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Old 09-30-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Any comments on washing a convertible using a drive thru car wash? I had my 2014 convertible for 1 month and it really does need a wash. I hope I dont have to spend extra cash on hand wash.
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You can, but best choose for a non-wax progam, since this can affect the roof material in the long run (depending on the wax type used).
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You can, but best choose for a non-wax progam, since this can affect the roof material in the long run (depending on the wax type used).
Hey thanks for getting back. Im on my way to getting is washed now.
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Touchless car wash only!!
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You can, but best choose for a non-wax progam, since this can affect the roof material in the long run (depending on the wax type used).
Took the plunge, and stopped by "Premium Car Wash", Essex Rd Metuchen, NJ. I use them for my 01 Audi A4, and 86 MB SL560.

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Touchless car wash only!!
There is a downside to this, and that is that touchless car washes usually spray the water much more powerfully, and as a result, the water gets into the car when the water sprays right at the seal between the window and the soft top.

I did a touchless car wash a year ago and found water in the car after (both sides), so opted not to do that again.
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There is a downside to this, and that is that touchless car washes usually spray the water much more powerfully, and as a result, the water gets into the car when the water sprays right at the seal between the window and the soft top.

I did a touchless car wash a year ago and found water in the car after (both sides), so opted not to do that again.
Well, I haven't owned a convertible in years so I suppose that can happen. But having those brushes filled with grime and dirt from yours and a gazillion other dirty cars grinding away on the car's finish and using whatever chemicals these places use, makes me shiver. I guess for a rag top, the solution is to do it yourself (which I do anyway). Using Optimum No Rinse and Shine, I can hand wash my car in about 45 minutes with no hose needed, even in winter, right in my garage.
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thanks for suggestions, I wasnt aware of touchless. If I had more time Id hand wash, but I do own 3 cars and 2 jobs and a family, so it has to be a car wash for me.
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Maybe stating the obvious but, it might be a good idea to keep the top closed.
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I've been taking my vehicles to a local car wash for years, to include my 2 cabs. It is not touchless. Both of my Audi's are black, and there are no signs of any wear and tear on the finish.
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I've been taking my vehicles to a local car wash for years, to include my 2 cabs. It is not touchless. Both of my Audi's are black, and there are no signs of any wear and tear on the finish.
Black paint + brush and "strap slapper" car washes + car wash guys with drying towels and no paint swirls? You are one lucky guy indeed.
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I've been taking my vehicles to a local car wash for years, to include my 2 cabs. It is not touchless. Both of my Audi's are black, and there are no signs of any wear and tear on the finish.
I find that difficult to believe. A black car gets swirl marks even if you look at it the wrong way (let alone take it to an automated wash where it gets whipped by hundreds of straps S&M style).

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I've been taking my vehicles to a local car wash for years, to include my 2 cabs. It is not touchless. Both of my Audi's are black, and there are no signs of any wear and tear on the finish.
my original post was really inquiring about the A5 canvas top. But I do appreciate everyone's feedback. I'd been taking my 86 MB as the hardtop to get washed, but its always a pain to put the hard top on because u need 2 people, but after yesterday success with the audi a5 softtop wash, I decided to throw my classic MB cab for a test.

I do Agree with someone below, the wash is never better than a handwash, but it does get the job done. My spoke wheels came out bright and shinny

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I find that difficult to believe. A black car gets swirl marks even if you look at it the wrong way (let alone take it to an automated wash where it gets whipped by hundreds of straps S&M style).
And let's not forget about those filthy spinning brushes grinding the dirt into the paint with who knows what harsh chemicals followed up by towel boys with their sandpaper drying towels. Tasty.
My check engine light goes on if I get within 200 feet of a car wash.
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And let's not forget about those filthy spinning brushes grinding the dirt into the paint with who knows what harsh chemicals followed up by towel boys with their sandpaper drying towels. Tasty.
My check engine light goes on if I get within 200 feet of a car wash.

Just curious, where are you getting ur car washed and how much.
Does anyone know a good detailer , and car washer in Central NJ, home where the heart is.
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Just curious, where are you getting ur car washed and how much.
In my driveway. Other than the investment for soap, sheepskin mitt, 2 buckets, waffle microfiber drying towels, wheel brush, Optimum Spray Wax and some other detail goodies, the cost is free.

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Does anyone know a good detailer , and car washer in Central NJ, home where the heart is.
Sorry, can't help you there. I'm in MA.
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How do you get the road grim, salt etc off the car when its below freezing in MA?
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How do you get the road grim, salt etc off the car when its below freezing in MA?
In winter, I use Optimum No Rinse and Shine car wash formula in my garage where it's usually above freezing with only 2 gallons of water using the two bucket method - no hose needed and no damage to the finish. Pretty remarkable stuff - Google it for reviews.
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