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    Re: Car washes

    Quote Originally Posted by kipsts View Post
    If you do MikeM2013XTS try and keep the blood and guts off your car, it might damage the paint.
    All the more reason for keeping a good layer of wax on the car....


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    Quote Originally Posted by kipsts View Post
    Most of the time I hand wash SilverFox (Platinum XTS) but if I have taken a road trip and it is loaded with bugs etc I will take it through a brushless car wash (I drive it through) and it is hand dried. Never had any issues following the brushless car wash.
    Most brushless washes are crap. If they do a "good" job, its because they use a soap that's strong. So strong it strips whatever wax right off with the contaminants. And it won't remove all contaminants. If they don't use strong soaps, then it won't clean off your vehicle enough. And none will get your car clean of streaks and heavy grime.

    If you are going through a touchless and then wiping it down with anything, even if it is a microfiber cloth, you're damaging the finish.

    Personally, I'll go through an automatic brush wash that doesn't strip my wax down occasionally. And polish and wax it 3 times per year. If I do that, any DD will look good for many, many years. I have a 2011 Town Car L with 154k miles and its been through car washes about 3-400 times. I polish and seal it twice a year. Unless you are a car show judge, you'd think it looks great...

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    That being said, if you are keeping your car for a very long time and want it perfect, hand washing with waxing 2-3 times a year is a must. My '04 V was garages and stored during winters. It was perfect, even to concours judges...
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    Re: Car washes

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Most brushless washes are crap. If they do a "good" job, its because they use a soap that's strong. So strong it strips whatever wax right off with the contaminants. And it won't remove all contaminants. If they don't use strong soaps, then it won't clean off your vehicle enough. And none will get your car clean of streaks and heavy grime.

    If you are going through a touchless and then wiping it down with anything, even if it is a microfiber cloth, you're damaging the finish.

    Personally, I'll go through an automatic brush wash that doesn't strip my wax down occasionally. And polish and wax it 3 times per year. If I do that, any DD will look good for many, many years. I have a 2011 Town Car L with 154k miles and its been through car washes about 3-400 times. I polish and seal it twice a year. Unless you are a car show judge, you'd think it looks great...

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    That being said, if you are keeping your car for a very long time and want it perfect, hand washing with waxing 2-3 times a year is a must. My '04 V was garages and stored during winters. It was perfect, even to concours judges...
    Thanks for your input. FWIW I too take excellent care of my cars (including winning Second In Class at the Concours d'elegance, Best in Class, Most Elegant, and Best of the Best at various Concours with different cars over the years).

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    I find the thread on car washes fascinating and a little disturbing. I just traded my 12 year old Lexus LS in on an XTS. We live in Phoenix where the sun is some what harsh, however the car was garaged when not in use. Never hand washed or waxed the car just took it to the Chevron car was 6 or 7 times a year. When I traded the car in the Cadillac dealer remarked the paint looked like new. Maybe Lexus uses better paint?

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    Re: Car washes

    If you really want the best exterior cleaning for your car try this.

    http://www.luxury4play.com/detailing...ucci-elite.htm

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