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Scratches from Auto car wash #4719956
04/07/18 08:50 PM
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Donald Offline OP
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Many people say that dirt from cars that sticks to the soft cloths in the car wash machines may scratch the next car.

However the manager at a local auto car wash said it's ice on the soft cloths in the dead of winter that might scratch cars. Only the prep hoses are heated water everything else is cold water.

Comments?


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4719960
04/07/18 08:53 PM
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In the winter, I either wash it myself in my heated garage... or it goes through the touchless automatic, that also sprays underneath.

Never a car wash that touches the paint.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4719980
04/07/18 09:14 PM
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The one here grabbed the windshield wiper on the Tahoe,twisted it up and then slammed it down. Broke the windshield. Place would not accept responsibility.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720015
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They will scratch your car year round, the world over.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720018
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Brush car washes and walmart oil changes.

Not on my watch.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720019
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People still go to that type of car wash??


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720064
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Stay away from them at any cost. Unless you donít care about the car finish

Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: john_pifer] #4720066
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Originally Posted By: john_pifer
People still go to that type of car wash??
they are building them on every corner here.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: john_pifer] #4720088
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Originally Posted By: john_pifer
People still go to that type of car wash??


Yea-touchless are so much better (half-way down the page)

https://www.detailxperts.net/blog/2016/05/23/brushless-car-wash-use-not-use/

Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720123
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I go to the one Fred Flintstone goes to with elephants and monkeys washing my car, not machines.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720188
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I only go in the winter basically to get the salt off body and under the car on frame. I also go to touchless sometimes, but the undercar spray is typically much better at the "soft cloth automatic" car wash.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720237
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Go to the quarter car wash, bring your buckets, soap, and mit. Use the bay for their pressure washer and enclosed heated environment. You might get a few stares, but more so folks who inquire why you are doing what you are. It's a teachable moment if you care for that.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720243
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I haven't run a car of mine through a car wash in over a decade. There are too many other ways for the car to get scratched, not going through a car wash removes one of those ways from the list.


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Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: Donald] #4720299
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A very reliable source told me that automatic car washes hasten the clouding and yellowing of headlight lenses. I cannot confirm that because I have never used automatic car washes. Since one of the ways headlight lenses start deteriorating is through the wearing off of the factory UV block it does make logical sense.

Can anyone corroborate this?

Re: Scratches from Auto car wash [Re: ZebRuaj] #4720346
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Originally Posted By: ZebRuaj
Go to the quarter car wash, bring your buckets, soap, and mit. Use the bay for their pressure washer and enclosed heated environment. You might get a few stares, but more so folks who inquire why you are doing what you are. It's a teachable moment if you care for that.
heated?


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