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Old 08-12-2004, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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somebody mention to me that i shouldnt wash my beemer so frequently cause it will cause the color to fade ... is it true ?
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Yeah, if you wash your car a lot (twice a week or more) if will cause your paint to fade more quickly. This is true of all cars and paint jobs.
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so wax it too.
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Kind of a vague question. If you wash your car with dish soap, yes the alkalines within it can adversely affect your paint. I use a Zymol auto wash (there are many good ones out there), wash my car twice a week, and have no problems. I would recomend a good few coats of wax (annually) and a spray detailer after washing so that the finish remains protected.

On the flip side, washing your car too little can also be harmful. Those of you in winter climates that drive on salted roads can certainly be harmful to your paint (and other areas of the car) if not washed frequently.
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Washing twice a week is obsessive anyway! Just be sure to wax that body!
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I want to wash it, but right now it's cold and the water will be extra cold, so I'll just quick detail it.
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thanks for the replies ... yah, i normally just do a few touch-ups when the car is not extremely dirty.
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