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Old 03-06-2011, 08:01 AM
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Use touchless if you're going to use a machine... Otherwise do it by hand. Never use the rag-slappers.
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Re: Car wash question

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Use touchless if you're going to use a machine... Otherwise do it by hand. Never use the rag-slappers.
That's a fairly generic statement that has little basis in facts. I use a high end wash with "rag slappers" and I will challenge anyone to see the difference in finish to a Jeep that's only washed by hand. Ask the last 3 people who purchased my previous vehicles and they will attest to the quality of the finish.

My time is far too valuable to spend hours washing my daily driver and there's little to no payback come resale time so it's "rag slappers" for me until I retire and have the time to worry about it. Besides, a WK2 isn't a show car, it's a UTILITY vehicle.....
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:43 AM
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My time is far too valuable to spend hours washing my daily driver and there's little to no payback come resale time so it's "rag slappers" for me until I retire and have the time to worry about it. Besides, a WK2 isn't a show car, it's a UTILITY vehicle.....
I agree... I hand wash our Porsche, but you have to take climate into account when people talk about their choices. Here in Vermont the Porsche is stored nearly six months per year, while the Jeeps are 12 month vehicles of course.

Not fun hand washing at 28F!
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:24 PM
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Re: Car wash question

A matter of opinion. I don't have much time either, but I can usually find time to atleast get out of my car and spray it down at the do it yourself station. The rag slapping machine is simply out-dated and poorly designed. All of you wk2 guys might sometimes forget that on the top of your car is an antenna. The sensors that the machines use to go around your car cannot detect them and you run a higher risk of getting it torn off. Also the rags in the machines are made out of abrasive materials that create lots of tiny scratches. I care and love my car, and I see it as much more than a "utility." I find calling my car something like that to be just plain degrading to it. I respect my car, and therefore, I'll think twice about how I'll clean her.
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I care and love my car, and I see it as much more than a "utility." I find calling my car something like that to be just plain degrading to it. I respect my car, and therefore, I'll think twice about how I'll clean her.
WOW, Maybe you and your Jeep should get a room

(wink wink) I'm just kidding but it was simply too easy to pass up.
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Yeah, I have the same one. Got it at Costco a couple years ago. The refills are what's expensive, especially with the DC20. Does a great job! I wash with regular water and do a final rinse with the DI water. Lastly, follow it up with a dedicated leaf blower until totally dry. My neighbors think I'm crazy I'm sure...they may be onto something.
Why would you have to dry it with a blower if those systems are suppose to produce spot free water?
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A matter of opinion. I don't have much time either, but I can usually find time to atleast get out of my car and spray it down at the do it yourself station. The rag slapping machine is simply out-dated and poorly designed. All of you wk2 guys might sometimes forget that on the top of your car is an antenna. The sensors that the machines use to go around your car cannot detect them and you run a higher risk of getting it torn off. Also the rags in the machines are made out of abrasive materials that create lots of tiny scratches. I care and love my car, and I see it as much more than a "utility." I find calling my car something like that to be just plain degrading to it. I respect my car, and therefore, I'll think twice about how I'll clean her.
Although I do see where your coming from I do have to disagree with you. If you truely know how to detail your car, using a drive through rag carwash is usually just fine. I am a super anal car detailing guys who owns Corvettes as well (and if you know any vette owners you know they are the pickiest of picky) and I have no problems taking my year round daily driven vehicle through the car washes. As long as you detail the car on a regular basis its going to be fine. I have some pictures of my daily driver cars that go through Chicago winters and car washes that would blow your mind.

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Re: Car wash question

Ever hear the one about the guy who wouldn't wash his brand-new car for at least 6 weeks after delivery, convinced the clearcoat needed time to fully cure to its maximum hardness? He would, however, rinse and flush dust and grime with the softest boar bristles and freshly-cleaned microfiber mitts.
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Why would you have to dry it with a blower if those systems are suppose to produce spot free water?


cause sometimes it flushes out dirt that isn't spot-free. Don't want to be wiping that s#!t across the vehicle after it's done. Works great. My whole fleet is black, well except for my '67 Goat. No problems.
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Re: Car wash question

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That's a fairly generic statement that has little basis in facts. I use a high end wash with "rag slappers" and I will challenge anyone to see the difference in finish to a Jeep that's only washed by hand. Ask the last 3 people who purchased my previous vehicles and they will attest to the quality of the finish.

My time is far too valuable to spend hours washing my daily driver and there's little to no payback come resale time so it's "rag slappers" for me until I retire and have the time to worry about it. Besides, a WK2 isn't a show car, it's a UTILITY vehicle.....
I'm with you on the difference in finish. Bought my 2000 Limited new, washed by hand in warm weather otherwise it was the car wash. When I sold the WJ after 10 years the Silverstone clearcoat looked like it was still new.
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Re: Car wash question

Is it safe to use the power sprayer from those coin-op washes on my new WK2?

I just want to rinse the salt off but I obviously don't want the wax to come off right away or harm the clear coat and or paint.
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WOW, Maybe you and your Jeep should get a room

(wink wink) I'm just kidding but it was simply too easy to pass up.
Why? The Jeep has a very functional back seat
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