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post #1 of 36 Old 01-07-2014, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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How to Wash My Black CLA?

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So.. already had my black CLA for 2 months now. Time flies!!

Any previous "black" car owners have any advice on best way to wash your car? First time I brought it through the automatic car wash. Washed ok but felt like it was taking a beating with those wipers After a few weeks of ownership I was looking closely at my car and notice some very very light streaks/scratches. I wondered if it was from the car wash? Then after I had my windows tinted someone there told me black cars can get scratched if there is the slightest dirt on you car and you wipe it down Which made me think. Whenever it rained I used to wipe it down with a dry cloth. Do you think this did the scratches? I've taken a peek at other black cars and have notice the same thing. Very very light scratches. Is this something I have to live with? I mean.. it's not noticeable unless you put your eye close and look for them. Any recommendations?

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Never wipe your car dry or with just water on it. The tiny dirt particles will scratch the paint (or clear coat). You have to use good carwash liquid and water and make sure they get nice and sudsy. It's the suds that lift up the dirt away from the paint. Once the dirt is lifted off the surface of the paint then rinse it off with water. There are videos on youtube on the proper way of washing a car.

BTW, I had my black CLA tinted too. How dark did you go?

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Never wipe your car dry or with just water on it. The tiny dirt particles will scratch the paint (or clear coat). You have to use good carwash liquid and water and make sure they get nice and sudsy. It's the suds that lift up the dirt away from the paint. Once the dirt is lifted off the surface of the paint then rinse it off with water. There are videos on youtube on the proper way of washing a car.

BTW, I had my black CLA tinted too. How dark did you go?
Thanks for the reply. And the advice. I guess there's no in between. Either leave it unwashed... or give it a good wash Any recommendations on a liquid brand? Also, what do you think about those drive thru car wash places?

I went as dark as I could go legally on the tint. However, don't remember what percentage that is.. think 25%?
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Thanks for the reply. And the advice. I guess there's no in between. Either leave it unwashed... or give it a good wash Any recommendations on a liquid brand? Also, what do you think about those drive thru car wash places?

I went as dark as I could go legally on the tint. However, don't remember what percentage that is.. think 25%?
We have a drive through car wash near me but it's all hand washing. First they spray your car down with what appears to be just water. When the car enters the carwash it gets sprayed with suds. When the car is all covered with suds, there are guys in there doing the actual washing with these special mitts and towels stuff as the car moves along the track. So it's a drive thru car wash but is hand washed. I got mine tinted 50%/35% Front and Rear.

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I would AVOID


hold on let me clarify that again and let it sink in

AVOID
  • drive through car washes that are NOT touchless.
  • drive through car washes where high school kids use dirty wash mitts to rub dirt into your car
Do not wipe your car dry when it is raining. You are causing the scratches. Sorry to say but that drive through car wash along with you drying your car probably just caused lots of damage to your paint that can only be corrected through paint correction (you are looking at $400+job)


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We have a drive through car wash near me but it's all hand washing. First they spray your car down with what appears to be just water. When the car enters the carwash it gets sprayed with suds. When the car is all covered with suds, there are guys in there doing the actual washing with these special mitts and towels stuff as the car moves along the track. So it's a drive thru car wash but is hand washed. I got mine tinted 50%/35% Front and Rear.
I see. Does the mercedes benz dealer offer car washes? I think they do? I'm paranoid to trust anyone but I would trust them more then those guys who work at hand car washes

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I would AVOID


hold on let me clarify that again and let it sink in

AVOID
  • drive through car washes that are NOT touchless.
  • drive through car washes where high school kids use dirty wash mitts to rub dirt into your car
Do not wipe your car dry when it is raining. You are causing the scratches. Sorry to say but that drive through car wash along with you drying your car probably just caused lots of damage to your paint that can only be corrected through paint correction (you are looking at $400+job)

HOW TO WASH YOUR CAR:

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Yeah... I should have thought twice. I've always used them and they done a fine job. But I've never had a black car before and starting to realize it's limitations when it comes to this. It doesn't really bother me cuz unless your eyes are inches away and looking for scratches you'll never know. May I ask what do you mean by "corrected"?

And also what do you think of mercedes benz dealership doing the car wash?
Thanks for the video!!!

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Depends on how good your mercedes dealership is.

from most of the reviews I've seen... I would say no.. Just wash it yourself. And tell them to not wash your car when you service it as well.

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My MB dealer always washes your car after a visit. They even washed my car when I went back to pick up the new license plates. They put them on the car and then hand washed it.

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Depends on how good your mercedes dealership is.

from most of the reviews I've seen... I would say no.. Just wash it yourself. And tell them to not wash your car when you service it as well.

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I see. The reason why I asked is not that I'm too lazy to wash my own car. Just where I park my car is not the best location to wash my car. Then time is my next excuse. I guess I'll just have to buckle down and pick a day.


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My MB dealer always washes your car after a visit. They even washed my car when I went back to pick up the new license plates. They put them on the car and then hand washed it.
My dealership did the same with my license plates. Although they didn't give or ask me for a car wash. I've heard not to have them wash your car too. Although not sure why. Guess they do a lousy job? Couldn't be any worse then those other hand touch carwash places? At least to me anyway. Well.. appreciate the feedback. I'll just do the best I can and if it gets bad I'll just have it detailed
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My problem with trying to wash my car this time of year is the temperature. Yesterday the temperature reached a high of 11 F. This morning on my drive to work it was 9 degree and expected to reach a high of 24. Not too favorible for me.

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