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Old 05-05-2001, 03:40 PM   #1
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Can someone recommend a good place to get my WRX washed in San Francisco? Hand washing preferable.

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Old 05-05-2001, 06:42 PM   #2
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I Agree,

I wouldn't trust anyone with washing my Suby, but MYSELF. I used to take my work truck to the car wash and each time they would add new scratches to the paint.

Word of advice, if you want to take care of your car, DIY. If you are too lazy and do not care about how your car looks then sure, any one of those car wash companies will take your money.

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Old 05-05-2001, 08:43 PM   #3
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I'd love to wash it myself, but I live in an apartment. I don't have a place to do it. I've been thinking about going to one of those self wash places during the week and washing it there when it's not busy.

There used to be hand car wash places all up and down the pennisula, but they've converted to the spinning cloths.

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Old 05-05-2001, 08:57 PM   #4
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Find a friend with a house, and just buy the cleaning stuff to wash it at their house.
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Old 05-05-2001, 09:21 PM   #5
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Those "Hand Wash" places use the same wash gear all day. The Wash mits get hard grit and stuff in them that WILL scratch your car while washing it.
THEN the towels they use for drying are scratch monsters.
Ive seen new black cars get JACKED up by HAND WASH places.

If i was in your position..ID get a Bucket and stuff to wash your car at a friends house, THe apartment hose(should be 1 somewhere) or lastly a place where you do the washing then spray it off(most costly way of the 3, even though its not that much lol)

OHHHH Just remembered those hand wash places use really harsh wheels cleaning chemicals.......THey can harm some types of wheel finishes. Most of these hand wash places use a auto car moving type system which can scuff the side of your wheels.

ALL in all do it your self is the advice of everyone here.
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Old 05-06-2001, 06:10 AM   #6
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Absoletlly...

No drive throus for my baby ever...they most likely do more damage than help...

Wash it in one of the self serve places...


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T.

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Old 05-06-2001, 07:14 AM   #7
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Even living in an apartment you can still wash your car.

Everyone around here knows I probably have the cleanest Subaru around (Showcar clean) and I live in an Condo (same as a appartment excect I was stupid enough to buy it

I say just go buy a bucket, wash mit, and towels. I don't wash with soap, so you just need to wash with water and then dry. You can do that anywhere.

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Old 05-06-2001, 10:30 AM   #8
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Most self serve car wash places allow you to use a bucket when they are not too crowded. Downside is you have to pay twice -- once to rinse down the car, again to rinse off the soap. I usually end up spending about $5.00 per wash using that trick dry-by-air system.
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Old 05-06-2001, 11:42 AM   #9
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dry by air on a black car?
you feelin' ok there, big guy?
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Old 05-06-2001, 10:38 PM   #10
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Ya, I used to use the dry-by-air technique, but the black don't work for it. Neither do the Scooby's lines, water collects in quite a few places.

I wash it in the carport of my apartment complex now. I took two huge buckets from my folks (they have a pool and have stacks of 5 gallon buckets from the Costco chlorine they buy.) I use one to wash and one to rinse to clean the car. As long as you don't make the wash water too sudsy, It works great.

Or wash it, half-ass rinse it and head to a DIY place to really rinse it off and dry it (this is what I did Saturday).
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Old 05-07-2001, 12:03 AM   #11
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Well ... of course I use a towel too. But the compressed air feature is really cool -- it blows the water out from the crevices like the side mirrors and door handles. A poor substitute for a real deionized water rinse, but I haven't been able to find a self-serve place around here that has it. (and actually changes the filter like they should)

Anybody care to share? Where is there a self serve car wash with a "spot free" rinse?
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