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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, 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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Old 06-11-2009, 08:09 AM   #11
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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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Old 06-11-2009, 08:16 AM   #14
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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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Old 06-11-2009, 08:20 AM   #15
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i washed it at 7:00pm last night and after washing and drying the car, the spots still remained.
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Take some pictures and maybe we can be more help.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:33 AM   #17
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This may have something to do with the curing of the paint?
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:35 AM   #18
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Update: I called her to look at the car while it was sunny outside and she said all the spots are gone except for like 3 or 4 and she said she had to look really close to see them.
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I'm not! I was a doubter before I tried it. Zaino FTW!
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:50 AM   #20
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This may have something to do with the curing of the paint?
Nothing to do with curing of the paint it is already cured. Sounds like she didn't dry it quick enough or at all.

No worries the paint is not ruined, you can get the water spots out.
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i use the one thats in the clear tube as well. The thing is if you wash the car and its clean and whatever your drying it with is clean there should be no problems. Some you act like you have never washed a car before and something special needs to be done. To me I take care of every car the same. my camaro will get the same treatment as the 07 silverado. Wash at least twice a month and waxed 3-4times a year
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:09 PM   #22
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Sham-Wows are not that great. They have not fully dried off my camaro and they leave all sorts of fuzz on the car. I do use one for my tires which works well
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Ouch. I feel for your paint. Terry cloth towels are about the worst towel you can use on it.

If you get bird droppings on the car and you have a good coat of wax take a bottle of quick detailer to it with a microfiber towel. Dont rub it too hard but enough to get it off. Itll work like a charm.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:52 PM   #24
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I love the absorber that everyone is talking about being in a clear tube. I prefer to not drag or pull anything else other than the lambswool wash mit over the paint. The absorber is awesome for this. I just lay it on the car for horizontal surfaces and blot it on vertical sufraces. Ring it out everyonce in a while but no dragging of a drying towel over the paint. That is just another way you can introduce scratches.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:58 PM   #25
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Here's a tip I've found helpful for me with the absorber.....more/less organizational tip...

I tear off the plastic wrapping on the outside of the tube....take a big black permanent marker and write the date and color of the absorber on the tube.

The absorber does lose it's effectiveness after a spell and I've found this helps me keep track of and decide when to toss the older ones!
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