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i assumed these would be OK, but i never thought to ask. those foam brush thingies at car washes, the ones used to "scrub" your car with, are those OK for our cars? i know years ago, you weren't supposed to used any kind of brush at a car wash (back in the days where they had those big ones that rolled over your car) because it would create swirl marks all over your finish, but what about those wand ones in the DIY car wash bays? are they OK?
 

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I cant stand those, in conecpt they're okay, but i know far too well, thet people use those brushes to clean thier wheels. no way in hell is somehting used to clean wheels gonna touch my paint.
 

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Wheels? I've seen people scrubbing engine blocks sitting in the bed of their pickup trucks with it....

If it was your very own brush, you'd probably be okay. But I think the problem is the other bozos who have used it before you contaminating it with grit.
 

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NNNNNOOOOOOOOOO stay far away from car washes and brushes!!!!

Your beetle needs a wash with a nice soft wash mitt and a water hose...ahhhh such a happy beetle.
 

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Toad is right! I use them to clean my wheels on my truck, and that is it. I hand wash the TS. :cool:
i use them to wash my wheels AND my car. oops. :eek:
 

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Just an addition to what has been said, I heard that 'some'of the do it yourself carwashes use "recaptured" water, meaning that the water is recycled and filtered and then re-used. Despite being filtered, you may be blasting your car with water that has some particulate in it. As for the brushes, I have seen the effects of the brush on a new black Jetta and it is not pretty. I never noticed it on previous cars that were beige/silver, but now I know what damage can occur even if it's not as visible as it was with black. I have also seen the effects of a "scratchless" carwash on my black Jetta in the winter when the car was caked with road salt, the 'scratchless' pads left scratches because of the amount of road salt on the car! Be careful if you value your finish and shine.
 

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You can't forget about the guy using it to wash is truck that has 1" of mud caked to it...
 

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all very good points! i never thought of it that way! i just might have to rethink how i wash my car now! i only use the car wash places because i can't wash mine at home, really. i rent and have no driveway!
 

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Yep, don't use that brush. I used it a few times until became aware that it would leave swirl marks. Use the touchless auto car wash, and the pressure washer by hand (especially during winter to clean the underside of road salt and grime). If you want to enhance the no touch effect, carry a bottle of Simpel Green an spray to wheels and wheel wells before you go in (but keep away from the sun).

If some section of the bug does not clean well, it's best (although more work) to go home and work on those areas with clear coat safe "cleaner wax", and then add a second coat of your favorite wax or polish on top of that. I find that the entire back bumper of the bug need that special treatment every six months or so. So the advice is to give some extra polish or wax to those areas that get dirtier. That way the no-touch car wash can clean the car well.:)
 

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noooooooooooo!

if i ever have any bugs or cooked on gunk, i buy a 3 dollar microfiber wash mitt from the wal-mart across the street and use that. the pressurized water normally takes care of everything else.

most of the time, those brushes end up on the ground at my car wash anyways - a big turnoff.

i see though that most people just aren't patient enough and don't make as many passes with the hose as, say, an automated touch free wash would. i go at least thrice with water to rinse, then at least thrice with the soapy power phase, then rinse and repeat as needed.

i guess most people are just in a hurry, whereas i consider it good fun.
 

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I don't think there has been a time when I've went to the carwash to wash the other car that I haven't seen someone use the brush on their tires. If memory serves me correctly I belive we have washed Skittle by hand everytime. Also a microfiber towel is good for washing and cleaning the bug.
 

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callisto9 said:
all very good points! i never thought of it that way! i just might have to rethink how i wash my car now! i only use the car wash places because i can't wash mine at home, really. i rent and have no driveway!
If I lived in the same town as you, I would let you come over to my house and wash it. :)
~Shelly
 

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shellbug said:
If I lived in the same town as you, I would let you come over to my house and wash it. :)
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aw, thanks! i take it to the parent's sometimes...when i want to spend 3 hours cleaning it. ;)
 

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Yes tomarow is Saturday. That is my day for Powder's big wash. All the extras. Tuesdays and Thurdays he just gets a bath. I promise not to use the brush if that is where it takes me and I swear that in the past if I "MAY" have used the brush I did so only AFTER using the high pressure soap feature to clean it. Lets hope for a another beautiful day in Tampa.

"Just Say No To The Brush!"
 

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I put in a bit of extra money and hold the spray gun almost right to the brush and give it hell.

I use the foam brush after that though, but there's nothing on it after a minute of pressurewashing. :D

It's nothing but washing at home in the summer though, but I have new a new paint job on the horizon, only needs to last one more summer at the most, so a relatively clean foam brushing isn't going to make or break anything in that short of a lifespan.

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