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Gabe007
Jul 5th, 2009, 11:25 PM
I haven't tried washing the car with this but I tested in a 5gallon bucket full of water and it stayed in the bottom of the bucket.

Material and cost:
2 - Homer Bucket Lid (Orange) - $0.98 each
8 - UV Cable Tie - $0.01 each
1 - 4x48x1/8 Pinn Rubber WB-Gray-EA - $2.96

Tools:
- Heavy duty scissor (I don't know the name or type...just enough to cut the rubber and plastic lid)
- Phillips screw driver (used to make a hole on the rubber for the cable ties to go through)
- Measuring tape
- Straight edge (at least 4 inches)
- Pen
- <1hr of time

Here are some pictures:
http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5463_small.jpg
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http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5505_small.jpg
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http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5497_small.jpg
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http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5492_small.jpg
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http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5493_small.jpg
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http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5496_small.jpg
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http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5494_small.jpg
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http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/1255/medium/IMG_5495_small.jpg

Murr1525
Jul 5th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Interesting.. just be carefull for shards of plastic.

One of those grids for overhead lights might be an option also.

Gabe007
Jul 5th, 2009, 11:35 PM
When I was cutting the lid, I left enough room so it won't easily break off (crossing fingers).

Grids for overhead lights? Can you show me a pic or link? BTW, how much is a grid?

Murr1525
Jul 5th, 2009, 11:53 PM
Dont know why I cant find them on Home Depot or Lowes... It would be called like an Egg Crate Louvre, or Egg Crate Light Diffuser.

Murr1525
Jul 6th, 2009, 12:10 AM
Egg Crate Example (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://seanmcg.com/blog/wp-content/images/IMG_6578.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.reeflounge.com/showthread.php%3Fp%3D218242&usg=__QUiHLq7wYtjHJRzi61awnzYwBNo=&h=375&w=500&sz=201&hl=en&start=38&um=1&tbnid=GmeawvBQVTokzM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Degg%2Bcrate%2Blight%2Bpanel%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26start%3D21%26um%3D1)

Gabe007
Jul 6th, 2009, 08:25 AM
Egg Crate Example (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://seanmcg.com/blog/wp-content/images/IMG_6578.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.reeflounge.com/showthread.php%3Fp%3D218242&usg=__QUiHLq7wYtjHJRzi61awnzYwBNo=&h=375&w=500&sz=201&hl=en&start=38&um=1&tbnid=GmeawvBQVTokzM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Degg%2Bcrate%2Blight%2Bpanel%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26start%3D21%26um%3D1)

Very nice :bigups I'll definitely get it if it's cost effective.

Edit: I found this link. (http://www.edee.com/eggcrate.htm)... I'll probably check local pet stores for it.

dreamps
Jul 6th, 2009, 09:04 AM
please let us know how this works out for you!

Murr1525
Jul 6th, 2009, 09:09 AM
Very nice :bigups I'll definitely get it if it's cost effective.

Edit: I found this link. (http://www.edee.com/eggcrate.htm)... I'll probably check local pet stores for it.

I am sure Home Depot / Lowes would have it also.

Eddie6th
Jul 7th, 2009, 03:32 AM
What is the actual cost of a grit guard?

Andrew C.
Jul 7th, 2009, 07:52 AM
What is the actual cost of a grit guard?
1 for $9.00 or 2 for $16.00

http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/gritguardblack.html

Ganesa
Jul 7th, 2009, 08:26 AM
seems like everything is cheap in the US... 1 grit cost around $15-17 so 2 grits would be the double of that..

Gabe007
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:59 AM
1 for $9.00 or 2 for $16.00

http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/gritguardblack.html

Buying it from SoCal, with shipping, it's actually:

<table class="ys_basket"><thead><tr class="ys_head"><th colspan="3" class="ys_orderCol">Your Order</th> </tr> <tr> <th class="ys_first ys_numberCol">
</th> <th class="ys_itemCol">Item</th> <th class="ys_last ys_costCol">Cost</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr class="ys_evenRow"> <td class="ys_first ys_quantity"> 2 </td> <td class="ys_itemInfo ys_items"> Black Grit
Guard Insert </td> <td class="ys_last ys_cost"> $15.95</td> </tr> <tr class="ys_orderLine ys_evenRow"> <td class="ys_first" colspan="2"> Subtotal: </td> <td class="ys_last r" colspan="1">$15.95</td> </tr> <tr class="ys_orderLine ysco_oddRow"> <td class="ys_first" colspan="2"> Shipping: </td> <td class="ys_last r" colspan="1">$6.95*</td> </tr> <tr class="ys_orderLine ys_evenRow"> <td class="ys_first" colspan="2"> Tax: </td> <td class="ys_last r" colspan="1">$0.00</td> </tr> <tr class="ys_orderLine ys_lastRow ysco_oddRow"> <td class="ys_first" colspan="2"> Total: </td> <td class="ys_last r" colspan="1">$22.90</td></tr></tbody></table>

Eddie6th
Jul 7th, 2009, 05:36 PM
seems like everything is cheap in the US... 1 grit cost around $15-17 so 2 grits would be the double of that..


you know...Just double the cost...That's the easiest way.:awman1

Ganesa
Jul 7th, 2009, 06:22 PM
you know...Just double the cost...That's the easiest way.:awman1

sorry, i meant down here in Indonesia, its $15-17 dollars per grit.. real bummer..

Eddie6th
Jul 7th, 2009, 06:55 PM
sorry, i meant down here in Indonesia, its $15-17 dollars per grit.. real bummer..


I know......Let's say outside US..

c5rick
Jul 19th, 2009, 10:28 AM
I'm currently laid off so with the extra time I have and being low on funds, I decided to try and make some guards.
I used egg crate ceiling tile grid, bigger the the lighting grid.
Below, pic of the ceiling tile ($10.00), tube of super glue ($1.50), small file and side cutters & aSharpie

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard011.jpg

I placed the bucket on the grid and traced it Then snipped the grid just inside my marks. Test fit and snip a little at a time until it fits snug on the bottom. If it's snug on the bottom it will fit great when you elevate it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard004.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard005.jpg

I wanted to have the guard 3" off the bottom so I cut a peice of the grid at 3" wide and the entire length of the grid

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard006.jpg

I measured the width of piece I cut out and cut the 3" piece to that length. You can be less, but not longer. and super glued it in place. I used the file to smooth out the nubs sticking out where I trimmed the sections, I wanted good contact where I was gluing. You could use sandpaper or if you had a belt sander you cut cut the time in half, as this step took the most time.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard009.jpg

Next I measure and made two more pieces from the 3" strip and filed them smooth and glued one on each side of the first one.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard007.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard010.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard012.jpg

That's it and the finished product and the last pic, it's in the bucket.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard014.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard016.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/bookie31/Detailing/DirtGuard017.jpg


If you're careful and lay everything out before cutting, you can get minimum of 5 and maybe 6 out of one grid panel.
It took less then 25 minutes for each and be careful. I have 4 five gallon buckets by two manufacturers and this does make a difference. Use the bucket it's for when marking your outline.
Thanks

J. A. Michaels
Jul 19th, 2009, 01:50 PM
Rick, The grit guard looks great.

RickyMartinZ28
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:42 PM
Wouldn't an open design like that enable the flow of water/turbulance and increase the re-polluting of the water with debris? I might dry some 3D design work and see if I can show a picture of what I'm trying to describe...

RickyMartinZ28
Jul 20th, 2009, 01:33 PM
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg232/rickymartinz28/GritGuardDesign1001.jpg

With the above design, water could be agitated (rubbing mitt across guard ) on top of the guard to release debris, and it could fall to the bottom, where water cannot be agitated... keeping the debris segregated...

RickyMartinZ28
Jul 20th, 2009, 01:38 PM
Seems like the above would be easier to construct as well.... Cut an 8' section of 1/2" 3/4" 1" PVC into 4" sections and just stack in the bottom, or bundle them just as easily....

Not only are we keeping the mitt from contacting the bottom on the container, thus contaminating the mitt, but we're trying to keep the water from becoming recontaminated as well....

I'm probably thinking way too deep into this.

RickyMartinZ28
Jul 20th, 2009, 01:40 PM
Could get crazy and use a marine pump and filter and try to conserve soap/recycle materials...

Eddie6th
Aug 3rd, 2009, 07:15 PM
One good point about the homemade gritguard. I checked out a site and the gritguard is something like 263mm diameter(If I remember well). The buckets I get here are either too big or too small.

I can get a hold of gritguards,but how can I apply them if there is no bucket supplied?

Murr1525
Aug 3rd, 2009, 08:12 PM
Well.. Here in the US, they are sized for a 5 gallon bucket. I guess someone could measure across one to give you the size, then you could browse stores to find one.

But using the egg crate lighting screen shown is pretty much the same thing if you cant find anything the right sze. I would just make the legs solid, either with a solid plastc, or covering the egg crate.

Eddie6th
Aug 3rd, 2009, 08:46 PM
That's what the difference is.

Over here,You buy a bucket of paint for the house and you're left with a really good bucket(about 5 gallons).Even if i wanted to go and buy a spare which is empty,they're still the same size.

I think this is down to difference in sizes between Europe and the US.

I believe there is a bucket made in association with the gritguards,but I havn't seen it here.Just the gritguards.

Murr1525
Aug 3rd, 2009, 08:59 PM
The Grit Guard people 'make' a bucket, but it is just a re-labeled US 5 gal bucket.

I would think it is a pretty standard size, even worldwide, but maybe not. Although even here you get the odd 5gal bucket every once in a while that is more narrow and tall.