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Old 04-06-2021, 06:43 PM
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Default In a car wash does the wax application actually do anything?

In an automatic car wash you can choose the wax option but does it actually do anything?
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I get it. Prolly helps, but modern finishes with clear hold up well compared to enamel and lacquer finishes. He’ll, I never wax my truck. An occasional application of a WOWA “protectant”. I get unlimited washes for $30 month. I’m in there 2-4 times per week. Especially with pollen, or rainy season.
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You don’t love your car

but no. Not really. It’s a watered down spray that is quickly blown off
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IMO, those applications are so watered down, while given zero time to adhere at all that they last only a few days tops! Plus, how many times per day do you think those washes actually change water so it's not washing with dirty water. I havn't used one of those in over 2 decades because I think besides being horrible for your paint, they provide zero protection and actually do more harm than good!
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I never use them. I hand wash at home. I had a friend bring his truck over so we could wax it. He said he just ran it through the car wash on his way to my house. I grabbed a white towel and ran it across the hood and his jaw dropped at the dirt on the towel. He now hand washes it.
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It's a marketing gimmick, akin to spraying wax on your car then immediately hosing it off.

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Yes it works...at relieving you of some cash.
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Doesn't do anything but get another few bucks outta ya! At least in the old days they added a perfume to the 'wax' to make it smell like wax.
As I get older and care less about my car and more about what I do with my time, I do use the car wash more. Here in Florida where the roads never see salt or sand, cars can go a long time between washes. Out west where the only months we don't get snow are July and August, roads have dirt on them all the time (many of the road I travel are dirt roads anyway). 90% Of the time I just hit mine lightly with my 1100psi washer which stays hooked up out by the shed.
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Doesn't do anything but get another few bucks outta ya! At least in the old days they added a perfume to the 'wax' to make it smell like wax.
As I get older and care less about my car and more about what I do with my time, I do use the car wash more. Here in Florida where the roads never see salt or sand, cars can go a long time between washes. Out west where the only months we don't get snow are July and August, roads have dirt on them all the time (many of the road I travel are dirt roads anyway). 90% Of the time I just hit mine lightly with my 1100psi washer which stays hooked up out by the shed.
same thing up north- foam cannon & 1100pso power washer to keep the heavy stuff off between washes
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Originally Posted by Tbrodes View Post
same thing up north- foam cannon & 1100pso power washer to keep the heavy stuff off between washes
Been thinking of trying a foam cannon... So you like it I presume. Initially thought of it for the off road toys, there are products being advertised to apply to the UTV before you get it dirty, so the mud will come off easier... That's what I'm thinking.
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The wax companies must be subsidized by the windshield wiper companies. the only thing that wax sticks to is the glass and shortens the lifespan of your wipers !
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foam cannon and a cheap electric pressure washer. I also use a leaf blower ($70) to dry the car in seconds.
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It's just a liquid additive to their rinse cycle - while it may stick marginally to the finish, most is just washed away, or blown off by the drier.

** Side note - automatic car wash tunnels add a slight amount of liquid wax to their rinse arch on ALL washes anyway, as it helps the water shed process when the drier kicks on at end of tunnel. (I used to run a wash facility)
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Been thinking of trying a foam cannon... So you like it I presume. Initially thought of it for the off road toys, there are products being advertised to apply to the UTV before you get it dirty, so the mud will come off easier... That's what I'm thinking.
Foam cannons are cheap and easy to use. If you want dirt to come off easy think about ceramic coating. I ceramic coat my cars and host of other things, from my snowblower, lawnmower and mountain bikes

For paint I use this.... https://amzn.to/327eULz For trim, plastics this... https://amzn.to/31Rb8Wb
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foam cannons basically just apply all the soap in one big sploosh. The pressure washer does all the heavy work.

I have a garden hose foam thingy and it was fun the first couple of times. But I still have to actually hand wash the car. So back to soap and bucket.
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Oh yeah, it does something.
When your kids are toddlers, it buys you another 60 seconds of entertainment for them and another minute of peace and quiet for you.
Worth 3x what it costs, even if (though) we all know it's just some foamy colored water.
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Seems like a real good marketing gimmick.
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The paints may be better, but the clear coats now suck. they are so thin.
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Depends on which one! Some products are cationic surfactants and a water soluble wax. The primary purpose is to assist in rinsing (promotes water beading and leaves less water hardness streaking). Others may leave minimal wax residue. If you never wax your vehicle it is better than nothing. You should wax your vehicle.
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I'm sure it does something but not much from what I can tell. Definitely not like actually waxing your car

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