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Old 11-24-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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Retail Car Wash - good idea or bad idea?

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So I took my Camaro to a car wash business this morning and I think I got talked into getting stuff done that I don't need, like: Hand Wax after the wash and Leather Protectant put on the seats as well as other "stuff" put on the dash. The car is only 2 weeks old and until this morning was stellar.

When I got back in the car, it looked like they had smeared Armor All all over the interior. It was greasy and slippery and kinda gross looking. The nice leather look now appears very shiny and plastic looking. I was really annoyed and asked them to wipe it off. The manager said this would keep the leather from cracking. I said, this car is going to be garaged day/night and only be out in the sun during driving time so I wasn't too concerned with the leather cracking. And it's brand new, not even 300 miles on it yet. Why would I need all this stuff smeared all over my car? My car did have the "new car" smell. Now it smells like the horrible product they put on it. He says it would dry in an hour and not be greasy anymore. I went down to look at my car 4 hours later and it is still greasy looking.

Is this a good idea to have this type of "detail work" done or did this guy just ruin my interior? I really hate the Armor All look and especially the feel of it. Should I get soap/water and try to wash it off or will this stuff sort of dissipate and go back to looking normal?

Has anybody else had this done to their car?
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:18 PM   #2
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thats gross I cant imagine what possessed you to do this after 2 weeks . I think this car needs to have the interior kept clean with armour all cleaner but not the protectant I think it looks better flat plus it is impossible to see out the windshield in sunny days if it reflects the top of the dash A good old bucket and sponge mit or soft brush is the way to go the sides of a car are always dirty after a paid for car wash, I know its tempting to go there and see them all ooogle over your car , and it feels cool but try to resist this. I don't know you at all but when I was a bit younger and I thinksome people go to a car wash when they have great cars like ours just to show it off so in summary.... bad idea
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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First, welcome! 2nd, STAY Away from those places with your new car!! Detail it yourself or find a reputable place that will come out and do it - without scratches, and junk...

Congrats on the new car!
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:47 PM   #4
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BAD Idea.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:06 PM   #5
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Welcome and congratulations on your Camaro.

Rest easy, your Camaro isn't ruined. But as others have mentioned, I too would avoid "retail car washes". While I doubt they did any harm to your car, you could do a MUCH better job either paying a good detailer, or investing in detailing supplies and doing the work yourself.

If I were you, at this point, I'd do the latter. If you can devote some time, do a search for the best products available, and spend some quality time with your new baby.

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Old 11-24-2009, 09:38 PM   #6
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NEVER take to a retail car wash. To many things can go wrong using those automated washes. Doing it yourself with the correct use of wash mit, soap, even the drying towel, wax, towel to wax with and remove will make your paint stay looking good and last forever. Try looking at other threads about what to use. Very useful info.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:41 PM   #7
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doin it yoursself is the best way, i'd wait till it dries up, then go over it with meguiars leather conditioner spray...if u have n e deatailing questions just ask away, we all would b happy to help, and Moose is the #1 man to go to for detailing tips, he, as well as others have given me some great advice

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Old 11-25-2009, 01:17 AM   #8
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Just wipe the leather off with a dry towel and do the same to the dash. No biggie.

I take mine to a good auto wash every once in a while, never had a problem. The interior? Ya, do it yourself.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:45 AM   #9
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I cant believe that greasy original armor all product is still around. That stuff is just nasty i wouldnt use it on my ride on mower let alone my rides.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:55 AM   #10
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I personally don't allow anyone to put their hands on the 3 women in my life... my wife, my daughter, and my SS.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:04 AM   #11
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Very bad idea, think of how many greased up mini-vans that went thru before you.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:39 AM   #12
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Do it yourself. You and your car will be better for it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:53 AM   #13
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Just wash the leather with a soft cloth, warm water and mild soap. Wipe dry immeditely and find a leather cleaning product of your choice that isn't greasy, most are. In my current car, which is a daily driver, I just wipe the seats off with a damp cloth and go. I never use protectant on them. I live in west Texas with notorious sun light and not a single crack. I'd do the same with whatever surface they left greasy. Good luck, welcome & gratz on the new ride!!!
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:54 AM   #14
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Welcome...and you're not the only person that has had horror stories like this. NEVER let anyone touch your car unless you are paying big money for a detailer.

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Old 11-25-2009, 11:12 PM   #15
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Thanks for your help guys. I love this site. So much helpful info from a community of Camaro lovers. I'm addicted!!
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:33 PM   #16
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Never a car wash and never let them touch the interior.
I walked away from delivery on a used car once, they gooped it so bad it stunk and the smell made me sick when I test drove it.
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:05 PM   #17
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They MUST be willing to tell you what is in the product for me to use them.
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:06 PM   #18
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That stuff at car washs is just some kind of shine, it has no real protectant qualities. Just as the others said i would wipe the interior down with a damp soapy cloth and then I might even go over it with armor all cleaner.

but no harm, just don't take it back. we pay too much for these cars now adays to let those that don't care about them abuse them.
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:02 AM   #19
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I liked the detail job they did at my dealer just before I took delivery. The exterior shone like glass. Not sure they did anything besides remove plastic covering on the inside. And I agree with others. Flat finish for interior is "in", has been for awhile now. Although, my auto purchase before last they tried to sell me on some kind of protectant finish for the interior. I was like no thanks, I prefer the new car smell and didn't want them mucking up the interior with God knows what. Your post will hopefully save others from this kind of thing.
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:23 PM   #20
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There is no way anybody is touching this car but me when it comes to washing and waxing and detailing.

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