Metal carcasses for self-service car washes

Metal carcasses for self-service car washes

With each passing year, the demand for self-service car washes is growing. When building them, factors such as durability need to be taken into account, which is why it is important to choose the right metal, weld it properly, and create reliable carcasses. They form the structural foundation of a self-service car wash, which many successful businessmen are interested in buying today. The reinforcement in the construction should withstand harsh weather conditions as well as intensive use.

Designing the carcass

The first step in manufacturing a metal frame for a car wash is designing the frame. For this, it is necessary to create a drawing or a 3D model that includes all the necessary measurements and specifications. The project should consider the dimensions of the self-service car wash, the number of compartments, and the types of equipment that will be installed.

Choosing the material for the self-service car wash carcass

Structural or stainless steel is chosen for the construction work. A good protective result is shown by the galvanized counterpart. If metal is chosen for the carcass of a self-service car wash that has been stored in the open air, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned of oxidation, treated with a primer, and coated with powder paint. The material is suitable with a thickness of about 5 mm. For black metal, powder coating or a two-component paint coating is recommended.


The operation is performed using saws, plasma cutters, or laser cutters. The metal is processed so that all parts fit perfectly together during welding. The structure has an I-beam profile and beams.

Welding the frame

It is used to obtain a strong frame capable of withstanding intensive use. Welding is used to form both individual nodes and to join the elements used in the self-service car wash frame.

Finishing the frame

The welding areas need to be cleaned. After grinding any irregularities, a durable anti-corrosion coating is applied. Then a thin layer of primer is applied, followed by painting in the chosen color. De-Wash specialists weld the main modules in the workshop and then bring them to the site of the self-service car wash installation.

Different installation options for the self-service car wash frame

Installation is carried out after completing the foundation work and leveling the surface. The frame for the self-service car wash is attached by a working team.

If everything is done in a workshop and a ready-made frame with installed equipment is brought, a large container will be needed for transportation to the destination. It will also be necessary to rent powerful unloading equipment. Protective plugs will need to be removed, utilities connected, and electrical wiring installed for each bay. Such a self-service car wash will be the most expensive, and installation will only be possible in one specific design.

The frame consists of separate sections with installed units on them. It is necessary to install individual sections, connect heating, water, electricity, and sewage.

All frame components are delivered in a disassembled state, except for the ready-made units. Complete assembly is required. However, this provides variability in solutions with the possibility of making changes during the installation of the self-service car wash. The overall cost is lower, but the time to complete the installation increases.

Types of collaboration with the customer

We offer two options for cooperation:

Supervised installation

An engineer from De-Wash comes to the site and oversees the installation process. The labor force is provided by the investor. In this case, it is important to find a truly professional team that will successfully handle the current tasks.

“Turnkey” installation

Procurement of materials, production of the frame, installation, and overall assembly are carried out by our team. This option is slightly cheaper, but you can be assured of the expertise of our team (we have completed over 100 self-service car wash installations without any negative feedback). We work in accordance with industry standards, which eliminates any defects in the work and ensures the safety of drivers and staff.

Manufacturing metal frames for car washes requires careful planning, precise measurements, and skilled craftsmanship. By following these steps and using high-quality materials, you will be able to create a strong and reliable frame that will serve your self-service car wash for many years. It is important to adhere to industry standards and regulations to create conditions for the production and installation of a sturdy and safe frame.

We will discuss all the details so that you can purchase a self-service car wash (either “turnkey” or with upgrades) with a guarantee of achieving high-quality results!

Please feel free to contact us to discuss the details and plan the production and installation process for the frame of your self-service car wash.

We believe that through careful design, proper material selection, and professional installation, you will be able to create a self-service car wash that is not only durable and sturdy but also provides an excellent experience for your customers.

We look forward to hearing from you and are ready to assist you in realizing your self-service car wash project!

Canopies for Self-Service Car Washes

A canopy is the visible part that serves a design purpose of attracting customers and functions as a roof for the equipment of a self-service car wash, service selection terminal, drivers, and their vehicles. It provides protection from sunlight, precipitation, and overhead wind.

Structural Varieties of Canopies

Three solutions are offered as roofing options for self-service car washes.

Integrated canopy

Its distinction lies in its design being incorporated with the framework, technical rooms, and additional structures. The chosen architectural form remains unchanged.

Attached canopy

The canopy of the self-service car wash is attached to the supporting structure.

Standalone canopy

It is designed to accommodate any size, shape, and aesthetic preference.

These aspects are discussed before the start of the design process. It is beneficial to create 3D sketches for each option and present them to investors for comparison.

Development of Engineering and Design Concept

A self-service car wash can be likened to a store, while the canopy serves as its showcase. It should blend into the surrounding environment while subtly standing out. What type of frame covering is chosen to avoid regrets later?

Bright and appealing

The revenue of a self-service car wash can increase by 15-20% due to this factor. Few drivers move at speeds of 20-40 km/h. They may not always have time to read the text, but something that stands out in color, creative, will make them take a closer look at the object.



The car wash canopy should be weather-resistant, withstand mechanical loads (including the weight of accumulated snow), and not deteriorate from frost or excessive heat.


Long lifespan

Stainless and galvanized steel become less resistant to the aggressive effects of chemicals and water over time. Additionally, they often have a gray color that rarely stands out among competitors. High-quality painting is necessary. Aluminum composite panel cladding can last several years, and ABS plastic cladding is cost-effective.


It is advantageous for canopies to suit various structural forms without excessively burdening the foundation with weight.

Cellular polycarbonate emerges as the winner in this aspect. A thickness of 10-15 mm is sufficient to create excellent coverage for self-service car washes. It is easily tinted, flexible, and resistant to environmental conditions without deterioration.


De-Wash, a company specializing in turnkey self-service car wash solutions, offers budget-friendly canopies and business-oriented alternatives. Investors in Ukraine and abroad trust us.

We are ready to discuss the specifics of each type, review construction timelines for self-service car washes, and assist in selecting an ideal location for development.

Thank you for your interest! If you have any further questions or require more detailed information about canopies for self-service car washes, feel free to ask. We are here to provide you with all the necessary information and support in realizing your self-service car wash project “turnkey.”

Thank you for your interest! If you have any additional questions or need further information about canopies for self-service car washes, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are happy to provide any additional details you may require and assist you with the implementation of your self-service car wash project.

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