Thanks, Jeff, I knew I could count on you haha ill be out and about, for sure, and ill grab some of that stuff for the salt.
I also ordered some optimum no rinse to try, too. Though a self wash does seem like the better option.
I just used some Optimum No Rinse on my car about an hour ago - filthy from today. Stuff is fantastic.
Also, get some SMARTONE - it's a waterless wash/wax that works amazing and smells fantastic.
The Salt Away is only available at West Marine locally (like $12 a spray bottle). I bought some there this week - they have it.
Here's my self wash trick:
- Bring a couple microfiber towels - the blue waffle weave 'Ice' ones you get at Meijer are the best.
Wash the car, blow off (see below), finish up with microfiber. Takes a total of 6 minutes. The one by my house takes credit cards - so it's about 4 min total washing unit on and about $3.50. Then about two minute to dry off.
If you really wanna get fancy, get one of these - Makita portable 18v rechargeable blower. It's small and light. Throw it in the car when you go the wash place and it helps blow off about 70% of the water - especially in the nooks and crannies (tail lights, seams, wheels). Makes drying with towel a 60 second job.
I can literally wash my car at the self wash place for $4 and 6 minutes!