Just a short little story –
Today I decided enough was enough. My car was a light shade of green when it’s normally silver. A
Immediately I am skeptical. First, do you notice that “0” patch over what was “5”? Second, I’m thinking 20 minutes doesn’t seem like that much time. (It turns out I was right.) So before I put my 14 quarters in I read through all the 9 steps…yes, dorky, I realize. But it’d been so long since I’ve done a car wash myself that I thought if I read everything I will be better positioned to achieve desired results.
The steps: tire cleaner (the neon yellow spray is neat); engine cleaner (…what?); pre-soak (not exactly sure what the point of this step is); high pressure soap (my favorite step); scrub brush (most effort involved here…); rinse (which you select after several of the other steps, too); clear coat; wax; and spot-free rinse.
- The scrub brush really does not need to put out that much soap. Really.
- The soap from said scrub brush is a ridiculously bright shade of blue.
- The “clear coat” stage involves a spaghetti noodle-sized stream coming out of the sprayer. If I chose to stay on this option, I would have wasted most of the 20 minutes just trying to cover the whole car.
- You have to be MOVING to get all the suggested steps done.
- This whole ordeal was a work out. My arms were sore. My back was sore.
I really admire people that choose this route over a spiffy detail service. I understand why some people, like Joe III and Ben, choose to pay for said spiffy detail service. You really have to consider opportunity cost in this matter…
Alas, it rained all weekend.
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