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#1 prando

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:04 pm

Our van is alongside the house and hosepipe available. I wash the sides reasonably frequently - as necessary - and the roof every now and again.

When the full clean (includes roof) is on the agenda, I have always done the roof first, washing the run away dirty water later, when I do the sides.

However, there seems a school of thought that the sides should be done first and the roof afterwards.

No issues, but I am interested to learn from more experienced caravanners any comments on their recommended procedure.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:05 pm

I've always cleaned the roof first, for the reason you have given.
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#3 Dave_N

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:10 pm

Same here, although if the sides are very dirty I'll do the bits that I may end up touching first so that I don't get dirty whilst cleaning the van



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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:42 pm

Always wash from the ground up. That's what I was told by a car valeter. Reason being the soapy water that runs off the roof will tend to streak the sides if they are very dirty. Something to do with the amount of time the detergent spends on the lower panels. Can be minimised by spraying the sides with clean water before you start to wet the panel.

Works for me.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:07 pm

Always roof first for me, then front, back then sides then wheels  :)


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:10 pm

Personally I do roof first,however our Rolls Royce chauffeur in London Office,always started bottom upwards. 

 

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:20 pm

Top down in my opinion. All the crud runs off the roof and down the front, then the sides and the front and back last. If I'm really having a go, I then open the widows and roof lights and do all the nooks and crannies with ShowroomShine.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:29 pm

Top down for a car according to these people,  http://www.autofines...car-wash-guide/

I don't see why a caravan should be any different.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:31 pm

   I heard about folk starting at the bottom and working their way up, but I can't get my head around that so I always do the roof first then the front, sides and finish with back.  The 'van looks fine.  I expect some of the keen valeters will be along to tell us all about it soon.

 

   John.     :)


Edited by Leedslad, 22 February 2017 - 07:32 pm.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:57 pm

If you use a traffic film remover type cleaner its bottoms up to prevent a streaky finish (where the cleaner has run down), the best way in my opinion is to use Snow Foam all over, give it a minute or so then rinse off, then clean using your favourite shampoo top down, I have a very soft brush for high areas on the caravan and use the two bucket method, I use a mitt for windows.

 

I wouldn't recommend or use washing up liquid.



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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:20 pm

At one time the AA recommended to wash from bottom up for reasons I never got. If streaking is likely to be a problem then follow the old way of giving whole vehicle a thorough soak before application of soap products.

A professional  coach painter once told me that most people use too much soap and paintwork damage occurs in time due to insufficient rinsing down with cold water after the wash.



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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:47 pm

Roof first,  then remainder.  A chauffeur once told me that they start at the bottom first.  Never could

figure it out! 



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 07:32 am

Thanks for the comments. I quite like the blondchaser's suggestion regarding an overall soak pre soap.
Take care all
Paul

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 08:00 am

Roof first for both Van and Cars (with the cars I do the wheels first with its own brushes that are not used on the bodywork) don't know why but I have always started with the roof



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 08:16 am

Thanks for the comments. I quite like the blondchaser's suggestion regarding an overall soak pre soap.
Take care all
Paul

 

I would always recommend wetting the car thoroughly to soften the dirt then rinsing off before washing, but this was in the pre Snow Foam days :)  



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 11:05 am

First clean after winter; wash the sides first, top-down, then polish. Then do the roof. My reasoning is that the filth from the roof won't stick to the polished sides of the van. I've never subscribed to the bottom-up school of vehicle washing either; one of my first paid jobs was washing hire cars for Godfrey Davis in Gelderd Rd, Leeds. You did it the way the boss said, top down, or looked for a job somewhere else.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:17 am

I've always cleaned the roof first, for the reason you have given.

+1

its all down to gravity ;)



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:23 am

Have noticed this in the shower, if I wash my hair first my legs streak, now I know how to prevent it.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:19 am

I always go from top to bottom.. .however,in my days in London our Rolls Royce trained chauffeur washed the office vehicle bottom upwards as norm.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:08 pm

Have noticed this in the shower, if I wash my hair first my legs streak, now I know how to prevent it.

 

     :D

 

  John.






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