automatic car wash- will it scratch

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  1. Hemipower95

    Hemipower95 Senior Member

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    Will an automatic car wash scratch my paint? (Its a new truck)I like to wash by hand, but my truck picks up dirt really fast, and i like to have it clean. I know it might not make a really noticeable scratch, but just wondering.
     
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    I've never had a scratch from a car wash
     
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    I like to wash by hand as well, but in Alaska in the winter that's not an option. Go to a touchless and you'll be fine.
     
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    Stay out of the scratch and dent washes, i wash by hand or only go thru touchless washes

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    Go Touchless and you will be fine...

    Problems I have noticed (at least in my area)...

    -The "special wax/polishes" they put on the truck might mess with your auto wipers (if you have them)
    -They do not do a great job only a decent job. I have tried 5 in my area only only 1 is remotely worth it
    -I love the under carriage blast for removing road salt and debris, especially before an oil change.
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    More than likely it will not scratch your paint. However, it will scratch your clear coat. Even hand washing can do that. That's what swirls are. I am pretty meticulous about how I wash and wax my vehicles. Hand wash and a good sealant before winter. If I cant hand wash in the winter I only use touchless washes with undercarriage but no polish or wax.
     
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    Always touchless. The only do it yourself car wash within 15 miles of me ends up costing me $10.00 at minimum and that's when I'm rushing so I don't run out of time. I swear 1 minute is more like 30-40 seconds.

    9 out of 10 times I wash by hand in the summer. The closest gas station gives you .10 off a gallon of gas when you buy a car wash so I look at like it's a win win during the winter.
     
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    It won't scratch the paint but will leave swirl marks like crazy. If you have a machine polisher, then do it at risk and fix the swirls when it warms up. I will never take my vehicles through them, especially after seeing the way the previous owner of my truck treated it...worst swirls ever.
     
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    those touchless washers never seem to get my rims clean.anyone else have that problem?
     
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    I've never really had issues with automatic car washes. Over time, they may leave swirl marks, but you see that on 99% of the cars out there. There's a few here that are pretty anal about their swirl marks but most of us have them.

    One thing I recommend doing before going through the automatic car washes is beef up your third brake light gasket. I have a theory that people that use automatic car washes or pressure washers destroy the OEM junk gasket and could lead to water leaks down the road.

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