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I just signed up for a monthly unlimited wash plan at a local car wash.  It’s right around the corner from the house so I can easily get a wash daily.  How much is too much? Will I damage the pain if I get it washed too frequently? Should I get it washed weekly or am I safe getting it washed more often?

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Hopefully you shower daily.  Sorry, couldn’t resist!

 

I’ve been washing  my black 09 about every 10 days or so, maybe weekly in the winter. I also get the spray wax with the wash and an annual hand wax.

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I was mine once a week but according to an article I read online, it is recommended to only wash your car every 2 weeks and have it waxed every 6 months. 

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If I chose to buy a wash plan, I'd make sure the facilities are to my liking, meaning minimal risk of scratching. (There's a place near my work that uses vehicle-contacting blower ducts to dry. I'm not going there ever again for fear of scratches)


I know a guy who has the Meijer (Walmart-esq Supermarket chain) unlimited wash card. He washed is car every other day... and when it snowed, he'd just scrape the front window then he'd run the car through the wash to de-ice the rest on the way in to work.

As far as me? I'd wash it probably every three or four days. One personal feeling I have towards any monthly paid service: If i'm paying for it, I'll utilize the crap out of it! 

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As was mentioned by NavalLacrosse, scratching is the main concern.  Another concern is the frequency and potency of detergents that your paint will be exposed to.   Even if you wash weekly,  that's 52 washes a year.  That's a lot!  Monthly washes should be sufficient,  imo.  If you're concerned about salt, get an undercarriage wash every few days, a monthly wash, and call it good.  I'd up the waxing schedule to every 2 months if you are constantly washing the car in this program.   

 

Peace.

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i only wash mine when it gets real bad, most of the time every few days i give it a quick wipe down with the micro towels and car detail spray between washes and wax ( which it is over do) of course i live in al so we have mostly great weather...

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They say that you just wash it if needed since it would worn out the paint but I really like my car to be spotless clean so I wash it every sunday morning. 

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I am really conflicted on this topic. I used to run the old DJ through the car wash, no problem. When I got it from my wife, she had run it through the car wash a bajillion times so it had a ton of swirl marks and tiny scratches. Since trading it for a new DJ, I want to start off right and not get into bad habits, sooo...I have washed it by hand since getting it, but that sucks since I don't own a power washer, which means going to the self serve car wash. That isn't an issue, it's the inserting damned quarters every time I want to rinse off the soap. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!

 

 

(#first world problems)

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We have these new car washes around here that only use microfiber "brushes". Does a fantastic job. Plus they have free vacuums. I use it regularly and never see any swirl marks. $16 and it does a better job than I can. Plus puts tire shine on as well. 

 

https://www.waveautowash.com/

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I'm not worried about the brush composition, but more how much dirt the brushes hold from wash to wash. That is where the swirl marks come from, the contaminants trapped in the brush, then those same dirty brushes being used to "clean" the next vehicle. How often they clean these brushes is also a major factor.

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