FAQ: Professional Carwashing

Answers to important questions on professional car wash services.

WHY SHINE & PROTECT?

It is important to apply online protectants, such as Rain-X® Complete Surface Protectant, with each car wash because it forms a chemical bond with the paint to add a layer of protection and deepen the shine by smoothing out the clear coat’s microscopic finish. In addition, a professionally applied wax is equally essential for the best shine and most durable layer of protection.

IS WASHING MY CAR AT AN AUTOMATIC CAR WASH SAFE?

Today’s modern car washes are designed with the safety of your vehicle’s finish in mind. The industry has made large strides in developing safer, scratch-resistant materials for the brushes your car wash may use, and safer yet more effective chemicals for touch-free style car washes. The industry’s trade association, The International Car Wash Association works closely with automotive manufacturers to help ensure the safety of new vehicles’ painted surfaces for the car wash process.*

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF REGULAR PROFESSIONAL WASHING?

Proper care of your car’s finish by regular washing is essential to a long lasting, like-new shine. Everything from dirt and road grime to acid rain and other environmental pollutants are constantly attacking your car’s finish. Left to sit on the car’s surface, these contaminants attack and eat away at your car’s clear coat finish, dulling the shine and potentially creating long-term damage.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO WASH MY CAR?

Generally speaking, the sooner your car gets washed after it becomes dirty, the better for your car’s finish and the longer its shine will last. However, many environmental elements are at work attacking your car’s finish that you cannot see. That is why it is recommended to wash your vehicle once every one to two weeks and apply an added layer of protection such as Rain-X® Complete Surface Protectant each time you wash for the ultimate in shine and advanced protection against the elements.

Is Washing My Car At A Commercial Car Wash Really Better For The Environment?

Definitely! In commercial car washes, chemicals are filtered and sent to a water treatment center for cleaning. Conversely, a driveway car wash sends untreated waste water (including soap, oil and sludge) directly into the environment via storm sewers that lead into our rivers, lakes and streams. And a driveway wash uses up to three times more water than washing at a commercial car wash!

Can Car Wash Products That Are Safer On The Environment Still Clean A Vehicle Really Well?

Absolutely! Car wash products don’t have to be harmful to the environment to effectively clean vehicles. In fact, Blue Coral® Beyond Green products used in many car washes deliver powerfully clean, well-protected, shiny vehicles. And equally important, they’re easy on the environment.

What Does It Mean To Be Sustainable?

Products, processes and developments that are sustainable mean they meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. From the factory to the final rinse, the Blue Coral® Beyond Green products support your local car wash’s commitment to respect the environment every step of the way.

Is It Possible To Wash Vehicles Using Chemical-free Solutions?

No. All living things are made of chemicals. Even water! Blue Coral® Beyond Green products used in professional car washes are designed to minimize the impact on our environment AND provide you with a clean vehicle.

My Local Car Wash Is Part Of The Blue Coral® Beyond Green Program. what Does This Mean?

With the help of Blue Coral®, your car wash made a commitment to use only products that clean and protect your vehicle and reduce or eliminate the release of specific compounds into our air and water.

Why Don’t All Car Washes Participate In The Blue Coral® Beyond Green Program?

Becoming part of the program means going the extra mile and taking conscious steps toward minimizing our impact on our environment. It means doing the right thing because it’s environmentally correct while delivering exceptionally clean and shiny vehicles. The small change you make by using a Blue Coral® Beyond Green car wash has a big and positive impact on our environment.

HOW IS THE RAIN-X® PUT ON MY VEHICLE DIFFERENT FROM THE RAIN-X® I BUY AT A STORE AND APPLY MYSELF?

We’ve taken the Rain-X® glass treatment you’ve known and loved for years and created a new formula that not only works on glass, but also on all surfaces of a car such as paint and chrome.  When applied at a professional car wash, it forms a chemical bond with the paint to add a layer of protection and deepen the shine by smoothing out the clear coat’s microscopic finish.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WAX AND A PROTECTANT?

Wax is essential for the best shine and should be applied twice a year. A protectant should be applied with each car wash because it forms a chemical bond with the paint to add a layer of protection and deepen the shine by smoothing out the clear coat’s microscopic finish.

IS IT SAFE TO USE A CAR WASH WITH BRUSHES? WON’T IT WRECK MY PAINT?

Today’s modern car washes are designed with the safety of your vehicle’s finish in mind. The industry has made large strides in developing safer, scratch-resistant materials for the brushes your car wash may use, and safer yet more effective chemicals for touch-free style car washes. The industry’s trade association, The International Car Wash Association, works closely with automotive manufacturers to help ensure the safety of new vehicles’ painted surfaces for the car wash process.

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