On Sun, 08 Feb 2004 13:42:01 -0600, email@example.com
|On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 15:49:51 -0600, Lawrence Glickman
|>Now this IS a problem, because, the build up of crap wax from the
|>drive-thru car wash might interfere with the bonding of the good
|>plastic stuff ( polymer-based wax ). That means, I might have to hand
|>the job over to somebody who can get the crap wax from the car wash
|>off the vehicle before applying the *good stuff.*
|Why spend all the money to have someone do this?
|Just take an electric grinder with a very coarse abrasive blade, and
|grind off all the wax. Then wash the whole car with several five
|gallon buckets of lacquer thinner. Let it soak for an hour or more,
|wipe it off any excess, and rinse with another 10 gallons of lacquer
|thinner. Dry thoroughly, and coat the entire car with hydrochloric
|acid. While the acid is still wet, coat the entire car with rock
|salt. Let it sit for a day, and take a paint sprayer and spray the
|whole car with muriatic acid, being sure it's well soaked. Now cover
|the whole car with a large sheet of plastic. Duct tape the plastic
|tightly around the whole car. In the very center of the roof cut a
|small 1 inch hole in the plastic, and pour 2 gallons of water into
|that hole. Apply tape over the hole, and let the car sit in the hot
|sun for several months. All wax will be removed.
|Let me know how this works.
Or to make it even easier, I could just burn off the wax with a flame
What I'm doing is washing the car at the car wash every weekend,
requesting -no- wax. Yes a *little* might get on the car, but I bet
more comes off than gets put back on by the wash brushes.
Then come summertime, I should have a wax-free car. OTOH, there may
be a *prep kit* for removing wax. Haven't looked around for one yet,
as at this time of year, nobody does anything to their cars except
A good polymer wax should last 6 months. I used similar stuff on an
old Rambler Sedan, and it held up great. Now that's for the _paint_.
The underside of the vehicle is another story. And so is corrosion I
can't see taking place inside panels ( e.g. door ).
Keeping the body alive on this until the engine goes south is going to
be a challenge, as I live in the Rust Belt of Chicagoland, where they
throw salt at everything. A real challenge, as I know it is _easy_ to
keep the paint looking good until the rust from the inside comes
through in blisters.