Car washing for idiots
July 8, 2012 8:27 AM Subscribe
How to get the best out of coin-op style carwashes?
posted by almostmanda to sports, hobbies, & recreation (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
There's a coin-op car wash setup near my home (it actually takes cards, and there is a $3 minimum). I just bought a new car with a dark, metallic blue exterior. I have never had to learn to use one of these kinds of car wash stations before (I've always driven really junky cars). I can't seem to figure out how to do it correctly. Can you explain to me, like a child, how to operate one of these so that I don't drive off with water spots and streaks all over the place? Do I have to towel dry my car while I'm there? Should I be doing it at night so the water doesn't dry so quickly? Which of the settings on the dial do I actually need to use, and which can I skip? Should I just pony up for the automatic wash?
Soaping up with a bucket and hose isn't really practical at my home, but I'm welcome to suggestions about easy stuff I can do in my driveway to keep the exterior of my car looking nice.