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Old 04-17-2006, 04:58 PM   #1
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Do you take your car through the "touchless/touch-free" carwash???

I'm wondering how many people take their car through a touchless carwash. I NEVER would take my goat through a traditional carwash, BUT I do take mine through the touchless wash up the street from me. I only do it when its just a tad dirty from sitting (pollen, rain shower, etc.) Seems to do a good job, no leaks, no paint peeling, no nothing. So what do yall think of these washes?
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:01 PM   #2
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I've used both, and honestly the one carwash by me with the touchless I don't like. I still have some crud left on the car.

Now where I live I have no hose, and I get bird crap on the car so I wash it about once every 3-4 days... so I just have to go to the carwash... and I gotta so I go to the regular one the most, and I like the way the car comes out alot better.

I haven't had one incident with the regular car wash yet. No scratches or anything.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:06 PM   #4
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I think I've done it twice. I only do it if it's REALLY dirty and I just want to get all the hard crap off before I go to my parents' house to wash and wax it.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:16 PM   #5
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i didin't have the weather to wash it myself...so i have a favorite automated drive thru touchless wash...not too bad. I will clay bar it come summer and start the zano process again!
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:36 PM   #6
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Mine has never seen either one. Always do it myself.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:45 PM   #7
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Mine has never seen either one. Always do it myself.



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Old 04-17-2006, 05:47 PM   #8
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:08 PM   #9
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I'll take it to a touchless sometimes in the winter when it's just too damn cold for me to put my hand in a bucket filled with water. I don't like doing it but I'm not about to get sick washing my car.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:15 PM   #10
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I use the Touchless car wash on all of my cars including the GTO
I dont ever use the brush ones ever ! I have never had any problem using them and its nice when you are in a hurry and dont have time to give it a hand wash.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:15 PM   #11
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I rinsed mine off a few times over the winter with the touchless, got the dust and stuff off.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:18 PM   #12
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:29 PM   #13
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Mine has never seen either one. Always do it myself.

Add me to the "Do It Myself" list. I barely let my wife or daughter rinse for me.

A concern on the "Touchless" is that they use recycled water. Good for the environment, but it means that you're getting some of the salt, dirt, and chemicals from all of the other cars blasted onto your car.

Yes, I'm in Florida where it's usually warm. And yes, I have been up nice and early on a 38-degree Saturday morning washing my car.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:35 PM   #14
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Good lord, another car wash thread loaded with car wash snobs.
As the owner of a high volume full service soft cloth car wash I can honestly tell you that I wash mine at least two times a week. I love to go to events with other new GTO's and park my scratch free Midnight Blue GTO next to someone's freshly hand washed GTO and look at the swirls and the scratches in theirs. Inevitably I am always asked how I keep my car looking so good. And I tell them I run it through my car wash 2 times a week and wax it (NO Zaino???) once a month. LOL As a matter of fact, several members of this board in the Central Florida area have brought their cars to my shop to have the swirls and scratches removed, one comes from as far away as Georgia. If you can find a quality soft cloth car wash that uses RO rinse water and dries with terry ( OMG, not microfiber??) towels that cares about cars, it will usually look better than an in the driveway hand wash.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:39 PM   #15
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A concern on the "Touchless" is that they use recycled water. Good for the environment, but it means that you're getting some of the salt, dirt, and chemicals from all of the other cars blasted onto your car.

This is absolutely not true. The first three cleaning arches in our tunnel run on reclaim water. All chemicals are applied with fresh water as are any rinsing steps. We paid $78000.00 for our reclaim machine. This machine first filters the water through 25 micron filters to separate out any particles. It is then further filtered through enormous charcoal filters to remove any remaining oils or chemicals. Although I wouldn't drink the reclaim water, it certainly is not blasting anything onto your car.

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Old 04-17-2006, 06:45 PM   #16
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If I had a house with a hose and a garage and all that cool stuff, I never would.

But I don't.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:50 PM   #17
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If I don't have time to wash mine myself I take it to the touchless autowash. They have 2 guys that clean the front end/windshield/mirrors and wheels before entering. It also has a blow dryer
They also wash out equipment after every car.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:57 PM   #18
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Cool

I have a car wash right up the street from me and the water that comes out of it is some of the hottest water i can find around town, the only thing i use on my GOAT is hot soapy water, ill tell ya what it knocks the dirt off first shot.
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An Exxon gas station near me has a pretty good touchless unit. I've used it maybe 8-10 times no significant problems. It doesn't get 100% of the dirt off though. Also once something in the soap left a nasty film on all my rubber stuff (weatherstripping and tires).

The one time I took the GTO to a full-service carwash with cloth brushes, their high velocity blow dryers blasted the weatherstripping off my GTO's windshield. I used that carwash for 15 years with no problems on my other cars, but the GTO's finish and trim seems very fragile.
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Old 04-17-2006, 08:52 PM   #20
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I use a touchless wash every now and then,they do a great job.I would take it there all the time if it wasn't 15 bucks a wash.
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:57 PM   #21
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:31 AM   #22
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I occasionally use a touchless carwash where the spray nozzles move around the car and nothing but the water touches it. I use it when my car gets very dirty from mud or whatnot before washing it myself.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:20 AM   #23
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:04 AM   #24
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Never, hand wash only.

Amen. Nothing beats a DIY at home job.
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:22 AM   #25
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Washing of cars in our driveway is against our CC&Rs.

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Good lord, another car wash thread loaded with car wash snobs.



The car wash down the street from my house has a $4.50 deal on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's not worth me dragging out the hose and bucket for $4.50.
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:01 AM   #27
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Hand wash only. I would NEVER run it through a mechanical wash of any kind. I've had a couple of cars damaged in them. I do run my daily driver (GMC Jimmy) through a touchless during the winter after a snow and road salt.
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I go through a touchless car wash once every week or two to keep the goat clean, and get it detailed with paint sealant twice a year.

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If I had a house with a hose and a garage and all that cool stuff, I never would.

But I don't.

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Once a week I run mine through a traditional car wash. Good ole' $5 Wednesdays. Gets 99% of the crap off my car, so I'm satisfied. No scratches, dents, dings. There's no car washing station at my apartment complex, so it works just fine. Once or twice a year I do a full wax job by hand simply to get a feeling of satisfaction. 3-4 times a year I get a full service hand-wax job done by a local car wash.
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