6th Gear Poster
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: West Orange, NJ
Car Wash...Good? Or Bad?
I live in NJ and the winters here can get cold....In the summer I usually wash my T-bird myself...But when it gets cold....I need to take it to the car wash. I have the stock fluminum 15" fan style wheels. I don't want to damage these wheels, they look excellent.
So before i go to the carwash, I needed some ?'s answered.
First I went to one car wash that I used to use for my 88 t-bird....I asked him about the brushes and stuff they use for wheels. He said he uses safe stuff and for painted aluminum it would be safe, he didn't actually seem like he knew exactly what he was talking about.
The second guy I went to, I have used before for my 88, but not much.
Anyway...He gave me details and knew what he was talking about.
First, their advertisements and business cards say "BRUSHLESS" on them.
He told me that a while ago they used to use some kind of acidic solvent to clean wheels, until they found out that it was destroying wheels of repeated customers and making the wheels fade.
Now!!! he says they use a water based solvent, and the brushes they use are very soft....He said for blackwall tires like mine, they don't use the automatic spinning brushes (they only use it for whitewalls) and that when my car goes through the wash, those auto spinning brushes will be retracted, and will hardly if anything ever touch the wheels, (they won't be spinning.) they only use the hand brushes...He said everything will be completely safe.....he showed me his Lexus truck that was parked there, and he has aluminum wheels also (not sure if their painted aluminum or what) anyway he showed me his wheels and they were very clean (no damage)...he said he runs it through his carwash all the time.
My question is: what do you guys think? is this ok? what should i be looking for?
All suggestions, opinions, input, feelings are greatly appreciated and welcome
Last edited by BeirutsFinest; 10-23-2002 at 03:40 PM.