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Old 07-15-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Which self wash car places have the soap that is like rainbow? i always see them in videos/pictures but i can never find a place that has that locally.
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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just say no to self car-washes.
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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Which self wash car places have the soap that is like rainbow? i always see them in videos/pictures but i can never find a place that has that locally.
....to what end?
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:36 PM   #4
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i just use them for the pressure washer and soap gun ha. i dont use there brushes or anything.
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:49 PM   #5
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There's a place here in town that has a 'soap gun' in addition to the sprayer. When you push the button for foam, it starts to spit out rainbow foam out of the gun.
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:02 PM   #6
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There's a place here in town that has a 'soap gun' in addition to the sprayer. When you push the button for foam, it starts to spit out rainbow foam out of the gun.
ohh i need to find a place like that. whats the name of the place?
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:03 PM   #7
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i just use them for the pressure washer and soap gun ha. i dont use there brushes or anything.
....understandable but what is the significance/attraction of the "rainbow" soap?
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:15 PM   #8
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:16 PM   #9
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I've been to one in CT when I was at WBM. Fully touchless car wash also with colorful rainbow-like bubbles.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:15 PM   #10
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ohh i need to find a place like that. whats the name of the place?
I can't remember the name of it but it's the nicest one I've ever been to before. It's only a couple of years old. Solar powered, has a spray gun, "rainbow" foam gun , foaming wheel brush, and a long blower hose to dry your car.

Also has a credit card swiper where you put your coins in and has like 10 buttons you can push for different soaps, waxes, functions etc.
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:32 AM   #11
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Many chemicals used in touchless car washes are based on mild acids and alkalis which are designed to loosen road dirt and basic grime. They employ pumps the spray water pressure of about 45 gallons per minute at 1000 psi. As strong as the chemicals may be and as much water and pressure that is used, most dirt/films require a little touch to mechanically remove them. Before I knew the downsides of touchless car washes I went to one several times when I first got my Subie until I got the proper products/learned the proper techniques to wash it.
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The downside of using a touchless car washes is that while road dirt and film can be loosened from the car, it is generally not completely removed. Without actually touching the car, most dirt cannot be removed. Another downside is that touchless car washes need strong water pressure and chemicals in order to be effective. While most companies use eco-friendly chemicals in their touchless car washes, some of them may still harm the environment. If you look up the commercial versions of products used at car wash facilities you will be surprised how much the products have to be diluted to be safe for vehicles finishes; most dilution ratios are 200-250:1. As stated above, a lot of products used at touchless car washes are acid/alkaline based cleaners. These products, even diluted properly, over time can damage delicate finishes like plastic, vinyl, rubber, and chrome plated plastics(even some metals). With out following any car wash, whether by hand, traditional drive thru, and especially touchless, you need to reapply a protectant to your rubber, vinyl, plastic, and trim moldings to replace what was mechanically/chemically removed. Doing this will also help protect it if you continuously go through car washes. Always dry off your vehicle thoroughly before driving away from a car wash so that you can see if any chemicals/film were left from the wash, and prevent dirt from attracting to the areas that were still wet while you were driving. I highly recommend apply a wheel wax(not car wax), or at least a good paint sealant to the wheels to prevent buildup and allow the wheels to be cleaned with mild cleaners instead of harsh wheel cleaners; this is especially recommended if you plan on going thru a touchless CW on a regular basis. Don't rely on the waxes/sealants that get put on your car when going thru a car wash. They only last a week or so especially since most waxes/sealants require a dry surface to bond properly. Remember, anything that comes easy in life comes at a price, and anything that comes easy usually doesn't last.
The one thing I do compliment is the car wash place talked about above that is eco-friendly and has the blowers to dry the car. Props!
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:49 AM   #12
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just say no to self car-washes.

Just cause they don't work for you, doesn't mean they don't work for others.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #13
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why dont you just purchase the Uber FoamGun Kit from the Detailer's Domain website. I heard theyre really useful and effective. Yeah it might be costly to some just for washing your car, but it does the job efficiently and correctly.

http://www.detailersdomain.com/Uber-...it_p_112.html#
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:43 PM   #14
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Which self wash car places have the soap that is like rainbow? i always see them in videos/pictures but i can never find a place that has that locally.
Uhhhh...

Why the fascination with rainbow colored soap, homosexual innuendo aside?

I personally would not use a no name brand soap on our delicate Subaru paint. How do you know it's not color dye with some perfume in it?

Here's some advice from the heart. If you do not have the time nor patience to wash your car correctly:
A) Don't wash it.
B) Hire a detailer.
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:48 PM   #15
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Many chemicals used in touchless car washes are based on mild acids and alkalis which are designed to loosen road dirt and basic grime. They employ pumps the spray water pressure of about 45 gallons per minute at 1000 psi. As strong as the chemicals may be and as much water and pressure that is used, most dirt/films require a little touch to mechanically remove them. Before I knew the downsides of touchless car washes I went to one several times when I first got my Subie until I got the proper products/learned the proper techniques to wash it.
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The downside of using a touchless car washes is that while road dirt and film can be loosened from the car, it is generally not completely removed. Without actually touching the car, most dirt cannot be removed. Another downside is that touchless car washes need strong water pressure and chemicals in order to be effective. While most companies use eco-friendly chemicals in their touchless car washes, some of them may still harm the environment. If you look up the commercial versions of products used at car wash facilities you will be surprised how much the products have to be diluted to be safe for vehicles finishes; most dilution ratios are 200-250:1. As stated above, a lot of products used at touchless car washes are acid/alkaline based cleaners. These products, even diluted properly, over time can damage delicate finishes like plastic, vinyl, rubber, and chrome plated plastics(even some metals). With out following any car wash, whether by hand, traditional drive thru, and especially touchless, you need to reapply a protectant to your rubber, vinyl, plastic, and trim moldings to replace what was mechanically/chemically removed. Doing this will also help protect it if you continuously go through car washes. Always dry off your vehicle thoroughly before driving away from a car wash so that you can see if any chemicals/film were left from the wash, and prevent dirt from attracting to the areas that were still wet while you were driving. I highly recommend apply a wheel wax(not car wax), or at least a good paint sealant to the wheels to prevent buildup and allow the wheels to be cleaned with mild cleaners instead of harsh wheel cleaners; this is especially recommended if you plan on going thru a touchless CW on a regular basis. Don't rely on the waxes/sealants that get put on your car when going thru a car wash. They only last a week or so especially since most waxes/sealants require a dry surface to bond properly. Remember, anything that comes easy in life comes at a price, and anything that comes easy usually doesn't last.
The one thing I do compliment is the car wash place talked about above that is eco-friendly and has the blowers to dry the car. Props!
Damn this much knowledge from a "Newbie"

Props for you Sir!

SubieDugie making me proud to be a "Newbie".

May I also add both Mothers & Meguiars both make great soaps for members here on a budget.

I know, I know it may not be as pretty or as magical as the rainbow looking soap but it will actually clean said vehicle.
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Old 07-16-2011, 04:55 PM   #16
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^Listen to SubieDugie he knows his $hit when it comes to car care, even though his replies are long it is alot of good knowlege.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:51 AM   #17
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I bring a bucket and a micro fiber towel. Fill the bucket with the soapy water, hit the pause button (if yours has one), wash and rinse= done. I only do this in the winter BTW.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:01 AM   #18
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Damn this much knowledge from a "Newbie"

Props for you Sir!

SubieDugie making me proud to be a "Newbie".

May I also add both Mothers & Meguiars both make great soaps for members here on a budget.

I know, I know it may not be as pretty or as magical as the rainbow looking soap but it will actually clean said vehicle.
Try not to confuse a persons title on this forum with said individuals actual intelligence. Just means they talk alot. However it is a good way to judge the credibility of their given solution/advice...sometimes.

Pause buttons on coin-op wash bays....that must be nice.

And yes subiedugie does seem to know his ****. If we could only get him to break up those large portions of text
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:18 PM   #19
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i just use them for the pressure washer and soap gun ha. i dont use there brushes or anything.

Being a new subaru wrx owner (20011), this is what i wanted to know. Can you safely use the self serve foam brush at the car washes? I felt the bristles and they do feel really soft, but I keep hearing about swirl marks and thin subaru paint. My car is satin pearl white...
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:43 PM   #20
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Being a new subaru wrx owner (20011), this is what i wanted to know. Can you safely use the self serve foam brush at the car washes? I felt the bristles and they do feel really soft, but I keep hearing about swirl marks and thin subaru paint. My car is satin pearl white...
....personally, I wouldn't trust them even if they were rinsed out well. That's not to say that I don't believe something like a quality boars hair brush (with a good, careful technique) isn't a safe way to clean vehicles but there are just too many "unknowns" using one of those brushes at a public facility.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:49 PM   #21
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....personally, I wouldn't trust them even if they were rinsed out well. That's not to say that I don't believe something like a quality boars hair brush (with a good, careful technique) isn't a safe way to clean vehicles but there are just too many "unknowns" using one of those brushes at a public facility.
Yes, was thinking that as I was running my hand across face of foam brush. It really did feel horsehair soft, BUT, as mentioned swirl marks and subarus go together like PB & J.. I opted for the rotating long handle washer I bought at walmart. I basically just dripped the foam as it came out of brush on car and cleaned it with the walmart terry cloth device. Took some time to do it versus using that big brush.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:21 PM   #22
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WHOA! It's a double rainbow!
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:23 AM   #23
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i just use them for the pressure washer and soap gun ha. i dont use there brushes or anything.
Same here, I only use it for the pressure washers and shade.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:48 AM   #24
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I'll never to go one of those places again... That stupid rainbow crap stained my wax/clearcoat/idk. I haven't had time to get around to cleaning it off...

From now on, I'm always bringing my own bucket and soap...
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:23 AM   #25
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if there's one near you, Sheetz car wash is completely touchless. Personally, I never use self-car washes. I don't trust them regardless, but I've heard that the one at Sheetz is legit.
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