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(Jalopnik)   Scientists have finally realized that a clean car is a sign of someone with nothing better to do   (jalopnik.com) divider line 30
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4031 clicks; posted to Geek » on 24 Jul 2012 at 7:29 PM (3 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-07-24 07:35:48 PM  
Of course. Who's going to want a car that smells terrible when they're trapped in it?
 
2012-07-24 07:36:10 PM  
When I first bought my truck brand new. I hand washed it once or twice a week. Then, the door dings and scratches from other people started to add up.

Now it only gets washed when it rains.
 
2012-07-24 07:37:40 PM  
I have a deep and innate distrust of anyone who has a spotlessly clean car. The only people more suspicious to me are those with pristine desks.
 
2012-07-24 07:38:49 PM  
Police are more likely to suspect/stop drivers in dirty, unkempt cars.

Cleanliness is next godliness.
 
2012-07-24 07:40:12 PM  

Pocket Ninja: I have a deep and innate distrust of anyone who has a spotlessly clean car. The only people more suspicious to me are those with pristine desks.


Oh that too. People always ask why my truck has a trash can in it. Well, I drive an hour each way to work everyday. I spend two hours minimum in this vehicle and trash is generated.
 
2012-07-24 07:46:51 PM  
could lead to contact (and other types) lenses that self-repair scratches.

Yeah, the thing about the cars is neat, but this seems much cooler to me.
 
2012-07-24 07:49:07 PM  
My favorite cluttered desk:

25.media.tumblr.com

Miyazaki's workspace. (Director of animated films at Studio Ghibli)
 
2012-07-24 08:51:47 PM  
The old man across the street from me washes his two cars at least four times a week in total. Sometimes more. He'll actually get the one car out of the garage and wash it even if it's been in the garage under the car cover since the last time he washed it. He cleans the insides and washes the wheels even more often.

He's also a complete dick about anything and everything and I don't think the two behaviors are unrelated...
 
2012-07-24 08:54:53 PM  
I'd rather have my scratched-up 1987 4WD Subaru. The paint job is faded and the bumper is made of actual metal, not "durafoam" or whatever the hell those styrofoam bumpers are. Shopping carts in parking lots just get shoved out of the way, as well as trash cans, children, pets...
 
2012-07-24 09:15:05 PM  
This coating sounds like a great idea, but at what cost to properly coat a car?

I doubt it'll ever see the light of day even if it does work as well as described. There's big business in car cleaning products (and the auto industry in general).

Reminds me of the news story detailing laser spark plugs that would revolutionize fuel efficiency across all makes and models a few years ago. Yup. Even if the technology exists, it's most likely been buried.
 
2012-07-24 09:49:16 PM  
Hasn't Nissan used self-healing paint on a handful of their cars for a few years now? Why is this news?
 
2012-07-24 10:10:16 PM  
I keep my Jenny Jetta sparkling clean inside and out. Nothing more awesome looking than a washed and waxed black car....
 
2012-07-24 10:12:45 PM  
I keep a reasonably clean car. It really helps when trading it in.

The one thing I hate is people eating/drinking in my car but I had a passenger spill (shoot out from under the cap like a volcano) soda and food all over a leased car once and it cost me $$$ to have it cleaned and shampooed.

I'll let people drink water in my car but not soda, coffee or juice; no eating anything messy or smoking. If we are driving and need to eat, drink or smoke, it's time for a rest break.
 
2012-07-24 10:27:30 PM  
Umm subbie is aware that you can pay someone to clean your car, isn't he?

/Nothing better to do than read Fark while someone cleans my car
 
2012-07-24 10:35:18 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: This coating sounds like a great idea, but at what cost to properly coat a car?

I doubt it'll ever see the light of day even if it does work as well as described. There's big business in car cleaning products (and the auto industry in general).

Reminds me of the news story detailing laser spark plugs that would revolutionize fuel efficiency across all makes and models a few years ago. Yup. Even if the technology exists, it's most likely been buried.


It sounds like what they're talking about is essentially a block copolymer with hydrophobic domains. In non-science speak, that means it's likely just a special plastic and is likely fairly cheap, at least in terms of how much custom-painting a car can cost.

These kinds of surface treatments aren't the newest thing in the world, chances are that if you bought a car after 2005 you've never had to wax it, not once. Still kind of cool science, though, to the point I kind of wish the article was written by someone with an IQ above room temperature instead of a science reporter.

//The insult to science journalists is funnier when you remember that researchers use Centigrade like proper adults, not you loonies' queer-ass moon-degrees.
 
2012-07-24 10:48:51 PM  
I'm not going to buy a car that you don't have to wash and help put the girls at the topless car wash down the street out of work.

And all you farkers that frequent automatic car washes should be ashamed of yourselves too.
 
2012-07-24 11:12:26 PM  
So, they spread Rain-X over the whole car instead of just the windshield.
 
2012-07-25 12:08:49 AM  
I ride my motorcycles so much that many people that know me don't realize that I have a 4 wheeled vehicle.

Having said that, I try to wash the bikes at least every month and usually more. As far as clutter and trash....there just isn't a lot of opportunity for that to happen!
 
Zel [TotalFark]
2012-07-25 12:12:56 AM  
I dont think I've ever washed my car, but you cant tell from all the rust anyway.

//put a new coathanger on my muffler the other day. Good as new.
 
2012-07-25 12:22:04 AM  

wild9: Now it only gets washed when it rains.


That's when mine gets washed.
 
2012-07-25 02:46:02 AM  

Zel: I dont think I've ever washed my car, but you cant tell from all the rust anyway.

//put a new coathanger on my muffler the other day. Good as new.


Isn't it great? That's what Madison Avenue calls "worry-free maintenance."
 
2012-07-25 03:19:23 AM  
Or that someone doesn't like a nasty, dirty, trash filled car. I keep my car, my yard, my house and myself clean and tidy. I don't mind getting dirty if the need arises but I bathe as soon as I can after said dirty work is done, same as with my car, my yard and my house.

This is why I can have nice things!
 
2012-07-25 03:46:10 AM  
I used to keep my cars spotless once upon a time, now. meh. Thru the car wash every now and then, take out a bag of trash, good enough.
 
2012-07-25 04:06:07 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: The old man across the street from me washes his two cars at least four times a week in total. Sometimes more. He'll actually get the one car out of the garage and wash it even if it's been in the garage under the car cover since the last time he washed it. He cleans the insides and washes the wheels even more often.

He's also a complete dick about anything and everything and I don't think the two behaviors are unrelated...


you must be my dad's neighbour
 
2012-07-25 05:24:32 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Still kind of cool science, though, to the point I kind of wish the article was written by someone with an IQ above room temperature instead of a science reporter.


Room temperature? In Celsius, Fahrenheit or Kelvin?
 
2012-07-25 05:35:40 AM  
It was originally designed for rudders.


/wink
 
2012-07-25 06:31:46 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: The old man across the street from me washes his two cars at least four times a week in total. Sometimes more. He'll actually get the one car out of the garage and wash it even if it's been in the garage under the car cover since the last time he washed it. He cleans the insides and washes the wheels even more often.

He's also a complete dick about anything and everything and I don't think the two behaviors are unrelated...


OK So Amuse Me: Or that someone doesn't like a nasty, dirty, trash filled car. I keep my car, my yard, my house and myself clean and tidy. I don't mind getting dirty if the need arises but I bathe as soon as I can after said dirty work is done, same as with my car, my yard and my house.

This is why I can have nice things!


You guys know each other?
 
2012-07-25 06:50:17 AM  
well if your car sits in a garage it's not an issue really, if your car sits outside you should wash it more frequently as bird poop/debris collection can seriously eat away at your clear coat, plus you should still wax your car at least once or twice a year

in the end it saves you from having to spend money repairing the clear coat or god forbid having to repaint the entire car (something i've had to do before)

as for insides, i vacuum whenever i wash the outside (about once every 2 weeks) largely because that stuff starts to smell and because the more dirt gets down into the carpet the harder it is to get out, not to mention i've been in some people's cars where the seats have food embedded in them and the floors are covered in fast food bags with ants infesting the car and... that just doesn't sound like it's worth it
 
2012-07-25 08:27:24 AM  
When I smoked a lot of weed, my truck was showroom clean inside and out. Now that I only drink, there is a layer of dust on the dash and you would think the truck is grey instead of silver
 
2012-07-26 01:34:23 AM  

sendtodave: Vegan Meat Popsicle: The old man across the street from me washes his two cars at least four times a week in total. Sometimes more. He'll actually get the one car out of the garage and wash it even if it's been in the garage under the car cover since the last time he washed it. He cleans the insides and washes the wheels even more often.

He's also a complete dick about anything and everything and I don't think the two behaviors are unrelated...

OK So Amuse Me: Or that someone doesn't like a nasty, dirty, trash filled car. I keep my car, my yard, my house and myself clean and tidy. I don't mind getting dirty if the need arises but I bathe as soon as I can after said dirty work is done, same as with my car, my yard and my house.

This is why I can have nice things!

You guys know each other?


Nope! I'm not a dick about things I'm just...clean. *shrug*
 
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