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Old 07-06-2011, 03:00 AM   #1
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I always wash my car by hands. A friend told me taking my car to a car wash was not bad for it at all. Is it true that it's not bad to get that soapy stuff in your scoop? Should I go to car wash? I get them free
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:06 AM   #2
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Do it, your hoodscoop is grenade-proof as well.

This might seem odd, but I feel like my car is cleaner when I wash it by hand, but more sanitized when I wash it at a bay with hoses, brushes, air dryer and all that. I've always wanted to wash it by hand, then take it to a bay, THEN get it fully detailed, but I have yet to pull that little trick off.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:10 AM   #3
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I belive the one thing at the car wash you have to be careful of is the scrubbers or brooms that the soap is despensed from. Ive seen people wash muddy atvs and all sorts of stuff. You never know what is left behind in them so if you do use them spray them first. I still prefer the hand method.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:21 AM   #4
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If you mean an automated car wash, then yes, it's terrible for your car's finish. The brushes that it uses can and probably will swirl the crap out of your paint. If you mean a self-serve booth with a pressure washer, etc. then that's fine--as long as you are using the right tools and not actually touching your finish with any of the brushes they have there.

Continue carefully washing your car by hand using the two-bucket method and proper tools.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:47 PM   #5
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It may just be me, but I would never use the brushes at the bays to clean my car off. You will ruin a beautiful car there in a matter of minutes.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:56 PM   #6
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I wouldnt even wash my tires wth the brushes at my local do-it-yourself carwash.

Take foolycooly's advice, use the two bucket method with nice clean tools and you wont regret it later.

As for the drying part, I bought a cheap little air compressor from Home Depot and use it to blow out the body lines, trunk area, mirrors and the rims... makes drying much eaiser and faster.
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