Auto Carwash Good or Bad

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  1. PlumTexasCrazy

    PlumTexasCrazy HELLCAT LIFE MEMBER Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    There is only one car wash that I take mine to. Totally touch less. No guides for wheels. Nothing but the wash sprays touch the car. I'd never take it through one that has wheel guides or brushes.
     
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    Avoid anything automated that touches your car for sure. I went through one just once when I first bought my car and have some scratches here and there. So pissed. Hand washing only.
     
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    I can say Paul who went through this car wash is one of my car club buddies. We had a long chat about these car washes. Maybe had it not had the guides would have been fine. However I am not a fan of any car wash unless a detail shop that knows how to do a proper two bucket wash method. Anything less is going to introduce scratches to the finish. Same for drying, using a master blaster and super high quality microfiber wash towel. For me this is only when the car is super filthy which would only happen if I got caught in the rain and had to drive through construction or dirt. Anyway, point is if you can avoid a gas station car wash. The good news is he I believe is getting the station to pay for the powder coating of the rims, and all mounting and balancing so they will be good as new.
     
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    I have never thought a touch less car wash was anything more than a bath anyway because It always left a film of dirt anyway. A true hand wash and dry is what we need but for matter of convenience and time we tolerate it.

    It is a great post PTC and a very valid point. can you imagine what a hellcat owner would do with hydraulic fluid all over the car form a line blowing off
     
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    Is Paul Powell in the linked article the same person that used to post on this forum as PPowell? I believe he has a "banned" status. I'm not sure why. I always liked to read his posts. He seemed like a nice guy. Too bad about his misfortune with the car wash.
     
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    MABBRYFL30 NYS President Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    you may have something there Wayne, Holy crap it is a small world isn't it. And a small carwash too wow
     
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    MABBRYFL30 NYS President Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    He was from Illinois as well, your inkling is spot on and If I remember he was active on FB and probably hammered that place on social media
     
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    PlumTexasCrazy HELLCAT LIFE MEMBER Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Not sure just saw it on Facebook!!
     
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    Ppowell had a large group of challengers on fb. It may have been the whole state and there were a ton of people.
    I remember him threatening that he would pull his whole group. It doesn't matter now but Wayne is exactly right
     
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    Ever ridden in you car through an auto car wash? Think about how the car wash actually moves your car from side to side when the brush "hits" the paint.
    In contrast, no matter how hard I hand wash, my car does not move, shake and such...

    I do, in general think an auto wash is okay for most cars, and I think if I had northern winters and road salt I may chance it but I know from experience if anything on the car is older, loose, cracked, that auto wash will take it off and a auto wash did give me nice swirl marks in my black paint but that was a few years back, perhaps things have changed?
     
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    100% Agree. I have to drive about 15 miles for the same type car wash but its worth it everyonce and a while...automated car washes are NOT the problem, it the type of automated car wash thats the problem...be careful and select wisely!
     
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    Paul is a great person. He has a fabulous Facebook Hellcat site with over 2,000 members and many of the vendors here post on his FB site all the time. I felt badly for him when his wheel got damaged because I know that I would have been sick about it.
     
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    Yes, this is the one and the same Paul Powell. Paul was a great asset to this site. I really would love to see him brought back. His FB site would greatly complement Hellcat.org.
     
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    Markp Gold Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Club Member

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    Always hand wash the Hellcat. If your crazy like me you will also use the 3 buckets method.
     
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