Although I prefer to wash my own truck (always thought car washes were for the absolute laziest people in the World), nowadays with my busy schedule I sometimes take her to a HAND WASH ONLY car wash. I get the least expensive ($13 straight wash).
The irony, of course, in my neighborhood (I'm just leasing, I can't afford to live here) a $50k truck is frequently the least expensive vehicle being washed. Usually has a flock of Mercedes, Lamborghinis, Beamers, Bentleys, Ferraris, Hummers, Jags, Vets, etc. beinge washed at one of three places that are always busy doing 100s of cars an hour.
I've always found them knowing exactly what they are doing. And they actually do a pretty good job for $13 with $2 tip ! ! Hand wash, towel dry, vacuum, sidewalls, polish chrome, apply liquid wax as they go, completely wipe down interior, including in between the station selectors on the radio, squirt "leather" scent in the carpet, etc. I'm very pleased. But then I bring in one dirty dirty truck ! !
When its time for an oil change, I get the wash FREE . . . . :confused
Yes I do.... I used to pay the $20 for the hand wash, but that place was far away.
Too many people told me I need to wash my truck and it is my only choice at this time. Plus the auto wash gets the under side clean as well.
Of Course, I take it to the car wash all the time. I have it hand washed and waxed. No machines and no brushes.
They do a fantastic job. It does cost a pretty penny though. They was the mats as well as the clear protective mats that I have. They apply Lexor to all the leater surfaces and to the dash. The put armorall or similar on the tires and have it looking spectacular!
They only difference between the way I do it and the way they do it is that I am not as fast as they are. However, they are just as thorough.
I don't have a driveway, so a car wash is the most practical alternative. Hand wash or touchless only. Parking on the street, I can't wash my truck without washing the neighbor's vehicles also... Parking in the back yard under the carport I'd flood the alley and have to drive through it in my clean truck.
1. Get two 5 gallon buckets from the hardware store
2. Fill one with un-softened water
3. Fill the other with 3 gallons of water and your choice of shampoo/carwash
4. Use a boar's hair brush. Unlike towels, mitts, etc, it will pull grime, dust, etc off the surface of the car. Swirl marks and scratches come from both the implement AND the dirt removed.
5. When done with a section, rinse your brush in the clean water.
drying--if you are in a hurry (shame on you) you can drive it to the store and blow the water off. Highway speeds are usually required.
1. Use a California blade (looks like big squeegee) to run the beaded water off.
2. Use a microfiber towel, chamois, or your favorite drying tool. You can use a high lubricity post-wash spritz to rub out water marks, etching or other imperfections.
**it helps if you clean the wheels first! Don't use waxes/shampoos on the rubber tires.
15 minutes to wash, 15 minutes to dry, when you get your system going.