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    Washing cars...

    So, we got our Dodge Chargers. They are about as sweet as car can get. Have their problems and issues, but still super sweet. And they look good. But...Chief wants to make sure they stay that way. We have a policy now that states we have to wash and maintain our cars once a shift, but Chief is worried that the bristle brushes we use now are going to be too rough on the black and white paint job. Anybody got any ideas for washing them that is going to keep things quick, but not scratch the bejesus out of the cars?
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    I only wash my POV with a clean terry cloth towel. Brushes and sponges will hold grit that will scratch. The best thing I have found is a HOT water pressure washer. You would be suprised at the difference that hot water will make.

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    micro fiber cloths, wax once a month, betweeen waxing - about once a week use meguires (sp?) speed detailer with a micro fiber cloth
    the speed detailer takes about five minutes to do the whole car after you spray it down.
    Ive used this same combo on my personal car ever since ive owned it and it still looks new

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    Do not go through automatic car washes that are not tough free, the brushes will leave light scratchs which it time really look like shit.

    When drying the car off dont use anything but a shamie or a want to be shamie(spelled wrong), towels will also scratch the paint.

    Also in the spring if it just palin build up you can use a California Duster to clean it off without washing the car.

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    I've always had good luck with heated pressure washers. Not the automatic car washes, buy a nice heated pressure washer.
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    Seems quite excessive to the point of being harmful. Even if you don't scratch the paint a daily bath for a car is going to be getting things wet that don't really like to be wet all the time. You're often forcing just a wee bit of moisture past the dust boots on the brakes when spraying the wheels, a trickle down the door jam where it pools inside the body - and the humidity of the hot water gets into vent holes on any number of things.

    A cruiser is one vehicle that runs long enough that it will mostly dry out over the course of the day, but I still can't see daily washing.

    Does the policy specifically say washing? Or will the wipe down methods suggested fly if the result is the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlocke1419 View Post
    Do not go through automatic car washes that are not tough free, the brushes will leave light scratchs which it time really look like shit.
    The bullshit to that is that no wash can "scrub" the cars dirt without some sort of contact..

    Hell, its still a SQUAD CAR, not a Ferrari 360 Modena.. its going to get dirt and scratches, and plenty of dents.

    I am super anal about my car too, and wash it nearly every day, but I also drive thru alleys, over curbs from time to time, and it is still a work vehicle, not the garage queens I once owned (my 2 Bimmers)
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    We use the heated pressure washers in a carwash port with fleet carwash cards. It's touchless - and does not harm the paint job. It can be rough on the decals if you put the pressure washer too close to them so be sure to keep a distance of about 18 inches in those areas. Clean time is under 5 minutes for our CVPIs, dry time varies, and outcome is superb.


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    Cant wait to see em conalabu--bring um by next shift and ill show ya how to wash em..

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    I appreciate all the responses. I am going to try for the pressure washers or the Meguiars Speed Detailing stuff. It is policy that the cars be cleaned everyday and honestly, the cars do look better and more impressive when they aren't filthy. Thanks for the help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by conalabu View Post
    Anybody got any ideas for washing them that is going to keep things quick, but not scratch the bejesus out of the cars?
    Drive down to the department's service center... Sit in a comfortable chair and watch the "trusties" clean/polish your car

    (sorry, I'm big city... our cars look like crap, and the city could care less about taking care of them. I should post a picture of some of these cars sometime... half of them have large spots of missing paint ).

    I do envy you though. I've heard the Chargers are nice. We were told we were getting them, but we just got another bunch of Crown Vics in here, so I doubt we'll see anything else for a couple more years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conalabu View Post
    So, we got our Dodge Chargers. They are about as sweet as car can get. Have their problems and issues, but still super sweet. And they look good. But...Chief wants to make sure they stay that way. We have a policy now that states we have to wash and maintain our cars once a shift, but Chief is worried that the bristle brushes we use now are going to be too rough on the black and white paint job. Anybody got any ideas for washing them that is going to keep things quick, but not scratch the bejesus out of the cars?
    Once a shift???

    Are you assigned your own car? We rotate ours and they are used 24/7/365. Damn, even with days they are down for maintenance, that'd be over a 1000 washings a year. Figure one man-hour for each washing, that'd cost in excess of $25K just for washings.
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    Hey conalabu post pics of the charger. We have a couple more coming to our dept. Heres the thing its a cop car its gonna get knicked , scratched, etc. I just run it through a car wash.

    Also how are the brakes on your chargers? Are they able to withstand the way you guys drive? We have those probs with ours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    Hey conalabu post pics of the charger.

    Also how are the brakes on your chargers? Are they able to withstand the way you guys drive? We have those probs with ours

    Brakes have been an issues with ours too, but other than that no real problems. We use brushless pressure washers or the guys can ahnd wash them if they want to, but most don't.

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    Use a soft cloth and a couple of prisoners that are doing community service.

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    The five things that I am not all that happy about with our cars so far...
    1-we have internal visor lights. The way they are set up, if you are sitting at a stop light, you can't see the light unless you are leaning forward or stop way before the stop line.
    2-trunk space
    3-gas door does not lock
    4-need little key fob doo hickey to unlock the car, or the damn alarm goes off when you use the power locks to lock it.
    5-brakes make me nervous. We have not had problems yet and we have the 2007 Chargers that supposedly have high speed brakes, but I have heard way too many people say that they glaze up at high speed braking.

    On the other hand, we have not had them long, and the pluses in comparison to the Vics outweigh the minuses. So far. The Vic was an old person car that was made into a LE vehicle. The Charger is set up on a totally different level. These things were made for agressive driving. There are numerous little things that Dodge did that is obviously in line with LE vehicles that came from the factory production line. I am going to get some pics up within the net few weeks, Tony, and I may ask for a model if you are not too swamped with 'em by now. As far as the washings and scratching, heck, we know that is going to happen, but Chief still wants the cars clean and wants as little damage as possible. Our Chief goes to bat for us way too much for me to complain when he asks something like this. It only takes about ten minutes or so to do, so no big deal really. Thanks for the responses.


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