Modern Camaro Forums banner
1 - 20 of 33 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
97 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I just got my camaro a week ago and I have over $100 in free wash coupons at a drive in wash down the street from my house. They did a great job on my 1998 Ford Escort but I did not care or notice of they scratched it. I heard DO NOT take a new car through a drive-thru car wash because they tend to scratch/damage newer cars. Did anyone try it out on a 5th gen? Is it safe? I dont wanna find out the hard way.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
720 Posts
i have been through 3 different kind in my area...2 were fine...1 did give me some clear coat scratches down the passenger quarter-panel at the corner along the top...but nothing some scratch-x 2.0 couldn't take out with 2 applications
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
97 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Cool thanks. Do you know if the two that were fine were soft cloth drive thrus? Theres a few around here and theres only 1 that uses soft cloth.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
I just got my camaro a week ago and I have over $100 in free wash coupons at a drive in wash down the street from my house. They did a great job on my 1998 Ford Escort but I did not care or notice of they scratched it. I heard DO NOT take a new car through a drive-thru car wash because they tend to scratch/damage newer cars. Did anyone try it out on a 5th gen? Is it safe? I dont wanna find out the hard way.
I just got my ride 2 weeks ago tomorrow and have already washed it 5 times and 1 of those was threw an auto and it was fine but doesn't quite get dry all the way and left water marks. No scratch's though, I guess I just went to a crummy wash. Had better piece of mind putting the TLC into her and getting it the way I want it. This **** oak pollen is killin me!:angry:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
498 Posts
Do not use ROBO car washes or you will be sorry... Clearcoat gets hammered.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,624 Posts
No WAY, my ride will NEVER see an Automatic car wash!!! Only Hand Washed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
720 Posts
the problem with auto car washes is, sometime a vehicle will go through and a small almost molecular piece of sharp debris can get into the cloths and that can cause bad scratching...honestly the only reason i ever go to the auto car washes is for the undercarriage wash cuz thats usually a p.i.t.a. to do in my driveway
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
358 Posts
I believe that a wash that does NOT touch the car with brushes or rags but uses only high pressure sprays, will not hurt the finish. But from what I have heard this kind of wash is not available in all parts of the country. I have been through my local touchless wash 15 times since last fall and my Camaro looks like new. How many of you have seen this kind of car wash?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,152 Posts
I believe that a wash that does NOT touch the car with brushes or rags but uses only high pressure sprays, will not hurt the finish. But from what I have heard this kind of wash is not available in all parts of the country. I have been through my local touchless wash 15 times since last fall and my Camaro looks like new. How many of you have seen this kind of car wash?
That is obvious :D
You still need to dry your own car properly with a chamois or other something similar to prevent scratches.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
525 Posts
I believe that a wash that does NOT touch the car with brushes or rags but uses only high pressure sprays, will not hurt the finish. But from what I have heard this kind of wash is not available in all parts of the country. I have been through my local touchless wash 15 times since last fall and my Camaro looks like new. How many of you have seen this kind of car wash?
I just used one of these today, even with the top. Just dry right away properly and I used the vacuums to suck the water out of the top and it worked surprisingly well. Now off to polish her up and put some protectant on the canvas top.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,900 Posts
I don't plan to compete at car shows, so I don't sweat it. The place I take my car is good about changing drying towels and is reasonably careful in what they're doing. One good polish and wax per year is enough for me, barring any incidental damage to the clear coat.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,394 Posts
No two carwash's are the same, I have mine washed every week sometimes more and never had a problem. They blow dry after final rinse with ionized water and it come out spotless, not drying required. Having said that there are some that I would not use at all....like I said no two are alike.;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,420 Posts
i say give those coupons away (or sell 'em) or use them on a beater. to be honest tho, i won't even take my beater thru automatic car washes.

car washes can cause multiple problems... they recycle their water so there's contaminants in there that can screw up your paint. if they are touchless, those high pressure jets can get water inside your window seals. not to mention they don't get your paint truly clean. if they touch the paint, i guarantee you you they will scratch it. too much crap builds up from other cars going through there... and you can't guarantee you don't end up going a few cars after big Earl's mud truck.

i always wash by hand with a lambswool mitt and plenty of car wash for lubrication. it's the best way to go. i know it can be a pain... but i'd rather let my car be dirty until i can hand wash it instead of using an auto car wash. :thumbsup:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,624 Posts
I always hand wash & dry ALL my Rides.. When drying I use a ShamWow to get the Excess Water off and then I use the Air Force Blaster (which blows out Warm Filtered air & Works GREAT!!!!) to blow out all the cracks etc and then do a Final wipe down.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,269 Posts
I'll pay for you to go through a car wash right after a muddy truck runs through.
That's why I NEVER go through a car wash unless it's touchless, and then only about once a year just to get the underside washed off.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,152 Posts
I'll pay for you to go through a car wash right after a muddy truck runs through.
That's why I NEVER go through a car wash unless it's touchless, and then only about once a year just to get the underside washed off.
I use the quarter car wash to keep the undercarriage rinsed, especially through the salty road Michigan winters :(
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
117 Posts
Ive gone to this hand wash place twice now. they seem ok. But Im looking into washing my own ride on Sundays, i just need something good to dry it with. I already have a micro fiber han mit thingy, and I was trying to locate a shamwow, but when I read reviews someone said it leaves all these little debris on the car.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,269 Posts
Nice thick 100% cotton terrycloth towels work good. Ollies has them cheap.
 
1 - 20 of 33 Posts
Top