NOOOOOO don't do it!!!!!
Those things will scratch swirl and just generall f-up your paint. Don't do it.
If you have to take it to a hand carwash at least.
This is a discussion on Gas Station Wash within the Detailing Forum forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I know it takes a lot of pride out of washing your own car with your own time and your ...
I know it takes a lot of pride out of washing your own car with your own time and your own resources, but my question regards exterior damage. No grilling please if this is a noob question either. Is it bad for the paint or anything to take your car to those outdoor wash it yourself areas at gas stations? I imagine it can be pretty bad if there is any debris in the brush, or because of the texture of the brush, but has anybody had a really bad experience washing their cars at these stations?
I've only just used the power washer at one of those places. Never any brushes, you never know where they've been. I would say you need to find a touchless wash somewhere. those work alright.
Otherwise, just bring a bucket, car wash soap, wash mit, and your own towells to one of these places. AVOID THE BRUSH AT ALL COST
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If your going to use gas station wash make sure that it is cloth wash or touch free. if the wash is cloth wash make sure that that the brushes are getting plenty of soap for lubricity. stay away from the nylon type. I do a lot of business with the car wash industry in CT, I also sell the chemicals and maintain the washes. good luck
I just use the power washer in between washes to help keep the ride clean.