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      11-18-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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Washing car at carwash port and waxing at home

I love washing and detailing my car at home, but I was told that I am no longer allowed to do this in our community. I was thinking about going to a carwash port to hand wash. I don't want to claybar and wax at the carwash port (I would rather be at home).

Can I get some opinions/suggestions on driving the car home and then using the claybar and waxing?(i.e. it's ok once in a while - or not recommended...). The drive home would only be 5 minutes. Would driving home and subsequently using the claybar and applying wax be more detrimental than helpful to the paint compared to not doing these steps immediately after washing (and drying)? I'm thinking yes since obviously dust, dirt etc can collect and could cause more harm when claying and waxing.

Obviously, I'm thinking the best answer is to go to a friends house where there isn't this water restriction and doing it all there, but any other ideas/suggestions would be appreciated.

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      11-18-2011, 11:01 AM   #2
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Who said you can't do it?

If it is in the guidance you received from the water company, then you're better off going to a friends place and doing it all there. If it was just some random person in your neighborhood saying you can't wash your car there, do some research and find out what the exact restrictions are. Honestly, some of these "community leaders" do things that are way out of their scope of responsibility. If I am washing my car, a cop has to tell me I am doing something wrong before I will listen, not some random neighbor. We live in America, we have freedoms. I know I have read people that say they are approached in their neighborhoods by haters that don't like seeing people with a nice car and they tell them not to wash it there. Also some environmental nuts say the same thing because of the dangers and damage to the environment. Whatever... I know in my town I cannot water my lawn or wash the car on certain days of the week (Thursday and Friday I think), but that comes straight from my water company.

The problem with washing it and then driving it somewhere else to clay/wax you'll have a problem with dirt/bugs attaching to the car again. Plus, when you remove the wax at the carport or friends place, the car will be susceptible to more damage since there is no wax/sealant protecting the clearcoat and paint. It's better to do it all at one place and get it done.
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Who said you can't do it?

If it is in the guidance you received from the water company, then you're better off going to a friends place and doing it all there. If it was just some random person in your neighborhood saying you can't wash your car there, do some research and find out what the exact restrictions are. Honestly, some of these "community leaders" do things that are way out of their scope of responsibility. If I am washing my car, a cop has to tell me I am doing something wrong before I will listen, not some random neighbor. We live in America, we have freedoms. I know I have read people that say they are approached in their neighborhoods by haters that don't like seeing people with a nice car and they tell them not to wash it there. Also some environmental nuts say the same thing because of the dangers and damage to the environment. Whatever... I know in my town I cannot water my lawn or wash the car on certain days of the week (Thursday and Friday I think), but that comes straight from my water company.

The problem with washing it and then driving it somewhere else to clay/wax you'll have a problem with dirt/bugs attaching to the car again. Plus, when you remove the wax at the carport or friends place, the car will be susceptible to more damage since there is no wax/sealant protecting the clearcoat and paint. It's better to do it all at one place and get it done.
I have to agree.
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      11-18-2011, 11:46 AM   #4
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Who said you can't do it?

If it is in the guidance you received from the water company, then you're better off going to a friends place and doing it all there. If it was just some random person in your neighborhood saying you can't wash your car there, do some research and find out what the exact restrictions are. Honestly, some of these "community leaders" do things that are way out of their scope of responsibility. If I am washing my car, a cop has to tell me I am doing something wrong before I will listen, not some random neighbor. We live in America, we have freedoms. I know I have read people that say they are approached in their neighborhoods by haters that don't like seeing people with a nice car and they tell them not to wash it there. Also some environmental nuts say the same thing because of the dangers and damage to the environment. Whatever... I know in my town I cannot water my lawn or wash the car on certain days of the week (Thursday and Friday I think), but that comes straight from my water company.

The problem with washing it and then driving it somewhere else to clay/wax you'll have a problem with dirt/bugs attaching to the car again. Plus, when you remove the wax at the carport or friends place, the car will be susceptible to more damage since there is no wax/sealant protecting the clearcoat and paint. It's better to do it all at one place and get it done.
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      11-18-2011, 11:59 AM   #5
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Also, it's advisable to wash after a full clay bar job.
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Wash in the garage. Either pull the hose inside and close the door nearly all the way, or do it with the door close inside if you have a hose sprocket inside the garage. Also look into Optimum No Rinse washes which can be done in your garage.

Before anything, double check and verify the rules.
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      11-18-2011, 02:19 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions and advice! I think I'll just be going to a friends house to get the job done.
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      11-18-2011, 04:50 PM   #8
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Keep us posted on your results

Still interested to see who told you that you're not allowed to do it. It could be legit, but some people are just jerks for no reason because we have nice cars
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      11-19-2011, 02:27 AM   #9
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I do exactly that.

Wash and dry the car the DIY carwash port; then drive it home (5min) to do the rest of the detailing job.

The drive gets all the remaining water off the car (I do not have compressed air anyways) and I just do a quick pass/wipe of quick detailer before doing anything else to remove any dirt that might have gotten on during the short drive.
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      11-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #10
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Also look into Optimum No Rinse washes which can be done in your garage.
Here's your answer. Unless you go mudding in your M3, an Optimum No Rinse wash is a safe, effective, inexpensive and quick way to wash your car. Used correctly, it is no more likely to cause swirls than a traditional wash.






Here's my baby. Over a year since any correction was done, and strictly ONR washed CAREFULLY in that time. I love the stuff, couldn't live without it.
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      11-19-2011, 05:35 PM   #11
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Here's your answer. Unless you go mudding in your M3, an Optimum No Rinse wash is a safe, effective, inexpensive and quick way to wash your car. Used correctly, it is no more likely to cause swirls than a traditional wash.

Here's my baby. Over a year since any correction was done, and strictly ONR washed CAREFULLY in that time. I love the stuff, couldn't live without it.
I use ONR occasionally. It really depends how dirty the car is. If your car is daily driven and covered in dirt, mud and/or bugs, you can not ONR. Even with ONR pre-soak, it will mar the surface.
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I use ONR occasionally. It really depends how dirty the car is. If your car is daily driven and covered in dirt, mud and/or bugs, you can not ONR. Even with ONR pre-soak, it will mar the surface.
True, it does depend on many factors. I have found bugs are one thing that won't phase ONR. If they aren't left to sit for too long, a MF towel dipped in ONR solution and kept in place over the bug remains for a minute will soften them up so that you don't need a dedicated tar/bug remover.
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How do you guys wash with the no rinse in the garage? doesnt the floor get soaked?
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How do you guys wash with the no rinse in the garage? doesnt the floor get soaked?
You're only using 2 gallons of water to wash, and not even the whole 2 gallons ever makes it onto the car. You'll have more water on the garage floor if you pull in from the rain.
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I do exactly that.

Wash and dry the car the DIY carwash port; then drive it home (5min) to do the rest of the detailing job.

The drive gets all the remaining water off the car (I do not have compressed air anyways) and I just do a quick pass/wipe of quick detailer before doing anything else to remove any dirt that might have gotten on during the short drive.
Thats what I do. Not allowed to wash your car in your driveway in Germany.
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I'd f@cking wash my car in the driveway anyway... before and after I'd rev the shit out of the car too.
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Also, it's advisable to wash after a full clay bar job.
+1 wash before and after clay. then wax right after for best results and no scratches.
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Wash in the garage. Either pull the hose inside and close the door nearly all the way, or do it with the door close inside if you have a hose sprocket inside the garage. Also look into Optimum No Rinse washes which can be done in your garage.

Before anything, double check and verify the rules.
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ONR should not be used on anything but a car with very light road film. Anything more serious results in swirls in my experience.
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I'd f@cking wash my car in the driveway anyway... before and after I'd rev the shit out of the car too.
I swear you take the words right out of my mouth everytime!

Seriously though washing it at the car wash and bringing it home to detail is fine. I actually prefer to do this because you have the advantage of rinsing your car off with spot free water. I only live 2 min away so I'm not too worried about attracting dirt. The second I get home I use new microfiber towels with some "quick detailer spray" and wipe down the car. Then I can start the clay and wax with no hard water in any little crevice!

Oh and dont forget to rev the car when finished! (for best results pls remove all cats)
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