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Old 02-10-2019, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by arrtewwx View Post

Touchless are fine on occasion-no swirls, but would not recommend long term. The chemicals used can be harsh to the paint.
If I go commercial, I take it to the local detailed who does a hand wash.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:31 AM
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My hand wash palace also leaves swirls. If I look at my car wrong, it leaves swirls. It's unavoidable.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:33 AM
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If I go commercial, I take it to the local detailed who does a hand wash.
Ya- that would be nice to do, but hand detailes are cost prohibitive in my area plus having to schedule and wait. I prefer doing the hand wash myself, but in cold weather the touchless is a good backup.

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Once I find a decent car wash, I use that instead of washing my own car. Yes, it creates some level of swirl marks, which is why I buy colors that do not show swirls prominently, but a consistent washing and waxing regime keeps the finishing looking good for years. There have also been plenty of times non-commercial car washing was prohibited in my area because of water restrictions.
I have had very bad experiences at commercial hand wash, car washes. My Q5 was swirled to death by a place in Dallas that when I lined up had Ferrariís, Maseratiís, Teslaís, etc in front of me. My little Q5 was the ďpoorĒ mans car of the lot, so thought Iíd be good. Nope. After that, I stopped going to those places and do it myself with exception to a detailer goingís over it, as Mebin mentions. Iím expecting ceramic to help a lot here with maintenance / no waxing - otherwise Iíll never get it again.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:38 AM
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Iím thinking it depends on the particular Touchless Car Wash? The one I went through even has the jets to power blast the under carriage. Iíve found that if I dry the car with 3 or 4 Microfiber Towels the results are much better.
I've never seen a touchless car wash that did the undercarriage. I'll have to keep my eye out for one. I'd like to use it in the Spring, once all the salt and other de-icers have washed off the roads.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:38 AM
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I take my S5 coupe to Delta Sonic. They hand dry it after going thru machine. Hose frozen in my garage. On 3 year lease. 2019 prestige coupe tango red with sport suspension
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by garberfc View Post
I've never seen a touchless car wash that did the undercarriage. I'll have to keep my eye out for one. I'd like to use it in the Spring, once all the salt and other de-icers have washed off the roads.

Iím sorry ó I didnít notice the brand of the mechanism but next time I go through, Iíll try to remember to look for it. As itís not really that close to my home & travels, Iíve only used it twice on 2 different vehicles.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:26 AM
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I've never seen a touchless car wash that did the undercarriage. I'll have to keep my eye out for one. I'd like to use it in the Spring, once all the salt and other de-icers have washed off the roads.
The one I use is a touchless, but also does full touch (if you want that). When I drive in, it sprays water in the undercarriage - which is why I like using it. Of course, we donít usually have salt on roads, here in Dallas but normally treat with chemicals. Either way, itís a good way to get it relatively cleaned topic to bottom, after which sometimes Iíll come back home and give it a more thorough wash.
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Originally Posted by arrtewwx View Post

The one I use is a touchless, but also does full touch (if you want that). When I drive in, it sprays water in the undercarriage - which is why I like using it. Of course, we donít usually have salt on roads, here in Dallas but normally treat with chemicals. Either way, itís a good way to get it relatively cleaned topic to bottom, after which sometimes Iíll come back home and give it a more thorough wash.
Mine also has the undercarriage wash as you drive in.
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you are talking about a touchless car wash. They are safer to use but do not clean well.

Probably correct, but what is the worst.... to let the massive salt coating in our harsh winters or to endure a so-so washing? I vote the second.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:31 AM
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My problem w/ automatic washes is not necessarily the minor swirls they leave 99 times out of 100. Is the major swirls/holograms you get that 1 time out of 100 when the brushes happen to be loaded w/ grit - that you have no visibility/control of. I've had two previous cars whose finishes even non-enthusiasts would classify as "ruined" when using automatic washes that more or less worked fine many times before. Not much recourse when you can't prove the car wasn't like that before it drove through.
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