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Old 03-10-2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default What is the most efficient way to wash a car at a self-wash place?

Usually I use a self-wash place.

At first, I apply soap and brush and rinse it. But everytime I couldn't wash my car perfectly. Always there are many stain after washing.

I'm very clumsy. Please let me know the effiicient way of car-washing at self-wash place.
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:05 PM   #2
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I don't know, but please don't use the brush on your black car!

Thank you..

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Old 03-10-2005, 09:10 PM   #3
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:13 PM   #4
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Self wash places are tough--the brush you usually end up with has been used on a million cars and is usually black from all the other cars' crap. I personally would never try and use that brush on my suby's exterior (I always feel like it's somehow damaging the paint job). Are you using self wash because its cheaper? Or do you just like washing your own car. I'm sure San Fran has some nice full service car washes. I usually pay 12 bux for a basic wash and then I claybar it and wax it at home.
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:15 PM   #5
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Self wash places are tough--the brush you usually end up with has been used on a million cars and is usually black from all the other cars' crap. I personally would never try and use that brush on my suby's exterior (I always feel like it's somehow damaging the paint job). Are you using self wash because its cheaper? Or do you just like washing your own car. I'm sure San Fran has some nice full service car washes. I usually pay 12 bux for a basic wash and then I claybar it and wax it at home.

Both... like washing my car(it's fun... ) and cheaper, too.
Anyway, it sounds like I should find some nice full service car washes at this moment not to hurt my car.
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:17 PM   #6
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I usually rinse the brush first, and only use it on the sidskirts, the bottom of the bumpers, and the tires and rims. I recomend the Absorber wipe. They come in difrent colors, but you can squeeze out the water and use it over and over again.
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:24 PM   #7
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*cringe* that car must be full of swirl marks.

anyway, i just hit it with the pre-rinse, pressure soap, then pressure rinse. top to bottom. i only use them in the winter to get the salt off. If I can't do a two bucket, two mit wash. I don't bother, I just go touchless.
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:52 PM   #8
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please don't use the brush on your car!

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Old 03-10-2005, 10:53 PM   #9
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If I can't do a two bucket, two mit wash. I don't bother, I just go touchless.

same here
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:34 PM   #10
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i take a bucket and fill it up with water and soap, then wash it, then rinse it off.. have to rinse inbetween sides so it wont dry on.. you use alot of quarters
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Old 03-11-2005, 05:22 AM   #11
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bring a bucket with pre soaped water to do the initial wash (dont use the brush - thast like using dirty TP to wash your face )

Then use the high presure for the rinse.
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:30 AM   #12
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Unfortunately, efficient and effective are typically not synonymous. I bucket wash at my local self-serve car wash, even though there are signs posted saying bucket washing is NOT allowed. I do try to be considerate of others, especially when there are long lines of cars (because it's the one sunny day after weeks of winter weather in Cleveland). I can usually get most the grime and dirt off, but I always seem to miss a few spots or not have time to get those tough areas totally clean.

The drive-thru touchless car washes are nice (especially when I cannot effectively wash my car at a self-serve carwash because of long lines), but relatively expensive. I'm also a little concerned about subjecting my car's paint to such a beating.

Anyway, I really need to wash my car this weekend. It's covered in winter weather road grime -- yuck!
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Old 03-11-2005, 09:01 AM   #13
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My local place lets me do bucket wash as long as there's no one in line. You know what I would do then, I go out of my way to go there when everyone else's either at work or asleep. Since I live in an apartment, this is the best way to wash my car.

I bring all the supplies including a gallon of water and a bucket, wash the car, and just rinse it off using the machine.

As for the water spots, the spot-free rinsing thing that they have at the self-wash place seems to work somewhat, but noting beats a nice hand drying. I don't see how it can be clumsy as long as you hand-dry your car while it's still wet.
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:35 AM   #14
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Thumbs up BRUSH!!!?>?

OMG you people use brushes... uhh clearcloat swirl marks central.

I recommend NEVER to use a brush on a car ever...

First pick the last lane in the self serve or one that is on a end so people might not be waiting behind you (allot of them say no bucket washing if people are waiting on signs)

Get yourself some car washing mitts.. one for wheels and one for the car.

Use the presoak on the dial ... spray the car down.. with that junK..
then turn it to just the rinse... (normal water) let the nozzle clear out the presoak stuff it will prob take like 15 -20 sec for the machine to kick over and clear out the lines...

then get a clean bucket (make sure it is rinsed out from last time and not dirt in it floating) pour some car wash in it like 2 capfuls (it's usually 1 oz)

now for the tricky part the nozzle is usually very high pressure and if you squirt it directly in the bucket none of it will stay in and the majority of the water will bounce out.

I usually go by the rear wheel usually they already emit a small stream of water now deflect the trickle steam off the corner of the rear fender and angle the bucket so the lip is flush with the car .. in about a min you have a car wash bucket like 3/4 of the way full .

Now rinse the car down quickly with the nozzle working on full blast..
let the time run out.. I usually buy like 4 1/2 min for the presoak and rinse cyle even though this is my prewash phase.

Sud the car down .. make sure you don't set the mitts down on the ground
When you wipe it with suds do NOT use circular motions it will create more swirl marks use a back and forth motion.
because it will collect dirt .. start with the roof.. and work the sides going from top to bottom do the bumper around your tailpipe last.. because it will prob be the dirtiest (@ least mine is cause it runs rich currently).

now do the wheels last with a different mitt. Even if you use those black magic wheel wipes (they rock) it will take away most of the dirt. i would never recommend using a brush on wheels since most have a clear coaton them

Dump the bucket

Put some more quarters in and rinse the car. When I am done I
use an "ABSORBER" like chamois except it is better cause it doesnt require as much after care like genuine chamois (i went thru so many genuine chamois before I switched to this.. after using someone's elses I was sold)


usually use the black magic wheel wipes to do the wheels if I feel it needs it and use that Meguiar like hot tire spray (it has a low profile setting on the nozzle to prevent overspray) it works well on my 45 profile summer tires and 55 profile winter tires.

If you have a cf hood or something I usually use like a black magic or spray on wax in between my waxes (liquid caranuba) on it to keep a more protective coating on it.. and then i use a microfiber ultra soft and plush polishing cloth to wipe the hood down. When you buff the finish after the spray you can use a circular motion because your car is clean.

I hope this helps all the members on this board that do not have much experience detailing cars.

If you want to look @ waxes stick with the meguiar's 3 phase system.. mother's gold.. Do the precleaning one @ least once a year. I usually do the preclean once a year and then twice a year do the polish and wax ..
Zymol is nice and you can also use that as a polish/protectant in one. If you show your car @ shows do the polishing and waxing more.

I must forewarn the 3 phase takes a long time a whole day about if you spend the time and don't do a rush job. I would not use the precleaner step liquid on a carbon fiber hood or any cf parts for that matter.

Good luck!
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:48 PM   #15
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This is how I do my candy civic in between hand washes.

Presoak the whole car
Then use High pressure soap
Then rinse with high pressure wax
Top it off with spotfree rinse

Dont use the brush. Always go from top to bottom when moving around the car.
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