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My wife is SO upset - we had the R in for an oil change and the dealer washed the car after - BUT now it's a black swirly mess!!! I can't even fathom that they could do this. Look like they used a shop dirty towel to dry it. NEVER AGAIN. I have an appointment with the body shop on Wed. so we'll see what they can do.... The dealer is paying, or so they say. Cross your fingers for me, please.... Anyone have this happen?
 

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Re: Dealer washed car after service - KILLED my paint (05_V70R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>05_V70R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Cross your fingers for me, please.... Anyone have this happen?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My fingers are crossed buddy!<p>Regarding wives, mine is pissed but not about my R about her XC90, suffice it to say we had troubles worse than swirls in the paint, it's at the body shop now, but that's a very L-O-N-G story for another forum...<p>Regarding my brand new BLACK <I>R</I>, I had in in last week to get the PS2's on and they washed it and now I've got some swirls. The swirls are not too bad, probably some mild polishing will take them out. I bring them my clean and polished whenever possible, I figure they'll take better car of it that way. Too often though they'd wash my already clean an detailed car and give it back with water spots, man that pissed me off <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>In the future I will ask them to skip the free wash (I mentioned this when VCNA called to ask how my service was). You should do the same if they call you.<p>LTA<br>
 

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Re: Dealer washed car after service - KILLED my paint (05_V70R)

I would HIGHLY recommend NOT going to the dealer's bodyshop. They probably will do just as much damage. I've seen nightmares by them using a rotary.<p>Take it do a reputable detailer and foot the detailer the bill.
 

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I have a sheepskin wash mit (Griots Garage) that has never given me trouble. You just need to check and rinse it occasionally to make sure any debris is cleared out.
 

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Re: Dealer washed car after service - KILLED my paint (mike_c70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mike_c70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Take it do a reputable detailer and foot the detailer the bill.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I have to second this. A detailer is typically very good at reconditioning a vehicle's paint . . . and that's all that is needed in this situation. In my experience, body shops are best suited for repainting, not reconditioning. <p>At my retailer, we subcontract our detailing to one of the best in the business. I've seen this guy wet sand a 26 year old 240 (original paint, too), buff it, wax it, work his magic, etc., and come out looking like a brand new paint job. Some detailers out there are amazing with what they can do. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks. I'll call he service mgr and see if he's cool with me taking it to a detailer. I would think he'll not like that idea - then the dealer is out cash.... and they would have to admit to the kid screwing up - if they do it, they can sweep it under the rug a bit...
 

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But there are also a good many inexperienced kids and butchers out there when it comes to detailers. <p>I had one guy go beserk with what is known to body techs as a "hot wheel" (too fast, too hard, too hot), and do almost $900 in damage. He tried to cover up the burn-throughs with touch up, but was instantly caught . . . he used the wrong color. <p>And this guy came recommended from a trusted dealer source!<p>My body man tells me he gets a lot of work from detailers who don't know what they're doing.<p>I would take it to a reputable independent body shop, who has a lot more invested in the business and on the line. A factory paint finish is just too valuable.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Token</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Whats the best way to wash a car? A sponge isn't strong enough to remove dirt. I've always used a car washing brush. <p>Is there a better way?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I second the Griot's sheepskin mit. The only brush I would use would be a boar's hair brush because you know the bristles will be soft. Cheaper ones may leave swirl marks. <p>As far as technique try washing in straight lines (no circular "wax on/wax off) motion. The straight back and forth motion is said to leave less swirl marks.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Token</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Whats the best way to wash a car? A sponge isn't strong enough to remove dirt. I've always used a car washing brush. <p>Is there a better way?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I had similar questions posted in the detailing forum and got most of my questions answered. If you have a black car you need to take great car in washing. If you have silver you can get away with a little less care.<p>Here are some general tips I've known and recently learned:<br>- hose off whatever you can and wet the entire car<br>- don't wash in cirlce paterns, follow the lines or contours of the body<br>- use a PH neutral soap (poor boys, etc.), over the counter soaps are too strong and strip off wax<br>- use good quality wash mit <br>- use two buckets (one with wash solution and one with plain water to rince your wash mit before dipping in the wash solution bucket each time)<br>- use one mit for the wheels and bottom parts of the car<br>- use another mit for the body<br>- detailing clay can be used to remove stubborn dirt (make sure you read the istructions and practice on your old car or in an incospicuos spot firts)<br>- use good qality micro fibre drying cloths (cotton towels with put marks in yout paint, I learned that one the hard way)<br>- do your final rinse with no nozzle on your hose, you'd be amazed at how the water sheets off a waxes car this way, speeds up drying time BIG TIME (versus using a spray/mist to rinse)<br>- finish up with a light spray wax (eg. Mother's Show Time) to bring up the gloss<br>- get yourself a "Calafornia Duster" to use between washes, it's great for removing dust and extened time to the next wash (only works if it's dry dust ie. you avoided the rain, etc.)<p>... or higher a detailer to do it all for you!<p>LTA<br>
 
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