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hand wash it, or automatic car wash (pros and cons)

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by TacoTitan11, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Jan 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM
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    tacomathom

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    I use the automatic car wash on base during the winter, but I take the antenna off first. It doesn't f##k up the paint any more that driving around in New Mexico does. If you're gonna' hand wash when it's cold, that trick of filling the bucket with hot water really helps.
     
  2. Jan 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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    Tacomanator

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    Are you using a wax or sealant? Carnauba and heat do not mix. Warm water is okay, but idk about scalding hot, as you say.
     
  3. Jan 16, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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    pbaxTACO

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    Thanks! Going to order some and give it a try.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    I don't know if my truck would fit :p
     
  5. Jan 18, 2012 at 2:05 AM
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    Hardscrabble

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    I always hand wash my vehicles. I added an outside hot water spigot at my house that I use when the weather is cooler here in GA. I've washed my vehicles in sub freezing temps. and then dry off inside the garage.
     
  6. Jan 18, 2012 at 2:07 AM
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    Always hand wash our vehicles, only thing good about car washes is they use less water thn when you use the hose(that's what studies show)
     
  7. Jan 18, 2012 at 4:43 AM
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    Sorry, I should have been more clear.

    The water is warm by the time it makes contact with the vehicle. I run it scalding hot in the bath so by the time I make my trip in the freezing weather the water is still warm, thus allowing me to wash without loosing fingers to frostbite. :D
     
  8. Jan 18, 2012 at 6:06 AM
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    Exactly.

    Dragging drying towels over a still dirty surface is pretty much equal to sanding it, and you can always tell a (darker) vehicle that has gone through them...
     
  9. Jan 18, 2012 at 6:11 AM
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    Simply spraying off with an automated machine, then using a used, dirty towel to dry is a nightmare for paint.

    Don't ever go to one!
     
  10. Jan 23, 2012 at 7:14 AM
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    Just to add some more information about the automatic car wash. The spinning brushes and towel like machines leave fine scratches in the clear coat. You can notice what i am talking about in the picture on thei link: http://media.photobucket.com/image/micro%20fine%20scratches%20to%20auto%20clear%20coat/TheGooner84/Car/Mags%20Car/IMG_0767.jpg

    On the left side of the picture you see the really fine lines. You will only notice these type of scratches if you look at your body panels in high light at certain angles.
     
  11. Jun 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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  12. Oct 13, 2012 at 5:21 AM
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    i use the wand on it and have no worrys
     
  13. Oct 13, 2012 at 5:36 AM
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    If I ever can't do it myself I have to agree about going to a touchless place, and I always carry enough detail gear with me to clean up the areas missed by the wash itself...and that way I can also dry it completely as well, tire shine, whatever else I need to do. I live in western WA state so it rains roughly 7-8 months out of the year. I still wash my vehicles about once a week.
     
  14. Oct 13, 2012 at 5:37 AM
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    If I ever can't do it myself I have to agree about going to a touchless place, and I always carry enough detail gear with me to clean up the areas missed by the wash itself...and that way I can also dry it completely as well, tire shine, whatever else I need to do. I live in western WA state so it rains roughly 7-8 months out of the year. I still wash my vehicles about once a week.
     
  15. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:14 AM
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    ABS? What ABS?
    Define "COLD"? It was in the 30s yesterday and windy as anything and I still washed the truck with a T-shirt on... You silly non-New Englanders! ;)
     
  16. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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    $20 at the touch free place. You can't beat it! Wash wax vacuumed tire shine and dash cleaner! It takes about 15 min. I used to only hand wash no matter how cold or hot but now I'm getting older and have less time so to me it's worth it
     
  17. Mar 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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    I have a contract for $32/month for a unlimited number of premium exterior washes at the automatic car wash with hand drying and wheel dressing. It's expensive but I love it. I have zero swirl marks. If a car wash left marks on the cars they would be out of business. I have a black truck and it come out perfect. I go there 1-3 times a week.
     
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