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Old 06-25-2011, 07:11 AM   #1
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Which is safer over time?

Touchless is great and is less time consuming. I can always take it home to spray wax or wax afterwards....

Hand washing is also great, but is more time consuming and could scratch the paint.

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Touchless what?

Towels?
Faucets?
Trash cans?

Take what home? You got me all confused and it's not even 9:00 yet!
I'm usually not this confused until at least noon!

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Touchless what?

Towels?
Faucets?
Trash cans?

Take what home? You got me all confused and it's not even 9:00 yet!
I'm usually not this confused until at least noon!

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Since this is a DIY site, I guess I'd have to vote for hand wash!

Better price too.....

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Since this is a DIY site, I guess I'd have to vote for hand wash!

Better price too.....

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Hand washing with a bucket of soapy water and rinsing with a hose would likely use much less water than a car washing service.
If it's a rare or 'loved' car, most owners will prefer to wash it themselves too.

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Hand washing with a bucket of soapy water and rinsing with a hose would likely use much less water than a car washing service.
If it's a rare or 'loved' car, most owners will prefer to wash it themselves too.

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touchless is good for a quickie.. but it will never remove the grime and oxidation that develops on paint like a good quality car soap and clean mit does..

sure you can develop scratches from washing your car by hand...but most people have the sense not to use a mit with stones embedded in it...
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touchless is good for a quickie.. but it will never remove the grime and oxidation that develops on paint like a good quality car soap and clean mit does..

sure you can develop scratches from washing your car by hand...but most people have the sense not to use a mit with stones embedded in it...
I understand that part. But oxidation can't happen if you wax consistently. Touchless or not.
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I understand that part. But oxidation can't happen if you wax consistently. Touchless or not.
why not? ever heard of intercoat faiures do to rust(iron oxide).
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why not? ever heard of intercoat faiures do to rust(iron oxide).
Hasn'thappened with the 5 cars I have owned so far.....
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You have a higher chance scratching your paint with a touchless car wash than by using a bucket. Why? Because on the trip home from the carwash, lots of dust will hit the paint. You will then proceed to grind it into the paint as you wax. Some colors it isn't as visible. But with a high shine black paint, it will become very noticeable.

I bucket wash my cars that I want to protect the paint. Like my red 300zx that I spent a couple hundred hours painting, color sanding and buffing. My son will only bucket wash his high gloss black Supra as well. For my wife's camry and my daily driver, my truck, and the van, I will use a car wash if I want to.
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You have a higher chance scratching your paint with a touchless car wash than by using a bucket. Why? Because on the trip home from the carwash, lots of dust will hit the paint. You will then proceed to grind it into the paint as you wax. Some colors it isn't as visible. But with a high shine black paint, it will become very noticeable.

I bucket wash my cars that I want to protect the paint. Like my red 300zx that I spent a couple hundred hours painting, color sanding and buffing. My son will only bucket wash his high gloss black Supra as well. For my wife's camry and my daily driver, my truck, and the van, I will use a car wash if I want to.
Since my Higlander is my daily driver it looks brand new mainly because I baby the thing. My issue is that when I have time to wash my suv its too sunny and hot so the last thing I want to do is wash it in the sun.....
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Car wash guy here...

But then again, I wash my '91 4Runner only once a year. Even if it doesn't need it!
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Hasn'thappened with the 5 cars I have owned so far.....
What color paint is on your rags when you are done waxing

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