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Old 04-20-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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Leaf blower idea

Alright, so a few weeks ago I asked how to get rid of and or prevent the water spots. I got a few helpful ideas, but one in particular just made it worst. Today was about 50 degrees with overcast. After washing the car, I used my new leaf blower. All this did was take a droplet of water and separted them into 20 tinier water droplets that dried much quicker. After I was done drying it off the best I could I had to grab some McGuiers Quick Detailer to get rid of these water spots.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Smaller spots better than big spots and also better than scratches from towel dry! Keepma good layer of wax and those 20k small ones should not be to much of a worry.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
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Just remember that any dust or dirt in the air will be propelled to 150mph when you use a leaf blower. Think what that does to your paint. Compressed air is much cleaner.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:10 PM   #5
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my leaf blower works perfect every time, I would never dry any of my cars without it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:33 AM   #6
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You don't have a good coat of wax down it sounds like. Sounds like you also didn't do a sheeting rinse before.

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Old 04-21-2012, 06:28 AM   #7
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rberns, I think your problem occurs for 2 reasons. First, you have a dark color car which shows even the slightest discoloration. Secondly, I would be willing to bet you have hard water in your area.

Try this: After the rinse, sheet the water off quickly, then spray the whole car down with detail spray, again as quickly as you can. Finally, use an Adams Great White Drying Towel on the car.

Another more expensive solution would be to install a hard water filter in your garage. This would totally eliminate water spots.

As always, keep a good coat of sealant/wax on the car. This too will help.

Good luck and let us know what finally works for ya.

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:08 AM   #8
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Just put paste wax on it 2 weeks ago. I believe we do have hard water. Oh well, back to the shammy for me.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:14 AM   #9
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Just put paste wax on it 2 weeks ago. I believe we do have hard water. Oh well, back to the shammy for me.

Go to Walmart in the RV section and pick up a water filter for RVs and hook it up to the facet and the hose it will help with the hard water spots. It will cost about $20.00.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #10
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Just put paste wax on it 2 weeks ago. I believe we do have hard water. Oh well, back to the shammy for me.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:56 AM   #11
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You don't have a good coat of wax down it sounds like. Sounds like you also didn't do a sheeting rinse before.

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OP: if you sheet the water before using the leafblower, it will work that much better. And what I usually do is use the Quick Detail spray to aid in drying.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:58 AM   #12
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I use my air hose from my air compressor. It works great but I have to let it build up pressure if I hold it open too long non stop.
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I use distilled water to sheet before using the leaf blower. I Never have water spots and the water in NJ is very hard.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
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I picked up a 30 dollar 2 speed leaf blower at wally world, but after using ArmorAll Extreme Shield Wax, the water just jumps off the car.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #15
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I am relieved to see that this isn't a thread to suggest this use of a leaf blower...

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:11 PM   #16
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:48 PM   #17
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Go to Walmart in the RV section and pick up a water filter for RVs and hook it up to the facet and the hose it will help with the hard water spots. It will cost about $20.00.
How long do these filters work & do u use it thought the wash or just to rinse the car?
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:26 PM   #18
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I use the leaf blower for the motor only and follow up with the air compressor for the detail........NEVER an issue with spots that can't be wiped away with the rag over my shoulder. BTW if I use the blower or compressor the car is in the garage for at leaste 2 days before I roll it out........total detail that includes removing all wheels......guess I'm just anal like that
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:02 PM   #19
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Always try to wash in the shade, from there use the sheeting method and then what's left use a leaf blower, master blaster, or compresses air ( whatever you feel what's right). Remember to have your drying towel ready for those areas where drops of water keep sliding down the car.
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