Cleaning the vehicle

Submitted: Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 08:13
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Just back from a trip that included a Simpson Crossing. After freezing cold, rain, thick mud (& sandflies) at Dalhousie, record temps & violent dust storms in the desert the vehicle is in a terrible state.

Can anybody advise of the best way to clean it both inside & outside. I realise that it's going to take hard work but perhaps there are a few tips that may help us avoid making any serious errors.

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Reply By: Member - Bob - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 11:00

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 11:00
Either Car Lovers with a pocket full of $2 coins, or the detailer which will cost up to $200. A good detailer will have it back in show room condition and if you can afford it is the best way to go.Bob
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 11:11

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 11:11
Pay a car detailer, its worth it.

There was one that came out to a bloke in our clubs place, he charged $200 and he ripped out the seats and all, and also went to the hassle of cleaning the springs and all!

Failing that, just as you would wash and clean it normally. Rip out seats and carpet and go from there. Make a weekend of it.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 11:51

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 11:51
I clean my truck once a year. There is still some 2001 dust in it that I missed last year..........hehehe :-)
Never a dull moment
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 17:02

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 17:02
I've washed the outside of mine around 10-12 times in 2yrs....after that I dont feel like cleaning the inside.
The otherhalf calls it the pigmobile when she needs to refer to it in front of the kids.
One day...................................Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 13:55

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 13:55
After my 2002 trip to Cape York it took me about 10 seconds to decide that I would engage a detailer to do my truck - for $200 they did the lot cut, polish, underbody clean and spray black - they even took the seats out and shampoo'd the carpets and seats. Dropped it off at 8 in the morning and picked up and 4.30 pm.
Worth every penny - and then some.
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Reply By: Member - Roger - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 16:48

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 16:48
Every time we come back from a major sorti like yours I just take the wagon to the detailers and Bobs yor uncle.
Clean again just like new. After spendin thousands on fuel whats another $200 for a good job, after all it takes a while and a lot of work just to clean all the other gear.
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 22:35

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 22:35
Gave mine a solid hose down after the big trip to remove the accumulation in the places which are likely to rust then left it sitting on the driveway for two weeks. SWMBO couldn't stand looking at it, took pity (on the wagon) and spent 2 days cleaning inside and out. I was going to take it to the detailers but spent the $200.oo I saved on a new fish rod and a bunch if flowers for her.Carpe Diem
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 22:42

Monday, Sep 29, 2003 at 22:42
Yeah almost forgot, just to show I not totally heartless I meant to mention I also gave her a kiss on the cheek and said "Good job luv",
but SWMBO got cranky when I said i'd put a post on ExOz and get her a bit more detailing work if she wanted some pocket money. Don't know what's happened, she used to have a sense of humor.Carpe Diem
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