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Old 01-27-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Drive thru carwash??

Whats up everyone,

So lately ive been caught up with work, working long hours by the time im out hand car washes are closed and the sun has set. Everytime i wash my car it only stays clean for about 5 days and its filthy again. Since i really dont have much time to wash my car myself my Fiance recommends to use a drive thru car wash. I wanted to know who would recommend the drive thru and who wouldnt and why.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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Nnnnoooooooo!!! NEVER! If you do choose this route atleast make sure it is a touch less one... and I hope you dont have a dark color car
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:29 PM   #3
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:34 PM   #4
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Hand car wash only.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:39 PM   #5
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Go to a hand-wash place over lunch.

Automatic car washes will take their toll on your paint after a while.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:39 PM   #6
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There are all sorts of scary things in there.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:44 PM   #7
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Don't do it. It can wreak havoc on your wheels!!
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #8
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Oh, I also see you're from SoCal. I used to live down there and religiously took my car to a coin wash where I brought my own buckets and wash mitts.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:50 PM   #9
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Sometimes I take my winter beater through the car wash. It gets scratched, but the salt gets washed off.

I can't think of any reason to go through a car wash in SoCal, though, particularly with a Camaro!
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:59 PM   #10
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i take mine to a car wash and this is probably the best car wash in NJ... i never had a problem there "so far" :X
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:53 PM   #11
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U get the picture... Drive thru car wash = NO
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:54 PM   #12
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i take mine to a car wash and this is probably the best car wash in NJ... i never had a problem there "so far" :X
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:55 PM   #13
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There should be a "HELL NO!" option...
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:59 PM   #14
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My Infiniti has 80k miles, I do the most expensive auto car wash every week, then get a free one everytime I get the most expensive one, there are obviously certain auto car washes out there that you want to avoid, but the paint on my car is still in fine, near flawless condition. No scratches or inconsistencies or peeling or anything... it's darn near perfect. Besides a few little spots on the front bumper/hood where there are only a few small chips from the road, from rocks, not automatic car washes.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:00 PM   #15
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Hand wash only! Never send your car through a scratch-o-matic.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:03 PM   #16
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My Infiniti has 80k miles, I do the most expensive auto car wash every week, then get a free one everytime I get the most expensive one, there are some worse ones out there, but the paint is in fine condition. No scratches or inconsistencies or peeling or anything... it's darn near perfect. Besides a few little spots on the front bumper/hood where there are only a few small chips from the road.
is that the $8.99 one at the gas station? lol
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:03 PM   #17
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I would never put my car through that! Hand wash only! And only by me!!! Isn't that what Saturday's are for???
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:06 PM   #18
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Even going to a touchless Car Wash like "Duckys" can damage your car. Find a place that does hand washes, and air drys the car. I've taken my car to two places for hand car washs. One place was ducky's who used the same towels to dry my car as they did with all the ones through the automated track (left bunch of scratches in the clear coat that had to be polished out, which thins your clear after a number of times), and the second one was much better, although they left holograms on my car from the hand wax. Maybe I'm just a perfectionist with a dark color. I know I've been spoiled by a detailing friend of mine.

Read this thread and know that the only time I had washed my car before this was via the touchless car wash. The car came out clean as a whistle, but not without battlescars.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...rged+SS+detail
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:06 PM   #19
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is that the $8.99 one at the gas station? lol
No, I never use the gas station. I use the new Car Wash place down the road, a place specifecally meant for washing your car. I would NEVER go to a gas station car wash, I tried once because I needed to wash a car I was selling asap and the damn thing didn't even work(Conoco). I usually spend $15, includes tire shine, teflon coating, and the whole thing... of course I hand dry it afterwards.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:17 PM   #20
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I wont use them cause you never know whats been through there before you. Only hand wash.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:21 PM   #21
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I use the touchless all the time then spray way and hand dry
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:37 AM   #22
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I go through a touchless wash at least once a week. The paint is still absolutely perfect with no scratches or swirls at all. Never hand waxed it either and it looks like I did. I will get it hand waxed and detailed early this Spring though.
Sorry if that offends you loyal handwashers, but the proof is in the pudding.
I go to the same wash...very near my home...it is a very new facility. It does an EXCELLENT job and I am happy with it. That is just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:43 AM   #23
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Touchless washes are fine. Nothing in them that is corrosive. I don't use them for my Camaros, but that's just personal preference (I'm a loyal handwasher).
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:49 AM   #24
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I took my car to a cheerleader car wash before and man I am never doing that again... Also my car has never ever seen a touchless or Car wash for fear of the T-Tops leaking even tho even through rain it hasnt happened yet
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:56 AM   #25
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I would never let anyone clean my camaro....

I have two other vehicles that are daily drivers a 2010 equinox and 2003 camry...

I will put them through the touch less car wash and have never had a problem...

I mainly put them through the touch less car wash to clean the salt grin from underneath....

The camry I am not to concerned about,but the Equinox gets hand washed most the time....
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