Introduction to The How of Carwashing

Episode Description:

The How of Carwashing


In this episode David Begin and Henry Lopez introduce themselves and The How of carwashing podcast. Typical episodes will be between 30 and 45 minutes long, and we will release at least one new episode every Wednesday morning. Our intended audience is the car wash investor, owner, operator or manager.


Show Notes:

  • Find more information about Henry’s and David’s background here .
  • David and Henry were both driven to become entrepreneurs by their desire for control and freedom in their lives.
  • They both share similar corporate backgrounds working for various businesses, successful careers in sales, and now enjoying full-time small business ownership.
  • They are passionate about: Understanding how businesses work and how they can make them better. Running an organization well and delivering value for customers. They are also passionate about creating and learning.
  • David opened his first car wash 11 years ago, and is currently the Managing Partner of two highly successful exterior express carwashes in Colorado.
  • Henry and David are currently in the process of building a new exterior express wash in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.


  1. Daniel Haynes June 14, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Hey Guys,

    My Name is Daniel Haynes, operations manager for 2 full flex tunnels in Australia. I have listened and learnt a lot from many of your podcasts and we have as an organization benefited greatly.

    I have a problem though with one of my current carwashes and i am puzzled as well as my chemical suppliers. I was wondering if you guys might have any suggestions or have come across a similar problem in one of your tunnels and over come it.

    Problem is, every winter, our drying results change so much. Cars come out wet and streaky. I have got the cars coming put dry again however the front windscreens just come out terrible, very wet and streaking.

    I have changed chemicals, changed water supply from softwater to fresh for more tds(one i learnt from you guy), changed dosing pumps and foot valves, turned off freshwater rinse after buff in polish and still i get the same results. I am just stuck. Its also not consistent, happens for a few cars then goes well again and then goes back to the same result. No program changes, no different vehicles triggering it.

    Any ideas?

    • wphoc June 19, 2018 at 10:10 am


      Thanks for reaching out. Wintertime is always more difficult for drying vehicles with blowers. The cars are colder and the water doesn’t want to let go of the car when it’s cold.

      Given that, there are a few things you can check to make sure you are doing everything you can to insure a dry car:
      >Chemistry – make sure your car wash chemistry is supporting your ability to dry cars. You need to start with high PH chemicals at the front of the tunnel and finish with low PH products at the end of the tunnel.
      >Water PH – check your rinse water and make sure you have a lower PH at the end of the tunnel.
      >Blower setup – Make sure that your blowers are arranged in such a way that they are pushing water off of the car in an organized manner. Sometimes blowers will fight each other and leave water on the car.

      Hopefully this helps if you need anything else, let us know. Thanks for listening.

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