Damn jet wash

Discussion in 'Bodywork' started by The G.F.P, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. The G.F.P

    The G.F.P Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    i had the local lovly polish blokes do my car the other day and then when i got home thought there was orange bird poo on the drivers side front wheel arch

    so i look a bit closer and see they had managed to remove the panint and the rust under it !

    i had both wings filled & smoothed & painted 2 years ago (he said they wont last) and now ive got the 12 oclock patch of 1" long and the bottom right corner bubbling!

    so now need 2 new wings as might as well get both done

    any ideas for places to buy new ones

    and whats the cost difference between replica ones and merc ones (except merc ones will fit better)
     
  2. mercboiuk

    mercboiuk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Two years ago I had a new front wing. Genuine new main dealer part, which cost £160 + VAT + Painting & fitting.
    I believe the cost has risen now, but I'm not sure by how much.

    I'd recommend going for a genuine, rather than pattern part. I've pattern parts won't sit right, so may look out of place.

    Darren
     
  3. bobby

    bobby Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Try NickMercedes on this very forum!
     
  4. kwakdonut

    kwakdonut Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    ....and try to avoid Polish car washes too!! (other car wash nationalities are available and may need to be avoided too!!!)
     
  5. SilverSaloon

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    jet washes are a no-no on my car - my previous car had some minor stone chips on the bumper - however after a jet wash the paint flaked off requiring a bumper respray :crazy:

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!!!

    i dont go near them now. You cant beat a sponge and a bucket.

    if you have any bubbly rust at all - definatly avoid as otherwise you'll loose the half-decent looking paint thats covering the bubble very easily.
     
  6. A210AMG

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    Wash our carss myself always have, actually enjoy it (maybe thats sad) give you a good chance to check the tyres / washer fluid etc.

    No way would I pay anyone to wash it. How many times have they dropped the sponge or leather.

    ooh and I would go for genuine parts assuming there is not a huge difference. I would like to think better fit and more importantly stronger?

    Then a trip to Halfords for some buckets and sponges :) :)
     
  7. Ade B

    Ade B Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Drive through jet wash is a great way to expose any paint defects lurking as I found out. Previously invisible stonechips suddenly became apparent under the head lights as the jet wash blew off the clearcoat.. Any rust blisters will be shown no mercy..

    Following recent trip to the body shop, won't be using them again - on the other hand they do get the wheels much cleaner than I can... :rolleyes::D



    Ade
     
  8. TomTanderson

    TomTanderson Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Do we have to put up with this racist crap?
     
  9. GrahamC230K

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    Avoiding washing the car or jet washes because your car is rusting is a head in the sand approach if ever I heard one. This was only background to the actual topic which is where to source new replacement wings and the benefits of original over pattern parts.
     
  10. bigstuff

    bigstuff Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    if you intend to keep the car long term buy the best;)
     
  11. lynall

    lynall Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    It always fascinates me that people pay someone to wash their cars, especially in the current economic times.

    I wouldnt say the comments were racist just stating facts ie most carwashs are run by people of other mationalies.

    If you want to hear racist comments you should hear some of the blokes i work with, i find it amazing that a seemingly normal person comes out with so much racist crap and they think its normal to think like that, so much so i reckon racism is alive and prospering in this country.

    Also as they deal exclusiveley in cash i wonder how much taxable income they declare not! so maybe they are the clever ones:D



    Lynall
     
  12. BlackC55

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    I get my car valeted from time to time.

    For me it all comes down to how much time I have. Normally I am always working so no time to clean the car. ;(
     
  13. andy_k

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    We get our cars washed whilst we nip to the supermarket.

    Our local carwash is staffed by knowledgeable, hard working, dilligent folks who wash and valet cars for a living.

    One of them used to work for a local dealers detailing and prepping cars for sale/delivery, another was an upholsterer/restorer by trade before he got made redundant.

    They do a cracking job on the car(s) and at £7 a time to wash, dry and clean the glass inside and out it's hardly worth us getting the hose pipe/buckets/shampoo etc out if we are busy :)

    They are professional, have insurance etc and provide a good service at a good price.

    Oh, they just happen to be English as well
     
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