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    Why do car washes get so much bad press? Every time I've put my car through one on a gold wash (waxed) it's come out gleaming. It'd take me hours to do it myself so why the bad press?
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    I think there's the general opinion that using a petrol station or automated car wash regularly, may not to the paintwork any favours in the long term.

    I'd rather wash the car myself and enjoy making it gleam, on a nice day that is
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe9087 View Post
    I think there's the general opinion that using a petrol station or automated car wash regularly, may not to the paintwork any favours in the long term.
    May this be just an 'old wives tale' though? Must of had over 50 washes on my old car and the paintwork never seemed to deteriorate. I suppose it also depends on the carwash just as it depends on how people wash their car by hand using sponges and such crap.
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    every once in a while would be ok with a car wash.

    i used to use them rarely but now i have the vert thats a total no go....

    nothing beats doing it ya self tho, and knowing u made it shine and gleam.
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    That's what I was thinking. The technological advances and fluids used on auto car washes now must be pretty spot on compared to the old ones from the 80's.
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    Oh yes, I would never get any of chains that hangout at supermarkets wanting to wash your car while you shop, well not my pride and joy anyway. Maybe a cheap runabout if I had one, but otherwise I'd rather do it myself.

    Maybe auto car washes are better now, I was going on something I heard a long time ago. I have taken my car through one once, and that was a few months ago. A good clean undoubtedly. Maybe the whole thing on auto car washes was for people who took the car there every week. Also, car washes are probably come on a long way with technology these days.
     
     

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    I enjoy putting in the hard work and getting the satisfaction that you made it look that good!

    ...In the past I have used these car washes, and yes the result has been good! (never too clever on the wheels tho) but I would rather spend a lot of money on a bunch of cleaning stuff that will last me ages than spend a fiver each week on a car wash...
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    I wash my car with an angle grinder... Thats ok too

    I think I prefer my paintwork with no swirls/RDS thanks ... For someone who doesn't mind paint defects such as marring, swirls, RDS etc. and just uses the car for a car and doesn't see it as their pride and joy I suppose their ok...

    From a detailers point of view that song by Papa Roach that goes "Cut my life into pieces, this is my last resort" comes to mind

    EDIT: Also the wax used in those car washes is liquid wax that barely bonds to the paintwork and is more for helping the water bead off the car after the wash as opposed to protecting the paintwork in anyway whatsoever. Well maybe it repels a little dirt until it rains for the first time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThE.gRiZzLe View Post
    From a detailers point of view that song by limp bizkit that goes "Cut my life into pieces, this is my last resort" comes to mind
    That song is by Papa Roach actually
     
     

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    Never in a million years, don't even touch mine with a brush or a sponge !

    Used to do my old civic type r in the car wash or with a brush fine while it's still wet and then watch the swirls apear !

    Foam and a hot jet wash ( not too close ) and a polish is good enough for me, and alloy cleaner for the wheels


    If you want something done right do it yourself !
     
     

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