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Pressurized Automatic Touchless Carwashes - Good or Bad for Taco?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by TruKnight, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Aug 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    TruKnight

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    I couldnt find it mentioned elsewhere, but im wondering if those pressurized automatic touchless car washes are good or bad for us? Ive read about the questionable paint jobs we get, so I have concerns, and I dont wanna go through one and come out with half my color blasted off hehe. I live in an apartment complex atm so home washing is out of the question, and im not gonna run a hose out a window and downstairs either, so my options are abit limited. My only other options would be wating until it rains and rushing outside with a sponge or a manual car wash type place. Id like to hear some feedback about this first from you all so I can make an informed choice. =)
     
  2. Aug 31, 2010 at 4:40 PM
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    after hearing on here and then realizing myself how weak the paint is on these, i would avoid that. i mean if you even look at the paint job the wrong way it will flake off, lol. your situation sucks, but there are probably some places around that do it manually, i know some around here do, or maybe you can find a friend/family member that has a place you can wash it, or even a teenager (who you trust) that you can pay cheap to do it...that's all i can think of. but bottom line, i wouldn't after realized how toyota cheaped out on our paint
     
  3. Aug 31, 2010 at 4:45 PM
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    jandrews

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    I've run mine through about 1 per month since I got it june 09. No issues. You can also go to a pay-self-wash place. They're usually relatively inexpensive (about $5 or less per wash).
     
  4. Sep 1, 2010 at 12:31 AM
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    Everytime I entered my cars in any automatic washing place, wether it was tourchless or not, the paint looked pretty dull after 1 or 2 washes. Id stay off these if you want your paint to shine and last.
     
  5. Sep 1, 2010 at 1:21 AM
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    Yeah I would also say to avoid those automatic car washes if at all possible. If our trucks were painted well then maybe it would be alright but since the paint is so weak it would probably be a bad idea considering what could go wrong. :eek:
     
  6. Sep 1, 2010 at 4:33 AM
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    it's the "prewash" that dulls and strips wax...usually alkaline base. i use them occasionally, but still prefer to hand wash with bucket and sponge.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2010 at 4:56 AM
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    There isn't a thing wrong with it.I use one in winter all the time.No factory paint job is so shitty that you can't use a touchless car wash !
     
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    I run my 09 through a touchless wash every time I fill up with gas, I also try to hand wash about once a month. The touchless washes are good for getting dirt/grit/road salt/bird crap/bugs off before hand washing, and to just get the worst of it off until you can have enough time to do a detail.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2010 at 5:08 AM
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    I never use automatic car washes. I think the high pressure strips your wax off.
     
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    I use one every other week! the truck looks great. I'xe done this with my Escape for 7 years and have never had a problem. I wax it in the spring and fall
     
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    We use the touchless car washes for our white cruisers. They do alright getting the surface dirt off, but you can see that they don't get all the dirt off. I prefer the old bucket and sponge approach, but like someone else said, in the winter I will take mine to the car wash to get the salt and crap off from time to time and haven't had any problems.
     
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    In the summer, I bucket wash. But in the winter, I use the touchless, and sometimes as much as twice a week. My 2007 still looks great:

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    Summer I use a bucket, and in the Winter I use a bucket. But if it snows, then I go and use a touch-less. Because usually in that case it is to cold and I want the salt out from under my car! This will be my first winter with the car, so I will let you know how it looks in may :D
     
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    I hate the touchless washes, they never get it clean. I always use the "touch" carwashes, they are far better
     
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    The touch washes are better however they have A LOT higher risk of leaving scratches and swirl marks in your paint. Think of all the people who drive through those on a regular basis and the dirt and debris that can get stuck to the brushes and flaps. A lot higher risk of scratches than your home bucket which if you rinse it out everytime you use it should have little to no dirt and debris, therefor less risk of scratching and swirl marks.

    I run my truck through the touchless in the winter time sometimes. I mostly wash with a bucket and washmit though.
     
  16. Sep 1, 2010 at 6:35 AM
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    Tacoma's have cheap paint? Mine looks great.
     
  17. Sep 1, 2010 at 3:47 PM
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    Thanks for the feedback guys, I went with the self serve pressure place and kept my distance. I did a soap cycle, two washes, then a wax there and some detailing at home with a wet and dry sham wow to clean off the water spots.

    I havent washed a car manually in years, but I think it came out pretty well. Pics below for second opinions tho:

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    I found my first chip today too, passenger side door, its tiny, but its there. Really glad I didnt use the automatic high pressure wash now since I saw that. Gonna see if I can touch it up somehow. =(

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