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      02-08-2007, 09:31 PM   #1
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Touchless Car Wash?

OK, my poor car is covered in salt and looks like complete ass -- and it's silver! I can only pity those rolling in the darker colors.

Anyway, I want to wash the car. But there's a slight problem -- it's a wee bit chilly outside. As much as I'd love to cowboy up and just say to hell with it and risk frostbite, I feel like my fingers are worth more then the car (I know, I know -- shaddup!).

So I ask the DC metro brain trust ... are there any true touch less car washes around here? And by touch less I mean no brushes, squeegies, etc. -- I don't need the scratches.

Better yet would be a nice heated car wash booth or something like that.
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I hear its supposed to snow again on monday night. You could just park your car outside and have the melted snow clean off your car....


You could always do a prewash before going to a real good carwash.


I have actually used the one right off farmwell/waxpool in Ashburn. Even with my Monaco Blue, they did a really good job. Every other car there is a MB/BMW/Acura.
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OK, my poor car is covered in salt and looks like complete ass -- and it's silver! I can only pity those rolling in the darker colors.

Anyway, I want to wash the car. But there's a slight problem -- it's a wee bit chilly outside. As much as I'd love to cowboy up and just say to hell with it and risk frostbite, I feel like my fingers are worth more then the car (I know, I know -- shaddup!).

So I ask the DC metro brain trust ... are there any true touch less car washes around here? And by touch less I mean no brushes, squeegies, etc. -- I don't need the scratches.

Better yet would be a nice heated car wash booth or something like that.

I'm having the same issue. and I have a dark blue color.
My car looks like I went offroad. I might post a pic to show the car
in its dirty side.

I'm thinking on washing the car inside my garage. Other ideas are welcomed.
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maybe I'm lucky that my baby is missing this horrible weather. my loaner is looking so bad I'm even considering spending the money to get it washed.
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maybe I'm lucky that my baby is missing this horrible weather. my loaner is looking so bad I'm even considering spending the money to get it washed.
I feel somewhat bad. The RX I was driving (family car) is completely covered in sand and salt. I am driving it back up to PA this weekend where they are supposed to get snow. I dont want to give it back in the condition its in, but its going to snow all weekend there... Dont know what im going to do yet...
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I hear its supposed to snow again on monday night. You could just park your car outside and have the melted snow clean off your car....

You could always do a prewash before going to a real good carwash.

I have actually used the one right off farmwell/waxpool in Ashburn. Even with my Monaco Blue, they did a really good job. Every other car there is a MB/BMW/Acura.
Gonna have to check that one out. Thanks for the tip AJ.
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maybe I'm lucky that my baby is missing this horrible weather. my loaner is looking so bad I'm even considering spending the money to get it washed.
LOL. A true car enthusiast
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I've been going north to Ellicot City where there is a touchless, but they don't have a drier... I'm tyring to find one a bit closer or south that is touchless with a drier; at least when it warms up my apartment complex has a hand-washing station!
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I have actually used the one right off farmwell/waxpool in Ashburn. Even with my Monaco Blue, they did a really good job. Every other car there is a MB/BMW/Acura.
What's the cross street the car wash is located at? or which strip mall at least?
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I take it down in VA there is no Flagship Carwash?
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I forgot to also mention the highly recommended ShimShimhada Carwash Services in VA, though I think they might be closed for the time being due to extreme cold temperatures. Just ask KL2DC, he is one of the representatives!
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What's the cross street the car wash is located at? or which strip mall at least?
Its off of Ashburn Village Blvd. Right next to the new ihop in Ashburn...
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I've taken my car twice to the touchless drive-through car wash in Merrifield off Rt 50. The car wash is part of a gas station (Sunoco I think), opposite the Sweetwater restaurant in Merrifield. The most expensive wash is $10. I think the wash is pretty effective, the car came out mighty shiny after (they add some rain-x clearcoat stuff)...I recommend it.

My car is zaino'd by shim. With a touchless wash there is a possibility that the harsh detergents might strip away some of the sealant. BUT I figured with 2 inch of grime on the car, the zaino layer is pretty much protected in the wash
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Somehow my TiAg looks dirtier then your monaco. Gonna have to hit the wash this weekend!
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I've been going north to Ellicot City where there is a touchless, but they don't have a drier... I'm tyring to find one a bit closer or south that is touchless with a drier; at least when it warms up my apartment complex has a hand-washing station!
I go to the Amoco/Exxon (not sure which) at the intersection of 108 and Snowden River Pkwy. Its touchless with a dryer, although you only get 30 secs to dry off. Its pretty convenient to me, but its tough having to wait in line for almost an hour b/c everyone else has the same idea.
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I've used the Station Auto Wash in Leesburg for my G35, FX and now E90 on the odd occasion. It's a multi-million dollar facility with an absolute wicked wash (yes, it does use brushes). They use pure (filtered?) water too!

You get the car hand dried, windows wiped, tires dressed up etc. They even do polishing, although it's just a wipe on and wipe off thing.

They made the whole place look like a "train station" hence the name. I've seen all kinds of high end cars there; MB, Lexus, Porsche, Caddy, Audi etc. Even saw a Maserati once.

It's the mother of all semi-automated car washes if you ask me.

http://www.stationautowash.com/
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There's a gas station touchless car wash with a drier in Tysons Corner, at the Exxon on the corner of Rt 7 and Spring Hill. Rate is $7, $8, or $9 for the deluxe. Get the $8 wash. The $9 wash is the same as the $8 but includes spinning brushes on your rims, so it isn't touchless. The $7 wash is like a 3 minute wash. The $8 wash is 5 minutes.

http://www.exxonstations.com/home.as...=20718&lang=EN

Note I will only do this while it is below 50F outside. At 50F or above, I'd be hand washing at home.
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There's a gas station touchless car wash with a drier in Tysons Corner, at the Exxon on the corner of Rt 7 and Spring Hill. Rate is $7, $8, or $9 for the deluxe. Get the $8 wash. The $9 wash is the same as the $8 but includes spinning brushes on your rims, so it isn't touchless. The $7 wash is like a 3 minute wash. The $8 wash is 5 minutes.

http://www.exxonstations.com/home.as...=20718&lang=EN

Note I will only do this while it is below 50F outside. At 50F or above, I'd be hand washing at home.
Yeah, I actually have those rubber surgical gloves for cold weather washing... but even I have my limits

Besides, neighbors already think I'm crazy.
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Sterling BMW is supposed to have an automatic touchless carwash up and running soon. Free for their customers so I'll probably be there at least once a week during the winter months They also give free flowers? Hmm.. something to pass on to the wife or GF I suppose.
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Sterling BMW is supposed to have an automatic touchless carwash up and running soon. Free for their customers so I'll probably be there at least once a week during the winter months They also give free flowers? Hmm.. something to pass on to the wife or GF I suppose.
Free flowers WTF? LOL.
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You'll see the "Touchless Car Wash" mid way down the page.
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