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Old 18-03-2017, 09:06 AM
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My mantra is better to not wash the car than put it through a mechanical car wash. The dirt on the car won't do any damage, the car wash trying to clean the dirt off will.

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Old 18-03-2017, 04:57 PM
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A neighbour many years ago took his fairly new E class through a car wash.. The problem was that the precious car left his ariel up, which got wrapped around the car wash rollers.. It then proceeded to scrath the hell out of the neighbours car !
I went through one last year, it bent the star right back on the bonnet, which then snapped off when i tried to put it back upright!
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Old 18-03-2017, 05:30 PM
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After the Rover 820 in British Racing Green I was cleaning for trade in got covered in microscratches by a mechanical car wash, I swore I would never use one again - and I have not! The hand wash guys at our local Tescos are really good, use only Autoglym products, so I now use them rather than get knackered/badly out of breath doing it myself.
Bucket and sponge, the only way
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Old 18-03-2017, 05:32 PM
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The one I use, I was informed, uses sponge tipped brushes and their rival just up the road uses nylon brushes.
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Bucket and sponge, the only way
Sponges are good for collecting grit and getting swirls, best on black cars as they show up really well.
I would never use a sponge. Mine get a mitt like this one.
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Leave it to the rain then?
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Sponges are good for collecting grit and getting swirls, best on black cars as they show up really well.
I would never use a sponge. Mine get a mitt like this one.
Good call, I have heard of these before so will be getting some.
When I have been hand washing I use a sponge. Since you have mention the swirl marks on black cars I have notice mine is showing these signs
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Sponges are just bad news for washing cars - the bubbles they are made of create little pockets for grit to sit in, which users then wipes all over their cars. Any form of mitt is better, or a safe, closed cell sponge like this: http://www.raceglaze.co.uk/race-glaz...-sponge-white/

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I now have a micro mit which I used on Sunday, the sponge is in the bin!
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