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Anyone else don't like others cleaning, washing their cars?

Just curious is anyone else like this? I mean not wanting others to detail your car, or waxing it? Last year my dad for my Bday was going to pay to have it hand waxed, but I told him I'd rather do it myself.

I'm pretty anal when it comes to cleaning my cars in general and I'd rather do it myself knowing it will get done right, and not half a$$ed.

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I'm the same way. It is also a chance for me to spend hours knowing every inch of the car so when something new pops up (scratches, dings, etc.) I can be sure to catch it and point fingers at the responsible party. It is always nice when the dealer runs the cars through the brushes as I can't get to it everyday (and Kona Blue is almost as bad as black with dirt) but like you said I know ill do it right as compared to someone else doing only half the job.

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When I had my 12, I made the mistake of letting the dealer "detail" it before delivery. By detail they must have meant use a beach towel full of sand to dry it off. It was swirled like a mother. After that lesson, I did not let anyone or anything else touch my car, let alone wash it.

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I'm like this too... My lady thinks I'm crazy! I won't let anyone touch it... the thought of someone dragging a towel across it that was just dropped on gravel or some $#!& makes me cringe

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During the few months it's cool, or don't have the time, I take it to a automated car wash, but only the touchless ones.

Well last month I decided to use one of the ones that use the brushs still, and that was a mistake. LAst week I finally got the hose hooked up so I could finally wash the car myself at home. Well I noticed a fine scratch mark on it. I know it's from the car wash because its long and VERY fine. Not from a car door, key ect.

Yea I know I need to stay away from them, but I figured since my car was really filthy to use the wash that has the brushs. My mistake. Otherwise my car is totally flawless.
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Yes I pulled mine out of storage on Friday and gave her a bath and went for a nice cruise this weekend..life was good.

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I like the process of the final detail work but I've always cringed at the thought of doing the prep work. Ie. stripping contaminants, wax removal, clay bar etc.

I switched over to a couple of the Ultima products last year and can't begin to say how much I love this stuff. Their All In One protectant is ridiculously easy to apply and gives a depth and slickness that is insane. Their waterless wash spray is just as superb. These two products make keeping the car ready for the shows much easier. When the weather is good I just spray her down every night and it's much easier to keep up with it.


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After seeing the guys at the beginning of the car wash try to rub a paint chip off my hood with the rim/wheel brush I am now very skeptical. Left some serious swirls on my old car. With my new Mustang and the spring approaching, I am staying away from letting other folks touch it all year.
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The only time I run my car through a car wash is with the touchless variety.

Now I have a heated garage with hot/cold water and that is where the car is washed/waxed etc.

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Out of laziness a couple of times this winter I went through an automated brushed car wash. I now have several scratches on my 'stang. I mostly used the high pressure spray stalls this winter and did it myself but that wasn't always practical.

I'm not that anal about my car, it is a dd but I am keeping it up doing all the work myself. I picked up some Meguairs Swirl remover, Scratch X and Ultimate compound to tackle those swirls and scratches. I haven't re-waxed yet but will soon.

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I received a year of free washes from The Wash Tub when I bought my mustang. I decided to go by and see how they do it. Before I even pulled into their lot I saw a whole team of people rubbing down a finished vehicle with a bunch of dirty towels. Needless to say, I did not pull into their lot.
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I like the process of the final detail work but I've always cringed at the thought of doing the prep work. Ie. stripping contaminants, wax removal, clay bar etc.
I like clay barring much more than waxing. It is tempting to work harder than you need to with the claybar - epsecially with the anticipation of knowing you are going around the car at least one more time with wax or other products.

If you take your time claying can be a relaxing chore and the before-after feel (baggie test) is very rewarding.

As for washing the car, no one else touches it. My 11 y/o son is my part time hose man but that's as close as anyone else gets

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Well after my 2001 came with the DISM (Dealer Installed Swirl Marks), I said never again. Took my a good year of tries to get the paint nearly flawless. When I ordered my 2012, I requested no dealer prep other than removal of plastic! No wash, I will do it. It is amazing how great the paint looks with out the swirls...

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The only time I run my car through a car wash is with the touchless variety.

Now I have a heated garage with hot/cold water and that is where the car is washed/waxed etc.
Touchless car washes are fine in a bind but the cleaner they use has chemical properties that are harsher than 409 oven cleaner. It's the only way they can remove the bugs, grease and road grime with a jet. I'm not joking or exaggerating. I have a relative that works for a company that owns touchless car washes in West Michigan. He goes from location to location emptying the money machines and refilling the chemicals. He said that his wife uses the presoak detergent to clean their household appliances because 409 takes twice the time and effort.

Also because the chemical is such a potentent degreaser it's does an outstanding job of stripping grease from aftermarket bushings used on control arms, sway bars etc.


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I like clay barring much more than waxing. It is tempting to work harder than you need to with the claybar - epsecially with the anticipation of knowing you are going around the car at least one more time with wax or other products.

If you take your time claying can be a relaxing chore and the before-after feel (baggie test) is very rewarding.

As for washing the car, no one else touches it. My 11 y/o son is my part time hose man but that's as close as anyone else gets
Oh I get the benefits but just hate the time and effort. I strip and claybar my car every year to start fresh. It makes a huge difference in the final finish.



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