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As it was a nice day, I washed the car and it got me wondering whether most owners wash their cars themselves or go to the local car wash. I find it quite therapeutic and have never been to a car wash with any car I have ever owned .. no, I'm not tight! :grin2:
 

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I don't trust what commercial car washes do to the paintwork.
 

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I've always washed my cars myself. Automated car washes are just full of grit and crud from the previous farm yacker whose just washed his defender and will end up just scratching the paintwork up.

I used to detail mine twice a year with the full works (foam, wash, clay, cleanse, polish & wax) but started getting it done professionally and I just maintain it which although not cheap means I only have to wash and vacuum and just maintain protection on the leather seats and things.


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I spend a £5 at my local hand car wash place... they do far better a job I can do - and even get the insides of the windows done and tyres blacked for that. Every 6 months I get a mini valet for £10 where thebinside is hoovered and cleaned..

I'm lazy :) always been happy doing its and bolts - but cleaning bores me...
 

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I have always hand washed my cars and in over 40 years of car ownership have never used a car wash.

I try and wash the car at least once a week and actually enjoy doing it. I also vacuum the dog hairs out of the boot every day.
 

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Volvo in the manual say don't polish the car for at least a year to allow proper paint hardening. On washing I figure if you want a job done properly do it yourself as I have for 55 years plus. I saw some idiot in our street a few days ago water blasting his car probably lifting paint at the same time. Go figure. At least it was only a Kia.
 

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A "gang" of Romanians do mine by hand. They are like a well oiled machine, the process is amazing for a total cost of £5.

Good damm you Brexit!!!
 

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Well its a case of having to use the car wash chaps for me, I used to clean my cars up till 3 leases ago when it just got to much, though in Winchester its a bit more than a fiver, a quick wash is £7, the wash and hovering windows inside and out and tyre shine comes to £14, the full valet £25, with a £20 one between not sure that you get any more done though may be a bit of foam, seems to depend on how busy they are. >:)
 

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A "gang" of Romanians do mine by hand. They are like a well oiled machine, the process is amazing for a total cost of £5.

Good damm you Brexit!!!
They are probably ruining the clear coat on your car at the same time. They are most likely washing your car with the dirty water from all the other cars they have washed that day. It might look clean and shiny from a distance, but have a close look at all the swirly scratches the next time the sun is shining on it. Cheap handwash places should be avoided like the plague.
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They are probably ruining the clear coat on your car at the same time. They are most likely washing your car with the dirty water from all the other cars they have washed that day. It might look clean and shiny from a distance, but have a close look at all the swirly scratches the next time the sun is shining on it. Cheap handwash places should be avoided like the plague.
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Only get mine washed about 4 times a year by these boys. Always fresh water in the jet washers, clean sponges and fresh chamois to dry.
Amazing job, and my Inscription Silver never really shows the dirt.

Paid the extra £5 to get the inside washed whilst having a chat to the manager the other day. Really nice people, chatted about brexit and they are not worried, they know the UK hasn't got enough hard working youngsters who want to put a decent shift in. Happy to be, live and work hard in the UK.

Long may it continue.
 

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Only get mine washed about 4 times a year by these boys. Always fresh water in the jet washers, clean sponges and fresh chamois to dry.
Amazing job, and my Inscription Silver never really shows the dirt.

Paid the extra £5 to get the inside washed whilst having a chat to the manager the other day. Really nice people, chatted about brexit and they are not worried, they know the UK hasn't got enough hard working youngsters who want to put a decent shift in. Happy to be, live and work hard in the UK.

Long may it continue.
I'm not having a go at the people or where they come from and you are right about how hard they work. I doubt that you would find many British youngsters who would work that hard for any amount of money. I just know that it is not the best way to protect the paint finish on your car.
 

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I just know that it is not the best way to protect the paint finish on your car.
I only really wash it a few times a year, it just always looks clean.. I consider it a good compromise, machine with plastic strands must be the worst.
Occasionally I do get all the gear out and wash it myself, but it is an effort.
All hand done just like I would at home really. Maybe with a less powered jet wash.

I'm not sure of a better way, and the paintwork looks as good as it did new.
 

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It either gets a hand wash at the local valet place, or after a particularly grimy winter drive up the A9 to work I give it a quick rinse with the power washer at work to get rid of the worst of the salt in winter (and seagull guano in the summer)
 

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I'm not sure of a better way, and the paintwork looks as good as it did new.
Silver's one of the best colours for hiding imperfections, mine is Bright Silver thank God! My car had to go to the local dealer to rectify a cold start problem. As they were going to need it for a few days they provided me with a courtesy car, another V40 with only 8 miles on the clock. They had to take all the plastic covers off the seats and the floor mats and handbook pack were still in the boot. There was so little petrol in the car that the warning light was red. Even after putting a tenners worth of petrol in it was still showing the yellow low fuel warning light, but that's another story. The specification is fairly disappointing for a 2017 car, can't even play music from a USB stick, but the most disappointing thing is the paint finish. When the sun finally decided to show up this morning I could see huge swirls on the bonnet. I would be gutted if I shelled out all that money for a new car and the paint needed correcting before it left the showroom!
There are lots of Detailing forums on the web, DetailingWorldfor one, and loads of stuff on YouTube about the safest way to wash your car. I am 59 and only discovered this Detailing stuff recently, but I got hooked very quickly. If you are interested have a look at the Forensic Detailing Channel on YouTube.
 

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I remember how my dad always complained about the car washes, and the rollers scratching paint, he always washed his cars himself, and so am I. Every Saturday in summer I wash, and every 5 months it gets a polish.


Winter I can do every 2nd week, unless it's to dirty. Just don't like driving a dirty car.
 

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Car Washing..

Couple of points here:
I don't and wouldn't use an automated car wash...for all the reasons already mentioned by others.


Supermarket hand car washes (with trolleys) I would avoid like the plague; they don't have running water and would undoubtedly scratch the paintwork with the dirt from previous cars.


The hand car washes (prevalent here in UK) with power washers etc represent good value and they do a good job; £5 here in Wiltshire. No issues with dirt from previous cars etc. I do wash mine every so often; I enjoy the process and can spot any issues I might have picked up.


Never tried the 'waterless' washes you can buy...don't see the point and cannot believe they don't scratch the paintwork!


There is nothing nicer than a properly clean car inside and out :grin2:
 

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I take mine for the outside doing for £6, then I drive to Ilkley Moor where there is big car park and vac inside with one of these Black 7 Decker 12V Vacs that are great:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Decker-PD1200AV-XJ-Flexi-Dustbuster/dp/B015FO9XF8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489573077&sr=8-1&keywords=black+decker+car

I then use Autoglym shampoo on all inside except glass:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Auto-Glym-Interior-Shampoo-500ml/dp/B00114WOBC/ref=sr_1_6?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573224&sr=1-6&keywords=autoglym+shampoo

followed all over inside with Autoglym Vinyl & Rubber Care:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Auto-Glym-Vinyl-Rubber-500ml/dp/B001151E5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489573293&sr=8-1&keywords=autoglym+rubber

I do the windows with Autoglym Fast Glass:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Auto-Glym-Fast-Glass-500ml/dp/B0011569SK/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573359&sr=1-1&keywords=fast+glass

To make the car smell fresh I give a few sprays of Autoglym Autofresh:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autoglym-AG-205008-Autofresh-500ml/dp/B001151Z0W/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573418&sr=1-1&keywords=autoglym+fresh

This takes me about 45 minutes, after which the car is immaculate inside.

If I've got enough time I do the wheels, and tyres, I got one of these wheel brushes for Christmas which I really recommend:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autoglym-AG-310017-Hi-Tech-Wheel/dp/B002TUORV2/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573520&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=autoglym+wheelbrush

This kit is great value as you get shampoo for the wheels, sealant on the alloys and tyre dressing for £16:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autoglym-Perfect-Wheels-Collection/dp/B00OWCZO80/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573579&sr=1-4&keywords=autoglym+wheels

I learnt how to do it from watching Autoglym videos on youtube, in summer I am going to wax the car properly and seal it when I have more time as it lasts much longer.:)
 

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I take mine for the outside doing for £6, then I drive to Ilkley Moor where there is big car park and vac inside with one of these Black 7 Decker 12V Vacs that are great:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Decker-PD1200AV-XJ-Flexi-Dustbuster/dp/B015FO9XF8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489573077&sr=8-1&keywords=black+decker+car

I then use Autoglym shampoo on all inside except glass:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Auto-Glym-Interior-Shampoo-500ml/dp/B00114WOBC/ref=sr_1_6?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573224&sr=1-6&keywords=autoglym+shampoo

followed all over inside with Autoglym Vinyl & Rubber Care:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Auto-Glym-Vinyl-Rubber-500ml/dp/B001151E5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489573293&sr=8-1&keywords=autoglym+rubber

I do the windows with Autoglym Fast Glass:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Auto-Glym-Fast-Glass-500ml/dp/B0011569SK/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573359&sr=1-1&keywords=fast+glass

To make the car smell fresh I give a few sprays of Autoglym Autofresh:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autoglym-AG-205008-Autofresh-500ml/dp/B001151Z0W/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573418&sr=1-1&keywords=autoglym+fresh

This takes me about 45 minutes, after which the car is immaculate inside.

If I've got enough time I do the wheels, and tyres, I got one of these wheel brushes for Christmas which I really recommend:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autoglym-AG-310017-Hi-Tech-Wheel/dp/B002TUORV2/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573520&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=autoglym+wheelbrush

This kit is great value as you get shampoo for the wheels, sealant on the alloys and tyre dressing for £16:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autoglym-Perfect-Wheels-Collection/dp/B00OWCZO80/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1489573579&sr=1-4&keywords=autoglym+wheels

I learnt how to do it from watching Autoglym videos on youtube, in summer I am going to wax the car properly and seal it when I have more time as it lasts much longer.:)
Do you work for Autoglym or something? :laugh:
 
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