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post #1 of 38 Old May 31st, 2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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A Stupid Question About Car Washes

You know those DIY car washes... I haven't had to use them until this past year since I live on campus now. So.... do you guys bring towels with you or what? The one by my school doesn't have any way to dry your car off and I'm not diggin the water spots.


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Lol...yes, but don't use towels because towels scratch.

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Take a good microfiber for drying. Also i would rinse the brush off before use just to try and minimize swirls and shit.

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Take a good microfiber for drying. Also i would rinse the brush off before use just to try and minimize swirls and shit.
Never use the brush. People use those on wheels, engines, everything.
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Ok cool, I'll pick up a few shammys then. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing out on some car wash secret or anything hahaha

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I'd get a chamois

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Never use the brush. People use those on wheels, engines, everything.

Yah, I don't touch the brush. That shits nasty lol.


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I'd get a chamois

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Never touched my Mustang with the brush. The one near my house, the owner actually cleans the brushes and has postings telling people NOT to use them on engines. Used it on my old Windstar and it never hurt the paint, luckily.

As for drying, I always bring some microfibers and chamois' with me, park her out in the sun, then give it a good hand dry! Although when I get home there's always a few damn spots where the water's dripped down from where it gets trapped haha (top of the rear bumper is horrible for that)

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I air dry, then when I get home I spray wax and clean windows.
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I used to get a full hand wash, interior wipe down, windows, rims and air dry (getting all those places that drip afterwards) for $10 with a coupon. That place just put as machine in and charge $25 for a hand wash now. So I've been going to a DIY place. I bring a bucket, microfiber wash mitts and a chamois. Never use the brush except to get some of the nice soapy bubbles in the bucket and then use the wash mitts. Then I go home and hit it with air to get those drippy places, do the windows, and wax it.


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This is how I wash my car, twice a month.

DIY drive in car wash.

Use the pressure gun with high pressure soap or water and give the car a once over.

SPRAY the brush to get sand and crap off it so you don't scratch your car.

Wash/rinse etc.....

Then I get on the highway and "dry it off" lol. And then I bring it home to finish drying it with a clean towel. Works great.

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Never use the brush. Ever. Too many contaminants and spraying it off isn't going to keep it from creating marks in the paint especially on a darker colored car where it's more noticeable. Silver cars are neutral and it's tough to notice.

I take 3-4 microfibers with me. One waffle weave towel to get the majority of the water off, one plush towel to get the remainder dry, one for windows and glass, and one for wheels.

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paint friendly squeegee is much faster.
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Never touched my Mustang with the brush. The one near my house, the owner actually cleans the brushes and has postings telling people NOT to use them on engines. Used it on my old Windstar and it never hurt the paint, luckily.

As for drying, I always bring some microfibers and chamois' with me, park her out in the sun, then give it a good hand dry! Although when I get home there's always a few damn spots where the water's dripped down from where it gets trapped haha (top of the rear bumper is horrible for that)
That shit pisses me off so much when washing my car.

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Easy
1. High Press. Water
2. High Press. Soap
3. High Press. Water
4. 4-5 Huge Damp Microfibers to Wipe Down

I keep about 12 microfibers damp in a container 24/7 that way I can spay some water on the car and wipe the dust off, of course this is only when the car in clean which is always lol.


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paint friendly squeegee is much faster.
No such thing. If we're discussing the use of not using a brush, short of snow foaming your car, it's pretty darn hard to get all dust/dirt off of your car when washing, which is exactly why I use blown air plus a quick detailer and microfibers to dry my car. That all being said, dirt particles will still be on your paint even after a touchless wash, and using a squeegee will just trap those dirt particles and run them along the surface of your clear coat, causing further scratches and marring.



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Easy
1. High Press. Water
2. High Press. Soap
3. High Press. Water
4. 4-5 Huge Damp Microfibers to Wipe Down

I keep about 12 microfibers damp in a container 24/7 that way I can spay some water on the car and wipe the dust off, of course this is only when the car in clean which is always lol.

That's exactly what I've been doing except step 4 is "drive around at a super fast speed of 40mph for two minutes then park and hope for no water spots in the morning."


Definitely gonna pick up something to dry with lol.


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Here is the best technique I know of and is what I use on mine and my friends cars.

After washing the car you need to do a pooling rinse if possible. This is when you take the sprayer off the hose and let water gently pool all over your car, starting from the top down. If you wax your car, like you should, you'll be able to dry a majority of the car just using water.

Now the towel, it HAS TO be a quality microfiber towel. NOT from the local store, they won't cut it. Try autoality.com, good prices on towels. Do not ever use a chamois, microfiber works with millions of little loops of fibers that gently lift away dirt from the surface, a chamois will pick the dirt up and drag it on your paint, that causes swirls.

Drying your car has the biggest probability of you swirling the paint, its the most dangerous part of the wash. Take your nice new clean microfiber and soak it in water, then wring it out completely. Then take a quick detail spray, I could give you some recommendations if you want, but spray it all over the towel, then starting from the top of the car wipe in one direction wringing it out after each section, continue to spray QD. Lubrication is key in the drying process. Believe it or not a damp microfiber picks up water like a magnet.
After you do that initial dry you have to take a dry clean microfiber and gently buff the car to get rid of residue from the qd or spray wax. Remember to get your trunk jambs and door jambs!
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