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Old 06-08-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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How are you washing your new Camaro?

Anyone have some good tips for washing your car without getting water spots? We have hard water. Even through our water softener we get spotting. A chamois don't seem to provide very good results either.

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I use meguiars products, mirror glaze. I have not water spot issues on any of my vehicles. I don't work for them but I do love to detail my cars. A few good coats of wax (whatever kind) and water spots just wipe off.
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Well, if you already have the hard water spots on your car, then I'd go ahead and find out who the best car detailers are in your area. Perhaps even go over to the Meguiars forum and get some recommendations. Once the water spots are gone, just keep a good coat of wax on the car (wax it 1-2 times a month) and try not to let any water from your hose or sprinklers dry on the car. Over time, the sun can "bake" the minerals in the water into your paint and you might not be able to completely get rid of them. If you want to tackle the job yourself, then the products are there for you to do it but expect to take the better part of a day to do it right.
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Zaino Zaino Zaino...

but only on the GFX because I dont have the rest of the car yet

but those GFX look sweet
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Well, if you already have the hard water spots on your car, then I'd go ahead and find out who the best car detailers are in your area. Perhaps even go over to the Meguiars forum and get some recommendations. Once the water spots are gone, just keep a good coat of wax on the car (wax it 1-2 times a month) and try not to let any water from your hose or sprinklers dry on the car. Over time, the sun can "bake" the minerals in the water into your paint and you might not be able to completely get rid of them. If you want to tackle the job yourself, then the products are there for you to do it but expect to take the better part of a day to do it right.
I love Meguiars! They even have the "how to" videos on their site that are very helpful. Order from them all the time.
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Zaino Zaino Zaino...

but only on the GFX because I dont have the rest of the car yet

but those GFX look sweet
LOL, Yeah you better keep that GFX kit clean!!!!
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For "hard" water, you could invest in a water softener such as this;http://crspotless.com/.

Personally, I'd do the following;

- Wash ONLY when the car is cool.
- NEVER wash in direct sunlight.
- Wash and rinse a panel at a time.
- Get a good coat of wax/polish on the car ASAP. This will be your best protection.

Prior to installing a water softener at home, as long as I followed the above steps, I never had a problem.
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here is a sediment and hard water filter that is much cheaper

http://www.autogeek.net/deluxe-filter-system.html
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Anyone have some good tips for washing your car without getting water spots? We have hard water. Even through our water softener we get spotting. A chamois don't seem to provide very good results either.

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I wash with a good quality soap you get from Auto stores. I dry my car with those microfiber towels. I then spray the car with a detailer spray to get rid of any water spots, dirt marks, and etc left over after ther wash. I use this product from Turtle Wax called "Ice". Really great stuff and it makes your car shine. Someone also said to use two water buckets when you wash, that makes a lot of sense to me.
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I wash with a good quality soap you get from Auto stores. I dry my car with those microfiber towels. I then spray the car with a detailer spray to get rid of any water spots, dirt marks, and etc left over after ther wash. I use this product from Turtle Wax called "Ice". Really great stuff and it makes your car shine. Someone also said to use two water buckets when you wash, that makes a lot of sense to me.
I've used Ice before - works great.

Could you explain the "process" that requires 2 buckets?
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- Wash ONLY when the car is cool.
- NEVER wash in direct sunlight.
- Wash and rinse a panel at a time.
- Get a good coat of wax/polish on the car ASAP. This will be your best protection.
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I've used Ice before - works great.

Could you explain the "process" that requires 2 buckets?
You have 2 buckets. One has just plain clean water, the other has your water and soap. After you wash a section of the car, put your mitt in the plain water bucket first to rinse off any loose dirt then put your mitt in the bucket of soap.
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If the water spotting is that bad hose the car off outside to remove the loose dirt etc...pull into your garage and wipe each panel with Quick Detailer and Microfiber Cloths. Keep folding your towel to get a clean side and start at the roof and do the lower panels last.
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here is a sediment and hard water filter that is much cheaper

http://www.autogeek.net/deluxe-filter-system.html
Hmm, may have to consider this. It would pay for itself within a year if I could get my wife to quit taking her black Expedition through the local car wash every 2-3 weeks. She does that simply because the hard water at the house leaves spots on her truck.

Maybe I'll trim my downpayment a bit and use some of the cash towards a setup like this.
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If the water spotting is that bad hose the car off outside to remove the loose dirt etc...pull into your garage and wipe each panel with Quick Detailer and Microfiber Cloths. Keep folding your towel to get a clean side and start at the roof and do the lower panels last.
Yeah the spray detailer works very well and you get the best results right after the car has been washed. I know some sprays you can use whenever but you should probably at least dust it off first.

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I've used Ice before - works great.

Could you explain the "process" that requires 2 buckets?

Yeah I love that product. Bought a bunch of Microfiber towels so I could always have a clean one on hand.

It looks like someone already posted the explanation.
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Hmm, may have to consider this. It would pay for itself within a year if I could get my wife to quit taking her black Expedition through the local car wash every 2-3 weeks. She does that simply because the hard water at the house leaves spots on her truck.

Maybe I'll trim my downpayment a bit and use some of the cash towards a setup like this.
i use quick hose connects ,so that it's only in use while im washing the car.

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For "hard" water, you could invest in a water softener such as this;http://crspotless.com/.

Personally, I'd do the following;

- Wash ONLY when the car is cool.
- NEVER wash in direct sunlight.
- Wash and rinse a panel at a time.
- Get a good coat of wax/polish on the car ASAP. This will be your best protection.

Prior to installing a water softener at home, as long as I followed the above steps, I never had a problem.
Moose beat me to it.
I was going to say wash the car when it is cool & in the shade.
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Unfortunately, "cool and in the shade" really doesn't matter much when it's 95 degrees out, like today. Water just evaporates quicker when it's that hot and leaves the mineral deposits behind.



I'm going to swing by Home Depot this weekend and see if they've got all the parts needed to replicate that filter system from the autogeek.net link above.
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What kind of towel/sponge do you use to wash the car to prevent scratches?
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What kind of towel/sponge do you use to wash the car to prevent scratches?
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