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Re: Gas Station Car Wash

Postby 19trax95 » Feb 09 2020, 4:21pm

My friend is the manager of a carwash out in ohio. Hers is the brush type.

Even the soaps they use there are fairly aggressive. Definitely strips wax. And all they also add a chemical in the "spot free" rinse that aids in drying the truck.

And all those multi colored soaps that they say are some special wax and wash, are all the same exact soap with different dyes injected into it. It all comes from one 55 gallon poly drum in the pump room.

Also all the water is reclaimed water. So your getting used water from everyone else before you.

I can count the number of times I've gone through a car was on one hand and still have fingers left over.

If its brutally cold I'll usually just go to the self wash and use the pressure washer part of if to get most of the salt off until I can wash it at home.
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Re: Gas Station Car Wash

Postby ricka182 » Feb 09 2020, 4:35pm

IMO, it's a never for the brushless washes. The high pressure and harsh soaps are no good, and yes I believe the soaps are harsher at a brushless versus a brushed. This is based on speaking to people who work for a company that offers both at certain locations. But I agree that none of the stuff they soak your paint with is anything more than the same thing with different dyes, some even have scents added to increase the "differences".

And unless my truck is really bad during the Winter from salts, I'll never use an wash again. Way too much damage to the clear, but during the winter I care less about it, because I will have marks to remove no matter what I do. But if I can, I will use a DIY bay in town, and always spray down the brush wand first.

Nothing like taking the time on a nice day to hand wash your truck, with a few cold beers of course...
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Re: Gas Station Car Wash

Postby MacQ » Feb 09 2020, 6:29pm

19trax95 wrote:. It all comes from one 55 gallon poly drum in the pump room. .


I used to haul those 55-gallon poly drums. They were a HAZMAT, placard "Corrosive" load. So yep, some harsh chemicals are used.
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Re: Gas Station Car Wash

Postby silverguy3500 [OP] » May 11 2020, 9:37pm

thanks for the replies...I am gonna stick with hand washing moving forward! and those gas station car washes have become super expensive lately!!
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Re: Gas Station Car Wash

Postby Brwk » May 28 2021, 5:31pm

1 truck, 1 Jeep, 2 motorcycles, and 1 boat.......i get lazy and use the car wash here
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