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View Poll Results: How Do You Wash Your Saturn?
I take it through the wash and detail place. 6 9.38%
I take it through the gas station automatic washer. 9 14.06%
I do it the old fashioned way... With elbow grease! 48 75.00%
Clean cars are for sissies. My back seat floors look like a warzone. 1 1.56%
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Old 04-30-2003, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default How Do You Wash Your Saturn?

I took my ION to the local Soft-Touch wash. and they did a pretty good job. It was only $15.00 today, on Wednesday (men's day 25% discount, ladies get 25% off on tuesday.) They vacuum the floors and mats. Then, they run it through an automatic washer, which sprays it with the optional wax. Finally, they wipe it all down, including the mirrors and interior. They even armor-all and clean your wheels if you pay for it.

The real reason that I'm writing this is because I saw some guy in a Cranberry ION leaving the wash as I was entering the wash. I waved, and he probably thought I was some freak or something. At least he had the same idea about washing the car.

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Old 04-30-2003, 04:06 PM   #2
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My cars are taking bath in summer time only....do it the old fashioned way.

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Old 04-30-2003, 04:08 PM   #3
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I'd go to one of those car wash places if it was touchless, but $15 is pretty steep when you can buy a good bottle of light detergent wash and a good wax/polish for about $20 that should last for 15+ washes and waxes.

I usually go the elbow grease route and do the job myself. It does take a long time to wash/wax and detail the car.

My Ion is also black, which means it stays clean for about a day after washing, but for that one day it sure looks good!

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Old 04-30-2003, 04:49 PM   #4
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yeah. the black looks amazing after a good wax. which i've done precisely once....

but man....

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Old 04-30-2003, 05:47 PM   #5
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I always do it the old fashioned way. I love it, pull it in the garage, turn on the stereo, and sing like no one is listening. I find that its a great stress reliever.

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Old 04-30-2003, 07:10 PM   #6
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Old fashioned way, of course! Dry it in the garage (less watermarks) I also well as wax and vaccum in the garage. The car looks sooooo much better when you've done it yourself.

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Old 04-30-2003, 07:40 PM   #7
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Wash 1x a week in the summer... rain or shine. Do it myself.. no swirl marks for me. I once saw a hubcap get ripped off of a car once and then it beat the hell out of the car before it could get out of the wash.
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Old 04-30-2003, 11:51 PM   #8
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with a bucket of water, sponge, and a couple of towels

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Old 04-30-2003, 11:56 PM   #9
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I bucket wash mine every few weeks. I've seen those wand washes literally blow the paint off some types of plastic, so I don't even mess with them. I do run it through a touchless wash once in a while. No automatic brush washes, though, too rough on the paint.

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Old 05-01-2003, 07:03 AM   #10
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Just an FYI, I've been sampling waxes (Zymol, Mothers, Meguires, etc.) for the Ion in different places and the best wax so far is *surprise* the green bottle of 2001 polish. It says it's made with polymer and it does an awesome job.

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Old 05-01-2003, 07:10 AM   #11
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apartment living makes it hard to wash a car the old fashioned way,.. I just take mine to the spray-n-wash and hose it down... which I should probably do tonight. Bright blue is a bit better than black in the clean department, it stays nice for two days instead of one

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Old 05-01-2003, 07:50 AM   #12
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I've heard that the cloth washers don't scratch the paint up though. They are supposed to be an improvement over the brush-type that you used to see a few years ago.

I would also think that handwashing can rub in more grit and dirt than a good automatic washer does. But I'm not sure.

As for touchless- yeah, I've used them on my car. But they never do a very good job, and the price is really not a whole lot cheaper than taking it to the Soft-Touch.

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Old 05-01-2003, 10:12 AM   #13
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I'd wash and wax at home, except we're on well water; and you get all kinds of waterspots after the wash.

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Old 05-01-2003, 01:41 PM   #14
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I wash and wax it at home the old fashioned way. It's good exercise.

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Old 05-02-2003, 02:09 PM   #15
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Bucket, 100% cotton towels, and Zaino Brothers car polish, hands down the best stuff out there.

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Bucket, soap & water, hose, and a shammy.

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Just an FYI, I've been sampling waxes (Zymol, Mothers, Meguires, etc.) for the Ion in different places and the best wax so far is *surprise* the green bottle of 2001 polish. It says it's made with polymer and it does an awesome job.
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You have answered a question I was about to ask. Can you please provide more details on the 2001 polish???

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You have answered a question I was about to ask. Can you please provide more details on the 2001 polish???

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According to the label it:

...contains a high-tech polymer, silicone resin formula, enriched with urethane...

All I know is that it left the silver blue flake paint looking very wet and glossy. Itremoved/covered up some surface scratches and it applied/removed very well, no powder. Where I found it worked wonderfully was on the clear plastic tail lights. My white Ion's taillights were swirl marked the day from delivery and the Finish 2001 left them looking new, no swirls at all.

It's in a neon green bottle, it's by Turtle Wax and I found it at Pep Boys

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Sunoco has no touch environmentally safe car washes. It also has one of the cleanest gasolines in Canada.

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