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Old 01-24-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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Car wash vs Hand wash?

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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Both...for 1 hand wash and wax il do 3 or 4 car wash but not auto drive through.


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Mine doesn't get very dirty so I use a rinsless wash on mine. Warm water too during the winter.

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Mine car it's always dirty in the winter, with all the snow, salt and slush. Almost changes color in the winter haha


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If we're talking winter cleaning I'm NA. Mine sleeps during the winter 👍🏻


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Well I've got two stangs, so one sleeps in the winter, and the other fights the winter head on.


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Car wash vs Hand wash?

I've always used waterless cleaner on my cars. Then again they don't get dirty hardly. Might take hours to do but worth it's to me.


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See my GT is black, or in other words...you wash your car then turn around for one second and it's already dirty again!


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Black cars are like that.


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But for those few seconds it's not dirty, it's a beautiful car


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See my GT is black, or in other words...you wash your car then turn around for one second and it's already dirty again!


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Wax the ***** out of it regularly and itl make a difference


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I'll have to give that a try! All the wax just makes the dirty fly off haha


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I'll have to give that a try! All the wax just makes the dirty fly off haha


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Take it from me mine is also black I try to put a coat of wax once a month and it definitely makes a difference


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Hand wash only, then towel dry. Our car is white, hence the name, so it looks pretty good even dirty. I've owned black cars, and man when there clean and waxed their beautiful, but they are a lot of work. Too old to do that anymore, can't stay bent over and crouch that long.
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Car wash vs Hand wash?

Might consider keeping a duster in your car; for a quick wipe. Works well for me, in car shows.


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Hand wash only, then towel dry. Our car is white, hence the name, so it looks pretty good even dirty. I've owned black cars, and man when there clean and waxed their beautiful, but they are a lot of work. Too old to do that anymore, can't stay bent over and crouch that long.

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Hand wash and hand dry. I do use a leaf blower to dry the grill and blow the water out of all the cracks though. I usually spend a couple hours cleaning when I do wash it. I have a duster I keep in my car to dust it every day, keeps it looking clean. If i get bugs or some random dirty spot that won't dust off I'll use Meguiars quick detail and a microfiber towel. A good clay bar and waxing will do wonders.
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Hand wash and hand dry. I do use a leaf blower to dry the grill and blow the water out of all the cracks though. I usually spend a couple hours cleaning when I do wash it. I have a duster I keep in my car to dust it every day, keeps it looking clean. If i get bugs or some random dirty spot that won't dust off I'll use Meguiars quick detail and a microfiber towel. A good clay bar and waxing will do wonders.

I never heard of someone using a leaf blower to blow water out of the cracks and grill! That's a smart way to do it!


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I never heard of someone using a leaf blower to blow water out of the cracks and grill! That's a smart way to do it!


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I've used one for over 10 years. The less you touch the paint the better.
Just have to be sure you're are around a relatively clean area when using it so you don't blow a bunch of crap back onto the car.
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Silicone blade leaves it looking wet!

I hand wash with a microfiber mitt, long passes the length of the car. Rinse, and then I use a silicone blade to push the water. Works like a charm and contours to the car. Whatever water is left I use compressed air to clean in the crevices and cleanup with a microfiber towel. Looks wet all the time! Love my black beauty!
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Touchless Car Wash
It just uses soap and water pressure
It does the wheels
It blow drys the car
I just pull over and use a micro fiber towel to dry what was not blown off by the machine.
$7.00 and done at the one I use.

Nothing touches the car except the soap and water and Air.
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See my GT is black, or in other words...you wash your car then turn around for one second and it's already dirty again!
Having a black car is not a color choice, it's a career choice.

And, I've found that Guard Metallic is not much different than that!
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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?
I know most of you are going to cringe, but my 2015 Ruby Red w/PP gets the bubble wash, sometimes the 5$ which does a good job and sometimes the 15$ triple wax which does a super job including the wheels. Sp far, so good.
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I use the drive through touchless car washes sometimes as well. I live in an apartment building and the water hose that is attached to the building can only reach two parking spots so if someone is parked there when I want to wash then I have to go elsewhere. Apartment life ain't easy.
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If you use a carwash, how often do you use it? when you fill up with gas, or just when the car looks like it needs it. I know if I want to use the carwash, I can get 15 cents off a gallon if I buy gas at the same time. And if you wash your mustang by hand, how often do you do so. What product do you use to clean it? or does it matter to you?
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Hi ascottg96,
Just be sure it is a "TOUCHLESS CAR WASH" regular car wash that uses brushes will scratch your car. With a Touchless car wash nothing touches your car to scratch it.

Most gas stations just use the one with brushes and never change the brush and it will beat your paint to death.

If I can and I'm feeling good, I hand wash my car and dry it off with Micro Fiber towels. I enjoy it and it's hard for me to do because of old injuries getting worse as time moves on.

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Being in Florida and being garage keep and not working for a living my car never sees harsh weather conditions, no rain, no snow, no nothing.

So help me one spec of dirt gets on my car...it wished it had never lived, the retribution it receives for doing such a thing is hideous!

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I always use a leaf blower to dry the car off! Great way!

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Hand wash/dry only - it has never been through an automatic car wash, and never will. Mine also sleeps for the winter, so it will never see an ounce of road salt either.
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I CQuartzed my car. I use the car wash to manually remove dirt, rinse, then drive the 4 blocks to my house to towel dry. No swirls and no surface scratches.
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I never heard of someone using a leaf blower to blow water out of the cracks and grill! That's a smart way to do it!

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They make and sell blowers specifically designed for the purpose of drying cars.

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I use the drive through touchless car washes sometimes as well. I live in an apartment building and the water hose that is attached to the building can only reach two parking spots so if someone is parked there when I want to wash then I have to go elsewhere. Apartment life ain't easy.
Why not get a longer hose or add an extension to the existing hose?

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Might consider keeping a duster in your car; for a quick wipe. Works well for me, in car shows.

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If you keep a good coat of wax on it, the touchless ones will remove most of the dust and grime. Never use the one with brushes or the self serve one and use their brush on the wall. You are just asking for swirl marks and scratches. I live in CT and only take it out when the roads are dry so it does not get to dirty now and all the bugs gone because of the winter.
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I CQuartzed my car. I use the car wash to manually remove dirt, rinse, then drive the 4 blocks to my house to towel dry. No swirls and no surface scratches.
Great stuff there. C quartz!

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I CQuartzed my car. I use the car wash to manually remove dirt, rinse, then drive the 4 blocks to my house to towel dry. No swirls and no surface scratches.
Dang! This stuff is expensive. Nearly $80 for 50 Milliliteres? Must be good stuff!
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