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Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by giandu, Dec 10, 2003.
is there any good HAND CAR WASH on Long Island or NYC?anyone?please help!
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The one i use for my car is in Great Neck. the place is called TOYS FOR BIG BOYS, pricey but very good.
Please check out this ferrarichat trhread:
all about carwashes in Manhattan
I replied to your other thread in the OT section already, but check out board sponsor technik 1. Have heard some good things about their hand wash from some of my clients while they were in NYC and needed a wash.
I know where you can get a good 'Hand Job'!
Unfortunately, it isn't in New York.
Your driveway, perhaps?
I don't know about you, but the thought of some minimum-wage goof scrubbing down your car and its $7,000 paint finish with a dirty rag while he holds the keys in his pocket.....you must be joking, right??? You pay someone else to wash your car???
Tell you what - you bring the car to my house here in Charleston, I'll wash it, detail it, make it shine using some of the best car-care products available. All I'll charge is let me drive it downtown somewhere for dinner.
There is a vast difference in detailing facilities. You obviously do not bring your nice car to the local detail place with employees making $5/hour. But I see no problem bringing it to a proper detail facility that properly washes the car with 2 buckets, 2 sponges, 2 drying clothes, and takes their time.
As a detailer, I am trusted with my client's cars and take my time in properly detailing them. 1.5 hours for a wash and about 8 hours for a detail. I am not in the same market as a local detail shop that blows out 15-30 cars a day. Just as with cars, you cannot classify every detail facility in the same catagory.
I, for one, live in the city and do not have the ability to wash my car myself. I can either take it to a detailer or an automatic car wash. If I didn't want those two options, the third option would be to let the car stay dirty until I move out of the city and buy a house...
I think that people who DO NOT live in Manhattan must understand is that it is hard to hand-wash your car yourself. Where are you going to do it? You don't have your own hose. You don't have your own driveway. Unless you live in a $7M+ townhouse with a private garage, handwashing your own car is somewhat out of the question. Unless you know your doorman who will let you use the hose (some will but some won't), your car will stay dirty.
Of course I would want to wash my own car. I would even wash it while it was snowing! But I find it very hard to get the opportunity to do it in NYC.
\warning: humor intended
Which brings up the point: if it is in Manhatten, it will take at least an hour to get somewhere where you can use more than 3rd/2nd gear. And by then, it can't possibly be clean anymore. So why bother???
On the other hand, There is the 3 bucket method, often described in R&T or C&D. One bucket contains warm water with detergent, and two buckets contain cold water. Starting at the top and continuing top to bottom: The procedure begins by taking a clean towel through the warm water and wiping down a 3ft by 3ft section (smaller if really dirty). The towel is wrung until nearly dry, then rinsed in bucket 2, then wring dry, then rinsed in bucket 3; Repeat until car is finished.
This procudure can be performed in a parking lot. Since you have a car, and since you obviously have a place to park it, you can do the job yourself.
I take pride in detailing. TCM is correct... no one does it identical to someone else.
If you want to read how I do it and have 10 minutes to burn reading one post, you can check this thread out.