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Old 03-23-2007, 10:03 PM   #1
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I notice several topics about waxing and buffing but none of them address my question which is: do any of you use the car wax at the coin op car washes?

So far that'* all I thought you had to do, is there a big difference?
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This is a joke, right?
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Well I don't know how well the wax part works, but considering the coin op washes won't even clean your car properly, I wouldn't bother. The only way a coin op will get your car clean is to use the brush, and that'* just insanity. If you just do the power wash, it won't get clean, and then you are just putting wax on a dirty car, and sealing in the dirt. That is assuming the wax really works.
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soooo, then I also have a question...... if using the brush is just plain insanity, how do you wash your car at home?? I always use the brush at the coin washes, but I spray it off first. I also have a brush at home.

(I know that the brushes hold dirt and sand)

What do you use to wash your cars????

Also, I always get a great wash job at the coin op washes, much better then any of the soft wash or touchless washes around here.
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I use esso'* touchless laser car wash with the tri foam it works great
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soooo, then I also have a question...... if using the brush is just plain insanity, how do you wash your car at home?? I always use the brush at the coin washes, but I spray it off first. I also have a brush at home.

(I know that the brushes hold dirt and sand)

What do you use to wash your cars????

Also, I always get a great wash job at the coin op washes, much better then any of the soft wash or touchless washes around here.
A brush type car wash will only put scratches in your paint.

I actually use a Boars Hair brush at home if there is not a lot of heavy dirt on the car. If there is heavy dirt then I use a high quality wool mitt.

http://www.topoftheline.com/boarhairbodw.html

I use the two bucket system for washing. One bucket for the water with soap and one bucket with clean water for rinsing the wash tool before plunging it back into the soapy water. This will cut down the amount of dirt that is retained in the cleaning tool.

Hope this answers your questions.
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Like he said, you can use a boar'* hair brush, they are very soft. Pricey though. I usually use a sheepskin mitt. Walmart carries them for like $5. Just look for the softest one.

The key to keeping your paint looking good has nothing to do with wax. You've got to wash it and prep it properly, or the best wax will still look like Turtle Wax. You want to use something soft, and try to never scrub the paint. If you have to scrub to get something off, then you need to be using a clay bar after you wash. Paint may be hard, but it will scratch pretty easy. Just take your car out into bright sun, or turn on a halogen lamp on it and you will see what that brush at the coin op has been doing to the paint.
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ok, thanks
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^^^ BTW crash93ssei, a little light buffing will fix up those minor clearcoat defects I see in the front end of the car in your avatar :P
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i go to the coin-op but bring my own wash bucket, sponges, towels
, and other goodies... the only thing i use at teh coin-op is the high pressure water and the shade to wax in
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