Originally Posted by jen b
Leave it parked in mom & dad's driveway, dad gets bored one day and washes it. Works every time!
Oh, I guess he uses car-wash soap.
Yeh! I know all about that from the other side of the fence. Our kids are in their 30's and in the last few years I have disposed of a car my daughter left behind, a pickup and two cars from my son and absconded a nice 88 Cadillac Eldorado to be my own personal car.
He was so nice about that he even took a week off work in another state to help me get it out of storage, clean it up, and spray a new coat of royal blue metallic/clear coat on it. Looks pretty cool being driven around town by an old decrepit, white haired guy with its flashy aluminum alloy wheels and throaty exhaust.
Now that spring has finally popped here in western Washington I've gotta get to work on getting the Scamp
and Blazer ready for some summer jaunts. Around here the tree pollen comes down in layers. Then the rain washes it into gutters, cracks and crevices.
Then the mildew sets in and cleaning it up seems to be done best using the armstrong method, i.e., a pail with some chlorine bleach and a little TSP (trisodium phosphate) added to warm water and a battery
of several types of brush.
I have also used a small electric pressure washer, but really prefer the brush and bleach method.
After it is all dry a couple of coats of floor sealant I got from Lowe's several years ago is quickly and easily applied and it stays nice and shiny the rest of the year. The sealant is no longer carried by Lowes but a similar product is available from Home Depot under the brand name ZEP. It looks and smells like a water based polyurethane varnish, but quite thin with some additives and gives a deep shine.
Because of the wonderful travels my wife and I have enjoyed with the Scamp
I don't feel like the spring cleaning is a chore at all. Now that we are into our old age and have some health problems (three dialysis sessions per week for me, at the present) it is unlikely we'll be taking any long trips, but there are still so many places yet to see in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia that we'll never get to them all!