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Old 06-25-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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Car wash?

Hey guys! I like to keep my JK looking fresh and washing him every other weekend is getting quite tedious. Is there an easier way? I know I've read that the automatic car washes are awful for the soft tops... But really? Are they really that bad? Help me out here.
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If you truly love your Jeep you will never, ever, ever, ever take it thru an auto wash.

Washing by hand gives you bonding time with your beast. :-)

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It just takes so long haha the washing and drying and waxing and then the interior.... I want a self cleaning jeep. When will that come out ?
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It just takes so long haha the washing and drying and waxing and then the interior.... I want a self cleaning jeep. When will that come out ?
I hear the 3015's will have the self cleaning option if you pay for the fusion reactor upgrade.
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Keep a good coat of wax on it. If you use a quality wax, you should only have to wax it a few times a year (depending on whether or not you garage it). A good coat of wax makes it easier to clean, and it will provide better results if you use a leaf blower to dry it. At least that will help until the self-cleaning cars get here, which is actually probably closer than you might think: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/au...-car.html?_r=0
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Ya you should only have it once or twice year if you are using a good wax. When I first got my JKU, I went to y buddies who is a pro. detailer and he let me use his wax and buffer. Gave it a good washing then waxxing and the water still beads beautifully off the Jeep even after a 6 weeks and tough mudding weekend.

What I use and may be helpful to you is Meguiar's quick detailer. Use a microfiber cloth and this and it will keep the paint clean and smooth. The stuff is magic. Its my after go-to afterwash product to get rid of water drops or I just use it to maintain the shine inbetween washes. I would adivse not to use to cean dirt or the like off as you want to wash that stuff off instead of wiping it off. Wiping it off will actaully scratch the paint. Other than that, use that stuff and I am sure it will make you happy.

http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-G1442.../dp/B000RXNLK6
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:41 AM   #7
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I'll also add that it smells nice to
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I have taken mine through the touchless car washes many times with no issue, softtop flexes a little but that is it, no leaks.
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If your not wanting to wash it anymore yourself every other week then a suggestion would be to take it to a hand wash car wash. Where I live there is plenty of those around. The place mine was taken to has a great rep, they do all the detailing for the dealerships. So they leave it looking like a new vehicle not just a clean one.
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The automatic touch less car washes are fine for your Jeep and will not harm your soft-top.
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That gecko green is my favorite color out of all the jeep colors. Your JK is awsome!
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:18 AM   #13
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I take my '11 unlimited through the car wash every other week with a soft top... never had an issue
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The point many are trying to make is that it's bad for your paint. Jeep, Lambo, Porsche, Ferrari, Yugo, it doesn't matter. If you want to take care of your paint the best you can, you won't take it thru an auto wash.

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Well the answer really depends on the kind of car wash you’re taking it to, but the short answer to your question is: Don’t take it to the car wash because it IS bad for your paint!

Having said that, let’s take a quick look at the different kinds of car washes.

First, there’s the tunnel wash with spinning “brushes” so to speak. We like to refer to these as swirl-o-matics! You can spend 20 hours polishing a car to perfection, and completely ruin it in one trip through this car wash. These are typically abrasive, and the dirt and abrasive debris from all of the other vehicles that have gone through there is now being applied to your car…at a high rate of speed. Avoid these at all costs!

Next there’s the “gentle” or “soft-cloth” car washes. The selling point on these are the fact that (a) they are made of soft cloth hanging vertically from the ceiling, and that (b) they just gently agitate the surface. Yes they are more gentle than the spinning brush tunnel washes, but they are still abrasive nonetheless! Once again, the “soft cloth” isn’t so soft because it’s caked with abrasive debris from all of the other vehicles that have been there. The small amount of water being sprayed to them between each wash isn’t enough to thoroughly clean them. Avoid these as well.

Finally there’s the touchless, or laser wash places. These don’t get the cars as clean, but they are far more safe than the other types of washes. I’d rather have a partially dirty car than a clean one with swirls that you get with the other types of washes. The biggest drawback to these however is that they use pretty harsh chemicals to do the cleaning so I wouldn’t recommend using them on a “regular” basis.

So what about the places that do hand washes? If it’s a volume based place with an assembly line of people working there, you’re probably getting the same abrasive kind of wash as an automatic car wash would provide. Unless you find a professional detailer that is schooled on the 2-bucket method of car washing, it’s going to be very difficult to receive a scratch-free wash.

If you have a place to do your own washing, I would highly recommend learning the latest washing and drying techniques to keep your paint looking its best. Improper washing and drying is the number one reason for swirls and scratches in paint!
A good hard wax will help with the trail pinstripes too.

Of course after my first FLOP I may not care :-)
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You might just have the cleanest Jeep I have ever seen. Inside and out!
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If you truly love your Jeep you will never, ever, ever, ever take it thru an auto wash.

Washing by hand gives you bonding time with your beast. :-)
^^^^^THIS^^^^^

The lazy man's wash is one sure fire way to acquire damage that wasn't previously on your Jeep.

...and don't forget to clay the surface when it feels rough and apply a good sealant and wax.
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Keep a good coat of wax on it. If you use a quality wax, you should only have to wax it a few times a year (depending on whether or not you garage it). A good coat of wax makes it easier to clean, and it will provide better results if you use a leaf blower to dry it. At least that will help until the self-cleaning cars get here, which is actually probably closer than you might think: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/au...-car.html?_r=0
Ummm that article is amazing!! Haha I wish!
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:23 AM   #18
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Thanks so much guys for all your input. What's a good wax to use? The one I bought only seems to last about a week or two before I'm back to square one with the dirt and water marks.i have my microfiber cloths but no leaf blower haha I live in an apartment so no yard work for me :-) but I also don't garage him and I live super close to nyc so the air is just filthy all the time. I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle.
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If you truly love your Jeep you will never, ever, ever, ever take it thru an auto wash.

Washing by hand gives you bonding time with your beast. :-)
Exactly.

Auto washes are horrible. Dozens upon dozens of cars go through them every day, and those brushes are full of fine grit and dirt just waiting to scratch the finish on your Jeep.

If I had a home (rather than an apartment), I would wash my Jeep every weekend, by hand.

Meguiar's is a good wax. Available at any local auto store, Walmart, whatever. They offer several varieties. The Ultimate line of polishes and waxes is fine.

If you're going to actually wax your Jeep, do it right, by following these steps in order, preferably in the shade:

1. Wash car using Dawn soap (no need to dry the car).
2. Clay bar the car while wet, also using detailing spray (read the instructions on the clay bar kit).
3. Some people wash the car again, but you can simply use a microfiber cloth to dry each section after you clay bar it. By the time you finish clay barring the entire car, it should all be dry. If not, dry the rest of the car.
4. Tape off all black exterior trim pieces in preparation for the next steps.
5. Polish the car (Meguiar's sells polishes and axes).
6. Wax the car.
7. Remove the tape from the exterior trim pieces.
8. Clean your windows.

This process takes a few hours at least. It's much easier applying the polish and wax using a orbital polisher, like this.
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It voids the warranty when you wash and wax it, .
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Samantha, I'm totally disappointed you didn't get the Deathly Hallows reference.
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Samantha, I'm totally disappointed you didn't get the Deathly Hallows reference.
I didn't haha it was like 3am last time I posted. Hahaha but it was very clever. :-)
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This wax is about the best you can get at a local store (from my pro detailer buddy says).
http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...ech-waxreg-20/
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new JKUR owner... and I must say, its the hardest vehicle to wash and dry that ive ever owned!!

so many nooks and crannies.. so many flat areas where water pools up...

Yikes!! crazy. Gonna try to do a quick drive around block after wash before attempting to dry...

wax... best ive found, Mother pure carnuba paste, no abrasives. A bit more difficult to put on and take off than some of the Hi tech synthetics.. but lasts longer as well!! used it for 20 yrs plus.
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I bought some of this a few months back and put in on my Jeep and my Mustang.
ArmorAll Extreme Shield Wax.

It's the one on TV you see that sheds dirt. It actually seems to work.

The worst part about washing Jeeps is all the black plastic. Takes as long every other week to put Back to Black or some other protector on all of the plastic trim as it does to wash it.

The Jeep takes twice as long as the Mustang.

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I'm constantly washing mine too.

When I first got my jeep I got a monthly pass to an automatic car wash place by my house but after a few times I noticed it was doing a crappy job and not getting everywhere so I cancelled it.

Every so often I take it to a hand wash place and they do a pretty decent job.
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Auto washes are horrible. Dozens upon dozens of cars go through them every day, and those brushes are full of fine grit and dirt just waiting to scratch the finish on your Jeep.
That's a myth. Properly operating tunnel equipment does not collect any grit/dust/dirt period. If that were not the case full service tunnels would go out of business, and yet they thrive in the rust belt where damage to paint would be catastrophic in very short order. Tunnel operators are liable for any damage to your vehicle due to their negligence. Often they will have posted exceptions for aftermarket equipment because they can't account for all of the possible aftermarket items (mirrors and antennas being some of the worst).

And a clarification.. most tunnels no longer use what consumers would call brushes (stiff bristles).. Those would sometimes cause a bit of a problem. The modern 'brush' uses a soft cloth material that when properly maintained and cleaned is extremely safe. I suspect it's this outdated information that makes people scared of using full service car washes. You can still find these brushes at gas stations though.
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Once you have kids you discover that car washes are ok!

Yes, washing by hand is the preferred method by the majority, but there are much worse things you could do than to go through an autowash....
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Lmao every other weekend? I wash mine every 3rd day
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Once you have kids you discover that car washes are ok!

Yes, washing by hand is the preferred method by the majority, but there are much worse things you could do than to go through an autowash....
Washing by hand is much worse if not done properly, ever watch someone take a wash mit and dip it into a bucket of dirty water? Scary....

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