Damage That Car Washes Do to Car Paint
We all love to drive a clean car, don’t we? In fact, washing your car regularly helps to maintain a beautiful car and also helps fight against damages caused by salt, bird droppings, bugs, and other elements. But what is worrying the most is that most damages occur while washing your car.
Look at the video here to see how car washes cause car damage
How? Let me show you:
1. Micro Chips
First, you put “micro” chips in your car’s paint anytime you touch it. Any form of automobile wash (whether it is waterless, hand, auto, brushless, tunnel, whatever) does slightly scratch the paint.
For example, when you wash your vehicle (DIY), improper washing methods lead to faded car paint. Over time, your car paint develops that hazy and dull look due to the billions of tiny scratches caused by unacceptable washing methods.
2. Automatic Car Wash
The worst car wash scratches I have ever come across have originated from automatic vehicle washes, believe me, or not! This process has a lot of positive qualities, but it also comes with hundreds of negative ones.
For example, the automatic touch-less auto washes are superb if you don’t have time to wait and they don’t scratch your car. However, because they are so soft (don’t apply friction) to eradicate the grime, these washes aren’t effective. They often leave dirt or elements sticking so hard such that you require to scrub them in the future to remove them thus leading to scratch damage from car wash.
On the flip side, automatic auto washes that have the rotating brushes do offer the friction required to eradicate the dirt. But I heavily recommend avoiding this method altogether. A huge problem with this method is that you don’t have an idea of what types of elements are trapped in these brushes before you bring your car.
For instance, if a dirty old truck run through the process before you brought your delicate new car, guess what will happen? All elements trapped in these brushes are going to be eating up your car’s paint. What is the outcome? Car wash fades.
3. The Science
The University of Texas did a research to determine the effect of washing vehicles. Their findings were interesting. They showed that a single DIY wash can leave billions of scratches in your car finish as deep as 10 percent of your car’s paint total thickness.
Additionally, the ordinary garden hose or pipe cannot supply adequate water pressure and water with the ideal action to avoid scratching your car’s finish. This vital study showed that car owners shouldn’t wash their car at home. Only a proven and qualified professional car wash can have the optimal amounts of pressure and water required along with the right waxes and soaps to effectively and safely clean your car.
But this doesn’t mean that professional car wash doesn’t have problems (as seen above).
4. Water Spots are Horrible
Unless you are using water that is heavily filtered or distilled, it can leave dozens of mineral particles on your car if it evaporates faster. Not only are these particles or spots ugly but also permanent – it’s like cleaning soap scum off when showering, you cannot get them off without thorough polishing. Only paint correction can eradicate serious paint defects
Always do your research when choosing the perfect place to take your vehicle to get that wash. Get to know the staff and the manager, as this will ensure that your vehicle gets that special attention it deserves when it is being washed.