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  • Removing Wildfire Ash From your Vehicles

    Good cautions/ideas here for those of us dealing with wildlife ash.

    Originally posted by KomoNews
    Take care when removing abrasive wildfire ash from your vehicle

    by Connie Thompson
    Friday, September 8th 2017
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    Rinse with plain water. &nbsp;Don't wipe with anything. &nbsp;Avoid letting ash on car mix with rain. &nbsp;KOMO photo

    If your car got dusted with ash from the wildfires this week don't assume a simple run through the car wash will take care of everything. Here are a few things you can do this weekend to keep that ash from causing problems on the 'inside' of your car, as well as the exterior.

    Auto experts say we shouldn't let ash sit on our cars for extended periods. And we definitely don't want to let the ash mix with rain water, which can realease chemicals that damage the paint.

    The tiny specks of ash may 'look' soft and powdery- but they're not.

    "Ash is very abrasive." said

    Jennifer Cook of AAA Washington. "And it's also very alkaline, so you don't want to just dust off your car, you want to use as much water and soap as possible."

    Start with plain water from the garden hose. That's the best way to keep the abrasive particles from scratching the paint.

    And don't underestimate the ash on your windshield.

    "Our automatic inclination is to throw on the wiper fluid and start wiping away," said Cook. "But don't do that. Because this is gritty. And you don't want to scratch your windshield."

    Experts say if you want to avoid scratches and damage to your vehicle's paint finish, rinse the car very thoroughly, then clean the wiper blades before you swipe.

    This is also a good time for most drivers to replace their windshield wiper blades, which tend to get worn down from extensive use during winter and spring months.

    Finally- and here's what a lot of us overlook - make sure the ash isn't clogging up your air filters.

    "After the entire wildfire season's over, it'd be great to change your filters and wax your car and give it that protective coat," said Cook.

    And don't just check the air filter in your engine. Also check the venthilation filters in the passenger compartment.

    Remember, dirty filters lower your fuel economy and increase emissions- and ultimately cost you more to operate your car in the long run.
    https://komonews.com/news/consumer/t...m-your-vehicle
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    How about a pressure washer set on medium pressure to get 99% off without using even a microfiber washing mitt to spread (scratch) the paint, then after pressure washing, then using our regular washing method?
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      Originally posted by John View Post
      How about a pressure washer set on medium pressure to get 99% off without using even a microfiber washing mitt to spread (scratch) the paint, then after pressure washing, then using our regular washing method?
      Hi John, this is exactly what we're recommending to our customers. Perform an intensive, high-pressure rinse to remove as much of the ash and abrasive particles from the surface prior to your preferred washing method. Some like to foam up the paintwork with a pH nuetral soap and then rinse... whichever you prefer is fine. The key is to not simply start wiping the ash around, especially on the paintwork and other high gloss trim. This is especially important for those who prefer a rinseless or waterless washing method. To prevent damage to the finish you'll want to rinse as much of the particulates off the surface before your regular wash process. Other than that the most critical point is not to allow the ash to dwell on the surface for too long, especially after the vehicle has gotten wet.

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        Thanks Nick! I have learned a lot from you.
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