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How to make any car.. ... "LOOK WET"

There is one thing that can affect fuel mileage and is seldom mentioned or even thought of I suppose and that is barometric pressure which varies constantly. It would be impossible to say that mileage improved because of one thing when it could be that the reason is a pressure drop.

Over the years and during many trips to the mountains of CO and the thin air my cars have usually averaged around 1.5 to 2 MPG increase even while pulling grades and running on 85 octane.
Dirty, clean, or dragging along 50 pounds of frozen slush made no difference…

I am only responding now because @Majikmaje has besmirched my knowledge of aviation, despite my 20 years of experience working in the field.

If it was going to make a difference, it would be at low altitude, not high altitude. There is much less drag at high altitude, that is why airlines like to fly as high as they are allowed to.

I also suspect that what the OP thought was a liquid wax used by FedEx was actually Turco. It is a cleaner that is really nasty, but it cleans like nothing else and getting the deeply embedded dirt out of the paint is critical to reducing corrosion and extending the life of the aircraft.

Darn I was curious how to get salt out of frozen sea ice.

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He sort of answered that in his response to me above. The 3-year-old kid doesn’t actually do anything to remove the salt. He just sits back and watches as natural processes work (assuming they do work in the short amount of time the OP suggests).

Well you have to admit it’s been some interesting reading anyway. Nothing like “my car won’t start, will washing it help?”. High tales and misdemeanors I guess.

When you freeze salt water, the salt stays in the brine and the ice itself is fresh water. This also works for alcohol and water. You can “freeze distill” wine or beer by putting it in the freezer until it becomes an ice slurry, drain off the liquid and end up with a higher alcohol concentration in the decanted liquid.
Many chemists are familiar with the purification technique known as recrystallization. The pure substance forms crystals and the impurities remain in the liquid.
So all you need to do to get fresh water out of sea ice, is to simply melt it.

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WHAT?? ARE YOU SERIOUS?? You’re the one who started insulting people…and now you’re sick of it? Give me a break little boy.

I slept outside with no tents for a few weeks in Nam…Slightly more dangerous.


@cdaquila Could this be closed please since the Op has been banned .




Face Palm! Uhmm, it takes less energy to desalinate sea water than it does to freeze that same water in the Saudi desert. Takes about 10-13 Watt-hrs to desalinate on gallon of water. Takes more than 350 Watt-hrs to make a gallon of water into ice depending on ambient temperature and the efficiency of the vessel’s insulation. With a COP of 4-5, this means it takes 70 to 85 Watt-hrs to make that ice. Or, worst case, 5.5 times the energy to desalinate with ice.

And I still have NO idea why you even brought this up except to exercise some bit of knowledge none of us have to make yourself feel superior.

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I think you might have missed the option of hauling the salt water north and letting nature freeze it for a year, then hauling it back. Or maybe short cut the whole thing and just go get some ice that has already been there for a year. Like they used to do in Minnesota by harvesting the ice on the lakes to store all summer for use in “ice boxes”.

There was a proposal to tow icebergs down to the region to supply fresh water. It was never tried. Or if it was no one trumpeted the success. Must be good reasons for that.

I’m gonna guess someone read about Titanic and said “Y’know, maybe attaching motors to these things and firewalling the throttle is a bad idea…”

I have a hard time seeing a 70+ yo working on a Whaling Crew in Alaska.


+1 to THAT!

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Just saw this, in case you want to see a review of some different products.

Sorry, they may be good, but I can’t see how they’re ‘ceramic’. Seems like that’s just a name that’s been slapped on them.


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I dunno, I’ve got a brand new container of Meguire’s wax so guess I’ll just use that-just to stay old school. Old dog, always done it that way.

A couple weeks ago I picked up a bottle of Meguiar’s Liquid Hybrid Ceramic Wax and stashed it away for when I wasn’t busy and I felt like using it.

On Sunday I washed the Grand Prix. It was still pretty clean and smooth from the last waxing with Nu Finish and the water was beading very well.

I got out the Meguiar’s and it applied it as directed. It’s very easy to use and it took like a third of a 16 ounce bottle. The car looks wet now! It is very smooth to the feel. I was happy with it.

The only disappointment was that it appears the wax is a cool yellow-green color, but that’s just the bottle, the wax is pure white.
:palm_tree: :sunglasses: :palm_tree:

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