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View Poll Results: How do you wash your Mustang?
By hand - Always 519 67.49%
By hand - when I have time 145 18.86%
By hand - when I'm in the mood 57 7.41%
Automatic car wash - Always 48 6.24%
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What kills me is there is a hand wash car wash in my area....except they use those broom looking brushes to pre-scrub the car before it goes in for the hand wash. Almost defeats the purpose IMO.


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Now I will be doing it always by hand, but when I didn't have a garage it was by hand - weather permitting LOL. Good 'ol North Dakota for you. The nice thing about below 0 temps is that once you get it clean, it stays clean for most of the winter.

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By hand mostly.

Touchless automatic car wash when I need a touch up.

Hand washing is always the best!

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By hand mostly.

Touchless automatic car wash when I need a touch up.

Hand washing is always the best!

Hands down, hand washing is the best. no exceptions
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By hand for me always. Black paint is hard to maintain and especially now that it is getting hotter. Always have to watch out for water spots, but when its clean it looks great
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Hand wash. Atuo wash is a waste of money if you live in a warmer climate IMO. I do a better job and save the money. Plus, I get her looking perfect every time!!!
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a foam gun as step seems to work for a lot of people and for those who want to avoid the swirlies. i will try mine out next week.

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Hand washing has the draw back of direct friction of rag to paint rubbing away/buffing away the clear coat and grounding ANY debris on the car itself (or the microfiber) INTO the paint causing micro scratches (i dont care WHAT kind of cloth you use).

Spray washing can remove some of the clear coat and or have gritty/recycled detergents which can do the same as above.

There is no right answer, they both suck but both are necessary. Pick your poison.

I wash every week, rotating between spray, auto, and hand. I get the dead bugs off the front end and side mirrors every 24 to 48 hours, i put the spray on wax on the front every week and the whole car every two weeks.

There really are no "perfect ways" to handle paint maintance.
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Always hand wash. That way I can make sure any bug residue or other gunk is cleaned off, as well as all the dirt. Don't want to take chances car wash could scratch surface, and they never get it totally clean.
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Washing the car is also an opportunity to inspect the PAINT. Do it yerself at least twice a month. Ideally once a week.

And a car as beautiful as this is a joy to wash. Make sure you also remove brake dust form the RIMS...

One of the easiest ways to demonstrate you are an automotive enthusiest and seperate yourself from the general automobile public is to never allow Brake Dust build up....It detracts from the total package...



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Always hand wash. That way I can make sure any bug residue or other gunk is cleaned off, as well as all the dirt. Don't want to take chances car wash could scratch surface, and they never get it totally clean.
Having worked as a detailed for many years, I say NOTHING beats the hand wash. With the right supplies, some patience and a little know how - you car an stay looking great for a long time!
To expand on this topic, how about waxing? Do you do it yourself, and if so, what kind of wax do you prefer? I have recently found a new wax by TurtleWax. It is a Synthetic wax that leaves no white residue, and looks AMAZING! Defiantly recommend it.
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I polish mine with the supple skin of newborn babies
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Hand wash or touchless carwash depending of the time I have...
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I polish mine with the supple skin of newborn babies
Do we need to hide our children or do you just use poor inner city children. I suppose you feed the rest to the rich...solving both the food shortages and the problem of too many illegitmate chldren on government assstance programs.

Never thought about using their skin to wash my car with .

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