Hey guys, I want to do a good scrub inside and out on my extremely neglected and dirty Cutlass. The car sat outside in a yard from the previous owner under a tree for about 2 or 3 years and it is covered with dirt, grime, mold and worst of all tree sap. I was thinking of using my buddy's power washer but don't want to damage the paint any more that I have too (even though it will need to be repainted down the road) and how to get rid of the crusty, hard tree sap. I was thinking of maybe hand washing first and then going from there, maybe power washing and tree sap removal later if it needs it. I also want to protect the paint until it is time to repaint it. Pics of the car is under new member introductions, jiggity76 to give you guys a better idea of what I will be dealing with.
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 04:50 AM
I`d hold off on the power washing and do what you can by hand first, get it wet and allow which ever soap you use to set for a few minutes to let it cut through that sap. Maybe mix it up a bit concentrated too, and stay away from the was/wax combo and go for just the wash. Get it really super squeaky clean before thinking about hitting it with a claybar, but do use them. Makes the car feel soft and smooth almost as if a layer of really thick air has formed a barrier around the car. I`ll never forget what that classic Chevelle felt like after the owner finished.
Dawn is great to use on outside stuff!
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 09:58 AM
That sounds like a good plan. I'm going to buy a good sponge/mat and use Dawn and let it set for a few minutes like you said. I will do it as many times as possible to get it down to a good base, no dirt debris before I claybar and wax. If the hand wash doesn't work, then I was going to power wash as gently as possible to get all the gunk off of it. I just want to have a clean car to start when I begin restoring it cosmetically and mechanically. I'm going to buy a good car cover also and keep it the garage until that process begins. Thanks a lot for the advice!
Posted 08 April 2016 - 01:48 PM
I use Turtle Wax Bug and Tar Remover to get bugs off of the front of my car. It says it works on tree sap too, although I've never used it for tree sap. I'd recommend you hand wash with dish soap like everyone else is saying then using the bug and tar remover to get as much tree sap off as possible before you clay bar.
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 12:55 AM
That sounds good. I want to get it down to bare paint before I do any deep detailing. I thought about maybe using a buffer too if starts to really look promising. Thanks for the advice and I will post some before and after pics when I actually start cleaning her up!
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