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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-23-2016, 10:09 PM
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It seems to me that the more often you wash your vehicle, the easier it is to get it clean each time.
I can get our vehicles fairly clean for 3 or 4 bucks @ the car wash. When it gets warmer, I just wash them with the hose in the driveway.

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It seems to me that the more often you wash your vehicle, the easier it is to get it clean each time.
I can get our vehicles fairly clean for 3 or 4 bucks @ the car wash. When it gets warmer, I just wash them with the hose in the driveway.
So true...easier to keep it clean than to get it clean.

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I live in the snow belt, where they use a beet juice brine solution prior to salt and coal ash. Even after the snow is gone, and the temperature begins staying warm, the road still gets on the paint. Because of this, I wash the vehicle every time I get gas...by driving through the touchless machine across the street. I don't like the systems that use brushes, but sometimes you have no choice in that matter.

It's worked for me for years...no reason to change what works.

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Us apartment dwellers = automatic car washes!
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They have unlimited car washes here for $24.95 a month .... however even that leaves me with a once a year hand wash/wax + 2-4 car washes a year.

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Us apartment dwellers = automatic car washes!
Disabled US homeowners = automatic car washes. I used to hand wash my vehicles. After being injured on the job, the only way my vehicles get hand washed is if my son or daughter does it for me.

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They have unlimited car washes here for $24.95 a month .... however even that leaves me with a once a year hand wash/wax + 2-4 car washes a year.
When I lived in UT and was driving a classic Mercedes as a daily driver through the non-snowing months, I subscribed to a monthly fee car wash place. It was completely touchless through the machine, then hand dried. For a few extra bucks, they'd detail the exterior, too. I do miss that convenience here in the Pittsburgh region that I live in. There isn't one of those places in a 25 mile radius of my house. When I lived in UT, the Mercedes was washed weekly, and detailed once a month. If I had that option here, I'd jump on it.

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I never use one of those car wash places on any of my vehicles. They're swirl mark city.
Some don't care about swirl marks just as long as its clean. Me, i hate swirl marks.
Besides hand washing is good exercise.

Here's my hand wash routine.
-Spray off dirt with a swift hose on the entire vehicle
-Wash one section at a time with soap meant for autos, then rinse off soap
-Same all around vehicle
-Keep entire vehicle wet. In other words don't let any part previously washed dry out..this is the trick
-Spray down the entire vehicle when done washing. Again keep it wet.
-Immediately park the wet vehicle in a garage or shady area
-Spray on Meguiar's Shine as You Dry Quick Wax a section at a time
-Then dry that section with a micro fiber towel.
-Hand ring the towel after each section is completed and repeat same to the next sectioin
Once gone over the entire vehicle with the spray 'n dry wax, then paint will feel silky smooth.

A work of advice if swirl marks aren't your thing.
Had my XJ serviced at the Jeep dealer. They wash the cars before customer pick up i guess as a courtesy.
They swirled the heck out of my Jeep. Since then, i always specify, NO WASH!
Had to spend the better part of an afternoon getting the swirls out with Meguiar's Swirl Remover. Good stuff.

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I live in Canada where they heavily salt the roads in the winter time. If you're dealing with that as well, typically you'll want to wash your car more frequently than in warmer weather just to get that salt off. I tried to do it every 2 weeks, but sometimes I go weekly. In the warmer weather I go whenever I can tell it needs a good shine.

I like to go to the "self serve" washes where you do it by hand. I think I do a better job cleaning it than a drive-through car wash. The one I go to uses warm water so I can do it in the winter no problem! Hope that helps.
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