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Old 06-10-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
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What happens when u take a jeep with a soft through a car wash?

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Same thing that happens when you take a Jeep with a hard top through a car wash.Either it get's washed or damaged. It all depends on the car wash. I assume you are talking about one that does it automatically.

the soft top will be more fragile to scuffing the windows. I've taken mine through but in all honesty, car washes are a waste of time. Why risk damaging the vehicle when you can do it yourself better with a little elbow grease.

Most car washes have a disclaimer that whatever damage is done, they are not responsible.

to me, that pretty much gives them freedom not to do proper upkeep of the equipment. If it works, great, if not you are screwed.


if for whatever reason you do not want to do it yourself, I would look around, many towns and cities have car washes going on to get money for some type of event or charity, and they will do it for the same cost and be a hell of a lot better.

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I would look around, many towns and cities have car washes going on to get money for some type of event or charity, and they will do it for the same cost and be a hell of a lot better.
Not on your life.... Have you ever seen the kind of job a bunch of teenagers do on a vehicle with the sponges/rags that they've been throwing on the ground, picking up all sorts of dirt/grit/sand?

Seriously, if you don't have the space to do it at home, go to the diy bay and use the wand and a bucket and microfiber mitt... It takes 5 minutes max to wash a Jeep's exterior... Underneath takes quite a bit longer, depending on what you've been doing with it, but even then, that nice hot pressurized water works wonders....
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I took mine Half way through the automatic carwash. As soon as those high pressure jets hit the soft top, a bunch of "SMOKE" and "DUST" started flying around inside and I felt some misting water.....when the jets got to the front I hit it in reverse and backed out all soapy.I didn't find any damage but I'm not doing that crap again.
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Not on your life.... Have you ever seen the kind of job a bunch of teenagers do on a vehicle with the sponges/rags that they've been throwing on the ground, picking up all sorts of dirt/grit/sand?
My wife used to give me a bunch of crap about not letting her take her car to those car washes.....until she went to one by herself and ended up with a bunch of swirls in her paint. Now my TJ, on the other hand, could probably get more swirls in the paint and I wouldn't even notice. She need a buffing bad!

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My wife used to give me a bunch of crap about not letting her take her car to those car washes.....until she went to one by herself and ended up with a bunch of swirls in her paint. Now my TJ, on the other hand, could probably get more swirls in the paint and I wouldn't even notice. She need a buffing bad!

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Wes, it's good to know another detail freak I cringed for a year every time we went wheeling, just thinking about all the time I was going to spend buffing afterward... I finally just decided to throw in the towel and get over myself (after he got his own Jeep )
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Not on your life.... Have you ever seen the kind of job a bunch of teenagers do on a vehicle with the sponges/rags that they've been throwing on the ground, picking up all sorts of dirt/grit/sand?

Seriously, if you don't have the space to do it at home, go to the diy bay and use the wand and a bucket and microfiber mitt... It takes 5 minutes max to wash a Jeep's exterior... Underneath takes quite a bit longer, depending on what you've been doing with it, but even then, that nice hot pressurized water works wonders....

This coming from someone that post pics of offroading in mud and trails! You don't mind doing all that but don't trust someone to wash it for fear of dirt/grit/sand being in the sponge?

Not sure about your area, but mine has some pretty decent folks that do an excellent job. sure, there are one or two places I wouldn't allow.

To each their own though. I do agree the DIY bays work great but the brushes will scratch it just as bad. After I get through off roading, I'll generally take it to one of them and clean it off as best as it can, but I detail it at home or there with my own rag and bucket.
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This coming from someone that post pics of offroading in mud and trails! You don't mind doing all that but don't trust someone to wash it for fear of dirt/grit/sand being in the sponge?

Not sure about your area, but mine has some pretty decent folks that do an excellent job. sure, there are one or two places I wouldn't allow.

To each their own though. I do agree the DIY bays work great but the brushes will scratch it just as bad. After I get through off roading, I'll generally take it to one of them and clean it off as best as it can, but I detail it at home or there with my own rag and bucket.
I come from the hot rod world, and detailing is a huge part of show cars... I still have the heart of a detailer. And yeah, it makes my heart cry when it's covered with mud, inside and out... And every trail stripe makes it hurt even more. But there's a difference between trail stripes and swirls and scratches caused by lack of proper washing/care.... I have a 10 year old Jeep with some trail stripes and no swirls... Hubby has a 4 y/o with tons of trail stripes, a few dents but no swirls.. It's all in what's important to you.
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I've taken my soft top thru a touch-less automatic carwash several times with no problems. But, I usually wash it in the DIY bay using the power spray wand.
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I have always run my 98 through with the soft or hard top due to living in the city I have no choice. I never go through a touchless because the pressure is too high and I don't like getting wet. I use a california duster on the top and windows before I put it down and before I run it through the wash. My back window is the original and it only has very light scratches.

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