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7 comments on Question: Do you need full paint correction or just a detailing?

  1. David says:

    Great write-up Eric. Seeing that we have pretty nasty winters here, it is hard to get local customers to keep out of the drive thru wash bays. But the few that are able to get into a “proper wash” routine, obviously keep there cars looking pretty good. Which in turn saves a ton on the pocket book, since they only need the occasional “detail.” As always your write ups are very informative and I think I speak for everyone here in saying, we look forward to seeing more of your work and knowledge soon. Have a nice day sir.

  2. Jesse says:

    Does this include touchless car washes?

  3. David says:

    To my understanding touchless washes… While they may not leave the heavy swirls, the chemicals they have to use to remove the contaminants will also remove and protection on the paint. If a touchless wash is absolutely needed then I would recomnend following immediately with some kind of wax or sealant of your choice. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • Mark says:


      I agree with your conclusions. Back in 1995 I saw my first “touchless” car wash and was intrigued at the prospect of a “friction less” wash. So much so, that I seriously considered buying one as a business venture. I researched touchless extensively, visiting touchless car wash manufacturers, soap suppliers and scores of in-bay washes.

      While touchless got the car pretty clean it seemed to me that it did so at the expense of whatever wax protection was on the car. Strong soap solutions with long “dwell times” (soaking in suds designed to loosen dirt), hot water under pressure (“impingement”) added up to a wash that could strip wax in a few sessions.

      Supplementing afterward with a liquid or paste wax — or even a hand sprayed wax — is a logical follow up step to touch less car washes.

  4. Lee says:

    It almost makes me cry when i see people take their cars through car washes.

  5. Ro says:

    I know this is an old thread, but lots of good info. What about hand car wash places that still use the water gun to rinse? (I’m in Chicago)

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