View Full Version : At what temp will you hand wash your vehicle?

Mar 13th, 2009, 05:02 PM
Like the title says, at what air temp will you hand wash your car outside?

Andy M.
Mar 13th, 2009, 05:05 PM
I try to keep it above freezing, but have on occasion had the water freeze before I dried off the car.


Mar 13th, 2009, 05:12 PM
I try to stay high 30's.... Though have been known to do a quick wash in a cold rain.

Mar 13th, 2009, 05:28 PM
i have a heated garage but i still wont wash below freezing because the driveway freezes and it just creates more work for me or my Dad

Mar 13th, 2009, 06:06 PM
Anything in the high 30's

Mar 13th, 2009, 06:17 PM
Anything about freezing here! It was 39F here today and felt like a heat wave.

Mar 13th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Anything above freezing. I wash my car inside the garage with ONR and sometimes steam as well.

Mar 13th, 2009, 07:16 PM
Since the only place I can hand wash my cars is at my parents house, my Dad will not allow any car washing unless the temperature is over 40 degrees. He doesn't want the driveway freezing up and I can't blame him.

Mar 14th, 2009, 10:26 AM
I'll wash if its over 40 and the wind isn't to harsh. I do cheat a little. I use a pair of RedHead Neoprene Waterfowler's Gloves that i got at Bass Pro Shop. I had a gift card that i got for xmas and since i am not a hunter, this was the perfect way to use my card and still feed my car care addiction. The 13" pair comes up over my forearms, and while they are not 100% water proof my hand have never gotten cold. just make sure to put them on before your hands get cold and wet. Hey, looks like they are on sale now for $14.94 too.

J. A. Michaels
Mar 14th, 2009, 12:00 PM
If it's at least 40 and the vehicles need it. It is warm enough.

Tim Lingor
Mar 14th, 2009, 01:03 PM
I would say mid 30's but then again, I am a bit crazy! :D



Mr Mustang
Mar 14th, 2009, 02:13 PM
^I'll agree with statement! Awesome dedication

Mar 14th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Wow Tim, have ever slipped and fell on your driveway while washing in temps like that? You're really brave! I couldn't imagine the ice on the driveway after the washing.

Mar 14th, 2009, 05:46 PM
I usualy will only wash with temps above freezing.....

A few weeks ago a QD'ed with temps around 10 degrees.....that was fun times

Mar 14th, 2009, 09:15 PM
If its mid-morning to mid day I'll use regular temp water, but if its early morning or later in the evening, I will use warm water. Say! does water temp make a difference to the soap or washing the dirt off of the car? Just wanted to know. :dunno

Mar 15th, 2009, 03:44 AM
Tim, I would have at least worn at hat and some rubber gloves in that weather. The pressure washer sure does help.

Mar 16th, 2009, 04:03 PM
For me, it has to be above freezing and with enough sun (or ground heat early in the season) so that ice doesn't form on the drive way. Besides falling and breaking bones, I fear falling and hitting part of the car with whatever is in my hand as my arms go flailing ... the hose (with nozzle) would be the worst. Not worth risking it.

Mar 20th, 2009, 05:00 AM
Anything high 40's. I prefer 50's! The only place I can hand Is at my parent's house!

Mar 20th, 2009, 08:19 AM
Above 32 as long as the temps are not going to drop at night and freeze the driveway.

Tom Weed
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:23 PM
I'm going to say above 40 outside, and using warm water buckets if it's in that range, if it's below freezing then I'm in the garage doing an ONR wash.

john m.
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:26 PM

You know you have a addiction when your washing in those temps! :D

Luckily down here in texas it doesnt get to cold that often and when it does i just wait a couple of days before it changes again :D

Andrew C.
Apr 7th, 2009, 02:31 PM
I love California :D

Apr 14th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Anything above freezing.

May 3rd, 2009, 09:18 AM
What the heck is freezing, I think its cold outside when it dips below 60. Here in Cali its always 71 degrees!!!!!

SVT Lightning
Aug 9th, 2009, 03:37 PM
If it's at least 40 and the vehicles need it. It is warm enough.
:xyxthumbs My neighbors think I'm nuts when it's the middle of winter and I'm out washing! As long as the water isn't freezing......

Aug 29th, 2009, 07:29 AM
Well seeing as the coldest daytime temps I've seen here is 68, I guess thats the lowest.

Aug 29th, 2009, 12:24 PM
My car will be covered and protected this winter. I don't plan on driving it until the spring. My parents car I will wash in 50+ degree weather. Maybe spray it down at the gas station hose.

Nov 19th, 2009, 09:55 PM
Why is >32 degrees the lowest temp? I've washed in the teens and quite often in the mid 20's.


Nov 20th, 2009, 09:25 PM
What is this freezing thing everyone is talking about? What does that mean? It was 85 degrees here on christmas day last year. :D

Garage Troll
Nov 29th, 2009, 03:37 PM
I have done my car in freezing weather but now that I have ONR I can do it in the garage in the winter. It's not heated but it's well insulated and usually is considerably warmer than the outside temp.

Fly Bye
Dec 10th, 2009, 01:45 PM
What is this freezing thing everyone is talking about? What does that mean? It was 85 degrees here on christmas day last year. :D


Feb 25th, 2011, 04:43 PM
If the car is dirty and its mid to high 30's, I will bear the cold weather and get er done.

Sep 17th, 2011, 06:17 PM
I washed the car at 58F I don't think I would go much lower.. my wax never really dried on the car I'm not sure if it was the wax I used (gold class) or too much got applied but it was chilly enough..