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      01-03-2013, 10:48 AM   #23
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does anyone know if these automatic car wash chemicals will damage the finish on wrapped vinyl roofs?
I think the vinyl will start to peel/fade naturally from being exposed to wind, sun and cold.

My buddy got his roof wrapped and it looked amazing at the beginning and now after 2 seasons you can tell its not the same carbon-fiber look.

The chemicals they use in the car wash can be pretty strong especially if you do to a touchless, if it isn't the best for your paint, I can't imagine it being all that good got the vinyl.
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i read somewhere touchless washes uses harsher chemicals and is bad for the paint. any truth/proof of this?

I can pick touch or touchless at the petro glide carwash.
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      01-03-2013, 04:32 PM   #25
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heated indoor car wash queen and kingston

I called and they are open, $3 for a 4 min cycle. Closed doors and heated. You can't bring a bucket and mitt etc at peak hours I would imagine though. Still doesn't really assist with cleaning the undercarriage though which is rather key.
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      01-04-2013, 08:06 AM   #26
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Is this a condo downtown? This sounds convenient.
It's actually around Yonge & Finch. I don't live there but have access to the garage since my wife has a parking spot in that building. I like going there since its cheaper than other coin wash and I can take my time during the early hours.

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Ya my condo downtown has one too apparently, I've been living there for 4 years and never found it maybe I have to venture to the lowest level in the parking garage who knows.
Probably coz' the condo coin wash I go to is also located at the lowest level.
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      01-04-2013, 08:55 AM   #27
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Esso at the corner of Leslie and Lawrence (just up the street from Parkview BMW) has a touchless car wash with an undercarriage wash (really strong jet nozzles).
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      01-04-2013, 10:12 AM   #28
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For me $2 coin wash at Bathurst & Dupont everyday I drive it. Yes, that's right, every single time I drive.

If you regularly keep it clean, it prevents build-up of road salt and grime. Once in a while I'll use Optimum No Rinse.
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      01-04-2013, 10:59 AM   #29
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I think the vinyl will start to peel/fade naturally from being exposed to wind, sun and cold.

My buddy got his roof wrapped and it looked amazing at the beginning and now after 2 seasons you can tell its not the same carbon-fiber look.

The chemicals they use in the car wash can be pretty strong especially if you do to a touchless, if it isn't the best for your paint, I can't imagine it being all that good got the vinyl.

My car is fully wrapped. Only use coin wash with soap and then rinse. Never wax it. 3yrs and finish is still the same matte and no deterioration. No peeling.
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For me $2 coin wash at Bathurst & Dupont everyday I drive it. Yes, that's right, every single time I drive.

If you regularly keep it clean, it prevents build-up of road salt and grime. Once in a while I'll use Optimum No Rinse.
I am familiar with that wash and thought of washing it quite frequently there as it is close to me but I still worry about this not getting to the undercarriage
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Esso at the corner of Leslie and Lawrence (just up the street from Parkview BMW) has a touchless car wash with an undercarriage wash (really strong jet nozzles).
cheers, do you know if the nozzles actually spray from underneath the car or simply from the side angled downwards?
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I am familiar with that wash and thought of washing it quite frequently there as it is close to me but I still worry about this not getting to the undercarriage
That's why you wash the undercarriage yourself with the spray nozzle. Once a week or two I'll put in $4 and do a more thorough wash of the undercarriage.
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That's why you wash the undercarriage yourself with the spray nozzle. Once a week or two I'll put in $4 and do a more thorough wash of the undercarriage.
I've tried that method, bit of a dirty job (gotta get down on your side), and I am never confident I really reach all the areas that a proper undercarriage spray at the automated washes reaches...
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      01-05-2013, 12:56 AM   #34
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Here is a list of all the Petro Car Washes in Ontario, that Glide wash sounds pretty good.

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The glide is great but the one in Milton nearly damaged my bumper and suspension as I drove out of the glide wash. My rides even lower due to winters on 17's. There's a deep ass dip right out of the exit off the glide. Never went back there since it happened last summer. And the exit issue still exists. I guess no one has yet complained.
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      01-05-2013, 09:46 AM   #35
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After a snow plow session, I will use a touchless with undercarriage spray. Otherwise I will use the coin op - usually spend more than 10.00 in tokens.
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My condo's underground parking has self car wash facility!! It's warm and convenient and FREE.
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My personal favorite touchless is the Petro Canada at QEW and Winston Churchill. If you get the 2nd best option it will give your car a full under body spray from actual nozzles under the car. It is a rail type conveyer system and the jets do a great job of removing the salt. See the pictures after a 6 hour round trip drive on mainly on the 401. The lower half of the car was just coated in a thick layer of salt. Of most of the touch-less places I have tried, none could clean my car that well!
went there today to get the super works wash, overall, great wash and it's touchless. I would only go there in the winter as it does have the rail, but I'm on winters so i don't really care. It cleaned pretty darn good, but the only part it didn't is the rear , I had to clean it again myself. Probably too much salt built up, i haven't washed it in a couple of weeks already.
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I find that touchless car washes such as the Petro Glide washes never ever clean the back rear end of my car. Anyone else notice this? The Glide on QEW & Winston Churchhill sounds good so I may check that one out
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I find glad washes too short, about 2 minutes, the super wash touchless (with rails) are a lot better
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I also have the 90 day Petro Canada car wash and it NEVER cleans the rear of my BMW, especially around the license plate so you either do it by hand afterwards or go to the coin-op.
(Best coin-op in Brampton is at Queen/Bramlea Rd in the Pioneer gas station plaza if anybody's around here ...)
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Lastnight i went to the esso touchless car wash over at don mills and sheppard. Let me tell you the car came out spotless. I was actually impressed
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Esso at Leslie and Lawrence has a touchless & trackless wash.
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I also have the 90 day Petro Canada car wash and it NEVER cleans the rear of my BMW, especially around the license plate so you either do it by hand afterwards or go to the coin-op.
(Best coin-op in Brampton is at Queen/Bramlea Rd in the Pioneer gas station plaza if anybody's around here ...)

Queen and Bramalea coin op is probably the worst coin up I have been to in North America and I have been to a whole bunch.
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Really?
It has the strongest spray available nearby to actually spray soap the salt off your car without using they're nasty broom type brush lollll
In and Out is pretty decent since they have under body but the spray is too weak to do anything.
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