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Noble Avenue Car Wash, Florida

W Noble Avenue and NW 5th Street Florida  Google street view link

This is from my trip back from the ICA meeting in April.

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Front venting area:  Dilling & Harris Max-Vend-Master with bill acceptor and an American AC2225 changer

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Coleman vacuums

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Bay setup

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Water Wizard setup and American entry unit install

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Kleen-Rite Corp Seminar and Expo

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I got my packet for the Kleen-Rite Corp seminar and expo.  If Pennsylvania was not so far away I would go.  I really think that SECWA or other regional shows should watch out: the only thing this Kleen-Rite show doesn’t have is heavy equipment vendors (but the SECWA show just started having heavy equipment around 5 years ago).  The next step would be the exhibitors colluding to form their own show and ditching all the regional meetings.  But this seems like a great seminar / expo for self serve owners.  The seminars that they are having sound better then what the ICA show had.

Hunter’s Creek Auto Wash / aka Car Wash

My GPS said “Gatorland Carwash” at 14513 Gatorland Drive, Orlando, FL. but the name does not really matter.

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First picture is the front view and the second picture it from the entry road next to a Flex-Serve.

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Front view: I like the glass block and the road sign.

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Vending:  I like the “Suggestions” box and it is interesting that they replaced the Dilling & Harris Vend-Master product door.  They replaced the plastic with metal.

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Back view:  First picture show painted arrows on the ground which is a good idea.  I just doubt it would help.

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Bay:  Some interesting notes are the crappy foam brushes and the garbage can in every bay.  I love the large timer conversion.

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Automatic:  PDQ Laser 4000 had an interesting purge setup in the automatic.  Not really sure what or why it was purging though.

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Vacuums:  They has some weird vandalism problems?  I actually had someone steal my gun off my Fragramatics fragrance vacuum before.  They unscrewed the gun and took it.

BioShine product review

I have been having some computer difficulties and I finally got the video made.  It is really fancy… you should check it out.  I would be interested to see how this product works in a Simoniz Tire Shine Applicator http://cwguy.com/?p=1695 .  Maybe my Dad will try it out?

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I used an Erie Wheel Wizard brush and the BioShine spray bottle.  Sprayed on great and was not drippy.  Really shined up the tires very impressed.  Check out the video.

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Some additional information from JoeNardis and BioShine that was sent with the sample was:

The product cost 5 Gal $49 and 55 Gal drum $469 plus shipping.  No freight on 4 drums or more (US only).  Also some prices on the “Shinemaster” machines, Coin-operated $2199, with Dixmore display $2399, and the express detail machine $1287.  Give him a call for more information.  Crown Car Wash Inc 412-367-1501

List of benefits for using Bioshine is:  Environmentally safe product, great for reclaim, low cost, biodegradable, no silicon, no slippery floors or pavement, water based 

BioShine self serve vendor VS. Blendco Black Diamond

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I wanted to check out a couple things at the ICA show and self serve tire shine units was one of them. I talked to Joe DeNardis at the crowncarwashinc.com booth and really liked their self serve vendor. They also sell a full service applicator (middle picture). I really like this design because all my vacuums are the same design. The gun has a trigger on it and a stationary bristle brush.  It also holds 5 gallons of product.

But the bigest selling point is the BioShine tire shine product. I request a sample and will test it out on a car tomorrow, so I will let you know how it works. But the product is silicon free which is a must for self serve bays, (more on that later) and is environmentally safe product. Maybe that is why the vendor is green?

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The Blendco Black Diamond vendor is like a stand alone Fragramatic fragrance machine. But they also sell a self serve bay setup. I liked the bay setup but they use a crappy Flojet pump (at least for a 5 bay unit I asked about) and is seems a little expensive (Maybe that is why the show special was half price?) for what you get. The gun looks exactly like a Fragramatic fragrance gun with a swivel on the end and a metal brace for a pad. The idea is to spray the tire down then scrub it in with the rotating pad thing. I did not really care for the gun setup and it just seems like the pad would not last very long (If I remember correctly, if you purchase their product they will send you free pads?). But the worse part was something I never even thought about. The silicon based Blendco tire shine will make your bays super slippery. If you have ever gone to a wash with a Simonize Tire Shiner (I guess any tire shiner?) you will know what I am talking about. Around the tire shiner and maybe 10 feet away will be an ice rink. But to be fair the Bendco sales people said that you just need to high pressure it off ever day. Not really sure how effective that would be?

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But I did get my sample of BioShine that I requested from the ICA show so I will give it a try tomorrow and give you an update. It will be interesting how a non-silicon based product works.

John Thomason owner now broker

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I checked out carwashbrokers.comat the ica show and noticed that my Dad’s express wash was for sale.  Seems like a pretty good web site, if you want to purchase more car washes.

I was suprised that John is a broker now.  I remember talking to him at the ICA Texas show after he sold his car wash.  He used to be on the board of secwa also.  john@carwashbrokers.com if you want to spam him.

iwash ICA booth

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I really like the iwash and took a couple pictures of their pumping station and their residential version?  It would work perfectly next to your mailbox at your house.

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Have you ever wondered what the automatic kleen-rite was selling looked like?  Well I did, it always seems to be the page I open to.  It is a Hydrospray Cobra and the little thing in the last picture is a Rainmaker.  Which seems like half a Cobra?

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I hope the Hydrospay Rainmaker is better then the movie.

I have a picture of an UFO drone / flying fish!

“Buff-It Car Wash” or “$5 Exterior Ride Thru Wash”

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While at the ICA show I wanted to check out a couple car washes in the area.  I decided to go to the Gatorland Carwash at 14513 Gatorland Drive, Orlando, FL.  My first picture of the car wash/oil change next door had a UFO drone in it.  The next picture I took did not have the UFO in it, which is proof it was an actual UFO!

Also, in the first picture, besides the UFO, is a sign “irrigated with reclaimed water, do not drink”.  There must have been a problem with people drinking water in the median of the road?

Well, this location was a full service wash & detail, an oil change and an express exterior wash blow dry place.