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timtim2008
07-11-2010, 12:33 PM
http://www.sz-wholesale.com/uploadFiles/UserImg%5CMember_45654.jpg

Do you take your car to an Automatic car wash? yes or no?

Slick44
07-11-2010, 12:44 PM
i try not to... its always best to wash your car on your own,,, but sometimes you are on your way somewhere and would like to take your chances and wash the car and make it look extra sharp..... there have been some horror stories with people getting their 7s damaged....

i guess if you had to use a car wash, try to pick one that is a hand car wash not an automatic one.

TechFreak
07-11-2010, 12:49 PM
OMG .....definately not .....if i'm desperate i'll take it to a jet wash where a team of guys do it by hand.

Did you not see thread thread where 'Bimmerman4life' got his roof crushed by something similar in the photo you posted !! :eek:

Read the whole thread and look at the photo's he posted throughout the thread :

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446455

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bondheli
07-11-2010, 02:11 PM
I go through a car wash every other week and manually wax every 4-6 weeks without a problem. The neoprene like material they use in a lot of car washes is designed not to scratch or damage the paint. There is an issue with water spots though even if the car wash water is filtered. I keep a box full of microfiber cloths in the trunk to wipe everything down after a wash. Here is a comparison 5th gear did of different wash methods and the damage they cause:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjWkB_q2lE

sunny_j
07-11-2010, 02:12 PM
No

dalekressin
07-11-2010, 02:35 PM
Never.

samadkins29
07-11-2010, 04:06 PM
"5th gear" is that like a boot leg Top gear?

Expo BMW
07-11-2010, 04:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjWkB_q2lE

This video is biased. They used a silicone squeege to dry the car for the "hand wash" test.

bondheli
07-11-2010, 04:28 PM
"5th gear" is that like a boot leg Top gear?

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Gear

"Fifth Gear was first broadcast in 2002 as a continuation of the original incarnation of the BBC show Top Gear, which was cancelled in 2001 due to low ratings. Five originally wanted to carry on using the Top Gear name, but the BBC refused. Several of Top Gear's ex-presenters, including Quentin Willson, Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson were hired by Five to present Fifth Gear."

Six months after that the BBC started airing Top Gear again it it's current form. Although the program you know as Top Gear has only been airing since 2002, it actually began in the late 70's.



This video is biased. They used a silicone squeege to dry the car for the "hand wash" test.

I would agree with that, but I would also say that a lot of these hand wash places will use the same soap bucket and wool mitt or sponge for the whole day on hundreds of cars. I don't care how well they ring them out, there's still going to be dirt and grime from the previous cars, leading to many swirl marks and scratches.

samadkins29
07-11-2010, 04:31 PM
^^ Awesome info, thanks!

Mr_Burger
07-11-2010, 04:35 PM
Don't you have your own car shows in the US :)

bondheli
07-11-2010, 04:50 PM
Don't you have your own car shows in the US :)

Surprisingly, no.

We have a few car modification shows on spiketv and the speed channel as well as a few crap shows like Supercars exposed (a boy racer drives a supercar around for a half hour and says how he wishes he could afford it) and Speed test drive (basically a half hour commercial for what ever car thery're driving that week) but nothing like Top Gear. :bawling:

BobSC
07-11-2010, 05:14 PM
No...don't do it.

If you absolutely have to, use a touchless car wash.

OnlySkills
07-11-2010, 07:06 PM
i do it sometimes when im lazy...there are no human car washes here in canada everything is touchless so yeah but i usually do it myself because it does not clean the wheels properly.

petener999
07-11-2010, 07:14 PM
Hell NO!!!!

gman750
07-11-2010, 07:34 PM
hand wash

Expo BMW
07-11-2010, 09:56 PM
My biggest concern is the blowers getting water where it's not supposed to causing damage to electronics in the long run. Among lesser things is your rims (aftermarket) will get damaged by the rollers.

ronw
07-11-2010, 10:11 PM
I use the water blade and love it!

Expo BMW
07-11-2010, 10:22 PM
I use the water blade and love it!

You have a white car. The scratches are more visible on black paint.

patshah
07-12-2010, 12:53 AM
you have a white car. The scratches are more visible on black paint.

+100 :)