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I am curious to see if anyone has run theirs through a car wash place as of yet. I know it is better to do it at home and not risk someone else doing it, but sometimes I am just way to busy.

Especially planning a wedding with the Mrs. :cool:

Has anyone had problems with the SIRIUS antenna or any other problems with the brushes or has everyone gone touchless or any other tips??

Thanks guys
 

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I have my Nitro hand washed only. I took my 06 Dakota an automated car wash and have regretted it ever since. Small fine scratches on the clear coat. You don't want that.
 

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I take mine to a car wash because I simply don't have time to hand wash. If it was black, I would not do it because the fine scratches and swirls show so bad.... I have not had a problem with the antenna or the back wiper....yet
 

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I had, I took my black Nitro to the wash tub the other day because the dealer give me 1 year of free car washes there. The antenna didnt have a problem. Went through fine. Afterwards I took it home to re wax it by my self.
 

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I had to take mine through the automated wash today for the first time. There were no issues. Even the rear spoiler and front air guard that I installed had no issues at all. Thanks to the carwash gods!!
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I am curious to see if anyone has run theirs through a car wash place as of yet. I know it is better to do it at home and not risk someone else doing it, but sometimes I am just way to busy.

Especially planning a wedding with the Mrs. :cool:

Has anyone had problems with the SIRIUS antenna or any other problems with the brushes or has everyone gone touchless or any other tips??

Thanks guys
If anyone can get away with it you can. I personally always handwash but if you're going to go to a car wash... white is the best color to have. I used to own a body shop and can tell you from experiance white is the most forgiving color when it comes to hiding fine scratches. And I think your trim would be safe. :cool:
 

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I go to a good Completely No Touch (Only Kind ill go to) - No Brush etc car wash for a *quick fix* and its done just fine, its not the best job - but it gets most of the dirt off without any issues :)
 

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Great info fellas.

But did anyone have problems with the antenna?? Did you leave it on? Were these the car washes with the brushes or did you just go to the touchless ones??

My Nitro is getting dirty as hell and we got a wedding coming up and no time at all to hand wash. There are a lot in the neighborhood,but they have the big brushes and Im scared it will just rip the antenna off! :SHOCKED:

Should I remove it first? Is it easy?
 

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I left my antenna on and just held my breath...It came out just fine. I asked them if I should take it off and they said, no one every has any issues with the Sat. antenna. This was a automated brush wash.
Hope that helps,
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the only way i can wash my nitro is in a car wash ive only use the brush type once by mistake but i had no problems i usally use touch less wash and i still havent had any problems. what i use to do is run the truck through the touch less wash the take it over to the manully wash and wash and rinse it there and chammed it off. when ever u wash the car by hand is to use a new small sponge and use a new one ever time if it ever hits the ground throw it out as it will pick up little stones and scratch the clear coat. its not nessasary to wax the nitro because off the paint it has a clear coat covering so the only thing is that wax will build up and wont look to good after a while. a polish is a option after a year or so of driving
with a high speed polisher but this should be done buy a professinal as u can heat up the clear and make a heck of a mess
 

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the only way i can wash my nitro is in a car wash ive only use the brush type once by mistake but i had no problems i usally use touch less wash and i still havent had any problems. what i use to do is run the truck through the touch less wash the take it over to the manully wash and wash and rinse it there and chammed it off. when ever u wash the car by hand is to use a new small sponge and use a new one ever time if it ever hits the ground throw it out as it will pick up little stones and scratch the clear coat. its not nessasary to wax the nitro because off the paint it has a clear coat covering so the only thing is that wax will build up and wont look to good after a while. a polish is a option after a year or so of driving
with a high speed polisher but this should be done buy a professinal as u can heat up the clear and make a heck of a mess
I like everything said in this post except I'm afraid I have to disagree with my Nitro brother here on the don't wax part. As an ex-body shop owner I can tell you body shops don't like wax because a heavily waxed car can present a "fish eye" problem (tiny indented circles) in a paint repair if all the wax doesn't get fully removed.
But that's a body shop problem. Clear coat cars ABSOLUTELY benefit for being waxed with a quality product. It will only improve and help to protect the clear coat not detract from it. The machine polishing or buffing out talked about will make a paint job look better because it removes a small amount of the build up of clear coat called "orange peel"... but beware. If you do this just to shine up your paint job then there's that much less clear coat to polish out a scratch you might get down the road. Once you break through the clear coat... it's a paint only fix!
Think about it... you'll never see a Ferrari or a show car that isn't waxed. Trust that they want maximum performance & looks. :cool:
 

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I went to this one place and they had the lambskin type washers. Came out IMMACULATE and the antenna was perfectly fine. They said they deal with the satellite antennas all the time.

Im not a big fan of the car wash places either, but with a white Nitro it came out great and the price was perfect.

Thanks for all the info fellas.
 

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Hi,
I only use no touch washes. Find a good one and stick with it. Also if you keep wax on the truck, the no touch works just fine. They should also have a "SPOTLESS RINSE". That is deionized water sprayed on as the final step.
No problems with this type of cleaning.
 
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