Glenn63

1,491 posts

53 months

Sunday 6th June
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I used to be like this, wash at least once a week then monthly full polish/was jobs but now I just can’t be arsed I’d rather spend the time driving the car or walking my dogs. My routine now is buy car, get it professionally detailed with machine polishing, ceramic coated then the same place for a maintenance wash whenever it’s filthy enough that I start to feel bad laugh

nordboy

305 posts

19 months

Monday 7th June
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3 hrs!!

Took me 4.5 hrs sat to vacuum the inside, clean the alloys and wash the car, no clay, polish or wax, no time, started getting the daggers and sarcastic comments from the wife about how i spend more quality time with my car than her!!

AJB88

8,187 posts

140 months

Monday 7th June
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I dont understand these people that polish/wax every time they clean. Surely polishing and wax/ceramic needs to be once/twice a year then maintenance washes in between.

M22s

380 posts

118 months

Monday 7th June
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Until my little girl was about 2, I cleaned it every weekend which took about 3 hours, waxed once per month which was another 2 hours. Then every quarter did a 2 day detail/clean.

Now she is a bit older, it hasn’t been washed for *takes a deep breath* 18months.

vikingaero

5,880 posts

138 months

Monday 7th June
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Three hours is fine. I can do 2 cars in that time.

Each of my cars are washed once or twice a week. Vacuuming is very quick because the cars are clean, have rubber mats and vacc'ed regularly, windows sprayed and wiped down, snow foam only if the car is really muddy/dirty/dusty, and the big difference now is the 15 min job of Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray. It takes a tiny amount per panel, goes on paint, plastic, wheels & glass, and is spray onto cloth and a quick buff afterwards. It's £14.40 a bottle and after about 20 cars I still have 20% left. Sometimes I'd put on Sonax BSD afterwards. £20 is about the limit I'm prepared to spend on products and I'm not interested in £100+ products, although someone did gift me a tub of Turtle Wax Ceramic/Graphene paste which I'll use.