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Touchless Car Washes - The Good and the Bad

Hey boys & girls! Another "brutha' in his garage production" coming your way!

This time I talk about the pros and cons of touch-less car washes. A lot of people think that touch-less is always the answer but as I make clear in these videos, it is not always the best route to go. There is nothing wrong with the touchless car wash process itself, it is what is done after the wash that will make or break your paint job.

Let me make sure that everyone understands that in this video, my car was driven in a light downpour. For someone who drives in a normal or heavy downpour, your car will have a much tougher film of dirt on it, especially if you allow it to dry in the sun. This film is what will create those nasty swirls over time if you continually address them wrong.

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You need A lot more gray to look like Grady.

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You need A lot more gray to look like Grady.
Give me like.... 2 days.

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Thanks for posting the video, it opened my eyes.

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Thanks for posting - like the demo. Suggestion however is that you could cut it down a bit to about 4-5 min. I'll have to check your other videos.

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If you think that series is long, don't watch my paint restoration series! It's 1 hour and 20 minutes!

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I have found the touchless washes to work pretty good except when my car is extremely dirty.

Upon exiting, I take a damp, soft, white towel and GENTLY wipe the bottom 1/4 of the car, getting the dirt off that was missed. It is usually slightly dirty when done.

Then I take a clean, white, soft towel and dry the entire car. The towel is always clean when I finish.

For $7 and a little of my time I'm more than pleased with this procedure.

Whoops - once the car wash broke down right after putting soap on my car! Unfortunately the service station didn't have a water hose handy and the soap spots made a mess. I had to rush to an AutoBell (expensive) car wash and let them clean up the mess. Now I ask how the wash has been working before using it.

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Your method definitely will scratch and swirl the paint to death. You don't have to believe me, you can see it for yourself. Take your camera and set it for macro mode. This will enable you to take a picture of your paint from less than 12 inches. Then, shoot the flash off into the paint and capture it in the picture. I will bet the house that this is what you'll see (because I do this all the time and have never lost this bet ).

This guy swore that his paint was flawless. This is what he saw:




This is what I showed him:




This is what it looked like after I fixed it:



His daughter (in the picture) was going to get the car when he croaked. She made him buy the stuff necessary to fix the car.

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This is a common theme wherever I go. Folks just don't have a clue how bad their paint looks because of their washing practices. It is unreal how brutal people are to their paint when they are actually trying to treat it right. That's why I explain and do the things that I do in my videos. The way I teach folks to wash their cars is to keep their paint from looking like the pictures in the before shots.

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holy crap man. how did you restore that paint? that is awesome!
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It took me about 4 hours just to do the trunk of that Taurus. Part of the reason it took that long is that I used a process known as the "slow-cut" technique. I normally wouldn't do an entire car with that technique unless I was using a paste type of scratch removing compound. I documented my entire process in this thread.

The way that I normally would remove scratches is documented in this thread.

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I never use touchless car washes. Normally if the car has more than just dust on it, I go to the coin op wash (the water here isn't recycled) to clean the underneath and get the coarse sand, etc off which works better than the garden hose at home. After I bucket wash the car at home because there is less of a chance of getting scratches after the coarse stuff is gone.
I suppose if you go through the touchless wash and don't let them try to dry it the same process would work.

Black cars are a pain in the azz. They look great when they are clean, but they are never really clean for long.

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IBlack cars are a pain in the azz. They look great when they are clean, but they are never really clean for long.
The same for Midnight Blue. I washed my car yesterday and I can already see the green haze of pollen a mile away...

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The same for Midnight Blue. I washed my car yesterday and I can already see the green haze of pollen a mile away...
Yep, that's my color!

Hey, do you folks do any meets here in Kentucky?

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