I have never used a "touchless" car wash, or any other drive-through type one, as I do not trust that they will not damage my car- but that's just me.As he said in his original reply, the fact it is currently anywhere between 5 degrees and -15 degrees outside makes washing it himself impossible. I think he was just looking to find out if an auto-wash would be fine to get the corrosive salt off...which it certainly will.
That's kinda why I said do touchless only...those brushes scratch paint...and the people who hand wash them use towels that they used on the past 20 cars that are covered in tiny stones and dirt and scratch it just as much. Touchless still burns your clear coat, but at least it isn't scratching your car. Once in a while a touchless is 100% fine and won't cause your clear coat to just entirely die. Leaving salt on your car though...that will do some damage.
I'm by no means a "regular car folk" but I do understand that touchless auto wash > salt corrosion in the winter
Summer comes around...it is pretty rare for me to go near a touchless auto wash because I can clean it myself, considerably better, for cheaper, and throw on Griots sealant to protect my clear for 8 months instead of burning it.
Uhhh...I did not read that. LoLTouchless all the way because our well water is mineralized, particularly with iron. Avoid the car washes with guide rails as they'll scratch up rims (doesn't the owners manual mention that? or is my mind just wanting it to be in there?).
Can I ask where the car wash is? I've been looking for reccs for ones with a membership like that.I'm not going to lie, the Focus has cheap paint to begin with. I'm not worried a bit about car washes causing extra wear on the paint job. got a $30 membership at a soap tunnel a quarter mile from my office, especially with this garbage weather and salt being dropped everywhere Ive been running through it 4 to 5 days a week. I was a little sad it wasn't opened this morning when it was -17* but I sure they will be back open tomorrow. now if I had a new black Audi I may worry about the wear to the finish a little more. giving it a wax a couple 2-3 times a year and still keeps the water beading up over a month later.
Of course, it's called Zippy's Autowash and they have three locations in Ann Arbor/Saline. First is just off State Street near 94, second is on Zeeb on the west side of Ann Arbor, and the newest one is just outside 9f downtown Saline on 12.Can I ask where the car wash is?
Touchless? No.Do you guys take your antenna off the roof? Dealer told me when I took delivery they suggested to or they have seen them getting ripped off.
Do you guys take your antenna off the roof? Dealer told me when I took delivery they suggested to or they have seen them getting ripped off.
For the sake of your paint you should use only Touchless washes if you choose to use an automatic wash...and it's fine. If you go through a non-touchless then it could certainly cause issues with your antenna or rip it off I'd guess if it snagged it good enough.Touchless? No.
Classic drivethrough with big spinning brushes that I won't let touch my car because you know they'll swirl the paint? If I were to visit one, yes I would remove the antenna.
And... I always have to remember to swap the antenna for the camera mount. No driving away from the autocross with the camera still screwed in!
Thanks! Though I wish I were closer lol, I'm on the east side.Of course, it's called Zippy's Autowash and they have three locations in Ann Arbor/Saline. First is just off State Street near 94, second is on Zeeb on the west side of Ann Arbor, and the newest one is just outside 9f downtown Saline on 12.