Californication does suck! And it may rain again this year on our cars - double sucks! But there isn't much to complain about when living in Temecula, compared to Ohio,
I have the ability to wash my vehicle, with a nozzle that shuts off, but the water restraints means it's a wash or a flush...
Don't drive the car and keep it in the garage covered works too. I use detailing spray and a cover between washes, and it's not my daily driver. I don't drive in inclement weather and wipe it down no more than every other drive. Pretty much daily when driven because it's not my daily driver.
When I do drive to work, I try to park under a tree to block the sun, and the cover goes back on.
And I wax it twice a year.
You can buy a mister that removes all minerals from the water and wipe down with microfiber, or use distilled water in a hand sprayer and microfiber towels and do the same. The water provides enough lubricity to not scratch the paint.
Once a year I get a exterior detail, and spend about 3 hours after, getting into all the details they missed.
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I know you said it's hard to find the time to detail the car but honestly the time invested pays off.
Every spring I claybar and polish the paint. Afterwards I use a synthetic wax (AKA sealant). I also follow up with a real wax for luster but that's frivolous.
Afterwards, cleanup is an absolute breeze. My California duster does most of my work but honestly you can BLOW the dust off. A bit of detail spray and a micro fibre deals with anything more stubborn. Until it rains, but you don't have that problem
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Upon reflection, if time was really tight, I bet you could get similar dust shedding ability just using the claybar, and the paint sealant.
All excellent advice.
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I believe someone already mentioned it, but another trick I use is a quality foaming spray bottle with a soap solution. I normally reserve this for on the road for water savings. Done out of the sun, the solution works really well as a presoak, and then follow up with a handwash, and finally a rinse. If the solution dries up, respray to rejuvenate.
For you apartment dwellers....... check this out for rinsing your car. www.rinsekit.com
Fill your bucket with car wash shampoo (soap) and rinse off with the rinse kit. This can be done anywhere where there is shade.
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