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2/2/09 9:13am - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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I hand wash mine only,after I take her out of hybernation,and usually once midsummer,I use Mr.Clean car wash,no spots,the rest of the time I just wipe her down,No automatic car washes for my babyLOL

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2/2/09 9:41am - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Kendall Park, NJ - USA

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1981 - 59 Beige over Cinnebar leather. Edlebrock top end, 2200 stall w/shift kit, 3:55s, Mufflex maniback exhaust, nice stereo, 16 in AREs w/BFGs

Joined: 3/9/2005
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I'll make it real simple, NO, NEVER, NEVER EVER EVER.  Uh-uh, forgeddaboudit, nope, notta chance, ummmmmm NO!
 
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2/2/09 1:40pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Mounds View, MN - USA

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70 LT1 coupe, 69 350 HP coupe, 69 390HP 427 coupe, 71 LS5 convert, 85 coupe, 93 coupe

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I have had a number of Corvettes over the years, and have run them all through the car wash on a regular basis.  I also have had show winning muscle cars which I also ran through the car wash.  When I tell people that, they look at me like I am a mass murderer, but I have never had a problem.  In between, I use Dri Wash.  It really works, and makes the finish less static, so dust doesn't collect on it as quickly.  We carry the whole line of Dri Wash products because we all use them.

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2/2/09 2:29pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Dorr, MI - USA

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71 Colonnade Hardtop Coupe Torch Red with black interior originally L48 built to push around 360hp

Joined: 8/21/2002
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No way here to drive through. I would never let a machine wash my Vette! Matter of fact I won't even let a hand besides my own do it. I will only wash it when I absoultley have to. I also use Calfornia duster, and when needed A good detail spray and sterile micro-fiber towels. "T"



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2/3/09 1:30pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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[QUOTE=manget1]First of all, welcome to the site!  This is a great place and you'll find lots of great info here.[/quote]
 
I think most people here are going to cringe when they read your post.  To many of us, putting a Vette through an automatic car wash is sacralige. 
 
Well your new here and I hope all this does not scare you. The one thing that is common is we all love our Vettes. As soon as I heard car wash/Vette. It brought back one of my favorite movie lines.....
"When I get home I'm guna SLAP your momma cause dare ain't no way you are from my  LOINS ".
 
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2/3/09 8:01pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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baton rouge, LA - USA

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1981 dark metallic blue, dark doeskin leather interior, mirrored glass T Tops, 330hp/350ci GMPP crate engine, billeted aluminum serpentine system, Dewitts with dual spalls

Joined: 8/12/2006
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Welcome aboard!
 
The local paint shops hope you put her thru da auto car wash!  Ditto to everyone washing maybe once a year, then duster, detail spray followed by micro fiber towel, occasional 3M 3000 for light scratches, but do wash tires with bleach white and polish da aluminum!
 
Again, welcome aboard! 


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2/6/09 11:10am - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Ronda, NC - USA

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Yep, I do. But only  the touchless and only if it is clean inside.
It is rare that I wash them at all but when they get in a rain storm, there is nothing like a good car wash to rinse it all away.
 
Do T Tops really leak?  LOL
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2/6/09 2:33pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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NEVER

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2/6/09 2:37pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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NEVER embarass a Vette by running it through a car wash. Vettes should always be treated with kid gloves, not like a common car. Gene



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2/13/09 1:07pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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Well, I must be honest and admit that I have taken my "baby" thru the touchless car wash.  My "T" top does not seem to leak and I like to have a clean car, but from reading these posts I guess I should be beaten with a wet noodle for doing this!!  LOL

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2/14/09 11:30am - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Mounds View, MN - USA

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70 LT1 coupe, 69 350 HP coupe, 69 390HP 427 coupe, 71 LS5 convert, 85 coupe, 93 coupe

Joined: 5/24/2007
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It looks like it is just two of us heathens against the rest of the world of Corvette owners.

Larry


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2/14/09 12:02pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Greensburg, IN - USA

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Previous: 1984 Silver / Charcoal Coupe, 1988 Maroon Coupe / 1989 Artic White / Mod. Red Int. Coupe, Present:1976 Stingray Black / Black, Auto, 350 slightly modified (355 hp) Luxor Wires Redline Tires. / 2001 Speedway White Vert, Torch Red Int, LS1, Auto.

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Here is my Carwash System followed up by mirror / tailight, and a good interior cleaning with a Shop Vac .

It is simple and cost me very little in comparison to what I would have to pay to have it done or use somebodiy else's facility.

But like the others I use the Californis Duster for simple clean ups.

Each sping the Vettes get washed / clay bar treatment using Dawn & water / Waxed / Polished.....

Its simple but rewarding... thnxz to Sal Zaino.....    

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9/6/10 11:20am - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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I only use Adam's Polishes stuff and a California Duster.  A trick I learned to get the water out of the cracks is to use a leaf blower after you rinse.  This seems to get most of the water out of the cracks for me.

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9/7/10 9:17am - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Cramerton, NC - USA

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black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

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I also use a "leaf blower" of sorts to dry my cars, from my vette to my daily drivers.  The blower gets the water from behind emblems and in the cracks and cuts my drying time and towel wringing considerably.  I washed 3 cars Saturday morning and used the same microfiber drying towel (slightly dampened) for all 3... never had to wring out the towel once for all 3 cars.  The blower I use  was bought during one of those "I wonder if that would work" moments at a discount tool place.  bought it for less than $20 and it works like a champ, big enough to do the job and small enough to handle easily. 
 


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9/7/10 12:11pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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After listening to the Adams rep at Carlisle, I bought a sears leafblower last friday, they are on sale 10 bucks off...29.95 my son used it yesterday on moms jeep worked great.
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9/7/10 12:24pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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York, PA - USA

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1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top

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I use a leaf blower to find wind noises in cars at work!! I never thought of using it to DRY the car.. sounds like a great idea!!  As long as you don't siphon that shot blast into it and clean the paint off completly!

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9/10/10 8:30pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Dunedin, FL - USA

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1980 Corvette Torch Red with Gold metallic 370HP/350 CU.IN.Turbo 350 w/shift kit.Originally CA.Car with 305 CU.IN.

Joined: 3/21/2006
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          I am located in Florida,this is a good news bad news story..I have had Vettes since I was 17 yrs.old and now 67 and never washed my Vettes unless with soften water.
          Living here in Florida, and St.Louis,Mo. when younger,and with the humidity as high as it gets, I would take the car cover off at sundown every week and allow the humidity collect onto the car and wipe the car down with terry cloth towels..
         I have always had a wet and dry vac and use the blower to dry and blow out water trapped beneath emblems etc.
         I also have two Ca. Duster,full size and two smaller one as well..
        I also use Mother nature when I know it is going to rain and when she stops crying I dry the Vette and back under cover..
        I have never used soap on the paint of any of my cars...
     And NEVER EVER used a car wash facility,besides my tires are to wide for their track system...Still you can't be sure you are getting soft water at any car wash...even for your daily drivers..
        But that is just me !!!!!
 
   Have a great day today and a better one tomorrow..
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9/10/10 9:49pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

Joined: 5/21/2008
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LARRY.  ZAINO PRODUCTS ARE VERY GOOD AND ALLOW YOUR VETTE TO HAVE A NICE SHINE TO THEM.  Now if only I could devise a way to have that shine without using Elbow Greese!!!


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9/12/10 5:32pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Apache Junction, AZ - USA

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1982,150K,Renegade CFI,Hooker Side Pipes,85 fuel pump,Bilsteins,HD suspension, Aluminum radiator, SharkBar/w 5-Point Restraints. 3:73 gears coming soon.

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  I have two Chevron stations in Phoenix, one with a self-serve car wash. We had a "Touchless" system installed for the first 6 years and that system actually does MORE damage than the brush systems. Touchless uses very high pressure to remove dirt and grime AND molding, trim, light fixtures, fenders, hub caps, door handles, grills etc. These are just some of the parts we have found in our wash over the years! BTW: We find more BMW and Ford parts than any other...LOL

 Two years ago, we installed a new system called SoftGloss MAXX that uses FoamBrite brushes, not the old style nylon; these are lightweight, closed-cell polymer cleaning material that is virtually waterproof and designed to prevent dirt from accumulating on the brushes. This system does MUCH better than other systems on the market IMO. BUT..... we still find car parts and still get complaints of damage! We have several warnings posted about this also stating we are not responsible.... Probably 1 in 200 cars lose something in our wash, sometimes they return for their parts, sometimes the unclaimed parts get status in my garageEmbarrassed

  I have never and will NEVER use an automatic wash on any of my cars! I have seen several Corvettes, Bentley's and even a few Ferrari's go through our wash, many of them I personally warned, but they all say the same thing - "I have never had a problem".....

   Besides, for me, it is a kind of Zin thing I experience when washing the Vette by hand, a spiritual and emotional bonding experience - Everything that was bad in the world turns to good, ugly people are beautiful, the IRS is no longer my enemy and the amount of money I have spent on this C3 is all worth it!

So, in my opinion AND my firsthand experience with both styles of automatic washes - DON'T USE THEM!!

  BTW - Isn't it against the 10 Corvette Commandments to use one of those?!phew


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9/12/10 6:22pm - Reply: 'Corvettes vs drive thru car washes?????'
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Dunedin, FL - USA

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1980 Corvette Torch Red with Gold metallic 370HP/350 CU.IN.Turbo 350 w/shift kit.Originally CA.Car with 305 CU.IN.

Joined: 3/21/2006
Posts: 230
  Can we get a big AMEN for Phill's Vette candor,and honesty......
          Yes, it is against some kind of commandment and or rule!!!!!
 
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