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Old 02-04-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question Washing convertible

I am new to the forum and am not sure if this is the right place to ask a question, but here it goes. I own a 2011 Convertible Soft-Top Mustang. Is it ok to take through an automatic car wash? I am most worried about when the drying part of the wash goes over the car blowing the water off. Could this get caught on the lip of the soft top? Any feedback woud be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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I never run mine through a car wash. I feel that the force of water coming through the spay nozzles can blow water into the car. I just hand wash with a terry cloth towel and keep a good coat of wax on it. Most of the time, I just hose it off with plain water and use an absorbent towel to get the water spots off.
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Thank you! I'll stick with that then.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #4
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Notice the response came from Georgia, and I see you are in Michigan. I live in Ohio and hand washing outside isn't an option during Nov-Feb. I've been using the self-serve coin operated places with the pressurized wand sprayer, but they do a poor job. The full service wash places do a much better job, but I'm concerned about the blowers causing the top to flutter and puting strain on the attachments to the frame. If there's a good answer other than a heated garage with a drain, I don't have it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #5
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I feel the same way about washing mine in those automatic places. I just hear the water pounding on the top and it drives me nuts. Plus, I can do so much better of a job with a bucket and soap myself. Definitely sucks during the colder months though, I agree.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:49 AM   #6
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Just bought an 04 GT convt, and really gave the top a good cleaning with the hose, be careful around the rear window, was spraying alot of water to get dirt, etc. out of the crevices, and when I was done, I had water inside of car. Thinking it's best to just let ther water reason down on car.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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I live in CT and wash my convertible all the time during the winter. I bought an adapter for my kitchen sink that allows me to connect a hose so if it's too cold for the outside spicket I connect the hose to the sink and run it out the window. I also have Optimum No-Rinse which lets you wash the car using two buckets of water and doesn't require a hose to rinse off. If it's SUPER cold out and my car is relatively clean, like after a light rain, (aka no mud, sand, salt...etc) I have a waterless car wash called
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Zac, I don't mean to hijack your thread at all so I hope it doesn't come across that way.

Is there some kind of protectant that can be applied to the convertible top to prolong the life of it?

Back on topic, I don't take my GT through automatic washes at all. For one, when the vehicle is presoaked at the entrance, the employees use the same brush on your paint that was just used on the wheels/tires of the vehicle in front of you. Save yourself the problems and wash the car yourself. The paint will stay looking nice longer I believe.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:36 PM   #9
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not to highjack the post, but have you guys ever had a problem with water draining into the passenger compartment after a run through the touchless wash? i would guess mine dumped at least a 1/2 gallon on the passenger side floor board when i pulled out of the wash bay. it did not happen during the wash, only after i started to move. i had the A/C 0n if that matters. any thought would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:21 AM   #10
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Is there some kind of protectant that can be applied to the convertible top to prolong the life of it?
I clean mine with Ragg Top cleaner and then go over it with some 303.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:36 PM   #11
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Last year in late fall I put a coat of meguiars ultimate liquid wax (a polymer sealant) on and did not buff it off. You could barely see it.

Water beaded all winter long without washing. Dirt just rinsed off.

Do you have cloth or vinyl top? You have to get the right product. I use the blue magic vinyl top cleaner & conditioner.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:21 PM   #12
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My 2 cents...in Cali its rarely too cold to wash your car, however, I will occasionally run my car through the car wash and never had a problem, until last week when about a half gallon of water dumped onto the floorboard of the passenger side floor mats.
I immediately came home and googled the problem, and thats how I found this sight. I have since solved the problem. There are two drain holes under the plastic cowl between your windshield and hood. Removal is easy (other than the drivers side wiper arm removal) but they can be cleaned out from the engine bay. They are rubber, tea bag looking filters, for lack of a better description, near the firewall on each side that are accessible to reach up inside from the bottom and empty all the twigs, leaves & pine needles from. No more water leaks.
As for the car wash, I tell them DO NOT use the wheel brush on my paint! I frequent the same car wash, tip good, and they will do whatever extra detail I ask for, never had a problem with rear window leaking. The water & blower on the top is a bit loud and annoying but it is also a good way to make sure your seals are working properly (as your part of country has much worse weather we do)
And a word on convertible top protection...the one time I used a product on my top, it left chemical streaks down my door windows every time it rained or I washed my car. Streaks I couldn't wash or wipe off. Over time they came off, but it took a long time to get them off. I would love to find a product that doesn't do that?
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I run mine through the auto wash all the time, no issues. The only time I had a problem was after I had some crash damage repaired and the windows weren't lined up properly. Took a couple of hours in the driveway to line them back up (sacrificing a 10mm wrench to the crevice gods in the process) and the problem was solved.

I'll have to check the cowl filters, I get a lot of pine needles falling from the trees.
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not to highjack the post, but have you guys ever had a problem with water draining into the passenger compartment after a run through the touchless wash? i would guess mine dumped at least a 1/2 gallon on the passenger side floor board when i pulled out of the wash bay. it did not happen during the wash, only after i started to move. i had the A/C 0n if that matters. any thought would be greatly appreciated.
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not to highjack the post, but have you guys ever had a problem with water draining into the passenger compartment after a run through the touchless wash? i would guess mine dumped at least a 1/2 gallon on the passenger side floor board when i pulled out of the wash bay. it did not happen during the wash, only after i started to move. i had the A/C 0n if that matters. any thought would be greatly appreciated.
Check your cowl drains, make sure they aren't plugged up. I had a similar problem with a Cavalier, the cowl would fill up and throw water on the windshield when I turned the defroster on.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:13 PM   #16
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I just got a 2001 Mustang GT convertible the week before Memorial Day weekend, my thought on the carwash thing is do it yourself if you can. I know like myself we don't all live in an area that's warm all year long, I also have another car to drive in bad weather so mine shouldn't get too dirty in the colder months. I just wanted to know what is good to use to clean the top? I have a black top but it still gets dirty even if it can't be seen easily.
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I vacuum my cloth top with a medium soft brush and a light pressure. If water is needed, I just use a hose and spray nozzle then the wet vac.....
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I have used an automatic car wash several times with no leaks or other problems. I wash it by hand most times, but when it's really dirty, I use the car wash. I also get my oil changed at the car wash with Mobil 1.
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