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Old 07-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Happy 4th!

Wanted to see what my fellow **** cleaning addicts do for cleaning the under side of their cars.

The past I have used a power washer with Simple Green but the results are not very good. I think the problem is mainly that I think don't have a lift and never will. No one rent bays anymore. Ramps don't let me get the nozzle in all the areas.

Googled some and saw sime really crazy ideas. The craziest was to use easyoff oven cleaner! No way!

Other than building a garage that I could actually house a lift in, what have you guys done and used to thoroughly and safely clean the belly?
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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Just use a wash mit in wheel wells. You can reach most of the floor pan from the side, wash MIT there as well. Lower engine/transmission local car wash soap and pressure wash. Have fun.
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Get some rags, jack up car and start cleaning. Am I missing something here? Lol
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I just go to a drive in pressure wand place and have at it. I do the wheel wells and the underside from one side to another, good enough for me.
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Pressure washer with 3 ft extension wand works great for me....
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I fabricated a power washer wand with a 90 degree quick connect fitting on the end for any tip I want to use.Works great
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I haven't thought about doing this in a longtime. I think if I were going to do it now I would go to do it yourself car wash and reach under with that foaming brush thing they have.
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I must be a slow day!...get out and enjoy the 4th!

Gheesh!
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This is one way to do it. Of course you need the proper tools for the Rotisserie wash. This one seems to have fallen off the Rotisserie.

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Here's an interesting way. No tools needed to flip it back over.

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This is one way to do it. Of course you need the proper tools for the Rotisserie wash. This one seems to have fallen off the Rotisserie.

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Here's an interesting way. No tools needed to flip it back over.

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Now this is funny.....and excellent answers
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I do the underside once a year as part of the winter clean-up. I raise the car up on jack stands at the hockey puck locations and take the wheels off. The wheel wells get scrubbed with a brush and I go over the aluminum suspension parts with scotch bright and soap. The trans/diff etc. get sprayed with a strong soap soultion and the rest of the bottom gets a going over with a soft brush and soapy water. The soap is just Dawn dish washing soap. Simple Green is too harsh on the aluminum parts. My sprayer is ancient but you can probably still find something similar at Harbor Freight. It connects to the air compressor and has a siphon tube that you put into a container with whatever liquid you want to us as a cleaner.

The whole under side gets a good rinse afterwards and I scrub the insides of the wheel barrels before the wheels go back on the car. It's a messy job and my wife thinks I'm nutz... she's right but it has nothing to do with detailing the underside of the car.
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I haven't thought about doing this in a longtime. I think if I were going to do it now I would go to do it yourself car wash and reach under with that foaming brush thing they have.

^ Which is EXACTLY why one should not take their car to the car wash and use that foaming brush to wash one's car
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If it's not too dirty I would guess placing an oscillating lawn sprinkler beneath the car could help.
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I don't worry too much about the underside. It stays relatively clean.
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I do the underside once a year as part of the winter clean-up. I raise the car up on jack stands at the hockey puck locations and take the wheels off. The wheel wells get scrubbed with a brush and I go over the aluminum suspension parts with scotch bright and soap. The trans/diff etc. get sprayed with a strong soap soultion and the rest of the bottom gets a going over with a soft brush and soapy water. The soap is just Dawn dish washing soap. Simple Green is too harsh on the aluminum parts. My sprayer is ancient but you can probably still find something similar at Harbor Freight. It connects to the air compressor and has a siphon tube that you put into a container with whatever liquid you want to us as a cleaner.

The whole under side gets a good rinse afterwards and I scrub the insides of the wheel barrels before the wheels go back on the car. It's a messy job and my wife thinks I'm nutz... she's right but it has nothing to do with detailing the underside of the car.
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