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Laying car up for the winter

Postby SuperMech » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:51 pm

Ok, I can hear you all now saying why lay the car up for the winter? Use it and enjoy it....... However, it's something I done since I've had it..... and besides, it gives my little Citroen a much needed run out... :)

I'm rather fortunate to have a detached garage, but that's my workshop, store, tool shed and general junk yard and there is no way that my 5 will get in there, so it stays on my drive under a 'storm force' cover, all tucked up until Spring......

Under the bonnet of my little 5 is a lot of chrome and polished alloy and this is where the problem lies.... as come spring time, it's all dulled, and pit marked with a white alloy powder corrosion, which takes hours and hours to clean off. This year, I was thinking of spraying the whole engine compartment with a light oil such as 3 in one, which can easily be wiped off when the time comes and hopefully back will come the shine.....

Does this sound ok? What would you advise, apart from clear out the garage and put the car inside.....

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Re: Laying car up for the winter

Postby nedski » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:13 pm

Isn't wd40 good for this :confusion-confused:
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Re: Laying car up for the winter

Postby Lazza » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:59 pm

WD40 will dry out. Silicone spray would be better and can also be used on the plastics & rubbers.

I have to say it though... Why lay it up for the winter? I use mine just as much in winter as I do in summer. You just can't beat getting the top down on a freezing cold but bright sunny day, with a big coat, hat & gloves and the heater all on. I actually prefer it to hot summer days.

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Re: Laying car up for the winter

Postby steffydog » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:17 am

ACF50 or FS365, perfect :)
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Re: Laying car up for the winter

Postby SuperMech » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:13 am

Hi Guys and Girls,

Thanks for the advice so far. :text-thankyouyellow:

Steffydog, that ACF50 looks like just the thing I'm after :handgestures-thumbup:

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Re: Laying car up for the winter

Postby drumtochty » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:16 am

Yes Morgan owners are keen on ACF50 and lots of them use it.

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Re: Laying car up for the winter

Postby paggers » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:14 pm

I can also recommend the ACF50. I bought a brand new 2010 BMW R1200 GS and ran it all year around for two years. Each winter I would clean the bike then spray all exposed metal parts with the ACF50. Come spring you just clean it off (which admittedly takes a bit of work) and underneath is the nice shiny metalwork. When I finally got rid of the bike after 2 years it was still spotless.

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