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07-20-2006 12:44 PM
zackattack784 second method all the way!
07-16-2006 05:02 PM
Originally posted by prototypepacifist
I use the mr clean autowash and hand dry it.
the whole point on getting the Mr. Cleans Autowash is so you dont have to dry your car.
10-12-2005 12:28 AM
XitTriq Yes the newspaper is how the military used to do it! After they are done swatting some a$$es they clean windows with them. I am curious if some of those expensive rags do a better job than the newspaper. I hate all the haze, I have cleaned my windows 5 times during one cleaning and there is still a light haze. I dont know what to use! Rubbing alcohol? Just get a new friggin windshield? Just roll with no windshield? I dont know.
09-20-2005 10:20 PM
FocusGoodeGirl Yes, I like the newspaper method. Seeing my father use newspaper, I thought he was crazy. But it worked.

I use ZIP Turtle wax on my car. It's getting low so i'm thinking about buying Mothers. Has anyone used Mothers car wash? I saw Mothers California Gold Car Wash on the tv and on the net, I might pick it up at pep boys or an auto store with a soft mitt. I use a rag and it seems a little rough.

03-31-2005 11:55 AM
had one thanks for the reply. Gives one more things to think about.
03-31-2005 12:19 AM
waynestowels They are fairly old studies.

If you take notice, the 4 men washing the vehicles obviously were uneducated on how to correctly care for the cars paint.
Think about a halfway knowledgable person in paint care using high quality products, the test would have had different results.

I do agree that most of the damage to a cars paint is caused by people washing their cars with
1- Low quality products
2- Not using the correct process.

If you know the correct way to wash AND use quality products, there is not much better care you can take.

With an automatic car wash you actually have a higher rish of scratching and marring.

Think about it..., the Jeep in front of you just came back from mud riding, do you want the same cloths hanging from the car wash to hit your paint with gravel, dirt and debris?

At least at home, with the right tools and procedures,
1- You know you are only using clean cloths
2- You rinse between panels as a minimum
3- You know when they are dirty and can reach for a clean towel.

With quality car wash detergents, they contain polymers and lubes that help slide the wash mitt across the paint and YOU control the speed and pressure.

A drive through wash must use harsh cleaners, acids in some cases to clean your paint (have you ever noticed dull looking paint on fairly new cars, acids do this if not correctly metered...,
Do you KNOW if your local car wash has the correct metering?
Do you KNOW the chemicals they use and are correctly marked and diluted?
Do you KNOW how clean or old their cloths are?
Do you KNOW what was the last thing to touch the cloths?
Do you KNOW what they are made from?
Would YOU normally use that material on your car?

IMO, a professional, enthusiest or knowledgable person that takes pride in their work will do a MUCH better job and no damage to the paint..., sure, give 4 guys mops and cheap detergents with Autozone or Wal-Mart cloths, sponges and brushes and say "have at it" the results will not be good...,

Give a 12 year old girl a tool box with Snap-On tools and ask her to rebuilb your transmission and engine and what will the results "most likely" be?
(not to say there are not young girl mechanics)
But the point is in a word-
Not only in washing your car, but anything you do in life...

Bottom line-
The "test" was 4 guys with obviously no knowledge of the correct procedurers or tools VS. a new car wash.
Turn the tables, 4 professionals (or enthusiests such as we have on the forum that love their cars VS. an older car wash with worn or dirty cloths, incorrect chemicals and pressures...

The test, IMO, was biased in that they took the worst case scenario (the 4 men) VS. the best case scenario (new inspected and governed car wash)

Sometimes it is just common sense, other times it is looking past the sales pitch:)

Hope this helps...
03-30-2005 01:43 PM
had one Wayne what do you think of this info. Two different studys on hand washing vs machine washing at a car wash. One is probably bias other might not be.
02-15-2005 11:22 PM
Geturownfocus good info ! thanks
11-06-2004 10:40 PM
prototypepacifist Steal them from infront of someone else's house. That's what I do. :P

Or the free papers, or papers someone else brings home, or whatever.
11-05-2004 08:20 PM
denzillion Newspaper method works great. I utilize that method whenever I find unclaimed newspaper infront of my building

(I do not subscribe to any sort of newspaper - internet is better)
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