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Old 05-25-2014, 01:37 PM   #1
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I'm wondering if there is any problem with taking a vert to a touch less car wash. Do any of you guys use them? Any problems?
I would like to get the under body wash occasionally.
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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Just me but I would never take my black car to ANY car wash.

I two bucket wash it myself. I don't wash the convertible top every time. When I do I use the Adam's horse hair brush.

I pressure wash my driveway/brick paths every Spring. I have been thinking of jacking up the Camaro and using the pressure washer on the low setting.
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:50 PM   #3
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I ALWAYS hand wash or take it to the dealer for a $25 hand wash and dry and interior clean. I NEVER take my 'vert to a car wash.

I was just outside this morning at 0700 washing and drying it. I ALWAYS use a chamois (shammy) cloth to dry it. 1st things that get dried are the windshield and rear window so as to avoid *ugly* water spots.
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:54 PM   #4
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Old 05-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #5
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Save your money and hand wash . It gives you some one on one time with your car .
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:33 PM   #6
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I hand wash. I have been using Turtle ICE with good results.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:48 PM   #7
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I have used the "automatic" car wash but I always use the "touchless" washes, I do it generally twice a year with the under carriage spray.

Never use a car wash that uses those long microfibre pads or worse the spinning brushes.

If you are going to use a automatic car wash, I would ask the attendent if any convertibles have used it before. If they dont know or are not sure, don't use it.

I watched a Chrysler seabring convertible go through the touchless wash in my town and have used it about 4 times since that day with no issues. No leaks either.

The preference is the touchless wash that has the robotic arm that uses lazers to judge your car.

Last note.. just do a basic wash avoid wax and tire treatment.

Also avoid any that PULL your car through, only use the drive in and park type of touchless.

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Old 05-26-2014, 06:22 PM   #8
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I use the wand at the carwash but would never take my vert thru an automatic, touchless or not.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:19 PM   #9
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I use the wand at the carwash but would never take my vert thru an automatic, touchless or not.
+1 that's what I mean by hand wash.
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:46 AM   #10
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I would never wash my rag top in a automated car wash. Rag tops need special attention and care.

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Old 05-27-2014, 07:24 AM   #11
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If you want a swirlfree finsh, you must never let the dealer touch your paint. No matter what.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:11 AM   #12
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I sometimes go through the touch less wash, everything seems fine, I get a little drip down the inside of the passenger door window.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:24 PM   #13
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I have used the "automatic" car wash but I always use the "touchless" washes, I do it generally twice a year with the under carriage spray.

Never use a car wash that uses those long microfibre pads or worse the spinning brushes.

If you are going to use a automatic car wash, I would ask the attendent if any convertibles have used it before. If they dont know or are not sure, don't use it.

I watched a Chrysler seabring convertible go through the touchless wash in my town and have used it about 4 times since that day with no issues. No leaks either.

The preference is the touchless wash that has the robotic arm that uses lazers to judge your car.

Last note.. just do a basic wash avoid wax and tire treatment.

Also avoid any that PULL your car through, only use the drive in and park type of touchless.

Hope this helps.
Thanks. I would never use anything but touch less. I am just interested in the under body spray.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:31 PM   #14
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I got my 2013 vert last year. I have taken it through touchless several times. No issues. I use two different places. One has a special wash for cloth tops. The other doesn't spray hard on the top at all with the option I choose.

I'm about to start doing my own washes and detailing by hand but I will still use touchless and wand on occasion. Particularly to get the under carriage done. I know it's pretty minimal but some cleaning is better than no cleaning, especially here in New England. I push my driving season to December and take it back out in March so I need to be cautious of salt.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:33 PM   #15
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:22 PM   #16
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Sometimes it's reclaimed water so there is still the ability to scratch, but also the cheap soaps that they use can strip your car of any wax protection very quickly.

Can you go through it? Yes.

Would I recommend making a habit of it? Nah.
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Old 05-27-2014, 04:04 PM   #17
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I run my '12 ragtop through the car wash regularly, it works fine.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:05 PM   #18
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Thanks. I would never use anything but touch less. I am just interested in the under body spray.
I would just recommend going slowly over it to get good coverage.

I never had any issues

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Old 05-28-2014, 12:44 AM   #19
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FWIW

For my black cloth tops, I've always used a natural-bristle upholstery attachment on a vacuum and -gently- clean the cloth, brushing lightly in two directions.
Never use nylon or poly bristles. Never scrub; you'll grind dirt into the material.

For light-colored tops that occasionally get dark creases or fold marks, a name-brand convertible top cleaner and protectant works well.
Be sure to get the cloth version. There's also one for vinyl.

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Old 05-28-2014, 01:39 AM   #20
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I never had a problem with notouch car washes
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:14 AM   #21
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I take my '11 through a wash with the neoprene brushes regularly. No issues.
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Just thought I'd add, I treated my top with RagTop protectant this past spring. It's like Scotchgaurd for tops. Worked great.

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/wps-2...l#.U4nJ12BOU5s
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:45 PM   #23
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I'm wondering if there is any problem with taking a vert to a touch less car wash. Do any of you guys use them? Any problems?
I would like to get the under body wash occasionally.
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I avoided any carwashes for a year, but during this last brutal winter I started using the touchless washes. I have not had any issues with leaking or damage. The only thing I had an issue with is the blow dryer seemed really forceful at one and I could see the top getting pushed down quite a bit in the rear. It seems fine, but with the notorious 5th bow issue it makes me nervous. I found one I like with a 'gentler' dryer.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:51 PM   #24
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I've heard that the touch less washes use a harsher chemical...
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:04 PM   #25
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If you do use one, DO NOT use one that has a blow dryer at the end of the cycle. If it does, pull out before the dryer starts. I almost always hand-wash my Miata, but on a few occasions I've been pushed for time and used a touchless car wash. I was impressed with how well the hurricane strength blowers dried my car. Then after a few times through I noticed that the top was starting to tear at the seam (see the heartbreaking pics). The pressure of the wind blowing straight down must have done it. I took it to an auto shop that specializes in refurbishing cars, and they said they could replace the top for $1,500.00, or for $650.00 they can take the top off and stretch the top far enough to sew it back into the seam, with no guarantees that it would look perfect or that it wouldn't leak.

Now I'm not sure if I should do either of those before selling it, or just knock that value off the price if I sell it. I figure if I trade it in, a dealer can fix it at cost, but they'll still use that to knock down a trade-in value.
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