Why To Avoid The Automatic Car Wash After the Sleet and Snow

We are expecting to receive some rain, sleet and snow over the next few days in the Washington, D.C. area, so where should you take your vehicle after the storm passes? Of course we are advocates for hand washing vs. automatic car washes, but why does it matter?

After it snows, we often see many cars waiting in line for the inexpensive automatic car wash. Bringing your vehicle to one of these locations is tempting, given the ease of the drive-thru for only a few dollars. However, it should be noted that many of these establishments often present dangers to your car’s paint.

 Side note: Ask about receiving Sportcoat Pro which has self-cleaning effects and helps repel water and snow! You also receive 1 year warranty. Click here. 

What’s Wrong with an Automatic Car Wash?

For starters, drive-thru car washes can leave scratches and swirls in your paint. We have had countless vehicles roll through our many locations with damaged paint as a result of the brushes at these automatic car washes. These brushes used to scrub your vehicle are not always cleaned – especially when there is no break in the traffic waiting for a wash. After a snow storm, all of these cars have salt, dirt and ice accumulated over the car, and the brushes can hang onto that which can scratch your paint.


In addition, the drive-thru areas are designed to accommodate all sizes of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. As a result, the brushes may “scrape” harder for a car than an SUV, given the size difference.

How About a Capitol Shine Hand Wash?
You’ve invested a lot of money in your vehicle, so why not INVEST when it comes to maintaining your ride? At Capitol Shine, we use the utmost care when performing our paint-safe hand wash and dry of your car’s exterior. Best of all, we can have you in and out in around 15-30 minutes, just schedule your appointment online in advance.

OR, schedule our Wash + Wax Sealant package which includes:

  • Paint-Safe Hand Wash and Dry
  • Wipe Trunk and Door Jambs
  • Clean Wheels and Dress Tires
  • Clean Windows and Mirrors Inside and Out
  • Wipe Dashboard and Console
  • Bug and Tar Removal
  • Nano Mitt (Advanced Clay Bar Surface)
  • Dress Outside Plastics and Rubber
  • Hand Wax/Sealant Exterior
  • Light Hand Buff


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Upgrade your Full Detail or Wash + Wax Sealant detailing service to receive Sportcoat Pro for only an extra $100! A Sportcoat Pro coating is superior to wax sealant and adds impressive shine as well as protection to your paint, glass, wheels, plastics and more.

Adding a ceramic layer of Sportcoat Pro in place of sealant is not only affordable, it helps to keep that glossy look for longer while also providing protection from scratches, UV rays and water spots. Sportcoat Pro is a nano ceramic, super hydrophobic glossy coating – perfect for those looking to quickly increase the shine and protection factor of his/her ride and includes:

  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Self-Cleaning Effects
  • SUPER Gloss
  • UV Protection
  • Never Wax Again!

Sportcoat Pro provides an affordable protection option for you and your vehicle.

Schedule your Full Detail or Wash + Wax Sealant with Sportcoat Pro upgrade by clicking HERE now to make an appointment. Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to ensure time and date.