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How do you wash your car?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Flexin, Mar 4, 2013.

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How do you wash your car?

  1. Hand wash

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  2. Automated car wash

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  3. Self serve coin op car wash (pressure washer and foam brush)

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  4. I let mother nature wash my car

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  5. Send it to the detail shop

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  6. Hand wash at a car wash

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    How do you wash your car most of the time? Why do you do it that way?

    I wash my car by hand as much as possible. I find its the best way to wash it if you take the time to do it right.

    James
     
  2. Fitness

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    Most of the time I use a self service coin operated car wash. Sometimes I use an automated one. Both are for convenience. I used to buy all the supplies and hand wash, but it just became too much of a hassle. I mostly live in apartments, so my space is limited and only 2 of my last 6 apartment complexes would even let you wash a car in the parking lot.
     
  3. R. Paradon

    R. Paradon Active Member Founding Member

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    Mostly I would hand wash my cars. They were expensive and I was weary of some machine breaking down and doing damage. It seemed like the mirrors were always a victim.
     
  4. Ryder13

    Ryder13 Active Member Founding Member Feburary Winner

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    With my ten year old truck I treat it a bit differently than when I was a 280ZX owner.
    I do like to get the winter salt and grit off the truck but I am a bit less concerned about the
    show and shine aspect re the Ranger so I most of the time use the drive through. I do generally give the Ranger a good coat of wax each spring and sometimes hit one of the spray wash bays.
    I hand wash and wax the bike though. No surprise with that I would think.
    Ryder13
     
  5. sidney

    sidney Active Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    I use a hose first to wash away all the grime, and then after that I use a foam to scrub off the dirt, then I hose it again to rinse off the soap.
     
  6. mudrock

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    I simply take it to the local detailing shop in my area. It is extremely affordable and they do everything way better than I could ever do. I could go on my work break and eat my lunch while they work their magic.
     
  7. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    When we had our detail shop we had more then a few customers that would have us pick up and drop off the car. We would pick it up at their work and drop it off when they were done. Worked out well for them.

    James
     
  8. sadunicorn

    sadunicorn New Member

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    My last car was a piece so I never washed it. Now I have a nice black car, so it has to be washed rather frequently. I find the self serve coin op wash to be the best mix of value and ease of use while still getting my car fairly clean.
     
  9. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    One thing to watch out for at a self serve is the brush. If you use it at all you should spray it off first. You never know how dirty the last car might have been. It could have left some dirt in the brush. They can cause some minor scratches which can show up on any car but its really easy to see on a dark car. And if you work from the top down (do the top then go down a level and then down again) then you won't take dirt from your own car and drag it to other areas that will show scratches easier.

    James
     
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    sadunicorn New Member

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    Thanks for the tip. I never would have thought of that. I will definitely spray it off first in the future. I have gotten some small scratches so I have just learned to be more careful, but I never thought of washing the brush of previous peoples dirt.
     
  11. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Your welcome.

    James
     
  12. Jen M.

    Jen M. Member Top Thread 2013

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    I have to say all of the above. I used to use the machine but it broke and chip several things and so I rarely use it anymore. Now, I usually hand wash the vehicle. The worst part of washing a vehicle is in the fall because the sticky leaves always get onto the car roof, doors and windows. I had to wash the vehicle numerous times.
     
  13. slap2dgroove

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    I just handwash it everyday and if it really needs for a General Cleaning I go to a Car Wash (not coin operated machine but people). And they even do inside, rags, seats eveything for a very cheap price...
     
  14. thethirdeye

    thethirdeye New Member

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    I tend not to use drive in car washes. I handwash my car, or I get it serviced.
     
  15. pilot2fly

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    I take a bucket and fill it with Dawn dish detergent and water. Then I use a special sponge type device to wash it. I dry it with a towel and make sure water marks get taken care of.
     
  16. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Dawn is pretty strong. Most use it to strip wax off a car before detailing. Other times its best to use a automotive soap.

    James
     
  17. SeanLogn

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    Personally, I just wash my car in the backyard/lane way. I find its the best way to do it and its cheap. If I am in a rush and need my car cleaned fast I will just go to a coin wash and pressure wash/ foam brush it but I like to stay away from those coin washes because they tend to scratch the paint due to debris in the brushes.
     
  18. bsge11

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    I hand wash my car at home almost always. It's just a nice feeling to be outside when the weather is perfect. It makes me more focused on washing my car and at the same time enjoy washing my car.
     
  19. limcid

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    I use a pressure sprayer (Karcher) that will mix the water and whatever else as it sprays. I try to stay away from brushes, though. You can notice the difference over time. The brush will inevitably leave tiny scratch marks from even a single grain of sand trapped within the bristles.
     
  20. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Have you ever tried a foam gun? I would like to test one out. I will have to get a pressure washer and a foam gun to do a review on.

    James
     
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