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MK0412

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Not able to wash vehicle at home. What’s the best method to wash car other ways that is safe for paint?
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Car wash facility with pressure wash. Rinse and then hand wash from bucket and soap. Fill from pressure washer or a hose bib at car wash if equipped. Pressure rinse again. Hand dry in the bay out of the sun if not busy. Bring a cordless leaf blower to blow most of water out of gaps first.
 

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If you do it yourself, either a touchless wash (typically at gas stations) or as above mentioned at a pressure wash. IMHO, its not the paint you want to worry about at an auto wash, its the windshield and antenna. Quite a few folks have shared issues at auto washes. I took my old TJ Wrangler to an auto wash once that I used often for other vehicles. Did not think the antenna would be an issue but the spinning brushes did jerk the antenna right out of the mount.
 

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As a safety precaution a lot of automated washes have a “wrap” wash where it is touchless to avoid damage to the wrap. It is rarely advertised. If you can find an attendant, it might be worth the ask.
 

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Just go full financial implosion and buy a new house just so you can wash your Bronco there.
 

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……. and go all in on that house and spring for a garage with a drain AND hot & cold water faucets…. Plus you can wash it inside even when it’s hot/sunny!! 🤣
 

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I go through an automated Car Wash at least once a week. I've had mine for about 15 months and it still looks great. It's all well and good to hand wash, but a good Car Wash place will save so much time and effort. A little hand drying when I get home for the residual drips and it turns out fine. A quick spray and wipe with detailing spray to remove dust occasionally and I can skip the wash that week. It's not made of sugar - just go get 'er done.

Ford's recommendation:
Ford Bronco Car wash help Hard Top Care

Obviously for 1st Gen Bronco - LOL
 

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……. and go all in on that house and spring for a garage with a drain AND hot & cold water faucets…. Plus you can wash it inside even when it’s hot/sunny!! 🤣
Don't forget the Kinetico commercial water purifier and RO filter!
 

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I run the Bronco through an auto wash with ALLLL the brushes almost weekly.
I have a stubby antenna and a hard top though. But I don't even fold in the mirrors...the brushes do that for me! lol.
No issues.
 

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I'm not suppose to wash my vehicles where I live too, because of???

I say that with ???s, because, if I use a nozzle/sprayer that shuts off the water I'm suppose to be able to wash my cars, but I was told "No Car Washing!" by the local "over zealous RA type" building captain, yet at my girl friend's building (same community, different type of condos) they can wash with a nozzle that can be turned off, so WTF?

Anyhow I got around the supposed rule by using two 5 gallon buckets, one for wash, one for rise and the scowl on "Mrs Kavitz's" face when she saw me getting around the rule and she couldn't say sh*t was priceless!

I've thought about buying a garden sprayer to use only for my Bronco to help with the rise, but haven't had to resort to that yet. I also could add a rise agent to the water in the sprayer, so I still might do that. After spending $10 on a auto wash I spend too much time finishing the job, Bronco gets dirty when wheeling, when for free I can do it right in the same time when you count driving there and back, waiting in line and etc. And I can enjoy a beer or two while doing it too.

So ask why you can't and then find a work around. Our community's security laughed (when told the above) and said I was OK when they saw me washing my Bronco with two buckets.
 

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Bring a bucket, microfiber mit, and soap to a self wash Brown Bear or similar. Rinse and fill bucket, soap spray to remove loose dirt, hand wash, rinse. Drive and dry or dry with a towel.
 

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Anyhow I got around the supposed rule by using two 5 gallon buckets, one for wash, one for rise and the scowl on "Mrs Kavitz's" face when she saw me getting around the rule and she couldn't say sh*t was priceless!
Living with “Karen’s” and “rules”. Next she ll reprimand you for bringing weed seeds onto the property via your tires….
 

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Ran mine through a car wash almost weekly, never had any issues. ALWAYS removed the antenna, should go without saying and fold in the mirrors.
Soft or hard top?
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