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I plan on detailing my car before the winter sets in, and I was wondering how you guys clean the roof. I'm 5'11" so not too short but not too tall. I think if I had a roof rack and some running boards, I might have an easier time with it but for now, what do you guys do?

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Should've expected the replies... :doh: I had a great laugh, though. So, I guess the ladder is the best method?
 

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I use an old swiffer. I cut the pad holder in 1/2, then put a washmitt over the base. Works great and free (if you have a spare one sitting around).
 

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Roverdude said:
I use an old swiffer. I cut the pad holder in 1/2, then put a washmitt over the base. Works great and free (if you have a spare one sitting around).
That's a great idea. I'm going to see if I got any spares. What about putting a sealant or wax on top?
 

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lakbum said:
Should've expected the replies... :doh: I had a great laugh, though. So, I guess the ladder is the best method?
At most car parts stores, you can buy a round (10 inch) soft chamois sponge on an extended pole. That makes cleaning the car a 10 minute exercise and allows you to reach all spots on the roof...lower the car to access mode, and you're done.
 
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you dont wana know how I do it.... its quite funny if you actually watched me clean the roof, we'll just leave it at that (or use your imagination)
 

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lakbum said:
Thanks for all the suggestions. I will see how it goes next weekend.
Post details and pictures and maybe Umberto can make it a sticky.
 

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Raise it to Off Road Height and stand on the rear wheel.

This is how I access the roof rack and load from the side, nice built in.

Or go the otherway, lower to bumpstops then wash whatever you can reach with a brush extension.
 

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I use a small step ladder and a 12" SOFT bristle brush from Meguiars, works great.
 

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I just buy a $6 ticket at my local Esso and drive through their touchless thingy... I found that is way more efficient use of my time and I wonder why that does not appear to be common practice!?
 

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I put the car in access height first. Since i'm 6' 3" with 42 inch arms, I can just barely reach the middle of the roof. So I work my way all around the car until it's clean.

If I was shorter I guess I would have to open the door and hang off the side.
 

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A visit to Auto Bell at least one a week takes care of that for me. The older I get, the more I lose interest in washing my vehicles :)
 

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Major awesome necropost!

Anymore I let the roof cleaning be done the same way I do the undercarriage. Here in the seattle area from late Oct to mid June - rain; the rest of the year I use rivers in the cascades. But I do detail my 24" spinners by hand with a toothbrush.
 

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when did you get the smaller spinners? :cool:
 
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