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Old 03-22-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Carwash damage

Got my rear license plate holder RIPPED OFF by the car wash brushes yesterday. I've used this car wash prob 50 times before w no prob...I'm starting to re think if I should be using a traditional car wash. I'm really not mad... It's an easy fix. Already ordered a new one, could have been a lot worse I'm sure if it got ahold of my soft top and pulled I'd be pretty pissed.

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?? Why are you going through a car wash in a soft top?

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Old 03-22-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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I prefer the spray wash places. For 4 bucks you get a better wash and u can really get into the hard to clean places like under fenders. Air dry on way to house. Boom, done,
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Got my rear license plate holder RIPPED OFF by the car wash brushes yesterday. I've used this car wash prob 50 times before w no prob...I'm starting to re think if I should be using a traditional car wash. I'm really not mad... It's an easy fix. Already ordered a new one, could have been a lot worse I'm sure if it got ahold of my soft top and pulled I'd be pretty pissed.
If it ripped your license plate holder off, what has it done to your rear vinyl windows?

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I prefer the spray wash places. For 4 bucks you get a better wash and u can really get into the hard to clean places like under fenders. Air dry on way to house. Boom, done,
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?? Why are you going through a car wash in a soft top?

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My Jeep never sees a drive through car wash especially when I had soft tops. I wash all my vehicles by hand. It's rewarding and I get some exercise.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:50 AM   #6
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Blah I've taken all five if my wranglers I've had through a car wash with a soft top and I get them washed constantly.... Never 1 problem
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:52 AM   #7
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And to all of the hand wash only guys...have fun hand washing your salty rig in 20 degree weather.... Unless of course you live in a warm weather only climate, in which case I'm jealous
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I take mine through a car wash with a soft top, and never have any issues, but I would never use one of the brush-type car washes. Touchless only. (for any car, not just a Jeep)
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blah i've taken all five if my wranglers i've had through a car wash with a soft top and i get them washed constantly.... Never 1 problem

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Old 03-22-2014, 11:10 AM   #10
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Its either touchless carwash, or wash at home, no way would I go thru a brush system.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:30 AM   #11
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I don't recommend car washes for a soft top, or in my case, a Black Wrangler, because of the scratches and swirls that the create!
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:58 AM   #12
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As others have said brushless car washes are the only way to go. I understand those that say "it's just a Jeep" and maybe its an old habit form my previous vehicle, but I will never take it through a car wash with brushes, even with a hard top. Besides the obvious major damage like you experienced, you will get swirl marks galore by using one. Only way my rig is getting scratches is from taking her off road or the occasional rock that hits you on the highway. That or those careless people who don't pay attention and door ding you -_-

Stick to a do it yourself car wash bay, your own bucket and mitt, or a touch less. If you don't have a place to hook up a hose I highly recommend Optimum No Rinse as well so long as your rig isn't caked in mud. All you need is a 2 gallon bucket, a good microfiber waffle towel and mitt, and about 40 minutes of your time. Used it on my prior vehicle in the winter months and never had a single issue, great stuff!
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:47 PM   #13
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No car wash for me, ever. Just imagine if one of the jeepers on this board who think its cool to run their rig caked with mud has gone before you? You want there crap destroying your finish? All my vehicles are hand washed. Yes, even in Montana winters.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:04 PM   #14
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And to all of the hand wash only guys...have fun hand washing your salty rig in 20 degree weather.... Unless of course you live in a warm weather only climate, in which case I'm jealous

Well then be Hella Jealous!
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I'm pretty sure I even read in the manual that you shouldn't take a soft top through a car wash with brushes. Just sayin'.
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No car wash for me, ever. Just imagine if one of the jeepers on this board who think its cool to run their rig caked with mud has gone before you? You want there crap destroying your finish? All my vehicles are hand washed. Yes, even in Montana winters.
I much prefer to hand wash at home, but when its 0 degrees and your Jeep is snow-white with road salt, there isn't much choice. You got to get that salt off, and hand washing just can't be done; not even in your garage (where its a "balmy" 10 deg).

You don't think all that the road salt is going to destroy your finish if left on all winter?
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:35 PM   #17
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I never use the automatic car wash. You never know when the spinning brushes or the long curtain brushes will catch on to a part of your jeep.
I frequently use the high pressure spray wand in between a good hand wash at home if it's just light dirt. The spray wash is a god send in the winter on below freezing days to power off the road salt with hot water.
Before I got my jeep , the automatic car wash I usually went to, some dumbass had just gone through with his pick up with a milk jug of old motor oil in the truck bed and got busted open and all over the curtain brushes. It totally trashed the next two cars in line before anyone realized what happened.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:06 PM   #18
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Car washes are the biggest wastes of money IMO. I always use the DIY ones or hand wash in my driveway. Not only is it the most economical, it's the safest. If you're careful, there won't be any damage to worry about!
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My light bar makes automatic car washes, mission impossible.
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No car wash for me, ever. Just imagine if one of the jeepers on this board who think its cool to run their rig caked with mud has gone before you? You want there crap destroying your finish? All my vehicles are hand washed. Yes, even in Montana winters.
No chance of that if it's a brushless wash. We take ours through a brushless wash frequently in the winter to wash off all the salt.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:03 PM   #21
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Yep, soft top windows are screwed, and I would charge about $400 to correct your paint. I love when people use the car wash
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:43 PM   #22
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touchless or i don't go. i made the mistake not long after i got mine, and i now have some nice black swirls randomly in my black paint that need to be addressed...
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Before I got my jeep , the automatic car wash I usually went to, some dumbass had just gone through with his pick up with a milk jug of old motor oil in the truck bed and got busted open and all over the curtain brushes. It totally trashed the next two cars in line before anyone realized what happened.
How do you know what happened? Right down to the details of it being a milk jug with motor oil?
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I took mine through a touchless a few weeks ago, and the force of the water caused it to come in between the hard top and the body on one side and get the back seats wet!
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My Jeep goes through a hybrid hand wash, touchless spray wash a couple of times a week. It keeps the undercarriage clean and the paint still looks brand new. I never take anything with new-ish paint or plastic windows through a brush wash. But if the previous owner already swirled it then it's no problem.
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I've used this car wash about 50x before and no prob.... Until this last trip. I'm going to go back to using the pressure wash and soapy brush. But darn, the automatic is just so easy and convenient.
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I also find the touchless washes never seem to get it all the way clean. Always a film of dirt that only a soapy sponge will remove.
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I will mix my use of touchless car wash and hand wash. In the winter it is great to get all the salt and crap off with the touchless car wash. In the winter, you really can't do that in your driveway here unless you want your own ice skating rink for a month or so.

I will never go with the brush car wash. I have had too many problems with other cars that don't have as much stuff to grab as my Jeeps.
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I didnt know we were supposed to wash jeeps. Mine gets washed by the cleanest of all water... Rain.
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How do you know what happened? Right down to the details of it being a milk jug with motor oil?
Lol, I was next in line when the second guy abruptly pulled out of the car wash after the first pass of motor oil laden vertical brushes. The first guy said that he saw something that looked like a milk jug flopping around in the guys pick up.

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