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Washing Your Ferrari

It's a question. Where do you wash your Ferraris? Are machine washes ok? where is a good place to wash your car around Philadelphia?

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It's a question. Where do you wash your Ferraris? Are machine washes ok? where is a good place to wash your car around Philadelphia?

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I take great pleasure from washing my Scud by hand. Great Guide here:-

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Wash mine myself. Early morning or late evening when it is coolest outside, and no direct sunlight. Wash wheels first, rinse bucket out, fill 2 buckets with grit guards, one soapy once clean water.

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I personally would never machine wash a car like this. Here is a good link to get you started, and an interesting choice for a first post! Welcome.
How To Properly Wash and Dry a Car – Detailed Image
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Detail Image is such a great site and resource!

Answering the question in another direction, if you have a spyder, never go through car wash. Some coupe models can take a brushless car wash without much concern (I wouldn't do it with our 360 because of the mess it would make in the engine bay) and the chemicals are so harsh you risk long-term damage to the molding and trim.

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Thanks all for replies, I have a coupe and I live in apartments so I think I would have to take the car out to wash it. Anybody has suggestions on reliable car wash service out there for regularly wash? I think most of the detailer would do fine on details but not sure on regular washes.
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While it's never popular with the owner's of the 'do it yourself' bays, you can bring your soap & water w/ sponges in 2 sealed buckets (remember them grit guards!) - use one for wheels and tips and another for remaining car. After a good dry a short ride is always a good move so to remove surface rust off the braking parts. Oh how much I'd love a full set of ceramics for my 360!

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Thanks all for replies, I have a coupe and I live in apartments so I think I would have to take the car out to wash it. Anybody has suggestions on reliable car wash service out there for regularly wash? I think most of the detailer would do fine on details but not sure on regular washes.
Just find a wand / pressure wash self serv place. Bring your own supplies and you are good to go.

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I used Griot's Spray on Car wash- water less, and can be done in your garage when it's cold.

works great. you use a microfiber to wipe it off.

supposedly the chemical in the liquid binds the dust and dirty, you wait 30 seconds and then lightly wipe the area up with the microfiber cloth like picking up dirty. then you let it dry for a few minutes and buff out the area with a clean cloth.

works really well...appears like its also waxed too


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Thanks for advises! I wonder if you can go through machine washes with paint protection films applied?

Gransport Guy, how do you use that product correctly? Do you spray it all over the car? windows and wheels too?

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Thanks for advises! I wonder if you can go through machine washes with paint protection films applied?

Gransport Guy, how do you use that product correctly? Do you spray it all over the car? windows and wheels too?
At least find a boy that can do the hand wash for you! There must be someone around your neiborghood!
But the machine wash if it was mine it would be out of the question!

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Gransport Guy, how do you use that product correctly? Do you spray it all over the car? windows and wheels too?
Below is from their website, but in sort, yes you work in small sections. Spray, wait a few seconds, wipe clean, and move to next section. Then when all done, buff to shine.

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Use Spray-On Car Wash to clean all surfaces of your vehicle such as paint, glass, fiberglass, vinyl, plastic (be very gentle when cleaning dirty plastic as it scratches easily), wheels, and rubber trim. You may use this cleaner on a wet or dry surface. The lubricous emulsions work to loosen and dissolve dirt, oil, greases, bird droppings and grime. In order to reduce the possibility of inducing scratches while cleaning it is important to follow these easy steps. Be especially careful on surfaces coated with mud, sand and soil.
Work from the top down, saving the dirtiest portions of your vehicle for last. Work in small sections and do not allow product to dry on the vehicle. Wipe in a side-to-side motion and not in circles. Fold our soft micro fiber cloth into quarters. Spray a small amount onto the cloth and then spray a small section of your vehicle, coating the surface with a moderate quantity of Spray-On Car Wash. An extra spray on bird droppings is a good idea. Give the product 15 seconds to sit on the surface to lift the dirt before removing.
Using our soft micro fiber cloth wipe the area very gently in one direction to remove the dirt using a wipe & lift motion. Turn the cloth frequently. Apply more Spray-On Car Wash if necessary. It is very important to be very gentle and not bear down with the first few wipes while removing the majority of surface dirt.
Using a second, clean micro fiber cloth, lightly buff any remaining product from the surface. If necessary a light misting and buffing will bring out a nice shine. Turn your cloth frequently and always use a clean side of the cloth for the final buff.
As your micro fiber cloth gets soiled, replace it with a new one and as often as necessary. Depending on how dirty your vehicle is, 3 to 4 cloths will be necessary. Micro fiber is machine washable for many years of use.
You can follow up with our Paint Cleaning Clay, polishes, waxes or Sealants for a full detail."

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Below is from their website, but in sort, yes you work in small sections. Spray, wait a few seconds, wipe clean, and move to next section. Then when all done, buff to shine.

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Use Spray-On Car Wash to clean all surfaces of your vehicle such as paint, glass, fiberglass, vinyl, plastic (be very gentle when cleaning dirty plastic as it scratches easily), wheels, and rubber trim. You may use this cleaner on a wet or dry surface. The lubricous emulsions work to loosen and dissolve dirt, oil, greases, bird droppings and grime. In order to reduce the possibility of inducing scratches while cleaning it is important to follow these easy steps. Be especially careful on surfaces coated with mud, sand and soil.
Work from the top down, saving the dirtiest portions of your vehicle for last. Work in small sections and do not allow product to dry on the vehicle. Wipe in a side-to-side motion and not in circles. Fold our soft micro fiber cloth into quarters. Spray a small amount onto the cloth and then spray a small section of your vehicle, coating the surface with a moderate quantity of Spray-On Car Wash. An extra spray on bird droppings is a good idea. Give the product 15 seconds to sit on the surface to lift the dirt before removing.
Using our soft micro fiber cloth wipe the area very gently in one direction to remove the dirt using a wipe & lift motion. Turn the cloth frequently. Apply more Spray-On Car Wash if necessary. It is very important to be very gentle and not bear down with the first few wipes while removing the majority of surface dirt.
Using a second, clean micro fiber cloth, lightly buff any remaining product from the surface. If necessary a light misting and buffing will bring out a nice shine. Turn your cloth frequently and always use a clean side of the cloth for the final buff.
As your micro fiber cloth gets soiled, replace it with a new one and as often as necessary. Depending on how dirty your vehicle is, 3 to 4 cloths will be necessary. Micro fiber is machine washable for many years of use.
You can follow up with our Paint Cleaning Clay, polishes, waxes or Sealants for a full detail."

Got it, thank you very much.

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At least find a boy that can do the hand wash for you! There must be someone around your neiborghood!
But the machine wash if it was mine it would be out of the question!
I found some places that do complete hand washes, thanks for concerning .

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I found some places that do complete hand washes, thanks for concerning .
Sounds like a winner, just make sure they use at LEAST 2 buckets, and bring some lambs wool mitts with you for them to use only on your car, if they don't already use these tools. Might want to invest in good microfiber drying towels too, again, for your car only.

The car wash process is the easiest way to put swirl marks on the paint. Conversely, if your paint isn't "perfect" to begin with, then the basic hand wash probably won't hurt it much. Good luck.
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Amazing how owners can front for a Ferrari but won't drop $20 for a hand wash. I would never even put a Toyota through a machine wash... Ferrari? Ludicrous.

+1 on reading up on detailed image. Wash wheels first. Dump all solution and rise bucket (so important. wheels hold so much crap that can scratch your paint) for new soap and water + grit guard at bottom. Then do the car top to bottom, soft sheepskin mitt. Rinse. Electric Leaf blower / vaccum to get rid of water in crack. Dry with waffle microfiber towel (that is NEVER exposed to dirt). Best way to keep the paint perfect, scratch and swirl free. Hand wax after, and I always use a brand new microfiber for wax portion.
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Amazing how owners can front for a Ferrari but won't drop $20 for a hand wash. I would never even put a Toyota through a machine wash... Ferrari? Ludicrous.

+1 on reading up on detailed image. Wash wheels first. Dump all solution and rise bucket (so important. wheels hold so much crap that can scratch your paint) for new soap and water + grit guard at bottom. Then do the car top to bottom, soft sheepskin mitt. Rinse. Electric Leaf blower / vaccum to get rid of water in crack. Dry with waffle microfiber towel (that is NEVER exposed to dirt). Best way to keep the paint perfect, scratch and swirl free. Hand wax after, and I always use a brand new microfiber for wax portion.
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It is not a money problem here. You are thinking it wrong and stop being "amazed" as some owners do fast washes regularly and make it up by putting the car through days of expensive detailing afterward. To be honest, I don't even care doing a $200 wash every few days. The problem here was that I couldn't find any hand wash place close to where i live. And I don't want to do it myself either. And I was curious if the paint will be damaged by the machine or not and it does do damages. So I ended up hiring few guys to come over every week to get the car cleaned. But thanks for your input and welcome to FL.

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Shell Soft Care auto wash doesn't scratch. At least here in Switzerland they must also be zero polluting, ie, only pure water as residue. Can't imagine the chemicals overly strong but I may be wrong. Even the Spider looks fabulous.

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It is not a money problem here. You are thinking it wrong and stop being "amazed" as some owners do fast washes regularly and make it up by putting the car through days of expensive detailing afterward. To be honest, I don't even care doing a $200 wash every few days. .
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It is not a money problem here. You are thinking it wrong and stop being "amazed" as some owners do fast washes regularly and make it up by putting the car through days of expensive detailing afterward. To be honest, I don't even care doing a $200 wash every few days. The problem here was that I couldn't find any hand wash place close to where i live. And I don't want to do it myself either. And I was curious if the paint will be damaged by the machine or not and it does do damages. So I ended up hiring few guys to come over every week to get the car cleaned. But thanks for your input and welcome to FL.
My mistake, full services car washes are so readily available where I didn't even think twice that some owners wouldn't have easy access to some.

It just pains me to see such high quality paint get battered by machines.
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