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Unread 09-26-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Removing clay

After offroading here in Ohio I am getting everything ready for winter meaning no more offroading. The place i went offroading typically had clay water and clay muck that I went through. With clay it is possible to get all the big clumps off but not the stuff stuck to the surface. On my four wheelers i have to scrub it off. Is there any way to get it off without scrubbing the entire underside of the jeep. Washing it with a house does nothing.

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Unread 09-26-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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After offroading here in Ohio I am getting everything ready for winter meaning no more offroading. The place i went offroading typically had clay water and clay muck that I went through. With clay it is possible to get all the big clumps off but not the stuff stuck to the surface. On my four wheelers i have to scrub it off. Is there any way to get it off without scrubbing the entire underside of the jeep. Washing it with a house does nothing.
When I had my TJ, a number of members said they would part their TJ on the front lawn, then put the lawn sprinkler under it and run it for an hour or more (sometimes, they had to move it, so the water would hit critical spots), then immediately, take it to a self car wash to use the high pressure hose to clean it completely.
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Unread 09-26-2013, 09:22 AM   #3
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Pressure washer from Lowe's works for me. It wasn't much over a $100 on sale this summer.
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Unread 09-26-2013, 09:43 AM   #4
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A lot of people I know soak down their undercarriage with Armorall tire spray or foam before wheeling and their Jeeps are spotless after some pressure-washing- I plan to try this next time.
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Unread 09-26-2013, 10:18 AM   #5
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Another thing to add is that I undercoated everywhere underneath with rubberized undercoating so it inst just smooth paint.
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Unread 09-27-2013, 06:05 AM   #6
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I bought a pressure washer with the 3.75 Briggs and Straton engine. I think I paid aprox $275. I did a lot of checking on the net before I bought. The $100 electrics did not get good reviews. Proceed with caution.

Get the worst of the muck off. Then hit it with Simple Green, or some similar product. Hit it again, and it'll look nearly new.

When my jeep comes in in 4 weeks, I plan on crawling under it while it's still new, with a couple of cans of Rustolium, and painting everything that's bare metal. I figure it cannot hurt.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 03:40 AM   #7
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Be careful with spraying Simple Green underneath a Jeep. Simple Green attacks aluminum and corrodes it if not rinsed liberally off with water. .
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Unread 09-28-2013, 05:56 AM   #8
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soap and water. if you are going to be getting into that type of material, then you can buy one of the pump up sprayers and fill it with baby oil, then spray your vehicle down with it. When we use to run IMCA modified, this is how we kept or made the clay easier to get off. Actually we used transmission oil mixed with safety clean. The baby oil was for the teams who could afford it.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 03:17 PM   #9
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Flex er out a little bit on wheel ramps and go to town with the pressure washer! The ramps let you get at the undercarriage better as well as the axles and inner fenders

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Unread 09-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #10
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Clay silt is in all the mud/sand/muskeg around my parts. It's really annoying to clean off. I've spent a good 2 or 3 hours cleaning the top and sometimes just as much time with the undercarriage. Also, all those skid plates act like shovels, the tube frame fills up with stuff and that cross member in the stock front bumper is always packed with debris. Wand washes, even with their wax stripping pre-wash and soap, always leave me really annoyed after spending $20-30 so now I just use them to blast off the really big stuff before coming home to the wife. A while back I resolved myself to buying a pressure washer. Got a gas powered 2200 psi washer from HD on sale it works pretty good with the 10 degree nozzle. Beware of the 0 degree nozzle, it etches new concrete pretty good so you probably DO NOT want to use it on your rig. Also, don't shoot your hand point blank with the 10 degree nozzle or you will peel your skin off, been there, done that.

For the body I take the pressure washer to it to remove most the big stuff. Once it's soaked well, I switch to a foam cannon for the soap so it doesn't run off right away. While it's on the car, out comes the mitt work in the soap and lift off the clay silt before rinsing it off. Then I squeegee excess water off before using a pile of microfiber cloths to finish the job. If any dirt is left behind, the cloths lift it. If you keep your tub waxed, the dirt washes off more easily but be sure to make sure it's off before waxing or you will seal in a bunch of it, been there, done that. Because of this, I prefer NOT to use 2-in-1 soap and wax products.

For the bottom, plan on getting dirty. Haven't tried the sprinkler trick yet as regular hose and/or washer does well with patience. Be sure to soak/blast all the holes in the frame, skid plates, and don't shy away from areas you think should be OK. A friend of mine told me in his dirt track days he used to WD-40 the entire bottom of his vehicles to mitigate mud buildup. Haven't tried that, sounds messy.

Tip, when doing the engine compartment, DO NOT spray close to the air box. It was 3 valve drains and a pin hole one but is a pain in the but to clean as you need to remove it to get rid of all the junk you probably just sprayed in there.
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Unread 09-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #11
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I wonder if this will work directly on rubber undercoating?

http://laughingsquid.com/rust-oleum-...-repel-liquid/
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