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TheRktmn
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:23 pm    Post subject: icon_note Cleaning question Reply with quote

Okay. I have to clean the '69.
She's collected a lot of dirt/dust/grime over the last couple of years and it's time to clean it off.

I should let you know that the 'dust' is caliche dust.
For those of you not familiar with caliche: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliche

So, how do I get it clean to a point where I can clean it?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

i'd start with air line
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:39 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

is there a spot you can test CLR?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:44 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Wombat wrote:
i'd start with air line


That's what I was thinking. Air to remove the bulk of it at the beginning.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:46 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

johnboy wrote:
is there a spot you can test CLR?


CLR seems a bit harsh. The problem isn't that it is stuck to the car (thankfully it has been kept dry), The problem is getting the grit off without scratching.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:56 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Air line, water hose, then start washing...... (BTW, mine is in much the same condition, other than it's just Okie dust, and not caliche....)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:44 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

when the dust gets to thick on my black cars, I use a leaf blower to get the thick off, then the air line around the edges of panels and windows. Then a hose set on soak, so it builds up a lot of water to grab the dust, then set on spray and used like a paint gun to run the dirty water off the panels.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:46 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Wombat wrote:
when the dust gets to thick on my black cars, I use a leaf blower to get the thick off, then the air line around the edges of panels and windows. Then a hose set on soak, so it builds up a lot of water to grab the dust, then set on spray and used like a paint gun to run the dirty water off the panels.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

While it may sound a bit bass-akwards........ meself, I'd do everything mentioned above, but BEFORE I started the wrenching you've been doing. Sure, it will need a good cleaning again when you're done, but you wont be grinding dirt into your paint every time you lean over a fender.......
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:48 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

Luckily (?) I left the fender skirts and blanket on the front of it. Clean as a whistle under them.
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