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      10-31-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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Question City people --where do you wash your cars?

Since moving to San Francisco, I've really missed those Saturday afternoons when I could park the car in the driveway and spend a few hours on a nice handwash and wax. Do I just need to give up on this simple pleasure for the next decade until I move back to the suburbs? Has anyone living in a big city been able to find a place where they can do a full wash themselves?

I guess if I get desperate, I can always just do a rush job with a bucket and mitt in a coin-op spray wash?
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Since moving to San Francisco, I've really missed those Saturday afternoons when I could park the car in the driveway and spend a few hours on a nice handwash and wax. Do I just need to give up on this simple pleasure for the next decade until I move back to the suburbs? Has anyone living in a big city been able to find a place where they can do a full wash themselves?

I guess if I get desperate, I can always just do a rush job with a bucket and mitt in a coin-op spray wash?
Do you live in an apartment complex????? If so.... look into some of the water-less/ rinse-less products. Where in SF are you???? There aren't many coin-op spray wash places in the city. I know of only 2 ( one on Geary and another by south of Market).
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Do you live in an apartment complex????? If so.... look into some of the water-less/ rinse-less products. Where in SF are you???? There aren't many coin-op spray wash places in the city. I know of only 2 ( one on Geary and another by south of Market).
I live by the ballpark in SOMA (Go Giants!). I usually go to the wash at 10th and Harrison, though the area's a little sketchy after dark. Rinse-less might be the way to go--thanks for the tip. I'm checking out Optimum No Rinse wash now... I could just grab a bucket of water and do that in 30 min in a parallel parking space or cul de sac.
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I live by the ballpark in SOMA (Go Giants!). I usually go to the wash at 10th and Harrison, though the area's a little sketchy after dark. Rinse-less might be the way to go--thanks for the tip. I'm checking out Optimum No Rinse wash now... I could just grab a bucket of water and do that in 30 min in a parallel parking space or cul de sac.
For better results..... use the 2 buckets method with grid guards or the "Gary Dean" method. ONR is a great product with many uses. CG Eco Wash is another one. Make sure you have some good quality MF towels and not those AutoZone or Costco Crap to ensure a swirl free finish. Over 90% of the swirls you see in cars were induced from improper washing techniques.

Let me know if you need more info. GO GIANTS!!!!!

BTW.... did you see the parade today????? Over 1 Million fans showed up.
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Does SanFran have any self-wash bays? I would never never never never never never use their brushes, and probably not even their soap, but it would be a place to get water and a hose.

The ONR and other rinse-free options are good too.
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Does SanFran have any self-wash bays? I would never never never never never never use their brushes, and probably not even their soap, but it would be a place to get water and a hose.

The ONR and other rinse-free options are good too.
id do this. use the sprayer, hose down the car, wash, rinse.

Than in your parking lot, a friends driveway, whatever.... use a waterless or rinsless wash. vac interior, windows, polish, etc etc
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id do this. use the sprayer, hose down the car, wash, rinse.

Than in your parking lot, a friends driveway, whatever.... use a waterless or rinsless wash. vac interior, windows, polish, etc etc
Fun story - The night before an e90post meetup back in 2007 or 2008, I went to a cousin-in-law's home at 10:30pm to give the car a wash with his hose and on his driveway.
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id do this. use the sprayer, hose down the car, wash, rinse.

Than in your parking lot, a friends driveway, whatever.... use a waterless or rinsless wash. vac interior, windows, polish, etc etc
This is what I do, and I stay away from the brushes and soaps for sure. Most car wash places don't mind as long as its not the busy time.

Oh, and have fun filling the soap and rinse buckets, its a challenge getting those filled with the power wash wand and not soaking yourself.
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Optimum No Rinse with a quality microfiber towel wiping in one direction. Then Optimum Car Wax to top.
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SF doesn't have many coin-op washes, but there's one at 10th and Harrison that's alright I guess. Yeah I know better than to use those brushes... I cringe whenever I see someone pick one up.

I missed the Giants' parade--busy at the job that pays for the car unfortunately.

I'm definitely going to try ONR, then I might follow it up with Dodo Juice Red Mist Tropical instead of the spray wax.

Thanks for the tips, all.
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SF doesn't have many coin-op washes, but there's one at 10th and Harrison that's alright I guess. Yeah I know better than to use those brushes... I cringe whenever I see someone pick one up.

I missed the Giants' parade--busy at the job that pays for the car unfortunately.

I'm definitely going to try ONR, then I might follow it up with Dodo Juice Red Mist Tropical instead of the spray wax.

Thanks for the tips, all.
I work (my main job) in downtown SF so there was no way to avoid the parade. There definitely were more fans this time around. It was a sea of Orange and Black.

Look up "Geary Dean Method" on Youtube. This method is probably the best approach in your situation. It requires only one bucket, a sprayer, ONR, Quick Detailer, and about a dozen good quality 2 sided MF towels.

I shown this method to a few of my clients (those who didn't want to deal with the hassle of a full blown wash ) and they all seemed to like it a lot .

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Wash it on the street

I try to get a spot on the street in front of my apartment when someone moves their car. Otherwise I double park and drag the hose out to the street and wash it.
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ONR is amazing stuff.
Don't recommend the waterless washes though, seen lots of swirls with people that use those frequently.
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