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Old 06-10-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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Best Shammy to avoid swirl marks when drying

My fiancee's car had a great wax job done at the dealership when we brought it home, but a bird left a dropping on it yesterday so I wanted to get it off ASAP, so I just hosed the whole car down since I didn't want to wash the whole car or risk scratching the paint using a quick detailer to wipe off the dropping. Now the car dried and has the water spots. Is there a problem if I just spray it down again when I get home and just dry the car off with a shammy? There is no point in washing it b/c it isn't dirty. What shammy is the best? I can't order one online tonight and use it tonight so I need to know what I should get from either Autozone/PepBoys. Are the lambskin chamois the best? Also how should I dry it once I do get the chamois? UP/DOWN on the doors/bumpers and front/back on the hood/roof/trunk areas?
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:46 PM   #2
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I use the one that stays wet in the clear tube. I wash mine in the clothes washer pretty regularly. I love that kind and they are about 10 bucks. Anyone else have any other ideas?
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:14 PM   #3
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does anyone see a problem with me just spraying the car down and just drying it? I didn't plan on washing it.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:10 PM   #4
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I have always used a real skin and had no problems what so ever. Just presoak it each time and start at the top of car.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:14 PM   #5
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:17 PM   #8
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does anyone see a problem with me just spraying the car down and just drying it? I didn't plan on washing it.
If there is no dirt on the car, then there should not be a problem. If your shammy has any dirt on it, then that's a no-no. Why not simply use a microfiber towel and some quick detailer? Honestly, if the car is driven, it will get scratches and spider webs on it as it cuts through the air containing lots and lots of particles. I know you want to minimize this, though.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:50 AM   #10
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Ok, so when I hosed the car down the other day to get the bird dropping off the car, when it dried it left water spots on the car. So we decided to wash the car last night with Meguiars Gold car wash and then I completely dried the car with the Absorber chamois. However some of the water spots are still on the car. Just for info, the car was waxed the day before I hosed it down. Have I destroyed her paint? Will a wax job take care of these spots?
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Ok, so when I hosed the car down the other day to get the bird dropping off the car, when it dried it left water spots on the car. So we decided to wash the car last night with Meguiars Gold car wash and then I completely dried the car with the Absorber chamois. However some of the water spots are still on the car. Just for info, the car was waxed the day before I hosed it down. Have I destroyed her paint? Will a wax job take care of these spots?
What wax did you use? A good quality wax/polish should prevent water marks.

You have not destroyed the paint.

IMO, you did the right thing by re-washing the entire car. I can offer you thoughts on polishing, future drying, etc., but I think the folks in this section are tired of my sounding like a pitchman for a certain product.
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Go ahead, I'm using Meguiars Gold car wash, and the absorber chamois. I watched the DFconcours video and used the two bucket method with a natural sheepskin mitt. Do you think I'm gonna have to clay bar it ? I can't believe the water would mess up new paint. I was just hoping we could get it waxed and they would go away.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:15 AM   #13
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Go ahead, I'm using Meguiars Gold car wash, and the absorber chamois. I watched the DFconcours video and used the two bucket method with a natural sheepskin mitt. Do you think I'm gonna have to clay bar it ? I can't believe the water would mess up new paint. I was just hoping we could get it waxed and they would go away.
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well i agree use the microfiber cloths when washing and detailing but make sure you know which ones you used. i always rinse my microfiber after every panel i do on the car to get the dirt off of it and to keep it from going into the water. also the zaino stuff have no clue but i stick with meguiers or mothers, you want to use a carneuba wax. i got this stuff from toyota that i really liked but never refilled it worked great, also sham wow sucks i used it on my tc and left streaks. your best bet is to wash the car with no sun and dry fast you should be able to get the water spots out.
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