Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Tom asks: I would like to get the salt washed off my undercarriage. Can car wash places do just that, and not the rest? I cringe at the thought of running the car through the spinning rags, etc. for the damage it will do to the paint. Thanks.
My reply: Automated car washes cannot do that – as far as I know. They’d have to somehow turn off everything other than the undercarriage wash. But the good news is that almost all automated car washes do not use the spinning brushes that used to leave fine scratch marks on paint. They use a soft cloth material and these should not abrade the finish.
That said, I prefer manual washing – either at one of those booths you can drive into and avail yourself of their high-powered pressure washer system (and make the mess there) or at home, using a garden hose – which you can increase the pressure of by using a nozzle, to clean off the undercarriage crud. Both allow you to carefully – at your speed – clean off the car, which is preferable in my view (being OCD) to the conveyor belt system at the automated car wash. You can devote more time to the details and use as much water – and less scrub – to get the gunk off.
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