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Old 07-24-2014, 10:25 AM   #1
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If you needed yet another reason to avoid drive-thru car washes...

Just a quick backstory:

Had to run to the local home improvement store this past weekend. Stopped to get gas when I was leaving, and the station had one of the drive-thru washes that so many of them have. As I filled up and was driving away, I couldn't help but notice the somewhat startling condition of the brushes in the wash bay:





Of course, the first thought that crossed my mind, and I'm sure the same as all of you, was "STAY AWAY!!!"

However, I have some prototype goods at home that need some testing. Because of this, I made a sacrifice for the greater good, and $8, much gnashing of teeth, and about 90 seconds of tears later, here is what my paint looked like in the bright sun later that day:





And the following morning in different light:








In the interest of full disclosure, my paint was not perfect before hand, but I'd say 95%+. Since the last correction, I've done 2 2-bucket washes and 3 Rinseless Washes on it. Being black, there was a light amount of wash damage that could be seen. However, the amount of damage that this single wash inflicted upon it was pretty shocking, wouldn't you agree?!?
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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It's crazy but doesn't surprise me. Ruined the clear coat on the car before this one with drive thru washes.
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:15 PM   #3
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Oh my... I use to work at a car wash that had the spinning pads and all that and they were pretty bad too. Hated seeing nice cars come through. That's crazy how bad the damage is though after one wash.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:28 PM   #4
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I've seen worse! I don't even take my dd to an automated car wash. I will use a hand car wash or wash it myself. My brainchild cars have never seen a car wash.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:36 PM   #5
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Now, we already knew how bad those washes were. What we DON'T know is what (new?) products you may be testing...

Yeah... tell us more about that
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:03 AM   #6
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Now, we already knew how bad those washes were. What we DON'T know is what (new?) products you may be testing...

Yeah... tell us more about that

Maybe it's something to fix the damage...or maybe not. Time will tell.

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