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Automatic Car Washes

Any particular ones that are good? I would normally wash the car myself or go to a full service car wash but dont have time today and just would like to know for future reference if there are any good automatic car washes to trust.
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

Most car washes are small businesses so that's hard to say, as they're not going to be the same for everyone depending on where you live. There's a place called Key West that I go to, but the lude's too low for the tracks so I get hand washes complimentary
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

most auto washes will put swirls in your paint, so my advice: handwash only
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

last time i took my lude thru the auto carwash it ripped my f***ing power antenna off. . .ftw! but oh well not like i need it anyway coz i never listen to the radio always cds or my phone via the aux in.
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

Ok because universities have done studies proving hand washing is worse for your paint and finish than auto washes
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

Last time i used a car wash, my headlights got fogged up on the inside (i have aftermarket halo projectors)....so I stay away from automatic car washes. Other than that, they do a good pretty decent job. I went to ones at gas stations.
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

If you could provide a link to those studies that'd be great
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

Touchless FTW!
If your car is super dirty use a soft natural sponge with a lil bit of soapy water. Your car's paint/clear coat is harder than the sponge. Keep it rinsed out tho. The Grits of sand/rock it picks up will scratch the paint finish. :(
DO NOT use a hand/bath towel or those plastic bristled brushes.

If your headlights are fogging up/getting moisture in them you have a problem with your lights... aka they are not sealed properly. This is not only bad for washing purposes... but driving safety. Go turn on a lamp in your living room and let it burn for about 30 minutes... now take a lil cold water and splash on it... the results you discover are EXACTLY what is going to happen to your HID's. Do you realize how hot HID's run?
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

Auto washes will trash a paint job! Im sure the university you are referring to is either for super rich kids or full of double digit IQ window lickers who know nothing about cars. A proper hand wash will keep your car looking new and save your paint for years.
1.)high powered nozzle rinse
2.) I use a washing mitt made of lambskin and wool
3.) meguires gold class soap or zano car wash soap
4.) low powered nozzle rinse
5.) i dry with a chamois (personal choice)
6.) wax turtle wax synthetic wax with a proper applicator and cloth diapers 5x a year
i can tell you your car will look much better in the long run with that advice
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

If you have time to post and wait for replies...you probably have time to wash your car no? ha
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

i work at the Lexus dealership in Fife and we have a carwash. it gets the job done, and i don't have to pay :D
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

http://www.villagecarwash.net/pdf/TexasCarWashStudy.pdf

Study by The Technical University of Munich

There's the studies. And to the guy who says the study was done by a bunch of smart people, that's kinda the point. You dont want a couple neanderthals doing University Studies. Science is science man.

Personally if your gonna go with that argument then I say this. Those who say hand washing is better by far are clearly car enthusiasts who feel that actual care for the car by taking the time to hand wash and such MUST be better than an auto wash. Apparently science disagrees.
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

Yes but where is the proof In those studies, yeah it says it better but where is the data? Without the data we have no idea if that study is true. No data=poorly done study that should not be trusted
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

These studies were based on info from 10 years ago. although they achieved the same results, they were based on 25 car washes a year (once every 2 weeks). A LOT of dirt, oils and road grime build up in two weeks, which would cause scratches/blemishes in any paint job. Also, those 2 links are the same study, which in my opinion is worthless without actual scientific data, processes and background.
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So you think because the data was not provided they didn't have any? I mean really does anybody know anything about the scientific process
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Unless the autowash around the corner from you is exactly like the one(s) they used in their research, and your hand washing process is exactly like the one(s) they used in their research, the results are useless.

Many things impact the quality of an automatic wash, and many other things impact the quality of a hand wash. Things like water quality and soap harshness are a given. Also, how the finish of your paint has been maintained over time should dictate how you wash the car. I know from my personal experience when I stopped going to the pay and spray up the road I stopped having to properly detail the car every 6 months. Come to think of it, it's now 24 months since I last properly detailed the car and it still looks better than it ever did before I stopped using the pay and spray.

The old fashioned brush style washes can and do cause scratches in paintwork. Not to mention if the horizontal spinner breaks off it's mountings it becomes little more than a large buzzsaw aimed directly at your head.

Having read the report, I agree with most of what it states. The low pressure water hose equipped brushes used by many, and the hand held sponges used by others are not an effective means of washing your car. But ask anybody who does bodywork for a living what the best way is, and I'll bet you your cowboy boots that they don't say blast the thing with high pressure.
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

ok then think of it this way all those dangely sponge thingys (sorry for the terminology) and the spinning brushes in the car wash are almost never changed out when they are supposed to be so the dirt and grime build up in it after a couple car washes so eventually its like going to be like washing the car with a dirty sponge. your car your choice in the end.
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I use car washes all the time with no issues. Saves me time.
After that i do drive home quickly, rinse, and dry then wax.

again, it just saves me time.
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Re: Automatic Car Washes

i know that they are known for stripping paint off of bumpers and mirrors. those are kens and delco so if you come across one of those the stay clear and they all are set up the same way so they all hurt your car the same. if you have anything hangging off of your car or antenna that comes up like on the 4th gens then youll break it off. and personally ive never put my car in one bc its to low.
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