Are automatic car washes bad for my paint?
Simply put, yes. We suggest hand washes with proper, clean tools and materials every week or two, depending on driving frequency. Touchless automatic car washes are acceptable during winter months to simply rinse off all the salt and grime. Otherwise, automatic car washes are very dirty places that see lots of traffic. Dirt removed from the first car, may causing swirl marks on the second, third, and so on. Avoid all automatic car washes except a touch less wash when necessary. Quality hand washes are the only way to keep paint in good condition, free of major swirl marks and other defects.