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Looking for opinions and thoughts on this.

Doesn't seem like many people are using steam cleaning machines, but there is a mobile detailer that does and all his reviews are 5 stars. Even a corvette owner stated that his car still doesnt have any clear coat scratches.

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Steam or pressure wash?
 

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I've seen people use on wheels but not the rest of the car. What is the technique steam and wipe?
 

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My father worked at a small shop servicing tractor trailers.
Anyway one of the weekly maintenance duties was to wash the trucks.
They had a steam genie to cut the grease and road grime thus the job was quick and efficient.
He had a pretty nice pickup though it was one the isuzu/Luv collaborations.
So he figured while he was out there he would wash his truck off also.
Within two or three years the paint bubbled up on the truck.
It was the weirdest thing, the truck was straight the paint looked good but it seemed something got under the paint.
 

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You are thermally stressing the paint. Just think about all the damage done to your paint from the heat by the sun when it's unprotected; now you are concentrating high heat on the paint and not only wearing down whatever protectant is on the paint, you are wearing down the lifespan of the paint. Thermal stressing of the paint is bad IMO. Steam is created at 212 degrees....enough to keep me from using it on my cars finish.
 
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