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    Washing Your SRX

    Am I the only one with an SRX who won't use an automated car wash? Automated car washes seems to spider web the paint and tends to dull the finish over time. I use a hand car wash which uses soft towels and mitts and leaves the paint clear and shiny. Maybe I'm a little anal about my cars. Comments welcome.
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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    Automated car washes recycle the dirty water and use it over and over. The soution is now made up detergents and fine grit. Over time the paint is sandblasted from high pressure cleaning and the paint becomes dull.

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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    I wand wash and scrub with a sponge on days I have time, in the middle of winter I hit up a 'Lazer Wash' (touchless auto wash) and wipe down with microfibre when it gets back in the garage and thaws for awhile.
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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    I have never ran a car through a car wash in my life time. I have hot water if it is above 32 I will wash it out side. Then pull in garage to dry off.
    In the winter if roads are salty I will hose the salt and sludge off before I pull into garage. Neighbors think I am nuts wasting hot water.

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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    Never use a car-wash either. I wash vehicle in the garage by hand in winter. I agree that car-washes scratch the finish and don't do a very good job anyway.

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    We never use car washes. We have found 2 places that will hand wash when it is not convienient to do ourselves and in winter. The more expensive place also has touchless and they really try to talk you into that instead. I don't understand trying to talk someone out of a premuim service, If you don't want to do it, be like most carwashes and don't offer hand washes. They charge $40.00 for hand wash and dry. The other place is a small 2 guy shop who hand wash and dry with microfiber towels for jusy $8.00. I still can't understand why so cheap other than they are relatively new and trying to build up a good customer base. I hope they stay in business for a long long time.

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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    I use 2 capfulls of optimum no rinse wash in 2 gallons of water. I start from the top down, doing the tires and wheels last. If the SrX is real dirty I will use a seperate bucket of clear water to rinse the applicator cloth prior to putting it in the bucket of optimum solution. I do a panel at a time drying with a soft towel as soon as i put on the no rinse. I can do the entire vehicle in 30 minutes. When you dry the panel, the optimum no rinse leaves a nice slick finish over the several coats of Zaino sealant that I have on the SRX. Frank

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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper10 View Post
    Automated car washes recycle the dirty water and use it over and over. The solution is now made up detergents and fine grit. Over time the paint is sandblasted from high pressure cleaning and the paint becomes dull.
    Some of the best automatic car washes do an excellent job with the care that is taken on your car's finish.

    One of the best car wash chains out there is based in the WNY area called "Delta Sonic". They use only fresh water and they do not recycle their old water. No spinning brushes and they use various types of environmentally safe solution sprays along with very soft 2-3 inch vertical cloth strips. They also spray the undercarriage with a two step process. First step, they use a soap and water solution to help remove dirt, road grit and salt particles and in the second step they apply a rust inhibitor. That helps to keep the heavy salt we use in our harsh winters from accumulating and or building up onto the brakes lines etc. etc. A friend of mine ran his hand over my year and half old 2010 SRX last summer and asked me what kind of wax I had used. He said it was very smooth to the touch and had an awesome shine. He almost fell over when I told him all I have done is gone through the Delta Sonic car washes with their wax and spraying solutions. I even told him that there was a 2011 SRX at my plant that I was going to buy but after looking at the rear brake calibres I noticed there was this ugly salt corrosion built up film on them. I could tell he hadn't taken very good care of his vehicle at all. That is what will happen when one does not wash your vehicle enough during the high salt winter months.

    Even though no car wash is perfect I have used them since the early 70's and with today's newer technologies they sure do keep my new cars looking brand new. I have to admit that my 2010 SRX did encounter some wheel damage to the front rims due to the fact I came in at a very bad angle and the track pulled me back into alignment and that hard impact onto their padded rail was hard enough to damage and or crack the plastic under the chrome tech wheel coating causing the chrome to eventually start to flake off. If I had chrome over steel it would have been a mere small ding instead.

    Yes, I still use that car wash at least 3 times a week.

    NOTE: I see a lot of Mercedes, BWM's, Cadillacs, Corvettes, Camaros and Dodge Challengers etc go through the Delta Sonic car washes with absolutely no problems ... however I have to admit I will only wash my Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) by hand even the undercarriage gets special treatment (See Below).

    FYI: I don't like to wipe down all the water spots after a wash so I usually hand wipe with a spritzer show polish spray and soft towel between my rare washings.




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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    Quote Originally Posted by 22velocity View Post
    I use 2 capfulls of optimum no rinse wash in 2 gallons of water. I start from the top down, doing the tires and wheels last. If the SrX is real dirty I will use a seperate bucket of clear water to rinse the applicator cloth prior to putting it in the bucket of optimum solution. I do a panel at a time drying with a soft towel as soon as i put on the no rinse. I can do the entire vehicle in 30 minutes. When you dry the panel, the optimum no rinse leaves a nice slick finish over the several coats of Zaino sealant that I have on the SRX. Frank
    I thought you sounded like a Zaino geek! I was just able to complete the Zaino process on our SRX. It will be a lot easier to keep
    clean now that I have it sealed with Zaino. When rain water and dirt don't stick the car just stays cleaner.
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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    Hey Bill, I detail about 20 vehicles a year in my retirement,my go to sealant is zaino.My customers love the way their cars look and the finish lasts for at least 6-7 months. Currently I am looking forward to a product being developed out in Pennsylvania by Ross Technologies called "Never Wet" superhydrophonic coating what a breakthrough, water and dirt will literally fly off the finish, I just hope that when it is released next year, the coating will last. Stay tuned,Frank

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    Wow! I just googled them very interesting product and crap load of uses if it lasts. I could see some body shops having panel blend issues but with sanding prep maybe not an issue. Some of the videos are wild. Gonna have to try to remember to look into when it is available.

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    Yea, i've seen that neverwet stuff! I really hope that stuff turns out as good as it looks!
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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    I don't even auto-wash the 160K mile A6 with clear that is praticly toast..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc NY
    Some of the best automatic car washes do an excellent job with the care that is taken on your car's finish.

    One of the best car wash chains out there is based in the WNY area called "Delta Sonic". ...
    I'm a big fan. They have a bunch of stores in the Chicago area also.

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    Re: Washing Your SRX

    I lease so it's not my SRX. Go thru car washes all the time and never seen any swirl marks. In the winter I can't see any other way to get it clean. I'm not going out on my driveway when it's 20 below with a bucket of hot water.

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