Washing up liquid ok for washing car?

Washing up liquid ok for washing car?

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Slinky

15,704 posts

206 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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NO!

matchmaker

7,112 posts

157 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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Slinky said:
NO!
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matchmaker

7,112 posts

157 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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Slinky said:
NO!
+1

R5GTTgaz

7,897 posts

177 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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Salt content.

BigMansZetec

1,193 posts

164 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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hora said:
Why? +2
Contains salt, so speeds up oxidation, hence rust. (I think)

paoloh

8,606 posts

161 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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BigMansZetec said:
hora said:
Why? +2
Contains salt, so speeds up oxidation, hence rust. (I think)
I don't see why as you rinse car off afterwards.

greygoose

6,143 posts

152 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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hora said:
Why? +2
It contains salt which isn't good for paint and metalwork. It'll strip the wax from your car and small animals will die.

Here's a guide

bikemonster

1,188 posts

198 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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Washing up liquid will strip the protective wax coating which should be between the paint and the world.

R5GTTgaz

7,897 posts

177 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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paoloh said:
BigMansZetec said:
hora said:
Why? +2
Contains salt, so speeds up oxidation, hence rust. (I think)
I don't see why as you rinse car off afterwards.
It gets in all the nooks and crannies, you will never get rid of it all.

Balmoral Green

33,538 posts

205 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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No, because it strips any previously applied polish or wax off the paint completely, leaving the paintwork exposed and vulnerable to the elements. Car detailers will wash a car with washing up liquid, or something very similar, on purpose to do this very thing, before then paint cleansing, polishing and waxing.

If you were to take a bath in white spirit, it would get you clean for sure, but it wouldn't do your skin much good.

Edited by Balmoral Green on Monday 26th May 10:35

Gruppe1875

1,665 posts

156 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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Just buy some bloody decent car shampoo!

few quid instead of a few hundred having a professional polish the car back when it turns pink!

jon-

15,990 posts

173 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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Gruppe1875 said:
Just buy some bloody decent car shampoo!

few quid instead of a few hundred having a professional polish the car back when it turns pink!
Second. Even an expensive car wash at circa £20 will last you most of a year of weekly washing, there's just no excuse.

paoloh

8,606 posts

161 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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hora said:
Ah well, I've just chucked a few buckets extra over it rolleyeslaugh



I wonder if the car is matt-blue for a reason? laughgetmecoat

Edited by hora on Monday 26th May 10:38
WTF, you are washing your car in this weather????

Fume Troll

4,389 posts

169 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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This stuff is cheaper than washing up liquid, quick and simple.

Cheers,

FT.

robwales

1,427 posts

167 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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As has been said, washing up liquid is a no-no.
It's pains me to see people doing it to nice cars, and also at charity/school fundraising carwashes.

jon-

15,990 posts

173 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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hora said:
Why? Car has been stood on the drive for over a month and today we found the key to it (left it idling whilst gave it a good scrub). This week it'll be in Autotrader at last smile
Don't forget to put in the advert "Not just clean, but Fairy clean"

bikemonster

1,188 posts

198 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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hora said:
Why? Car has been stood on the drive for over a month and today we found the key to it (left it idling whilst gave it a good scrub). This week it'll be in Autotrader at last smile
You're not really a car guy at all are you hora?

1 - Washed the car with washing up liquid
2 - While the engine was running.

Thus ensuring that the bonnet bits were good and warm while you washed them rolleyes and doubtless switched the car off after a short run. rolleyes

Go for the trifecta...you put the car in a garage immediately after washing it, didn't you?




You are really a lentilist mole and I claim my five pounds!

compact_23

69 posts

148 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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I wonder if you would've thought twice about washing it with washing-up liquid if you were planning on keeping the car yourself? I could put money on the fact you won't tell the buyer about how you wash the car.

Edited by compact_23 on Monday 26th May 15:07


Edited by compact_23 on Monday 26th May 15:07

Morningside

23,478 posts

186 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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NO!
I managed to stop my wife a few years back from washing it in Persil yikes

Edited by Morningside on Monday 26th May 15:09

Emagine

249 posts

169 months

Monday 26th May 2008
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but if you own a Delorean, washing up liquid is actually what you use!!!!

And polish it with WD40 or baby oil.

Honest!