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      06-14-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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How to wash at car wash??

Okay so, I did alot of searching and could not find anyone with a specified way to wash your car at a car wash. I mean the coin operated ones. Now...no I do not prefer this method but, I live in an apartment complex with no hose hook up!

So I know the two bucket method and the multiple mitts/sponge but, that is usually impossible to pull off at a coin operated place. I usually am able to pre soak the car there, take my mitts/spongs and soap them up, then do the heavy soap on the car and then use sponges/mitts to wash the car. Obviously I can't do the two bucket things...well at least it does not appear they will let me pull that off there. I do use the multiple mitts and wash top with one to mid side and different one for mid side to lower. Anyway...I wanted to know if anyone else has to do that and thier suggestions!

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look into optimum no rinse

it's not waterless, but it's another way to do it without a hose
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look into optimum no rinse

it's not waterless, but it's another way to do it without a hose
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Optimum no-rinse is a really good product. Very easy to use.

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optimum no rinse and try to wash at nite at the car wash, at least thats what i do with the current water restriction in tampa. i use the 2 buckets method with opt no rinse and then a quick detailer for a no hassle wash.

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i had to wash my car with ONR last time when my hose broke on me. i was so angry lol

here's my process

1. two buckets - one bucket with clean just water, another with a strong concentration of ONR
2. wash media - zymol wash sponge; very similar to the Detailersdomain.com sponge

the Lake Country grout sponge is very good too

any other wash media like a sheepskin mitt would be great too

3. go through two wheels with my brushes and towels first. empty the rinse bucket and go through the last two. new rinse bucket for the body

4. grab a sponge soaking in ONR, squeeze some of the liquid on the panel i wanna wash, then go wash it regularly

5. dry with a waffle weave towel after a couple panels

for example, i'd go through two doors before drying because i'd get the other door wet anyway

it's not my favorite way of washing my car because rinsing with water helps a lot. it is certainly an option i wouldn't mind using though if i had to
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ONR or check out this thread on autopia

http://www.autopia.org/forum/car-det...ar-washes.html
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Okay so, I did alot of searching and could not find anyone with a specified way to wash your car at a car wash. I mean the coin operated ones. Now...no I do not prefer this method but, I live in an apartment complex with no hose hook up!

So I know the two bucket method and the multiple mitts/sponge but, that is usually impossible to pull off at a coin operated place. I usually am able to pre soak the car there, take my mitts/spongs and soap them up, then do the heavy soap on the car and then use sponges/mitts to wash the car. Obviously I can't do the two bucket things...well at least it does not appear they will let me pull that off there. I do use the multiple mitts and wash top with one to mid side and different one for mid side to lower. Anyway...I wanted to know if anyone else has to do that and thier suggestions!

Thanks in advance!!
On occasion I've used a coin operated wash.
Rinse the car real well (use your own carwash shampoo and fill the bucket you brought along) and then rinse with the high pressure soap.

With your grit guard in place and lambs wool wash mitt, wash the car down. With a mf mitt, wash the wheels.

Rinse the car and dry her off with a mf or similar towel.

I also have used the ONR BUT, I really dislike the "film" it leaves on the car to achieve the glossy look. It's difficult to apply wax to the paint after an ONR wash. Probably why I've only used the ONR once ........
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i had to wash my car with ONR last time when my hose broke on me. i was so angry lol

here's my process

1. two buckets - one bucket with clean just water, another with a strong concentration of ONR
2. wash media - zymol wash sponge; very similar to the Detailersdomain.com sponge

the Lake Country grout sponge is very good too

any other wash media like a sheepskin mitt would be great too

3. go through two wheels with my brushes and towels first. empty the rinse bucket and go through the last two. new rinse bucket for the body

4. grab a sponge soaking in ONR, squeeze some of the liquid on the panel i wanna wash, then go wash it regularly

5. dry with a waffle weave towel after a couple panels

for example, i'd go through two doors before drying because i'd get the other door wet anyway

it's not my favorite way of washing my car because rinsing with water helps a lot. it is certainly an option i wouldn't mind using though if i had to
Great quick write up. I'll add on a couple of my own suggestions as well. Wash the car first, and save the wheels for last. Even with rinsing the water gets pretty dirty when doing wheels, so this way you won't have to replace it prior to washing the body panels. Do not use the same wash media for the body that u used for the wheels. If you're car is really dirty, you can also pre treat it by mixing up some ONR in a spray bottle, and spraying it onto the panel prior to washing it the way Spec mentioned.
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I also have used the ONR BUT, I really dislike the "film" it leaves on the car to achieve the glossy look. It's difficult to apply wax to the paint after an ONR wash. Probably why I've only used the ONR once ........
+1 plus i cant really see where i have washed because there are no suds. Its a great product but not one i use on a regular basis. ill keep using maxi suds or gold class for most of my washes. Although ONR does make great clay lube.
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Two buckets at night is fine

If I have to wash at the coin ops, I will wait till 9/10pm, after the kids go to bed, take my washbuckets, soap etc and just use as I would at home. Never had any probs with people there. They have about 9 bays so it's never full. It's usually just the off road trucks and stuff washing off heavy dirt that they are not allowed to during the day so they won't say s**t.

The only problem with this is the hood is warm from driving it, but other than that it works fine. Costs usually about $4-5 in water.
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If I have to wash at the coin ops, I will wait till 9/10pm, after the kids go to bed, take my washbuckets, soap etc and just use as I would at home. Never had any probs with people there. They have about 9 bays so it's never full. It's usually just the off road trucks and stuff washing off heavy dirt that they are not allowed to during the day so they won't say s**t.

The only problem with this is the hood is warm from driving it, but other than that it works fine. Costs usually about $4-5 in water.
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Thanks for everyone's suggestions! You guys rock!
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Thanks for everyone's suggestions! You guys rock!
I'll do one better!

If your close to Annapolis, you can use my hose and I have plenty of detailing products.


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I still need to get some ONR, havent had a reason to use it yet.

I'm going to be in a show in July and have to travel a long way to be in it. I plan on bringing some ONR to wash down the ride and get rid of all the bugs before the show. Then of course it will be a good thing to use during the winter!
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If I have to wash at the coin ops, I will wait till 9/10pm, after the kids go to bed, take my washbuckets, soap etc and just use as I would at home. Never had any probs with people there. They have about 9 bays so it's never full. It's usually just the off road trucks and stuff washing off heavy dirt that they are not allowed to during the day so they won't say s**t.
+1. I do use the 2-bucket method at a coin-op wash place. Most of those places don't let you bring buckets when they are busy/full. I talked to the manager and a couple of employees at the place I go and indeed they told me that as long as they don't have people waiting in line I can bring the buckets and take all the time I need. So now I usually go for the car wash after 7pm! Disclaimer though, as long as you bring all your detailing products you should be fine....only use the coin-op for the rinse (water only) option.
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I'll do one better!

If your close to Annapolis, you can use my hose and I have plenty of detailing products.


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Once MACA Always MACA? Hmm...to be sure I know..what does that stand for?

ANd very nice offer. Not really near Annapolis..but, may be worth a trip up..hell I was thinking of having you detail my car anyway!
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Great quick write up. Wash the car first, and save the wheels for last. Even with rinsing the water gets pretty dirty when doing wheels, so this way you won't have to replace it prior to washing the body panels.
Do you dry the car in between washing it and doing the wheels, then go over it again after you finish the wheels?

I am asking because I do the wheels first so the car doesn't dry and spot by the time I finish the wheels, and they will keep wet with all the rinsing of the body panels. ( I use 2 completely different buckets, mits, sponges, products, for the wheels and the car).
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OH MAN! I thought that is what you meant! I was thinking that could only stand for one thing.... but, what are the odds? Who is this? What did you have? Did we ever met??

Okay we gotta hook up now!

Side note..I am looking to get a 2010 Cobra...sometime next year!

I love that and my BMW! So..one of each!
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OH MAN! I thought that is what you meant! I was thinking that could only stand for one thing.... but, what are the odds? Who is this? What did you have? Did we ever met??

Okay we gotta hook up now!

Side note..I am looking to get a 2010 Cobra...sometime next year!

I love that and my BMW! So..one of each!


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