Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bath time

This weekend I decided to drag my car out of hibernation, purchase insurance for the summer and get it ready for a new season. The forecast was for a beautiful sunny day so the first thing I did when I awoke was to get my bathing supplies ready. Bucket, soap and my waterproof, car washing un-shoes

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I haven't used it since last October and it needed a bath.

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The dirt is easily washed away due to the previous wax treatments and I use Meguiars car wash which is gentle to the paint & wax

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It takes a lot of effort to wash the sides and having to lean over to clean the wheels, but soon I am in the final stages

As I move my car I notice that Mrs Skoot's WRX is also filthy, so I decided to wash it too. So while I am huffing & puffing away with the cleaning, she is making breakfast.

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I am not used to this physical exertion. I am getting tired & hot so I ditch my T-shirt for a more air conditioned tank top . If I had muscles I could have called it a muscle shirt

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It feels good to have two clean cars

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Breakfast is ready, time to put away my washing supplies and rinse my un-shoes

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By now it is nearly mid-afternoon. Today is the large motorcycle swap meet in Tsawwassen and there are usually many bikes on display, and some for sale, like this one

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BMW R100GS





29 comments:

  1. The title had me afraid to open the post.

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    1. Wayne:

      nothing to worry about. This Blog is "mainly" family friendly, unless it isn't

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  2. Hooray! Two clean cars. They go faster when they are clean. ;)

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    1. Lori:

      I think cars are easier to clean than a bike. The only car I try to keep clean is my 'Vette because when I go to club events all the other cars are clean. Plus it makes you feel good when you look at the clean hood

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    1. Canajun:

      you just never know what to expect when you come here. Maybe next time it will be in a bath(tub)

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  4. Oooh clean cars.

    Time to wash the pollen off ours too but it will just get dirty again. A protective layer of grime at this point.

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    1. Trobairitz:

      If you leave that grime on the paint too long I think it could ruin your paint. You should wax it first, then the dirt will be on top of the wax, rather than on the paint.

      I know, washing is an eternal cycle. Just like eating. In & and Hopefully Out

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    2. What is this wax thing you speak of? It sounds like a lot of effort.

      As soon as our local car wash opens back up after renovations, maybe I spring for the deluxe wash (with wax)

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    3. Trobairitz;

      liguid wax isn't the same as "stripping" the surface of the paint and then applying quality wax in layers to build up the smoothness. washing doesn't get rid of all the dirt below and your liquid wax goes on top and covers/traps the dirt layer so it can never be cleaned, the dirt will be trapped below the surface.

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  5. yay! time for fun in the sun! wow thats a workout bob, good for you! ...we used maguires on all the show cars/bikes too, its very good quality.

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    1. Ms M:

      You know how it is, I usually hold the fake chamois with my right hand and have to bend over to wash the sides. It does get tiring and your arm gets weak(er). We mostly use Mequiar stuff. I also use NXT generation tech 2.0 wax and booster so I don't have to wash the car each time. A few years ago I gave it the complete STRIP treatment, stages 1,2 & 3. The surface was so smooth that towels would slide right off

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  6. your blog has given us lots of information that, what should be the possible way clean car..thanks for sharing your knowledge..

    Car Wax

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    1. anieb:

      glad to help, anytime and thanks for visiting

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  7. Hey Bob, why don't you wander over to this side of the yard with your shining kit and your frayed riding pants. While you wax our cars, I'll mend those pants of yours. Easy peasy.

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    1. David:

      sounds like a fair exchange for me. I'm waiting for the plane ticket . . . Hmmm, I just thought of something. You're going to be on my side of the yard in less than 3 weeks, bring your sewing kit

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  8. Its your feet that were scaring me!

    Darn glad you cleaned them up!

    With lots of fondness, Jim

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    1. cpa3485/JimBo:

      If I didn't have to go to work, I wouldn't need shoes, OR I could move to NZ, I have heard you don't need shoes there either. You don't realize how many times a day I have to wash my soles . . .

      Hope you are in good health, enjoying yourself & riding

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  9. Nice looking GS. Did you bring it home? I'm sure they would've taken the corvette in trade...

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    1. Richard:

      I think that's the GS that has been for sale for a few months now. If the price was right I would consider it, BUT I think it has to drop a couple of Thou.

      I saw a gorgeous Ducati 900 something or other. It was a SuperBike from 1994, special model. Maybe I'll blog about it instead of spilling the beans here. There are usually lots of bikes for sale but we arrived late. I was tempted to buy the Concours . . .

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  10. Dear Bob:

    How come you didn't ask Mrs. Skoot to wash the cars, prior to taking her out for breakfast. A beavertail at Whistler is about $2... A bargain in exchange for two clean cars.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack/reep

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    1. Jack:

      I was already in my washing attire so it was just easier for me to do the job. Plus I had on my favourite shoes

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  11. You only need to wash/wax your car if it's red - right?
    (Oh, so much harder to wash a motorcycle, gotta use a cue-tip rather than a sponge)

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    1. VS Lady:

      You're so right. Cars are easier to wash. It took a long time to clean all the gunk off the chain and sprockets. Sometimes I wished that I had a shaft drive

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  12. Actulayy the cars look good, but the bike in the last pic....now you are talking, i love those old Beemers..

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    1. Roger:

      That R100GS was very nice looking. I had seen it advertised before but on those models you have to machine a circlip somewhere on the driveshaft, and I don't believe the modification was done on this one. I had a chance to buy a R80GS (I think), last year for a very good price. I thought about it but it sold fast.

      You know how it is, you browse the "for sale" ads just to look and check out the prices

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