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Old 22-03-2017, 01:06 PM   #1
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Question What exactly is a "Maintenance Wash"?

Afternoon All,

This is something we all see mentioned regularly but as I see it with different meaning.
I have seen it said that someome does a full decon twice a year with maintenance washes between, others say they did a "quick" maintenance wash. To me a wash is a wash which generally includes a pre wash, pressure wash, tbm, quite often a coat of QD, wheels, barrels, calipers and arches are done also. You could say this is a maintenance wash as it is maintaining the look and finish but that is as close can I say I get to one.

My perception from reading posts is that it is less than a full wash, perhaps a quick blast with pre wash and a pressure washer to remove dirt but then how does that fit in with the person who perfomes maintenence washes between full decons?

So what is your definition of a the maintenance wash, should the term exist, who created it?
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Old 22-03-2017, 01:13 PM   #2
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I just wash, as in a wash, in between waxing etc.

It's just a daft term created by folk trying to sell us stuff!

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Old 22-03-2017, 01:17 PM   #3
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Maintenance
Wheels
Pre wash
Wash
Dry
Qd wipedown
Glass

Full wash
Wheels removed decon and seal
Tyres dressed
Pre wash
2 bucket wash
Door shuts
Apc and brush work
Decon
Clay
Polish
Sealant or wax
Glass
Plastics
Metal work
Engine bay
Interior

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Old 22-03-2017, 01:17 PM   #4
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I just wash in between waxing etc.

It's just a daft term created by folk trying to sell us stuff!
Bit like the term 'I detailed my car', no, you gave it a valet
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Old 22-03-2017, 01:18 PM   #5
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I think the term ‘maintenance wash’ originated from Pro detailers to differentiate from the more normal ‘correction and protection’ details that they carry out.

However, I could be wrong!

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Maintenance
Wheels
Pre wash
Wash
Dry
Qd wipedown
Glass

Full wash
Wheels removed decon and seal
Tyres dressed
Pre wash
2 bucket wash
Door shuts
Apc and brush work
Decon
Clay
Polish
Sealant or wax
Glass
Plastics
Metal work
Engine bay
Interior
So by your definition what is a detail if these are the two types of washes ?
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Not sure about others but maintenance wash to me means

1.snow foam/tfr dwell 5 min then jet off
2.wheel cleaner spray on dwell 5 then jet off
3.2 bucket wash then jet off
4. dry with towel using a QD to aid in dry and give gloss

A full wash/valet/detail whatever you want to call it is all the above but i would my wheel woolies, once dry would use a wax/glaze/sealant all the rubber and plastics would get dressed, tires would be dressed , detail brush's used for grills and badges, door and boot shuts done etc....
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So by your definition what is a detail if these are the two types of washes ?
Meant full detail not wash
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A maintenance wash is a wash that maintains a finish. So arguably any wash using safe methods would count as it's those safe wash methods that are protecting your paint.

Now, taken more broadly, the finish of a vehicle comes from all the little touches ie tyre and trim dressings, etc etc as already mentioned. So the vehicle being cleaned​ is a grand opportunity to refresh those. Exactly which you would do each time will vary from person to person and vehicle to vehicle. Eg if you have a coating like C4 on your trim you're not going to include "refresh trim dressing" on your list of things to do on a weekly wash.

I don't get much time for detailing due to family and work so I do enjoy the fact that on a well protected car, a simple prewash and jet off can really work miracles, although I know some folks prefer to wait until they have chance to do it properly I tend to work to the principle "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good" Either way, given that a touchless wash is not doing the paint any harm, there is an argument that this is also a maintenance wash of sorts

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Maintenance wash for me is auto foam with hot water in pump sprayer pressure wash of both cars then back to the wean before the wife starts complaining about spending more time with the car than them. Hench just maintaining the car.


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