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Offline Za

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Car wash
« on: July 02, 2009, 07:40:18 am »
Got a whole family of dead flies on the front of my car, definitely needs a wash, but I don't really have the equipment at home to do so. Little bit nervous about taking my not-quite-so-shiny new car into one of the automatic car washes though.

Wondered if anyone has had any good or bad experience with automatic car washes? E.g. Any damage or areas they fail to clean on a GPA, or brands that do a particularly good job.

I do have a local hand car wash, but thats always seemed a little bit odd to me. That and I want to get it cleaned somewhere near High Wycombe as I'm visiting a friend there who has a good camera to take some shots of my car. Want it to look its best. ;D

I've done a quick search of the forums, only turned up some advice about avoiding pressure washing the red stripe. Anyone got any further advice?

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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #1 on: July 02, 2009, 08:17:22 am »
    Wait for Blueey... if he hasn't keeled over at the idea of a car wash.

    I admit to now using the two bucket method and a mitt.
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009, 11:12:36 am »
    He's got me at it as well.
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009, 12:27:13 pm »
    Yes 2 buckets and a mitt sounds good followed by a wet then dry micro-fibre cloth-looks great!.
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009, 12:51:20 pm »
    Car wash :( Would you use a sweeping brush to clean your car? If not then dont use a car wash as this is essentially what they are. Lots of bristles that spin round quickly and damage your paint.

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27


    Read all of that as its a good basic guide.

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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009, 01:03:55 pm »
    I think the best way to keep your car in A1 condition is to use the method recomended to me by John501. :whistle:.........ask the nice people in vehicle preperation to do it for you ;D
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #6 on: July 02, 2009, 02:53:06 pm »
    Not everyone has their own PDI department though ;D
    However, a car wash :o You may well get a visit from the Abarth Police :bat:
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #7 on: July 02, 2009, 05:34:41 pm »
    Za, It's worth investing in some car washing kit. Halfords have 3 for 2 on at the moment so it doesn't work out too expensive.
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #8 on: July 02, 2009, 06:42:44 pm »
    I put mine through the car wash.

    Its ok, doesn't clean the door sills though, mostly because they aren't outside the car. Other than that, its fine. I go to BP, and pay half price on tues, and collect their buy two and get the third free vouchers at the same time.
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #9 on: July 02, 2009, 09:45:04 pm »
    Think I will take it to the local hand car wash at my friends place this time (its aparently pretty good) just to get some photos before its taken to be repaired for a week. Will look to see if they use sponges or not >.>

    But I will also invest in some of my own kit too, no point leaving it to some numpty at a disused petrol station every time :P

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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #10 on: July 02, 2009, 09:49:37 pm »
    went to a hand car wash once, never again, only way to do it properly is to do it yourself.. no one else cares about scratches, or even getting it clean

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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #11 on: July 02, 2009, 11:09:17 pm »
    I put mine through the car wash.

    I can picture Blueey turning everyone in their graves.
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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #12 on: July 03, 2009, 02:44:37 pm »
    I think the best way to keep your car in A1 condition is to use the method recomended to me by John501. :whistle:.........ask the nice people in vehicle preperation to do it for you ;D

    Noooo thank you. Would prefer it to be dirty when i pick the car up new or from a service. Always tell them not to clean it after warrenty work or a service.

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    « Reply #13 on: July 03, 2009, 04:44:19 pm »
    I think the best way to keep your car in A1 condition is to use the method recomended to me by John501. :whistle:.........ask the nice people in vehicle preperation to do it for you ;D

    Noooo thank you. Would prefer it to be dirty when i pick the car up new or from a service. Always tell them not to clean it after warrenty work or a service.
    Me too.

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    Re: Car wash
    « Reply #14 on: July 03, 2009, 04:50:14 pm »
    Noooo thank you. Would prefer it to be dirty when i pick the car up new or from a service. Always tell them not to clean it after warrenty work or a service.
    Me too.

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