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Old 07-24-2014, 11:14 AM
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If you needed yet another reason to avoid drive-thru car washes...

Just a quick backstory:

Had to run to the local home improvement store this past weekend. Stopped to get gas when I was leaving, and the station had one of the drive-thru washes that so many of them have. As I filled up and was driving away, I couldn't help but notice the somewhat startling condition of the brushes in the wash bay:





Of course, the first thought that crossed my mind, and I'm sure the same as all of you, was "STAY AWAY!!!"

However, I have some prototype goods at home that need some testing. Because of this, I made a sacrifice for the greater good, and $8, much gnashing of teeth, and about 90 seconds of tears later, here is what my paint looked like in the bright sun later that day:





And the following morning in different light:








In the interest of full disclosure, my paint was not perfect before hand, but I'd say 95%+. Since the last correction, I've done 2 2-bucket washes and 3 Rinseless Washes on it. Being black, there was a light amount of wash damage that could be seen. However, the amount of damage that this single wash inflicted upon it was pretty shocking, wouldn't you agree?!?
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:24 PM
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Re: If you needed yet another reason to avoid drive-thru car washes...

Ouch. Just re affirms my hatred for those things.


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Re: If you needed yet another reason to avoid drive-thru car washes...

I'm surprised those things are even still around....all the ones I ever see anymore are touchless and do an even worse job of actually removing dirt.

No way in hell.....
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Re: If you needed yet another reason to avoid drive-thru car washes...

its crazy tho the amount of people u see on lines for these things
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Re: If you needed yet another reason to avoid drive-thru car washes...

A few years ago I took my Magnum with BB paint to a similar car wash. While my car was sitting in the "chamber of scratch" I noticed the wash was not using a lot of water. As if things were not bad enough the vertical brush that goes along the side of the car stopped right at my rear wheal. Horrified I drove out.
The scratches were a bit overwhelming. I took a before/after shot
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