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Black Liner Panel Makes A Splash With Car Wash Owners

Posted by Lee Drever on Nov 7, 2014 3:26:00 PM

WashTrends Looks At Quick Liner

QL-PanelOur friends at WashTrends Magazine always have their ears to the ground for innovation in the car wash industry.

It didn't take long for them, therefore, to hear what Zeev Josman was up to with his wash tunnel construction projects for Carwash Services of the Southeast and how Octaform was there to help.

Black is the New Black

Josman, during a wash tunnel remodel, decided to try something a little different with the ceiling by painting it black. This color, he soon found out, not only looked slick, it was practical.  

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Rotating soft washes, as anyone knows, routinely flip soap and grime onto the ceilings. This grime, Josman observed, was a lot less noticeable on a black ceiling. A black ceiling therefore not only looked great, it stayed looking neat and clean.

Octaform Listened

Custom colors are nothing new for Octaform but when Zeev explained the idea to his regional sales manager, Steve Ehrenpreis, it didn't take long to start producing Quick Liner in black for the next Sparkle Express being built in the region.

Extruded from 100% virgin PVC, Quick Liner wall & ceiling panels are durable enough to stand up to the heat, moisture and chemicals of a modern car wash. Stocked and shipping now from locations across North America, Quick Liner can protect and beautify a brand new wash or renew your existing one.

Check out this month's issue of Wash Trends for the entire story...

An excerpt from WashTrends:
 

PRACTICAL TREND:
A New Solution for a Cleaner, Neater Wash Tunnel
Octaform listens to their clients

Read the entire article here in the October issue of WashTrends Magazine

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Octaform Creates Innovative Product for their Clients

Looking for new solutions to improve your carwash? Maybe “black” ceiling panels from Octaform is the new fashion statement for your carwash. Carwash owners are always looking for ways to increase their profits. Creating a more welcoming environment is definitely one way of doing just that. And, of course, protecting and preserving your current investment is always important. Long- term performance should be part of a good business plan.

Innovative Idea Came From Carwash Services of the Southeast

Zeev Josman of Carwash Services of the Southeast was instrumental in introducing the use of “black” ceilings for the construction or remodeling of wash tunnels. During a carwash remodeling job, Josman made the decision to paint the ceiling of the tunnel black because he liked the look and he saw the practicality behind this idea—it would make it much easier to keep the ceiling clean. Carwash owners know all too well how easily ceilings collect grime produced by brushes and rollers. Realizing that black ceilings would definitely present a cleaner, neater appearance to a wash tunnel, Josman approached Octaform and requested they start offering black ceiling panels to their customers. The ideas has really taken off.

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Octaform Responds to Customer Requests for Better Protection for Walls and Ceilings

“Early indications show that the black ceiling panel is finding excellent acceptance by early adapters,” says Octaform’s president, Dave Richardson. “As with any new product, there will be those who will embrace the new innovation and those who will wait and see. Once they realize the benefits, the uptake will be much faster. The black panels are most applicable to rotating soft washes that routinely flip dirt up on the ceiling of the tunnel, making it a challenging task to keep the ceiling clean. All our customers who have installed the black panels are extremely happy with the result.”

Sparkle Express Carwash Chose Black Ceiling Panels

“We chose Octaform panels for our newest location,” said Lee Richardson, owner of five Sparkle Express Carwashes in Georgia and South Carolina. “We had worked with their regional manager, Steve Ehrenpreis, in the past and appreciated not only his product but the level of customer service that he and Octaform provide.”

“We chose to use white panels on the walls and black on the ceiling because we have a top brush in our tunnel. Any operator will agree that a top brush makes a white ceiling an eyesore as a result of the dirt and chemicals slinging off the brush onto the ceiling,” continued Richardson. “We also have colored LED lights throughout our tunnel on several pieces of equipment, and the lights show up great against the black ceiling. Customers really like our bright tunnel!”...

Read the entire article here in the October issue of WashTrends Magazine

 

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Topics: Car wash, Quick Liner, vehicle wash, Wall & Ceiling Panels, black

Is Your Car Wash Haunted?

Posted by Lee Drever on Oct 31, 2014 10:55:47 AM

Ford hit a home run this month with this great viral video...

THE SPOOKY CAR WASH PRANK


We all love a good scare and Haunted Car Washes are starting to become a thing. Across the country, community groups are seizing the opportunity to catch some Halloween spirit while raising funds for some great causes.

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A Michigan car wash offers up some frights for its patrons (Monroe News)


But what about the rest of the year? 

Are you scaring customers away?

Let's face it. It might be fun to get spooked at Halloween but if your walls are dark and dirty, you're not just scaring away customers, you're scaring away profits.

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It doesn't take long for moisture and dirt to penetrate and stain the walls of this wash bay. 

So many consumer decisions are made in the blink of an eye and if your bays look rundown or even worse, unsafe, that decision may not end up in your favor. Female customers in particular, are always concerned with their personal safety.

A dark and dingy wash bay is unlikely attract them.

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With Quick Liner Wall & Ceiling Panels, your bays can be brought back from the dead!

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In stock and shipping now from multiple points across North America, Quick Liner fastens to your existing walls renewing and protecting your wash walls from the heat, moisture and chemicals of your car wash. It comes in a time-saving 18" wide panel and ships with the patented Octaform two-piece Snap-Trim system, meaning your finishing will be top-notch, no matter who does it.

Extruded from high quality PVC, Quick Liner instantly brightens and transforms your wash into an environment that you can be proud of. Legends Express in Plano, Texas used Quick Liner to line the walls of their new automatic wash. The bright, white walls & ceiling look fantastic and will continue to look this great for years to come.

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Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to rejuvinate your existing facility, 
Quick Liner can help!

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Topics: Car wash, Quick Liner, vehicle wash, Video, Halloween

Black PVC Panels Line The Ceiling Of A New Car Wash

Posted by Lee Drever on Mar 21, 2014 1:05:00 PM

Last week, we showed you a great example of how customers are using Quick Liner to protect and beautify the walls and ceiling of their car washes. This week, we received a few shots of another tunnel; this one is a little different.

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Sparkle Express Car Wash in Greenwood, South Carolina wanted to line their new wash with Quick Liner but they had one little request. For the ceiling, instead of the usual white, owner Lee Richardson requested black panels. We regularly ship panels in white, grey, tan and custom colors but black was actually a new one for us. 

As you can see, they look great!

Richardson was "extremely happy" with the panels and service and passed on these photos:

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Quick Liner Wall & Ceiling Panels instantly transform dark and dingy walls into a bright, clean and welcoming environment for your customers. Click below to see how Quick Liner can protect your facility from the heat, moisture and chemicals of a modern car wash.

 

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Topics: Car wash, Quick Liner, vehicle wash, Wall & Ceiling Panels, Custom Colors

Wash Walls Look Great With PVC Liner

Posted by Lee Drever on Mar 14, 2014 1:27:00 PM

Check out these shots of a
recently completed wash tunnel in BC.

 

Ventana Construction just completed construction on a beautiful new Mazda dealership in BC. The showroom, as to be expected, is stunning.

Ventana's attention to detail, however, extended back into the shop as well. It is here that they used Octaform Quick Liner to line and protect the walls of the wash tunnel.

Here are a few photos...

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Moisture, heat and chemicals all work to clean your vehicle but they can do a number on your walls.

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Quick Liner interlocks to create a barrier between your structure and the elements that would harm it.

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It goes up quickly and with our new Snap-Trim System, your crew can finish in a fraction of the time required by conventional trim.

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Octaform's PVC panels are food safe and can be used in barns, food processing facilities, or just about anywhere that requires a bright, clean environment.

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Quick Liner comes in up to 18" widths and because it is extruded from virgin PVC, its chemical resistance properties are well documented.

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If you have any questions about Quick Liner, give us a call at 1-888-786-6282.

Or better yet, get a quote here:

 

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Topics: Car wash, Quick Liner, vehicle wash, Gallery, PVC Panels

Southeastern Car Wash Show

Posted by Lee Drever on Jul 12, 2013 3:35:00 PM

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We are packing our stuff and heading down to the happiest place on earth (Disneyworld) to talk Quick Liner Wall & Ceiling Panels and Stay-in-Place Concrete Forms

The Southeastern Car Wash Association Trade Show & Expo
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin
July 14-16, 2013
OCTAFORM: BOOTH 15

The trade show portion of the show runs for two days starting on Monday, July 15. Stop by and see Steve in booth 15. 

Can't make it? No worries. Click the button below to get a sample pack of Octaform and learn how you too, can build or upgrade your wash walls with Octaform.

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Topics: Wall & Ceiling Panel, Car wash, wash walls

Considering Long-Term Maintenance Costs in Vehicle Washes: Part III

Posted by Christina Florencio on Mar 14, 2012 2:06:00 PM

MOLD AND MILDEW
No matter which construction method you choose, there’s always the threat of the onset of mold and mildew. In addition, the effects of harsh cleaning chemicals and the structural integrity of your building is quickly compromised if it is not well maintained. Aesthetically, a car wash that looked great a year ago can, with the onset of mold and mildew, look tired and unappealing very quickly.

Easy to clean interior wallsPhoto: Octaform interior walls for Scrubbles Car Wash, Fort Nelson, BC

MOLD AND MILDEW
No matter which construction method you choose, there’s always the threat of the onset of mold and mildew. In addition, the effects of harsh cleaning chemicals and the structural integrity of your building is quickly compromised if it is not well maintained. Aesthetically, a car wash that looked great a year ago can, with the onset of mold and mildew, look tired and unappealing very quickly.

The right interior wall finish for your wash bay can significantly decrease the amount of time and money you will need to spend on maintenance. Common options are:

  • Waterproof paints and sealants

  • Epoxy coatings

  • FRP paneling

  • PVC paneling

Waterproof paints, sealants, and epoxy coatings are cheap to apply but require regular reapplication to keep your wall structure protected. Left unmaintained, mold, mildew, and harsh chemicals will quickly deteriorate the building structure, resulting in an expensive retrofit or in some cases a complete rebuild.

FRP paneling has been a common choice for many interior wash bays, especially as a retrofit for CMU block interiors. Usually glued to interior walls, FRP offers better resistance to moisture than paints and coatings. However, it is also porous and therefore can be quite susceptible to mildew growth and permanent staining if not constantly maintained.

PVC paneling is quickly overtaking FRP panels as a popular choice for wall finishing. PVC paneling functions in a similar way to FRP panels, however the PVC finish is highly durable and offers better resistance to mold and mildew.  If you are considering a finished forming system for your vehicle wash, then your wall finish is part of the concrete wall from day one. This approach greatly minimizes the areas in which mold and mildew can infiltrate the concrete structure and removes additional costs for finishing the wall with paneling or coatings. Owners of finished forming system structures have generally found maintenance cost to be almost non-existent due to the highly durable nature of the PVC finish.

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INVEST IN YOUR STRUCTURE FIRST, EQUIPMENT SECOND.

Most vehicle wash operators tend to allocate a high proportion of initial investment to wash bay equipment. Investment in the vehicle wash structure is really an afterthought — determined by how much money is left in the bank. Operators need to rethink this priority.

While equipment costs are generally fixed year by year, structural maintenance can vary greatly depending on environmental conditions, construction materials, and regularity of vehicle wash cycles.

However it is quite possible to minimize or regulate structural maintenance costs by investing in a vehicle wash structure that is:

  • Suited to your build location and customer demographic

  • Resistant to the harsh environment of a vehicle wash

  • Durable and structurally sound enough to last as long as your planned investment period

Satisfy these three requirements and you will soon be on the road to realizing a low-maintenance and worry-free vehicle wash structure.

Jaret Breckenridge is field services manager and vehicle wash specialist for Octaform. Got a question for Jaret? Email him at jbreckenridge@octaform.com.

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Topics: Car wash, vehicle wash

Considering Long-Term Maintenance Costs in Vehicle Washes: Part II

Posted by Christina Florencio on Mar 1, 2012 3:50:00 PM

Last week we discussed how the location of your vehicle wash helps determine the best construction materials to build with.  Let’s take a look at some of the common building materials for vehicle wash construction and the pros and cons of each.  

What are the options? 

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Photo: Car Wash built with CMU

Cinder Block/CMU
Pros
One of the most common construction methods, CMU blocks provide a solid building structure and can be extremely cost effective in areas where labor rates are cheap. As CMU’s are a common building material, it should be easy to source them wherever you are building. CMU’s also provide a degree of flexibility for exterior cladding options, which can enhance the aesthetics of your vehicle wash. 

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Cons
CMU construction is generally limited to spring/summer months, as the masonry work required to construct the building cannot be completed in cold weather conditions. You may need to heat and hoard a build that is affected by winter temperatures — an expensive option for many owners. Being quite porous, CMU block will also deteriorate very quickly in the harsh conditions of a vehicle wash unless the wall surfaces are properly protected. This is an extra cost that will often require ongoing maintenance of both the interior and exterior finishes.

Steel and Wood
Pros
Steel and wood structures are very cost effective options that are erected quickly and easily. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a local contractor to construct a steel or wood structure. The ability for these structures to incorporate insulation can also provide you with a more energy efficient wash. Building with wood or steel allows for a large degree of flexibility in design. Often these washes incorporate large amounts of glass, which, if well maintained, can enhance your vehicle wash’s appearance.
Cons
Rust and rot are the two biggest inhibitors to the life of a steel or wood vehicle wash. The harsh interior environment quickly deteriorates both of these materials and each would require a protective finish and constant maintenance to ensure no water comes into contact with an exposed steel or wood surface. For designs that incorporate glass, a reverse-osmosis water spray will need to be applied after every wash to maintain a clean glass appearance.

Pre-Cast Concrete
Pros
Pre-cast concrete walls provide a sturdy structure that can be finished smooth, providing fewer inconsistencies in the finish compared to CMU blocks. The exterior can be easily clad to meet your aesthetic requirements.

Cons
You may find it difficult to locate a local pre-cast supplier. If you do pursue this option, you may be paying extra costs for transportation of the pre-cast walls to your location. Structures built of concrete should be considered long-term investments, so if you’re looking for flexibility of land use, then building with concrete is not the most cost-effective option.

Finished Forming Systems
Pros
Finished Forming Systems provide both a concrete wall and finished wall surface in one system. Construction is similar to that of regular concrete formwork but instead of removing the forms once the concrete has cured the finished wall panels remain as part of the wall. Wall panels are often made from high grade PVC that is resistant to harsh chemicals and is easy to clean. There is no need for coatings or extra liners. Finished forming systems can decrease construction time and long-term maintenance costs.

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Photo:Car wash built with concrete finished forms (Octaform Systems)

Cons
Because the finish is incorporated into the wall from day one, upfront costs are generally more expensive. Labor rates can vary depending on whether the contractors have experience with installing finished forming systems. If you want to clad the exterior of your wash in a specific material you will be paying an additional cost to cover an already finished wall.

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Topics: Car wash, vehicle wash, Finished Forming, CMU, steel, concrete forms, construction materials

Considering Long-Term Maintenance Costs for Vehicle Washes: Part I

Posted by Christina Florencio on Feb 21, 2012 3:25:00 PM

Harsh chemicals, constant heat, dirt and grime—not many commercial structures must be built to withstand the challenges a vehicle wash endures each and every operating hour. And that’s just what’s affecting the inside of the wash bay. There are usually external elements to contend with as well; which, depending on your location, could include harsh sun, extreme temperatures, salt, city pollution, or all of the above.

That’s why one of the most important considerations for new vehicle wash buildings is the type of materials that will be used for construction. And like so many aspects of design, choosing the right materials is about walking the fine line between aesthetics and functionality.

Here's the first chapter of a three part series where we share insights on how to select the right construction material for your vehicle wash. 

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Photo: Vehicle Wash built with Octaform, Bozeman, MT

LOCATION AFFECTS CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
An influential factor governing the choice between aesthetics and functionality is your vehicle wash location and clientele. The most suitable materials for an urban-situated vehicle wash can vary greatly from those required for a wash built in a small town or rural location.

When building an urban vehicle wash the visual appeal is likely to be a significant factor in attracting passing motorists. Often there is a desire to “theme” or brand the building or blend its appearance with surrounding building facades. The majority of your customers are likely to only be washing off dirt and grime from city living.

Contrast this with a small town or rural vehicle wash. Your customers are likely to fit under a different demographic — commercial vehicle, truck owners, and farmers. You’re likely to be washing off more corrosive elements such as heavy greases or agrichemicals that would quickly erode a vehicle-wash structure that is not properly protected.

Other factors can influence the building material choice. If your wash is in a location where salt is used to keep roads ice-free during winter, you will need to consider the corrosive effect salt would have on both the interior and exterior walls. And if you build in areas of harsh sun, you need to think about the effects of UV rays on the exterior finish.

JUST LIKE DOING THE DISHES
When you build a vehicle wash you’re building the equivalent of a very large dishwasher. Now ask yourself how long would you expect your dishwasher to last — seven to 10 years at least? Even then it’s probably not the inner tub or outer shell of the dishwasher that will need replacing.

You should be constructing your vehicle wash structure with at least the same life expectancy in mind (and if you plan to be in the business for a while, double the above number).

The materials you use will greatly affect how long your wash will last and how much time and money you will need to spend maintaining it over the years. Many operators who have looked to cut the price on vehicle wash building materials or maintenance often end up paying a bigger cost, in time or money, in the long run.  Stay tuned for Part II where we discuss the major differences between Steel, Wood, CMU block, Precast and Finished Forming Systems. Learn more about the major differences: 

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Topics: Car wash, Truck Wash, Concrete Construction

7 Things You Need to Know before you Build a Car Wash

Posted by Christina Florencio on Dec 2, 2011 10:21:00 AM

1. Location, Location, Location
The golden rule in Real Estate 101 is Location.  Selecting the right location for your car wash should be based on several factors such as traffic count, general demographics of the neighbourhood (retail, residential, industrial), nature of the land (size/shape), and of course surrounding competition.  Finding the right location for your car wash is KEY to a successful business.

2. Selection, Selection, Selection
Selecting the right team for your project is also crucial to the overall success of your project.  You should consider selecting an Architect/Engineer with a breadth of experience in the car wash design, along with a good reputation among industry professionals.   The type of car wash you choose should be based on several factors such as: suitability for your site location, most appealing to your customer base (full-service vs. self-serve) and sustainability considerations from maintenance costs to overall lifetime costs of the building.  Do your homework and research your options.

Langdon Carwash, Langdon AlbertaPhoto: Langdon Car Wash built with Octaform Finished Forming System, Langdon, AB

3. Financing for the Project- do your homework!
Getting approval for a loan is a long process, so prepare for the process before the architectural drawings are complete and the construction estimates are in.   Teaming up with investors or a business partner could also be great alternatives for financing your project, and may be quicker than waiting to get approval from your financial institution.

4. Proposed Site Plan- get it done!
This plan needs done by a qualified Architect and submitted to the city for approval.  The faster you submit this, the shorter you’ll be waiting.  In addition to submission of the Site Plan, a Geothechnical Report (on site soil analysis) needs to be completed to determine foundation design and drainage requirements. 

5. Have a realistic Construction Schedule
Once your project receives the final approval from the city, and the building and civil engineering plans (drainage, sewer line connection, water supply) are complete, the construction schedule needs to be drafted.  This schedule is drafted by your general contractor and should encompass details from the shipping time of construction materials, car wash equipment and chemicals, to the timeline outlined to build the car wash (typically 3- 6 months, depending on size).

6. Site Construction and hiring of your team
This is the time when you will need the most patience.  There will be many balls in the air to juggle, and you will need to be a multi-tasker extraordinaire.  During this time your construction team will be erecting the car wash walls, installing the electrical, the plumbing, the car wash equipment, etc. In addition, you’ll need to hire your dream team- get them trained and organized, and ready to go for the big day.

7. Ready to OPEN!
You’ve received the certification of occupancy from the city and your car wash sign is mounted high and bright.  By this time, you’ve also tested a few cars through the wash, and your employees are good to go.  Is your marketing and promotional plan in place?  Does the neighbourhood know when you’ll be opening?  Have a strategy in place, and you’ll be laughing to the bank.

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Topics: Car wash, vehicle wash

Car Wash Customers Want Full Service (Poll)

Posted by Lee Drever on Aug 9, 2011 9:34:00 AM

A recent web poll shows that most car wash customers don’t want to get their hands dirty.

Roll-Over Vehicle WashIn an online poll, car leasing website, ContractHireAndLeasing.com found that 85 per cent of car wash customers opt for full service hand washes or automated rollover service over self-serve jet wash options.

Washing the car at home and by hand, however, is still the most popular way to clean the car, the poll concluded. Polling 1792 motorists the website found that 47 per cent said they usually wash the car themselves at home, while a further 13 per cent said they designated that job to someone else in the family.
 
Nevertheless the car wash industry is worth millions every year, with 34 per cent choosing to pay for a car wash service of one kind or another. The most popular of these pay-for services was a hand car wash with 15 per cent paying for some else to pick up the sponge, followed by automated roll over car washes, which took 14 per cent of the vote. Just 5 per cent paid for a self-service jet wash.

Truck Wash Walls Octaform PVC walls are finished when formed, perfect for the car wash environment.
 
Shockingly 6 per cent say they never wash their car, subjecting the car’s paint and bodywork to a dangerous build-up of dirt and reducing the likely resale value of their car.
 
“Caring for your car is an important part of helping it retain its value. Regularly cleaning also ensures your lights are visible and if you are contract hiring your vehicle, will help ensure you meet your fair wear and tear criteria at the end of your lease and don’t face additional charges,” says the website’s spokesperson Richard Lawton.
 
He adds: “Even with the explosion of hand car wash businesses in recent years, it still seems that seems that for most people, washing the car on a fine day is an enjoyable pastime.”

 

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Topics: Car wash, wash walls, Truck Wash, Car Wash Owners, Increase Profits, wall finish, cladding