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Old 09-19-2004, 04:34 AM   #1
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It'* pretty dirty, both inside and out. I want to take it through the local carwash for the exterior, to help protect the various scuffs and scrapes on the body and make her look better, obviously, but how does the antenna work? Turn off the stereo, I'm guessing, and it goes down? I'd always unscrew the Bonne'* antenna, lol. Just need to know before I take her into the automatic wash and wax down the street. Oh yeah, and do you think the car wash would worsen the "bald spot" on top? I'm gonna get that repainted, for sure, have no other choice, but for now I want to protect it, to some degree, if I can. I remember taking the bonnie through the wash caused harm to it'* bald spot on the trunk, but that was chemically caused, me and my dad concluded, something spilled on the car or something. That'* as opposed to the spot (well, there'* two, both on roof, though) on the Aurora, which is UV-caused, I believe. Anyway, I REALLY want to clean that Aurora when I get it though. The body really is filthy, as well as the rims. It'* a shame :( And I don't really have the time or patience to do it by hand, so I'd really like to go the automatic route. Thanks in advance for the help, whoever answers Which will probably be Jim and that'* it
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On the ACNA forums? Oh and thanks for the suggestions on the other post, too, man
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I'd say washing it is all you should do. My '86 Firebird had no clearcoat on the roof and certain other areas. I made the mistake of waxing and everywhere there was no clear coat turned white and had swirl patterns that never came out.
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Thanks for the advice, Phish, I was kinda thinking the same. That happened where the clear was coming of the Bonne when I took her through the hi-temp automatic wax station at the local carwash. But could I still take her through a hi-temp car wash, minus the waxing bit? Because she needs at LEAST a wash. And BAD!
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I would highly recommend doing it yourself. If you have a self-serve station where you just pay $1 or so I'd go for that. Its really the only way to get the job done and make sure it gets done right. I don't think hot water and a clear coat safe soap is going to do any harm but be careful with non-touchless carwashes and high-pressure water hoses.
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The place near me has a bay with a pressure washer-style attachment that dispenses whatever you want (soap, water, wax, etc.) for a predetermined time once you put the quarters in. Is this good? Should I use that and just try not to get the top too much, so as not to cause more peelage and paint damage up there? Thanks again for the advice
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