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    Default Washing your truck - Hand wash or drive-through car wash?

    Just curious who prefers to wash their own truck or go through the drive thru to have it done?

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    Last edited by Steve; 01-13-2012 at 03:02 PM.

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    I use the pressure washer at the car washes to get most of the big crap off, then I bring the truck home and hand wash it. $2.50 every week or so isn't too bad, plus I get free cleaning supplies from my Uncle since he is a detailer. I'm really liking Mothers products right now.
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    X2 on the pressure wash to get all the mud off, & then I wash it myself if I want it really clean, & go to the automatic wash when I'm lazy or in a hurry.
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    Never have I used a car wash for my truck, even in the winter, I guess I think that I'll do a better job by hand wash. My truck sits out in the open and I have plenty of trees around my house so I usually have to wash my truck it seems about every 2 weeks
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    Hand wash truck once a week. Pressure wash under side a few times a year.
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    We use both hand wash and car wash.
    There is a great local quick lub. service with one of the best car wash facility that I have ever used.

    I just have to remember to take off the hitch cover before entering!!


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    Normally i hand wash once a month, and pressure wash ( spray off ) as needed between hand washes.

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    ALWAYS thru the drive thru...I'm too lazy to do it myself and its only $3!
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    I hand wash mine, but I really need to get in and do a real good wash and wax. Plus the truck doesnt fit through most the drive thrus. pressure wash the underside every now and then.
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    Hand-washing takes too long! I use a carwashing place that will not only clean and dry the outside but also clean the inside.

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