Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Daily drivers? I run them thru the car wash every couple weeks then have them detailed 2-3x per year to get the swirls out. But those are not a Lotus.
Collector/fun cars? No way! Handwash only but I never let them get too dirty. Wipe down w/ microfiber and quick detailer after about every drive, the put the car covers on. After trackdays I remove rubber w/ Mothers R3, then either wash or wipe down depending on how dirty. They never see snow, rarely see rain. In the winter I put them up on jackstands, remove the wheels and do a thorough detailing top and bottom, clean the wheels off the car, etc.
Touchless car wash- Uses harsh chemicals to remove dirt, bugs, etc and probably takes wax with it. High pressure water can be damaging (pressure washers are used to remove paint during pre-paint prep!!). Car only gets 80% clean, leaves a film. Karcher (german) seems to be the best one that I have used, but still harsh chemicals and leaves a film.
Non-touchless car wash - Probably better with chemicals but can drag the paint if the car in front of you had a lot of mud/dirt/rocks on it. Car does get a lot cleaner. Newer washes use a special material that supposedly does not pickup dirt but I doubt it's perfect.
Both seem to leave a little soap behind. Pick you poison or avoid all together.
I use a non-touchless on my daily drivers, I'm too busy to hand wash and detail my cars every 2 weeks. I used to get them detailed about every 4-6 weeks but that got to be super costly. When I do wash at home I use the two bucket technique as described above w/ grit guards in the bottom of the buckets.
2005 Elise - Chrome Orange
Last edited by Nickshu; 03-06-2017 at 05:16 AM.