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Old 02-20-2013, 10:35 AM   #21
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I claybar maybe every 6 months - it includes a straight household detergent wash to strip all prior wax, etc for the full clay, polish, wax routine you described. It is a labor of love and takes an entire Saturday as you described. Do you claybar each wash though? Was the regime above what you do EVERY time you wash?
I prefer dodo juice lime prime light to strip wax
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:06 PM   #22
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I claybar maybe every 6 months - it includes a straight household detergent wash to strip all prior wax, etc for the full clay, polish, wax routine you described. It is a labor of love and takes an entire Saturday as you described. Do you claybar each wash though? Was the regime above what you do EVERY time you wash?
def not haha. i do that twice a year, then in between follow the pattern

polish+wax
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granted that does have it's love element, for sure. might do the wash just for the winter, then switch to hand in the summer. in the winter it just isn't even an option even if i wanted, and the time periods in between washes with salt everywhere are definitely a larger detriment than hand washing could even supersede.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:23 PM   #23
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I prefer dodo juice lime prime light to strip wax
That stuff is great but expensive. A bottle of Dawn dish soap does just as good and probably strips off more crud than the Dodo Juice.

I typically will wash, clay, polish, seal once a year and wash, clay, seal once a year. Just maintenance washes in between during the spring/summer/fall and touchfree car washes in the winter.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:28 PM   #24
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Would you drive your car through that wash immediately after a 4-runner went through that just went mud boggin?

I find the best thing to prevent scratches is to wash the car less
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only touchless for me,i used to hand wash, but walked away from house so
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:34 PM   #26
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I find the best thing to prevent scratches is to wash the car less
Much easier to pull off on a black car, white...not so much every single speck of dirt shows
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:44 PM   #27
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Find an anti iron wash to clean your car, no amount of clay/buffing/polishing will make it shine like it will after doing so. Iron/other metals deposits in/on the paint and dulls the finish.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:30 PM   #28
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In the spring and summer I hand wash my car every chance I get, but there is no way in hell im hand washing in the winter
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #29
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Much easier to pull off on a black car, white...not so much every single speck of dirt shows
mmmmmmmm, not true
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #30
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:07 PM   #31
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Not denying that an all out hand wash isn't the best ; i have invested a huge amount of time and thought into perfecting my handwash methods and the results you can achieve are amazing, not denying that. the main thing is like, when i am helping a friend clay bar a black mercedes that has only been washed there for 5 years, under a detail lamp in a garage, and there are no visible swirls or scratches on any panel.. it just is harder to justify the major discrepancy in time investment. there was no perceivable difference. So if there is no perceivable difference, what is the point? this is the wash btw http://www.mistercarwash.com/ it was a complicated transition for me but i am pretty over it now. just hard to compare 4 minutes to 3 hours, when your work is basically lost after a week. if it were damaging the car that would be one thing. but . once you pull out of the bays they have a way nice area you can do the interior and i keep polish and wax in the trunk for extra detail when needed. the whole place is brand new. i am a definite convert. at least for the winter. probably will do the drive once/week, and the hand detail polish and wax once every third week. saving a lot of time and keeping the car clean almost continuously.
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LOL....my friend went through one of those POS washes.....there was a bungee cord stuck to one of the washers.

For about 4minutes he sat and listened to his Denali be beat to sh1t by the cord. 6k in damages.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:15 PM   #33
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LOL....my friend went through one of those POS washes.....there was a bungee cord stuck to one of the washers.

For about 4minutes he sat and listened to his Denali be beat to sh1t by the cord. 6k in damages.
Holy crap!
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LOL....my friend went through one of those POS washes.....there was a bungee cord stuck to one of the washers.

For about 4minutes he sat and listened to his Denali be beat to sh1t by the cord. 6k in damages.
I would be pissed beyond human comprehension.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:39 PM   #35
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wow that is bad lol
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For cars that have a value of about 7k, what does it matter?
My car still looks like its $45k, that matters. There are minimal surface scratches on my car, and when it comes time to sell it, I can guarantee that my passion and time towards polish, wax, and sealant, will pay off.

There is nothing wrong with taking car of something the right way
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My car still looks like its $45k, that matters. There are minimal surface scratches on my car, and when it comes time to sell it, I can guarantee that my passion and time towards polish, wax, and sealant, will pay off.

There is nothing wrong with taking car of something the right way
That is the entire point of this thread; no difference. at least for this particular facility. trust me i have a good $500 worth of detailing supplies at the house, and read up on detailed image pretty frequently. If there were a major discrepancy in quality, i probably wouldnt even think of it . more ocd than you can imagine. that is what amazed me so much about this place. guess it is kind of a difficult point to illustrate as it is just one specific location; mostly was just wondering if anyone had found a place of the same caliber. but my argument is that there are machine washes out there that actually don't harm the car at all. in fact i would argue a bit better as the undercarriage and all entities get more frequent attention, and are properly sudsed, coated with a wax, and then silicone layers. it really is pretty damn phenomenal. might go back today have unlimited washes there.
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