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Old 03-27-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Default How are you guys washing your cars (no windows)

Like the title says , race cars with no windows what is your technique for keeping water out
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Last time I undid 8 bolts and took the seats out, and then my interior had nothing I didn't mind getting wet.

Buy these:
Miata Cage Miata Window Clips - SafeRacer

The windows sit in there just like they were stock, and lift out in seconds.

Alternatively, you could leave the middle runner in place, so you can slide them into the door for street time (if your cage allows), raise them for washing/bad weather, and still lift them straight out for racing.

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I decided to keep my factory window for now, and come up with a way for it to go up and down.

I started out with the middle window tract. The window is attached to a slider that has two rollers on it. This prevents the window from flopping from side to side with only one tract.

This is what it looks like with all the cables removed.



This is what it looks like after I modified it to reduce wieght.



After I installed it to the car in the window down position.



The wiper in the inner door panel along with the rubber seal in the front window tract will hold the window in position. I plan to put a mini clamp or pin in the drilled tract to prevent it from slamming down when I hit a bump in the road.



Finally, a pic with the window up and door closed. I still have to do some additional trimming. You can still see a portion of the cut inner door at the rear of the upper door panel. I still have a few other minor adjustments to make. Once I get all the bugs worked out, I will start on the driver door and have them painted.

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Trailer to the local car wash,
throw a tarp over the seat,
wash car.
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I just aim the sprayer away from the interior around the edges. Sure a bit mist gets on the seats/carpet, but nothing that soaks it to worry about getting moldy or nasty.

My car doesn't have a top either.
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rinseless wash would be an obvious solution here.


Need:
sponge or microfiber wash mitt
several good quality towels (microfiber waffle weave)
optimum no rinse (or equivalent)
two buckets
grit guards to keep grit off your wash mitt
<10 gallons of water

BAM

I use this method and it is legit. super fast and easy and good on anything but caked mud.
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good for the groin but very bad for your paint.
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Optimum no rinse is the answer. Spray off any big stuff. Thats what a lot of people use in apartment buildings with no water access.
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Buy these:
Miata Cage Miata Window Clips - SafeRacer

The windows sit in there just like they were stock, and lift out in seconds.
^^ This. OEM window fitment while on the trailer or washing. A few ounces of hardware left on the car when you aren't. I even ran the windows in for a monsoon session at MRLS last year and they didn't get sucked out at ~120mph.
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I don't have a race car, but I can definitely vouch for optimum no rinse. If really dirty, spray it off first. Then put 3 gallons of water and the proper amount of ONR in a bucket, soak 10-12 microfiber towels in it. Spray quik-wax on a panel, then use a microfiber towel per panel and put it aside after its done that one panel. Dry afterwards with other microfibers. Very fast and easy.
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Another vote for Rinseless washes, Turtle Wax also makes one and it can be bought at WalMart.
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I don't have a race car, but I can definitely vouch for optimum no rinse. If really dirty, spray it off first. Then put 3 gallons of water and the proper amount of ONR in a bucket, soak 10-12 microfiber towels in it. Spray quik-wax on a panel, then use a microfiber towel per panel and put it aside after its done that one panel. Dry afterwards with other microfibers. Very fast and easy.
you lost me at spray wax
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Seriously? Just be careful. Use a soft shower nozzle around the doors and don't let the hose run on the roof. It's common sense.
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Have I clicked a wrong link and gone to Miata.net....?
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Come to think of it, I somehow manage to wash the street car all summer with the top down.
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you lost me at spray wax
I dont know whats its called exactly. Just some sort of product that loosens the dirt up a bit. I suppose you could skip that and just use the microfibers if it has already been rinsed off. In fact Ill do that next time and save a bit of effort and money. Thanks for the thought!
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I dont know whats its called exactly. Just some sort of product that loosens the dirt up a bit. I suppose you could skip that and just use the microfibers if it has already been rinsed off. In fact Ill do that next time and save a bit of effort and money. Thanks for the thought!
waterless wash? basically you spray it on and wipe it off, but it's only for very lightly dirty cars. I'd say it's pretty ideal for garaged vehicles that only see a few hours of outdoor time. It's fast and easy to use.
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Seriously? Just be careful. Use a soft shower nozzle around the doors and don't let the hose run on the roof. It's common sense.
It is not as dumb a question as it may seem when you think about the difference between a race car and a street car.

There are many race cars that have all the seamsealer and undercoating removed. There always seems to be exposed bare metal in a race car because of the lack of heavy sealants. I pay special attention to areas that have metal sandwiched together. I try to avoid a direct hit with the water hose in these areas. If it needs to be washed, I use an air hose to blast as much water out of the seams.

I have been spraying the seam areas with WD-40 to help keep moisture at bay before and after a cleaning. I have a product that is designed to be sprayed in the engine compartment of personal watercraft. It is like a heavier version of WD-40 that I may try in areas with sandwiched metal. I have not tried it yet on the car. It maybe heavy enough that it collects dirt.
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Wait, you people wash your race cars...?

We use detailing spray...

Our cars are never very clean...

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waterless wash? basically you spray it on and wipe it off, but it's only for very lightly dirty cars. I'd say it's pretty ideal for garaged vehicles that only see a few hours of outdoor time. It's fast and easy to use.
No, the Optimum No Rinse (ONR) is the waterless wash I used. I rinsed the car off at the car wash and drove it back to my garage. I then sprayed on Meguiars quik detailer and then followed with the ONR soaked microfibers. It worked very well and it was very quick.
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