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Old 03-30-2010, 12:08 PM
Location: NoVA
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I use the hand washing stations, but I skip the greasy grit-laden brush. Jet rinse, jet soap, jet rinse, jet wax, hand dry, and that's as good as it gets to my naked eye. Hey, that rhymed.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:03 PM
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Originally Posted by Dub D View Post
I have NEVER paid for a car wash. I refuse to pay chores I can do because I'm lazy. That rule applies for cutting my own grass too. I don't know, I don't mind doing that kind of stuff. It takes zero skill just some time and effort.

I understand if you live in an apartment complex but for a homeowner? It is just lazy.
Nice, but you're wrong.

It's not lazy. It's a choice. And when it's 25 degrees outside, running your car through the car wash - as opposed to standing in your driveway and washing it by hand - is the SMART choice.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:09 PM
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I've used them for everything from my toy cars to my daily driver. The key is finding a good one that is well maintained and run. It's the dirt and debris if the machines aren't cleaned correctly that can scratch and damage. Ditto for the towels used to hand dry.

In the winter in the north east it is more important to simply get the road salt and crust off the car then it is to worry about how you did it. However, nothing replaces a good hand wash and wax at least twice a year.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:11 PM
Location: silver springs
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straight simple answer....No.....they are not good for your car...hand wash will always be the best
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:51 AM
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Originally Posted by budsvtec View Post
The chemicals that the automatic car washes use are very strong and will strip any wax that you may have on your car. Also they will dull the clearcoat, cause swirl marks, and you may get scratches from the brushes.
I agree. I try to buy cars small enough that I can take care of them myself.
I have noticed that over time a car wash with wax actually dulls the finish. It also puts little fine scratches on the finish.
One time the guy who dryed it at the end was wearing a jacket with a zipper in front which scratched the car as he was working. I am a woman, what am I supposed to do, yell at the guy?
I think your own wax job protects the car longer, too. It provides a better surface that dirt will not adhere to so easily.
No wonder folks with really expensive cars also hire someone to take care of them.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:30 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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If you live in an area prone to drought and water restrictions, you can get a serious fine for using potable/water system water to wash your car in your driveway when the restrictions are in place. Modern commercial car washes in those areas are required to be more efficient users of water, and can still operate when home washing restrictions are in place.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:05 PM
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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NEVER!!!! I hear they use "filtered" water. I'm sure it's not that well filtered. I went all winter without washing my cars and hand-washed and waxed all three in the past week and they look amazing.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:07 PM
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The way most wash ;causes alot of damage to cars. Touchlesss and the specific detergents used in them will not hurt the finish.But the worse thing you can do is not garage your vehicle ;leaving it exposed especailly at night when temperature drops and so does stuff in the air on tothe vehicle. There are plenty of advise on washing and waxing available at better car wash/wax makers.Te chemicals used in touchless are not very strong which is alos why they don't cut many typess of things on the paint well.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:38 PM
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Usually i just bring a 6pack and wash my car at my cousin's townhouse. I've found that the local car washes leave lots of microscratches, especially noticeable on dark or black cars. I use Eagle One wax as u Dry and it glistens & gleams like new when done. Plus, I've heard that the undocumented workers at car washes here in LA are paid slave wages while the actual owner rakes in cash like Indian casinos.
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:30 AM
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car washes are kinda expensive where i'm at. i like to wash every weekend. so i hand wash

thing is its easy and takes little time and almost no water at all. i have to lol when i see people make a HUGE time consuming ordeal to wash a car. i go out back, get the hose, rinse my car down, wipe it with car wash stuff, rinse, dry, windows, tire foam.....half an hour. wipe the inside with cleaner and vacuum. whole car is done in less then 45min and looks like a $20 wash from a carwash

not bad. and i keep the car waxed so i am always happy with the results. mine is carport kept. that is most likely better then out in the street where all kinds of debris, rain, and sunlight could assault it. not to mention the heat in the summer. but its still not as good as an enclosed garage, of course

but sure, if you have good water pressure and aren't too precious about it, its a snap

so long as you're mobile enough to do it

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