2nd Gen R60 Countryman Washing the Countryman is a PITA

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  1. CHKMINI

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    WOW, is it different washing my wife's CM as compared to my R56 :crazy: It's not the size that makes it a PITA, it's trying to clean and dry the door jambs and rear boot jamb. :yesnod: The boot hinges are more complex and have a bunch of nooks and crannies that are next to impossible to reach. After 6 weeks of ownership this is the only negative that I have with the CM. Anyone else feel the same?
     
  2. Justa Jim

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    Sounds to me like Lotise is going to have to come up with a new detailing section. :cornut:

    Jim
     
  3. lotsie

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    Use compressed air to dry out all those nooks and crannies:beer

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  4. CHKMINI

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    +1 good suggestion Mark. Thanks

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  5. Crashton

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    Or drive around with the boot & doors open. ;)

    How many cans of compressed at does it take?
     
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    I was thinking more along the lines of a compressor, or the blowing end of a shop-vac.

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    Get an electric leaf blower.

    Use an electric powered leaf blower. Do not use a GAS POWERED ONE because the gas ones always blow a little oil onto your paint job.

    :beer
     
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    I second the air compressor with a blow tip.
     
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    I don't dry a R56 without one! Not knowing the CM closely will this work? Don't see why not after you've dried the exterior
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. The blower actually will work better for me because when I use my garage compressed air it runs low and is constantly rebuilding pressure.
     
  12. Justa Jim

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    I'm going out on a limb here, but isn't that what it is suppose to do? :idea:

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  13. CHKMINI

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    DUUHHH ! Jim, I need to explain better....it runs out of pressure and I have to WAIT for it to build back up again. It's the WAITING that I have issues with :Yawn:
     
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    Got it. It charges back up slowly. :Thumbsup:

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    And my compressor is one noisy SOB. So I would go with the electric leaf blower to dry the CM.

    Or just let it air dry or just use a lot of microfibre towels like I do. :lol:

    Even if I get OCD about getting all the nooks on the CM, I still find water drips later, so out comes the MF and Hydro. :)

    Don
     
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    Can a shopvac be reversed? Or would it run the risk of blowing dust onto the MINI even if it was possible?
     
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    You learn something everyday. I never thought of the electric leaf blower. I've been using a micro fiber cloth and wringing it out a million times.

    Thanks,

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    Ive used my little shop vac (on blow) a few times as well. Works ok, but not as good as the air compressor
     
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    I have a Metro vacuum that is also a blower. I vacuum the car first, then wash the car, then reverse the vacuum and blow dry. It's a very useful unit and pretty to boot :D. It was kind of pricey when I got it, but having it always there ready to use made it worthwhile, I can just leave it where it is and do a quick vacuum since the hose is 25 feet long.

    You can see it hanging on the wall to the right of the desk.
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