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Old 08-02-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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Fact or Fake?

Is using dish soap to wash your car harmful to the paint?
Will it create spots?


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Old 08-02-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Its not harmful per say in terms of destroying your paint, But it is more aggressive a soap than others, so it will go through wax faster. If you use it primarily, and never wax, then yes it can eventually damage your paint.
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ok thanks!
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if you are planning to give your car a fresh waxing, then using dish soap to wash the car to get the old wax off isnt a bad idea then.
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I've never had good luck using dish soap to strip wax. For whatever reason my wax always remains after the dish soap wash.

A better way to remove old wax would be to do a 50/50 isopropyl alcohol to water wipedown.
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Why use it when there are products for that very purpose and are 100% harmless to your paint.
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'cause everyone already has it at home...
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Why use it when there are products for that very purpose and are 100% harmless to your paint.
i haven't. my friend's family have been using it for years apparently w/no issues. I was hesitant to wash my vehicle with it and opted not to. Jw
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I heard it wasnt good for the clear coat....true or not,im not sure but i wouldnt recomend using it....auto wash soap isnt that expensive and can last awhile...just use that
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is your exterior oily/greasy? then yes, use it. there are pretty good exterior wash-n-wax blends out there for pretty cheap.
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