I took my hard top through. I found that the car wash, even the most expensive one, failed to clean certain parts of the Jeep. I'm not sure they even got wet! The mirrors were one place - seems like there were some places around the fenders too. Anyway - completely unhappy with the wash job.
I prefer to wash it by hand anyway. Gives me an opportunity to look it over, spot any problems, and so forth.
I took My YJ through Touchless and Brush style Carwashes B4. Less water inside and more clean with Brushed style carwashes. However Brushes may scratch soft glass. Iwas fortunate I guess. I only wash my JEEPs and Vehicles by hand since My old truck's paint and parents Parents Van paint jobs were F'd up from taking them through a car wash to often. The Carwash Chemicals seem to harsh and don't clean as well as the good 'Ol Sponge and Hand brush method.
I do like some of the Carwashes that have under carriage Cleaners! HEE HEE!
I bought a gas-powered pressure washer to clean it with. It does a decent job, but it's not perfect. It's great for the softtop windows. Still need to go over the rest of the Jeep with a brush, but the pressure washer makes it nice and wet and soap and easier for the brush to do its job.
so are there reasonable small electric water heaters a guy can buy to put on the end of a hose and wash by hand in the winter. I'd much rather do that than go to the manual sprayer! I've been thinking I need to find a touchless automatic around here though too...
IDK about the porible heater?? Maybe use a water heater from a garage?? if it's too cold out, Temper the water with interior Cold Tap water.
Here in Sacramento it may get below a Tepid 25-32deg F maybe a few weeks a year (at night)
When it gets that cold The Auto Carwashes shut down. What happens back east and in colder regions?
The local place I use won't put a soft top through the automatic wash. Although they do put convertibles through (Touchless). But they also have a hand wash option that's relatively inexpensive and better than the mechanical wash, and they'll clean the soft top with cleaner. The hand wash is a pressure wash with a sponge follow up, same hand drying as the mechanical.
That said, I wash my own. When I bother to wash it...
I willuse the full service car washes. They tend to be more gentile and I've never had a problem. Just be sure to get all of the mud and Gilmer dirt off of it first or they will charge you extra to power wash first.
2007 JK Wrangler Unlimited (Black), 4" SuperliftRanchoExpress Lift, 36" Super Swamper Irok's covering 16" ProComp's, AFE CAI, FlowMaster 40 Series, Shrockworks Rock Sliders, Rock Hard line of undercarriage skids, Warn Powerplant, Shrockworks Mid-width front bumper, Dana 44 Front