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Old 02-01-2007, 01:52 PM   #1
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in my area i have horrible water. Everytime i wash my car i always get water spots no matter how fast i dry it. I tried mr.clean auto dry spot free but that was junk. Some one at one of the cars shows told me to get a water softner for my house to get rid of the hard water. Has anyone tried it? they are kind of expensive. The guy told me he got the water softner from Http://www.apswater.com/shopaff.asp?affid=15. Let me know what you think i might stop by there just because it is local.
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thats really weird....i wash mine and dry it right away and dont get water spots...it might be the water your using
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same here. i dry it as soon as im done.

our water is bad too, i get waterspots on myself from a shower because its so bad
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Ever change the filters on that Mr Clean Auto Dry? Mine works good and I have crappy hard water here
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moving to appearance section!
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If you have a really nice wax job on the car, a leaf blower will push the water right off with no spots! And if you have a really nice wax job you can just use water to wash your car, or water with very little soap. Then the wax will last longer too.
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Wash it in the shade or evening and dry it when it's not too humid.
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yea i only used the mr.clean accouple times. and it never worked. Also i wax my car with gold class every 2-3 months.
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yea i only used the mr.clean accouple times. and it never worked. Also i wax my car with gold class every 2-3 months.

I use the 3 step with the Gold being the last step. That helped alot in getting rid of water spots. The water now just flys off the car.
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i always get waterspots no matter how quickly i dry it. of course it's a black car too so it's much easier to see them!
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Are you washing your car in the sun? If you wash in a shaded or cool area, you will have all the time in the world to dry it before you get water spots because the surface of your car will not be hot and evaporate the water. Also, what are you using to dry? I recommend the Absorber and a water blade for the windows, then go over a last time with a microfiber towel. To finish it all off, get some mothers spray wax and do a quick once over for a nice shine. After all this my black TA looks perfect and if it works on black it will work on anything.
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Thats why ill never buy a black car again, of course I got NBM which doesnt help
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If you have a really nice wax job on the car, a leaf blower will push the water right off with no spots! And if you have a really nice wax job you can just use water to wash your car, or water with very little soap. Then the wax will last longer too.
I hope you are joking when you say you can wash your car with just water.
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They do make a special hose nozzel that filters the deposits and minerals out of the water which does leave water spots. I get water spots on my Black TA, i just spray it down with a spray on wax and wipe it off with a towel after my wash and dry. Takes longer that way but looks great afterwards.
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If you are not already, only wash it in the shade when the car is cool and use a chamois. If your not doing that already I doubt the water is the real problem.
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To add to this I prefer to use a brush in a bucket with a crap ton of dawn. Want it really sudsy. I used to do the microfiber sponge wash thing but I've switched to this because the brush transfers the suds better.
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....IT ALL depends on whether you have hard or soft water...we have soft..no spots..unfortunatly for you guy's, most of the U.S. has very hard water.
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I had a similar problem when washing a friends (red SVT Cobra). I washed the car, and dried it immediately after washing it, but there were still water spots. I have no idea what they were caused by (other than water, obviously), but to get them off, I put a coat of Zaino Z2 on top, and they came right off. I suppose using a clay bar might work also. Hope this helps!
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I hope you are joking when you say you can wash your car with just water.
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They do make a special hose nozzel that filters the deposits and minerals out of the water which does leave water spots. I get water spots on my Black TA, i just spray it down with a spray on wax and wipe it off with a towel after my wash and dry. Takes longer that way but looks great afterwards.
i am not kidding. i am not saying to wash your car with just water if the car is filthy. But if it is an intermedate wash, use as little soap as possible. I had a black car so it seemed to be dirty about 30 mins after washing it, so I washed the car long before most people would consider it "dirty".
Also for all those guys that love to lather there car up with soap when they wash it, you better be waxing the car after every two washes or so, especially in the summer in the warm climate. I think most people grossly over estimate how long a wax job actually lasts, especially if you use alot of soap. Soap is used to remove grease and oil, oil is just a liquid form of wax.
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Oh yea and a California duster works miracles on black cars!
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To add to this I prefer to use a brush in a bucket with a crap ton of dawn. Want it really sudsy. I used to do the microfiber sponge wash thing but I've switched to this because the brush transfers the suds better.
Dawn is for dishes, it will eventually dry out your paint.
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