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Old 10-25-2010, 10:32 PM   #15
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Another thing to take into consideration is the condition of your water. If you have hard water or a lot of heavy minerals in the water, you'll almost always have water spots even after following the recommendations here.

Something you could look into is a dual filter system to soften the water and remove minerals.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:44 PM   #16
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I would guess it's hard water spots.

Soap will not matter, it's in the water.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:03 PM   #17
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Just ordered this last week,

http://www.classiccruiser.com/product.asp?item=298988

I can think of many more uses than just drying the car, and now my leaf blower can go back to what it is designed for!

using a 5 micron filter on your water line will help reduce minerals that spot also. If I wash my car at Tahoe "where the water comes out of the spout 97% clean" I can let it air dry, when I wash in Reno it's crusty before I can get it off...
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:07 PM   #18
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little bit of advice,wash your wheels and tires first.that way you don't have water drying on your car.
This. The leafblower didnt leave water spots. It's what you did before that.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:20 AM   #19
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it also depends on your rims whether you are washing first or last. I have flat black rims, and if you wash them first ..you will have hard water spots on them by the time you finish drying the car. I have to wash the rims last, and immediatly dry.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:10 AM   #20
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It sounds like the paint isn't in pristine condition. If it was, the water would literally fall off the paint with little effort.

For me...that's when I know I have the paint just right...by the way the wash/dry step goes. Washing/drying is actually a great indicator of the condition of your paint.

Here's another way to find out how good of condition your paint is....after a rain...get in your car, and get up to about 60 mph....the hood of your car should be bone dry in about 30 seconds.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:44 PM   #21
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A lot of good input from everyone. My water is very hard were I live. I actually have a water softener but it is not working. I guess I better get off my but and fix it. Wait until the wife finds out I am fixing it for my car LOL

My paint is not in pristine shape. I need to polish and wax it before the cold water hits. I'm sure after that the water will blow right off
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:35 PM   #22
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A lot of good input from everyone. My water is very hard were I live. I actually have a water softener but it is not working. I guess I better get off my but and fix it. Wait until the wife finds out I am fixing it for my car LOL
You will likely have spotting even with the water that has been softened through your system since the it still contains "dissolved solids" (you can test with a TDS meter).

What you really need is a deionizer.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:39 PM   #23
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What kind of detail spray do you guys use.
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I've found if you get the blower too close it can splatter little water spots everywhere. I try to get most of the water to pool off. Then holding the blower back far enough to just push the last bit of water off. If you have good wax on it, and are using good soap, it should flow and blow off pretty easy. I don't try to get everything with the blower, just most of it, then get the last water drops with a soft cotton towel.

Maybe your using the blower too much and too close. Try holding the blower back a bit and not try to blast everything. Finish with a towel and some detail spray on areas that get a bit spotted.
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With a good wax on your car, a blower will work perfectly if the surface is not hot no matter how hard the water is.
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Don't 'dry' the car with the leaf blower. The blower is only to get the water out of the crevices to dry with a towel.

I dry with an ''Absorber'', then blow the water out of all of the crevices with the blower and dry up the droplets with the Absorber..........
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Don't 'dry' the car with the leaf blower. The blower is only to get the water out of the crevices to dry with a towel.

I dry with an ''Absorber'', then blow the water out of all of the crevices with the blower and dry up the droplets with the Absorber..........
No. The leaf blower should be used to get the car 90% dry and then get whats left with a genuine chamois (not Absorber or Shamwow) or a good MF waffle weave towel. The less you touch your paint, the less scratches you incur. So obviously the more you do with the leaf blower, the better off you are. This is a simple concept, I dont understand how much confusion there seems to be on it.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:55 AM   #28
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I never have a problem using the leaf blower. I never try to totally dry the car with the leaf blower. I use it to dry the wheels (last), blow water out of areas that you can't dry with a towel, and get the majority of water off flat surfaces. This can be done pretty fast. Then I spray with detail spray and wipe off what is left with an Adams microfiber towel. A good coat of wax is a must to reduce the water tension and make it easier to blow off the water.
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