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Re: Clio II - can you auto carwash?

Another benefit of washing your car by hand is that its a great opportunity to inspect the paintwork and touch-in any chips before they start corroding.

And at this time of the year (with salt being spread), it doesn't take long for that to start.



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Hi!... my Savvy is just over 2years old & has been MachineWashed since new.
I have done over 50K, as I drive daily for my job as a Field Techhie, and I wash it perhaps every 4 or 6 weeks.

Its BlackMet (usually in matching and I remove the roof aerial & put the little polythene bag on the RearWiper.

As for scratching...well, gotts to say... Regular servicing is going to make it a much better servant!!

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Re: Clio II - can you auto carwash?

I have never had any car I owned washed in an auto-wash facility - the risk of damage to the paintwork and wiper, aerials ain't worth it in my view.
Again I never ever use a power washer either as cars (submarines maybe) were never designed to withstand the nozzle presures from most power systems as water may be forced into small crevices and if it freezes afterwards it will cause damage. Any damage may not be immediately evident but over time it is likely to show such as minute stone chips growing bigger over time.
Thankfully I have access to a hose and garage but in bygone years I used a bucket, good shampoo and a garden watering can for rinsing and a good wipe down with a chamois. What many people fail to realise is that a genuine chamois leather is actually has a polishing effect and chamois are used extensively in the jewelley trade to polish gold, silver, etc.
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Re: Clio II - can you auto carwash?

I can't see it being a problem,

But i think your mad for even thinking about itbut thats just my view,

There is nothing like a few good buckets of hot water using a cap full of car shampoo with every bucket and a big sponge and you will have it washed in no time,

I use my local power wash company in the winter when iam feeling lazy or cold but i always ask them to hold the lance part of the power washer as far back as possible when washing it and tell them to make sure they rinse it well when there taking the money at the window normally before its washed as you are paying for the service for it to be washed right and the customer is always rightthere quick enough to take your cash so make sure they also do a proper job on it!!,

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Re: Clio II - can you auto carwash?

Sponges can introduce just as many scratches and swirl marks as an auto wash. The grit etc stays on the surface of a sponge so even if regularly rinsed it will still scratch your car.

Use a car wash mitt - they dont cost that much and wash your car in an up/down/up motion rather than a circular motion. That way any minor swirls/scratches will be less noticeable as they will all be in a vertical direction rather thn in all directions.

Use two buckets - one with just water to regularly rinse the wash mitt - the other bucket to have your shampoo in.

Also dont overdo the shampoo as too much will strip the wax off your car. Lots of bubbles doesn't necessarily mean better cleaning!

Washing by hand may be a bit more work but unless you live right next door to a car wash by the time you get in the car, drive to the car wash, queue up and then drive home again you will have finished washing your car anyway. Also saved some money on fuel as well as getting a bit of light exercise.

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