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Question about coin-op car wash

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Question about coin-op car wash

First to say, I don't have access to water since I don't live in a house.

I saw Spot Free Car Wash website and two nearby my place, I know all about avoiding swirl mark on my car and my car visually none right now. I usually hand wash two buckets but now winter here is getting inconvenient to wash in the cold (know there is waterless but doesn't work on thick dirt/salt). Can I not use the brush from coin-op? I saw on the website they have High Pressure Soap and then High Pressure Rinse just to get dirt and salt off.

Can I just use these two options? The instruction below looks like I have to go through a brush soap... I really don't want that on my car. Here is the instructions: https://www.spotfreecarwash.ca/services
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You don't have to use a brush. I usually start with High pressure rinse, then high pressure soap (no brush) and high pressure rinse.
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carmaster wrote:
Nov 18th, 2018 10:52 am
You don't have to use a brush. I usually start with High pressure rinse, then high pressure soap (no brush) and high pressure rinse.
Thanks! Good to know, but it is always a 4:00 limited time session?
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DJRMITO wrote:
Nov 18th, 2018 10:54 am
Thanks! Good to know, but it is always a 4:00 limited time session?
I guess it depends, the one I go to is 2:00.
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Depends on the car wash. On some machines you can extend the time by adding more coins before it shuts off.
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if you need more than 2 minutes to spray down the car, you're doing it wrong.
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Do not use the brush, as drivers use it to clean their tires also.
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I use the brush to clean out the bed of my pickup truck after hauling crap. I also use it to scrub the mud off wheels and whatever i can reach under the truck.

This is why you shouldn't use the brush on any painted surface.
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At most washes you can pick from whatever steps you want. Some places will let you bring your own bucket, as long as it is not busy.

I start with the rinse setting and fill up my bucket from the wash nozzle then add my own soap. Then I switch to soap and suds up my car with the wash nozzle to get off the loose dirt and salt.

Then I use a microfiber wash mitt and my bucket of soapy water. This is instead of the car wash's brush.

Then I rinse.
Last edited by Deepwater on Nov 18th, 2018 10:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Don't use the brush. Most people use it on their rims and tires.
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Do NOT use the brush....

Place here has $3 minimum for 3 minutes.

High pressure wash > High pressure wax > Rinse.

To be honest I can probably even skip the soap and just go for the wax and rinse. My car is hand waxed/sealed so nothing really sticks.
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Don't use the brush, I just put in the minimum amount (usually 2-3min), set it to spray wax, and rinse down the car. No point to soap or a water rinse if you're not going to properly clean the car with a new microfiber towel.
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engineered wrote:
Nov 18th, 2018 9:59 pm
Don't use the brush, I just put in the minimum amount (usually 2-3min), set it to spray wax, and rinse down the car. No point to soap or a water rinse if you're not going to properly clean the car with a new microfiber towel.
Very interesting, I've never thought about just going strictly straight to spray wax step. I'll have to try that next time and see how well it works.
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THS wrote:
Nov 18th, 2018 4:10 pm
Do NOT use the brush....

Place here has $3 minimum for 3 minutes.

High pressure wash > High pressure wax > Rinse.

To be honest I can probably even skip the soap and just go for the wax and rinse. My car is hand waxed/sealed so nothing really sticks.
engineered wrote:
Nov 18th, 2018 9:59 pm
Don't use the brush, I just put in the minimum amount (usually 2-3min), set it to spray wax, and rinse down the car. No point to soap or a water rinse if you're not going to properly clean the car with a new microfiber towel.
Well I got to try out today what you guys suggested. I think it turned out pretty well, although I misjudged the time it took for the hose to switch from wax to just water. I was spraying wax for 2 minutes and switched over to rinse water for the last minute as I'd hoped, but the machine took about another 20 seconds to fully change over to clear water, so I barely had enough time to properly rinse. For not using a brush to wash a vehicle, it surprisingly turned out well. I'll have to hone my skills better on the next coin wash.
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radeonboy wrote:
Dec 4th, 2018 11:28 pm
Well I got to try out today what you guys suggested. I think it turned out pretty well, although I misjudged the time it took for the hose to switch from wax to just water. I was spraying wax for 2 minutes and switched over to rinse water for the last minute as I'd hoped, but the machine took about another 20 seconds to fully change over to clear water, so I barely had enough time to properly rinse. For not using a brush to wash a vehicle, it surprisingly turned out well. I'll have to hone my skills better on the next coin wash.
I never even switch to water, just 100% spray wax. The place I go to uses clear spray wax so doesn't need rinsing. I doubt it does much tough.

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