Off Road Truck Washing, Detailing & Inspection - From Dirty to CleanPosted in How To on January 1, 2009
Playing in the dirt means you get dirty. Swirling dust can seem to permeate every nook and cranny of your off-road vehicle. Add water to the mix and you can end up with muddy slop or gumbo clumps that splatter and cling to the underside, topside, and inside where they get tracked in. At one point or another you'll want to clean your rig for aesthetic and mechanical maintenance reasons.
Now we know some of you consider the trip home half the cleaning as dirt clods and captured dirt tumble onto the highway. You figure the second half comes when that rain shower loosens up remaining soil and runs brown rivulets down your body panels. But for most of us we choose to commit to a truck washing on occasion and also climb around our rigs checking the general condition of the functioning parts.
With the vehicle dirty or muddy after a good weekend of play, you'll most likely want to start with a good external wash job, including hosing off the undercarriage and under the fenderwells. Those of you more ambitious will top the paint with a good coat of wax and detail the interior to rid yourself of all the terra firma you hauled home in the seats, carpet and on every other interior surface.
Follow along as we go through a variety of tips and ideas on what to inspect and how to get your truck from filthy to flattering with a morning of effort.