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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-26-2005, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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After 4 months of ownership, I finally decided to go to a car wash. My black hatch was looking nasty from all the salt from the road (I hate snow for this reason). Anyways, this was absolutely my first car wash, as I have never owned or drove a car before.

I know it's no big deal, but I thought the car wash was crazy! These big drape-looking things hitting my car, spraying soap water, and blowing air really hard!! I am thinking, go easy on my car please...

But car looked great afterwards. I am glad I got black over white, I actually was regretting that I bought black recently. But the car wash convinced me that black was for me. Gotta wash my baby more often.

Do you guys wash the car yourself, or do you take it to the car wash? Just curious.

Oh, question, I kept the antenna on during the wash, is that going to be a problem?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-26-2005, 08:19 PM
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You should look for a touchless car wash. I don't even think we have any of those drape kinds in my town anymore. However, if you do persist with this kinda wash then you should take the antenna off.....just to be on the safe side. Just a warning though.....those drape kind are known to cause scratches . But on the flip side of the coin.....they generally wash better than touchless washes.

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I guess it has alot to do with geography. But here in AZ we have alot of hand wash car cleaners. And they do an awesome job. but like I said I don't know if they have those in NY.


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we have a couple handwash places here in NY. they just flat out suck. nothing but mexicans that dont know what theyre doing (no offense). at least hire people that know what theyre doing. i just take my car 30 min away to a handsfree place and as soon as its done they wipe it down and detail and everything. looks great and is cheaper then anything closer.

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I go to these do it yourself places, where you feed quarters in and wash the car yourself using their water and soap-much less hazardous to your car's health in my opinion. Those ones that slap things around are known for breaking objects on people's cars.

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Those curtain/brush things at conventional carwashes are impregnated with dirt from all the cars they wash, and that dirt acts as a fine sandpaper on your paint. Those types of carwashes can leave scratches, so be careful. I'm with Smokin and csweeney -- stay away from the brushes (especially with a black car!).


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I wash my car myself. ummm doesn't this belong more like in the maintainance section?

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I go to these do it yourself places, where you feed quarters in and wash the car yourself using their water and soap-much less hazardous to your car's health in my opinion. Those ones that slap things around are known for breaking objects on people's cars.
And man do those machines eat some quarters. I never knew 2 mins went by so fast.


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I've had problems with the do it yourself places where the brushes they have were full of dirt. As I was about to leave, I see someone in the next stall wash their wheels with the same brush. No Wonder.

I now wash either myself, or touchless car wash for a quickie.

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^^^

You've seen people wash wheels eh? Well I've seen people wash their friggin TIRES with the brushes. Since you're suppose to go top to bottom you wouldn't give a shit about the brush. However, the guy coming in after you is gonna get screwed. And like Operator mentioned......those things eat quarters like anything!! I wouldn't recommend that at all.

In my opinion the safest wash is touchless. Even more so than doing it yourself with a sponge or a rag. I say that because it's impossible to get all the dirt off the car so when you put a sponge or rag on it you end up swirling the microscopic dirt around. And like 3AndMe suggested......it acts like a sandpaper leaving minor scratches and worse overtime deteriorating your clear coat (though just to add....our cars have no seperate clear coat :rtfm: ). I actually invested in a power washer so in summer time I hose down the car myself then attach the soap bottle to it and soap it down followed by a final rinse. Not a bad product for 70 bucks.

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