Do You Dry-Wash Your Corvette?

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Are you OK with dry-washing your Corvette, or are suds and water still your preferred method?

This is a question that has plagued collector car owners for decades. Is it better to wipe your car down after every drive with a water-free-wash spray bottle product, or is it better to give your pride and joy a good scrubbing once in a while? The battle is still raging in the forums, but we want to hear more of your opinions on the subject. Do you use a so-called “dry car wash,” or are you a soap/bucket/hose kind of washer?

The argument for dry-washing? Well, it’s simpler and easier to apply, for one. The spray bottle only costs a few bucks, and can be picked up at your average grocery store. Spray it on, wait a second, and wipe it off. It’s that easy to keep your car clean. Not only that, but for folks who live in apartment buildings or big cities, where access to a hose is limited, the dry-wash is a godsend. The downside, however, as some have noted, is that you’re effectively wiping any imperfections across the face of your paint with a cloth. Some fear too many scratches, and thus avoid the spray-and-wash style of detailing. Some wonder if this product actually cleans, or just displaces the imperfections.

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The argument for a traditional wash? Those in favor are more than happy to announce the superiority of a water wash. We’ll admit that this is a more intimate experience with your automobile. You get to know every single inch of your Corvette’s bodywork with a good monthly (weekly?) washing. But is the additional use of water worth it for a marginally cleaner car?

What’s your take on this argument? Weigh in on the forums!

Bradley Brownell is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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