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Anytime you drag anything across the surface of your car, it can be detrimental to your paint. It all comes down to being careful, using the cleanest and safest mits, brushes, and towels possible, and rinsing away as much dirt as possible before touching anything to the surface of your car. Even the cleanest, safest washing tools can cause damage if there's dirt on your paint.
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I just like to give my ram a day spa and give her a good detail. I occasionally buff and wax her and have found no problems with the paint.I have to agree though that if your equipment is dirty you can scratch the paint. Always rinse your sponge when your done with a section and never use dirty microfiber. A part of a leaf will turn microfiber into sandpaper

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3%Hero---You nailed it! And if you want a true idea at how your paint should feel, take an afternoon and use a clay bar and the liquid it comes with and THEN give it a good wax job...the difference is INSANE especially if you have never clay barred your truck. I did this to my 04 Lightning (Sonic Blue) and it never looked better. The amount of crap that is on or in your paint will make you wonder how it got there.
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You won't have that problem as long as you carry a good coat of wax on it .
Exactly. I have had the ram for 1 1/2 months 1200 miles and 15 coats of wax=I'm covered
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I will agree, in that, there's a right way and a wrong way to do anything.

Using a mit on the body, after it's been used on the tires/wheels is a no-no. People do it all the time. Using certain kinds of towels, or towels more then once can leave swirl marks in paint, due to imbedded dirt in the cloth.

I've seen people use dishsoap to wash their vehicles, which is used by professionals, to remove wax.........

I don't consider hand washing a vehicle bad, but If it's done wrong, can surely do damage and let's be honest.....how many average people really know what's good for their cars/trucks???
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I don't agree, if you keep it waxed and you're not using sand paper to wash your truck, you'll be just fine
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The link in the OP is to a website that belongs to a car washing business. Check it out: http://www.villagecarwash.net

They are using this "study" to pitch their services to customers. I don't see any proof that this was even a real study. I Googled it, the results were mainly Car Wash businesses like the one in th OP. It seems to me like it's promotional, plain and simple.

As has been mentioned previously, if you're careful and use common sense methods, your finish will be just fine.

It just goes to show once again that you can't believe everything you read on the internet. And, always use a good B.S. filter.

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I have a tendancy to agree, but it does make you think. I would rather save the money and do it myself. I could see having it done once every two years though, after all what's it cost $100-$150?
Total detail job on my wife's Escalade was close to $400.
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I have owned and hand washed black trucks for a couple of decades. If you use clean water and rinse your washing mitt/rag/whatever often to remove the dirt from it, and be careful to not apply heavy hand pressure during this part of the operation, you will get great results. And like indicated in previous posts, wax is your friend, and when the surface gets too swirly looking, clay bar and wax will bring back the 'like new' finish.

As for the professional car wash information.....good marketing on their part!
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