If you’re local to me, we can setup regular hand washes. I will wash the car by hand while you wait. Depending how dirty it is it could be done as quickly as 10 minutes. I use a foam gun and two buckets. WHY? The foam is to get a layer of lubricant, or soap on the car, as you move the sponge over a car you can induce scratches the soap helps prevent this. The 2 buckets are to have one for washing and one to rinse my sponge. Rinse bucket then I go back to the wash bucket and the sponge is clean. I soap then rinse to get the sponge clean to allow dirt to fall into this bucket preventing scratches. This is an important procedure.
Please do NOT go to automatic car washes. They are known as “Swirl-O-Matics.” Although you may have gotten the grime off of your car you are inducing swirls into the paint. I have heard this many times before also. “It’s a hand wash that they do, so it’s ok.” Yes, there are places that will do a hand wash for you. Are they washing their sponges after each car, NO! Do they truly care about the condition of your paint? Chances are they are not only using your dirt to scratch your paint but everyone else’s dirt to scratch it. Dirt likes to stay in sponges and mitts, unless rinsed out throughly the debris left will scratch your paint.
Who is going to care for you paint better than you or myself? Worst case, wash it yourself. It will take you ten minutes or so and help you maintain that showroom shine that we have provided. You don’t need two buckets. Get any basic car wash, I prefer Meguier’s Gold class, it’s readily available and a nice soap. Begin by wetting the entire car, top down. Foam, foam, foam, it’s your friend. The more foam you can get on the car the safer you are, it “holds” dirt preventing scratching. Work panel by panel and after each panel rinse your sponge or mitt with your hose. This will act just like your second bucket to remove contaminants from your sponge. Rinse from the top down in a left to right motion, allowing the water to sheet off of the car. The main purpose of allowing the water to sheet is to allow the water to pull the water higher on the vehicle off of the vehicle. Finally dry, if you have a blower of some sort, blow cracks, seams, and trim, then blot dry, do your best not to drag your drying towel over the paint as this can help scratch the paint.
In a worst case scenario hose it off with fresh water and go drive. This will leave water spots but a better solution than going to any automated wash. If you don’t have access to a hose I can suggest a wonderful No Rinse car wash. If you don’t have a hose this is an excellent option.