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Old 01-24-2016, 04:51 PM   #36
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Yes! It's not cheap but it really works. I use Reload about once a month to make it dazzle!
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Yes! It's not cheap but it really works. I use Reload about once a month to make it dazzle!
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Yes! It seems to be working too. Really happy with it, if you couldn't tell. Lol!
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I bought a kit from Zaino about 10 years ago because I heard good things about it. Been using it ever since - by far the best car washing/polishing products I've ever used. A little bit goes a long way, so it lasts for quite a while.
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Been using Croftagte Rinseless wash and wax along with Croftgate's waterless Aquanil X and stuff is fantastic. Mr. Pink is also great stuff from Chemical guys. Works great with my foam cannon!

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Hand wash, silicone blade and compressed air for me too. I will use a towel sparingly to dry any remaining spots. I also get away with quick detailer and microfiber in between washes if the weather is decent.
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Car wash vs Hand wash?

I always hand wash/ dry mine although in the winter after the 1-2 snow storms we get in NC I'll go through a touch less wash that washes the underside of the car as well to get any salt or grime off that they treat the roads with. I also think the key is to just Keep a fresh coat of wax on it as well.


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A good quality wax should last a good three months of protection. A good sealant should last and protect up to 6 months. I personally wouldn't take my car to a car wash and is only done by hand.


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I go to a car wash,
1) because my car's already scratched up a ton by previous owner
and 2) we're not allowed to let soap and whatnot from the car run into the gutter here. I do wax the car myself, though
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My car sit during the winter but in summer i hand wash it only .Spring i'll use mothers cleaner wax then top that of with a coat of collinite also i use lucas quick wax after i wash it
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Usually once a year I'll do a thorough wax and polish. In the interim(especially summer), I prefer to handwash it and chamois it dry. During winter and pollen season im just doing touchless. I've noticed swirl marks show up pretty easily from the automated washs on this paint.
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Are you sure your using a touchless car wash????
Nothing actually touches your paint to give any swirl marks.
The washes that use brushes can cause problems if the brushes are not serviced often.
Most Car washes hardly ever replace the brushes due to the expense.
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Are you sure your using a touchless car wash????
Nothing actually touches your paint to give any swirl marks.
The washes that use brushes can cause problems if the brushes are not serviced often.
Most Car washes hardly ever replace the brushes due to the expense.
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Drive through is a no-no. Suppose that vehicle ahead of you has mud or sand on it, and your following it. That mud or sand is embedded in those washing media, result scratches. i'll hand wash mine.
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In a touchless car wash:
You don't drive through.
Procedure:
Pick the service you want ( plain wash to full boat) Usually $7.00 to $9.00
A green light will come on inside the building,
Pull up slowly until the red light comes on.
Soon after the wash will start and your car don't move but the bar squirtnf a powerfull stream will slowly spray your car.
Next is the soap
Then it is a rinse both ways
If you bought wax it will be in the rinse
If you bought it, the blow dryer is the next stop.

Your car is "NOT" touched but you will be amazed how clean it is.
No Brushes,
No scratches,

Some actually do have a brush to clean the tires but you have to get a deluxe wash for it to happen.
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In a touchless car wash:
You don't drive through.
Procedure:
Pick the service you want ( plain wash to full boat) Usually $7.00 to $9.00
A green light will come on inside the building,
Pull up slowly until the red light comes on.
Soon after the wash will start and your car don't move but the bar squirtnf a powerfull stream will slowly spray your car.
Next is the soap
Then it is a rinse both ways
If you bought wax it will be in the rinse
If you bought it, the blow dryer is the next stop.

Your car is "NOT" touched but you will be amazed how clean it is.
No Brushes,
No scratches,

Some actually do have a brush to clean the tires but you have to get a deluxe wash for it to happen.
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Touch less can still scratch your car if you have some rough dirt stuck to your car. The powerwash from the car wash can cause it to scratch when it dislodges that dirt, causing it to slide across the car before falling to the ground.

Obviously no where near as bad as a regular brush wash, but still possible to get some, although very few, scratches.

Touchless is obviously the better alternative to minimize scratches but in my experience, it hardly cleans off my car (black). It still looks just as dirty as before it went through the wash. Especially down the sides.


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I have Red Candy Metallic and so far "NO" scratches or any paint damage I can see.
I do use Croftgate Project-X and the Croftgate "Quick & Slick on my car.
Bugs and crap really don't stick to my paint job because it is really a smooth finish.

I mainly just wash it at the car wash if I drive it in the rain and it gets the road grime. I'f I'm feeling good I just hand wash it using Zaino soap.
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I have Red Candy Metallic and so far "NO" scratches or any paint damage I can see.
I do use Croftgate Project-X and the Croftgate "Quick & Slick on my car.
Bugs and crap really don't stick to my paint job because it is really a smooth finish.

I mainly just wash it at the car wash if I drive it in the rain and it gets the road grime. I'f I'm feeling good I just hand wash it using Zaino soap.
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You mean rain drops touch your paint. OMG Ronnie! Your resell value just dropped!

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I do both but try and hand was as many times as I can. I may run it through an automatic if im really pressed for time but I ususally always hand wash it.
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I hate to say this but:

Come on Eric,
You know I live in Florida and it rains at least once a day in the summer. I hand wash my car in the warm weather and just use Mario to dry it off. He soaks up the water like a sponge.
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Come on Eric,
You know I live in Florida and it rains at least once a day in the summer. I hand wash my car in the warm weather and just use Mario to dry it off. He soaks up the water like a sponge.
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But Ronnie, think of the resell value if rain is touching the cars paint. Ha ha ha ha.

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But Ronnie, think of the resell value if rain is touching the cars paint. Ha ha ha ha.

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Not a problem! Ronnie's never selling it.
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Not a problem! Ronnie's never selling it.
Ha ha. Well that's great because you don't want to put in your car add that rain drops touched the paint. 😜🍌

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Funny related story

Two weeks ago they had the big N.P.D. All Ford & Mustang show in Silver Springs Florida.
I signed up to meet The Daytona Mustang club at McDonalds at 6:30 am and drive over Rt-40 to the event.
I got up at 5:30, Walked Mario & Oscar and went to McDonalds In the foggy mist.
I got there at 6:15 and guess what???? I was alone. I waited till 6:45 and drove over my self. No traffic and a great perfect ride.
I got to Silver Springs and there were a bunch of people from the Tropical Detroit Muscle car club waiting in the staging area for meet up with Jacksonville Mustangs and a few other clubs.
The only people I seen from the Daytona Mustang club were two old people in their early 90's convertible and An old guy with his absolutely perfectly restored 69 Mach 1

It cleared up and a perfect day- Perfect weather and a great Mostly Mustang show.

It seemed that it called for rain in Daytona so nobody wanted to get their Mustangs dirty.

Here are a few pictures,
One is the staging area.
The 69 Mach 1 is my Brothers Girlfriends car
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Well I always wash by hand.... If I cant cause its too cold and theres some salt on the car.. I'll take it to the car wash.. I'm lucky enough to be able to buff out any swirls the car wash may leave.
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Do you wash your car yourself or do you take it somewhere to be wash such as a car wash? I've heard horror stories about carwashes putting dents in cars or scratching it up. Do you spend countless hours watching it, or just a 2 minute carwash can call it good?
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Two weeks ago they had the big N.P.D. All Ford & Mustang show in Silver Springs Florida.

I signed up to meet The Daytona Mustang club at McDonalds at 6:30 am and drive over Rt-40 to the event.

I got up at 5:30, Walked Mario & Oscar and went to McDonalds In the foggy mist.

I got there at 6:15 and guess what???? I was alone. I waited till 6:45 and drove over my self. No traffic and a great perfect ride.

I got to Silver Springs and there were a bunch of people from the Tropical Detroit Muscle car club waiting in the staging area for meet up with Jacksonville Mustangs and a few other clubs.

The only people I seen from the Daytona Mustang club were two old people in their early 90's convertible and An old guy with his absolutely perfectly restored 69 Mach 1



It cleared up and a perfect day- Perfect weather and a great Mostly Mustang show.



It seemed that it called for rain in Daytona so nobody wanted to get their Mustangs dirty.



Here are a few pictures,

One is the staging area.

The 69 Mach 1 is my Brothers Girlfriends car

Mach is so sexy. I think it needs to come home with me. Gorgeous car.


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I wash my cars at least twice a week. I have two mustangs and an f150. I'm somewhat of a detailing freak. I use the two bucket method and blow them dry with a leaf blower. Although some of my neighbors think I'm crazy it gets the job done and cuts my time in half. Then I go over them with some detail spray buff and I'm done. They look great. But I never ever take them to a car wash.
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The only things that goes through the car wash are work rigs, the rest are hand washed.
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I ran my trucks through automatic carwashes pretty regularly, and by the time I would trade them in you could see a lot of swirls and spiderwebs in the paint. Sucks for the next guy.

A few times the paint got scratched bad enough that I had to make the carwash pay for the damages. Now that I own a brand new sportscar I have no intention of running her through an autowash. Ever. Trucks were one thing. My Mustang is another. Luckily one of those high pressure self-operated "takes lots of quarters" carwashes is right down the road from me, so I should be able to keep her clean often. As much water and soap as I need as long as the quarters keep flowing.
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When you wax does pollen stick more? I just washed mine Saturday and literally two seconds later pollen was piled up on my car. Smh why do I love black cars?
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I go through an automatic wash. Although I'm very specific about which I go to. Both regularly change their brushes and hand dry your car after. So far, I haven't noticed any issues with my car/truck.
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Since we have owned ours - neither has seen a car wash. They are washed by hand. Mine the convertible sits all winter in storage. The coupe only gets used in an emergency during the winter. We have an old Chevy S10 4 wheel drive with only 70,000 miles on it - getting more now LOL that we use when there is salt on the road or its raining/storming.
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being low and with splitters all around and such I am scared to take into a wash of any kind. always hand.
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I go through an automatic wash. Although I'm very specific about which I go to. Both regularly change their brushes and hand dry your car after. So far, I haven't noticed any issues with my car/truck.
Brushes?! Ahhhhhh! Seriously though, even if they regularly change their brushes, one really bad car and everyone behind them can say hello to some new scratches.
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I only hand wash mine. Everytime I go through a car wash, I've noticed it never really cleans the car. Just my experience.

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