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Old 02-16-2007, 05:40 PM
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Hand Wash only?

How many of you hand wash your SAV or go to a touchless car wash? Never took my X5 to the car wash. Don't want got get swirl marks. People must think I'm crazy doing that and detailing for like 3 hrs sometimes. What do you guys use on your SAV? I try to claybar it once a year. Do a good wax before winter and after.
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:43 PM
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I use a touchless car wash in winter, and by hand the rest of the time. Never had an issue with it except that it really doesn't clean very well - just gets the major stuff off. But here in the N. east, I don't see much choice...
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How many of you hand wash your SAV or go to a touchless car wash? Never took my X5 to the car wash. Don't want got get swirl marks. People must think I'm crazy doing that and detailing for like 3 hrs sometimes. What do you guys use on your SAV? I try to claybar it once a year. Do a good wax before winter and after.
Most here are like you and only hand wash. I get flamed for going to the car wash.
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:48 PM
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Sorry, but at 30 degrees, touchless. Handwash myself otherwise.
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How many of you hand wash your SAV or go to a touchless car wash? Never took my X5 to the car wash. Don't want got get swirl marks. People must think I'm crazy doing that and detailing for like 3 hrs sometimes. What do you guys use on your SAV? I try to claybar it once a year. Do a good wax before winter and after.
Handwash only. If it's in for any work at my local BMW dealers, they write 'Handwash only' on all the paper work - they know how particular I am about it. Although, I have seen them put brand new M5's, X5's, M6's etc etc through a car wash (BMW approved) before being handed over to new buyers - criminal!!!!
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I use a carwash and a touchless carwash. What is the problem with regular car washes?
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:07 PM
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I've always washed all my rides by hand. That way I can guarantee it doesn't get messed up in the process.
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Washed it for the first time through a touchless car wash the other day. It got most of the stuff off, but there's still a film of dirt around the car. Next time I'll definitely wash by hand.
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People must think I'm crazy doing that and detailing for like 3 hrs sometimes.
Because the 3 hours is too short? I've been known to spend the better part of a weekend with my process. I have yet to try my process on my X5 but on my previous vehicle I would wash, clay, wash, polish, wax, and seal. Usually 10 hours +. PC helps cut down on that time.....

Oh, and with all the salt they put on the roads here I have no choice but to run through the car wash in the winter. I do not use the gas station car wash, but a higher end car wash should be fine.
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I hand wash in the warmer months. During winter I will go to a carwash with a heated stall and use the sprayer to blast off the major stuff, handwash with my own soap and bucket, then rinse with the wand again. Then dry it while I am still there before heading out into the cold.
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