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Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? #5431590 05/17/20 04:03 PM
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Just wondered if they actually put any protection on a car or if are "snake wax"?


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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5431650 05/17/20 04:52 PM
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They do a fine job of sealing in your not-totally-clean paint and leaving a nice haze, but it's better than not being washed at all.

I really wish the wax option and undercarriage wash option were not always combined in pretty much every automatic car was out there.

Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5431652 05/17/20 04:54 PM
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Maybe a little....I'm thinking nowadays with the soap/ceramic based spray off blends it may get better.


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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5431710 05/17/20 05:44 PM
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Beads pretty darn good at my regular place ... figure it might help bugs come off next time ...

Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #5431718 05/17/20 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Bottom_Feeder
They do a fine job of sealing in your not-totally-clean paint and leaving a nice haze, but it's better than not being washed at all.

I really wish the wax option and undercarriage wash option were not always combined in pretty much every automatic car was out there.


This is exactly my feeling. Thankfully the "silver" tier at my local car wash includes undercarriage wash and no wax/sealant. I would probably spring for the longer undercarriage wash time on the "gold" tier if I could opt out of the wax.


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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5431739 05/17/20 06:06 PM
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I have always wondered if they recycle so much of their water that you get some of the wax/sealant applied anyway. Even when I only buy the el-cheapo suds and rinse wash my car still seems to bead water for a little while afterwards.

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It's been my experience that if I have a nice wax job on my car, then the car was wax helps bring it out and make it shine. But if my car is in need of a wax job, then the car wash wax does nothing.


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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5431758 05/17/20 06:40 PM
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I pony up for the Diamond wash with Turtle was at my local car wash and my car looks nice and shiny. Don't think you can lump all car washes together. My local car wash is awesome so I trust that they keep product in the wax machine.


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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: fsdork] #5431832 05/17/20 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by fsdork
Originally Posted by Bottom_Feeder
They do a fine job of sealing in your not-totally-clean paint and leaving a nice haze, but it's better than not being washed at all.

I really wish the wax option and undercarriage wash option were not always combined in pretty much every automatic car was out there.


This is exactly my feeling. Thankfully the "silver" tier at my local car wash includes undercarriage wash and no wax/sealant. I would probably spring for the longer undercarriage wash time on the "gold" tier if I could opt out of the wax.


Here in the rust belt with a vehicle treated with one of the many rust prev. products (Krown, FF, Carwell, NH Coatings) we are told to avoid the undercarriage wash, except on the way to get my vehicle treated.


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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5431865 05/17/20 08:57 PM
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I know someone that owned a car wash and he said you only get about a teaspoon of liquid wax. Seemed to last a few weeks in rainy season for beading but not really that much.


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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5431961 05/17/20 11:27 PM
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Yes, the wax does bead, but they do not last long at all. The other problem you may encountered is that unscrupulous operator may try to make additional money by dilution. I prefer to wax it myself so I can tell what's being put on the car.

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Re: Do car wash waxes at auto car washes really do anything? [Re: ZZman] #5432204 05/18/20 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ZZman
Just wondered if they actually put any protection on a car or if are "snake wax"?

It is mainly a surfactant that is designed to help water bead and sheet during the air dry process. The product may contain gloss enhancers as well. Together, these mimic the characteristics of a "wax."

The spray on/rinse off sealants such as Hydro2 are built off of the same premise but the product is more concentrated.


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