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Old 07-06-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Thumbs up How to dry your Black Camaro without water spots

I've been having a lot of trouble getting the water spots off the car after I wash it. I've tried washing at night when the sun went down, still water spots. I've bought the California squegee & Cham, still water spots before I could get the car dry. I finally got a tip from an automotive detailer I know. Use an electric leaf blower with a 100mph wind rating, I bought a cheap one at Walmart. I have a Black 2SS/RS and this is the best thing I've come across in a long time. No more bending over and hurting your back trying to dry down low. It took a total of 5 min to blow dry the whole car!!!! It really does wonders around the grill, headlights, tail lights, and Mirrors where water seeps out after you think you have gotten the whole car dry. Make sure you use an electric leaf blower though because if you use a two stroke gas one, you may blow fumes and gas back onto the car. No more water spots!!!! Ok, now you guy's can laugh at me!
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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I already posted about this. See the detail section. I think it says "Best way to dry the car". Mixed opinions. Some swear by it some say it's risky for the paint.

I bought one and use it. I also towel dry occassionally. I learned about this on the Zaino website under tips.

Here's the post in case you want to see what others said about the idea.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25706
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:52 PM   #3
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When I had my Jet Black BMW when it was the hot summer I would wash it late at night and wipe the car as soon as possible, also keep it wet don't let one side or the other dry keep wetting the whole car down. Also a good coat of wax always helps with the water spots I would wax the car at least once a month. Hope this helps
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:01 PM   #5
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A mechanic friend of mine would use the air hose from his shop on his Escalade..perfect for the cracks and crevices.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:03 PM   #6
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:39 PM   #7
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How about save the leaf blower money and hit the road and let the car do the 100 mph.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:00 AM   #8
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Yea 60+ normally does the trick. Wash with your own shammy or whatever then rise at the stall then haul ass.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:07 AM   #9
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Put on a good coat of your favorite product ....I like Zaino, wash your car and when rinsing it off use only the hose, without a nozzle. Water will sheet off and no water spots. Then give it a blow job
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:09 AM   #10
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I am gonna do Zanio someday if I ever get another car without bad paint.

I would like a primer grey 2010 with dents so I might not get to use it.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:41 AM   #11
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Yoy need to use the right kind of soap when washing your car, stay away from squegees and chamis. how bad is the water in your area?
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:41 AM   #12
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My brother has a battery operated one he uses on his Firehawk for car shows...works like a dam.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:31 AM   #13
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get yourself a drying towel from a detailing site and dry while the car is still slightly wet.

if you dont get around the whole car before it all drys use some quick detailing spray to clear any spots

3 black cars and the best method i have found, none of the "spot free" or "non streak" shampoos are any good on their own. But ive found duragloss 901 to be the best of the lot!
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:39 AM   #14
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Owning my black SS going on 11 years, I've found this works best for me;

- Numerous coats of Zaino. (But if you get a good coat of your preferred wax/polish on the car asap, you'll be fine.)
- Wash only when vehicle is cool.
- Never wash in sunlight
- Rinse well, removing nozzle, and allowing water to cascade over vehicle, which will result in the majority of water "sheeting" away.
- Fold high quality towel in half, and lightly drawing it across surface to remove standing water.
- I remove water from mirrors, taillights, etc., using a 'Rigid' shopvac.

I wash the car outside, but immediately after rinsing, it's quickly put in the garage, where the rest of the detailing takes place.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:21 PM   #15
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We have extremely hard water in NM, so I hook my pressure washer up to a soft water faucet and it leaves minmal spots. I haven't waxed it yet 'cause I'm waiting on stripes to be installed. I'm that will help a lot too.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:43 PM   #16
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need to get me a leaf blower, how much?
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:48 PM   #17
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Secret = Turtle wax 1 Step WAX and DRY. its cheap $5 at wallmart
it works for me, even in the sun
I wash the car using Meguires and immediatly spray the wax and dry on after washing while car is wet. I use very soft microfiber towls when drying

I have not had any water spots
thats what i used on all my black cars
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:55 PM   #18
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need to get me a leaf blower, how much?
Less than a Camaro!

Seriousla you can get them used for 25 or so or new for less than 100.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:56 PM   #19
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need to get me a leaf blower, how much?

kill two birds with one stone and get a big compressor

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...air+compressor (just an example of size) get the air blower to knock the water out of the side view mirrors and creases in the body.Then you can get some pneumatic tools(insert tim allen monkey man call).
Just a suggestion.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:39 PM   #20
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leaf blower ....

but seriously... If you get 2 people.... one person will follow the other and wipe up the left behind streaks... I somehow talked my wife into this a few times already

.............. but I have entertained the idea of the leaf blower

or just get some Z-6 gloss enhancer from Zaino for ~$10 and do a final wipe-down after drying... the spots will disappear.... and the paint will gleam


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Old 07-09-2009, 03:59 PM   #21
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kill two birds with one stone and get a big compressor
This is a good tip. I read about this one before, probably from Nexus, and tried it on the car. Works great, although I wish my pancake compressor I already had was bigger.

I got a very simple air nozzle for it, was about $5. Make sure you do not drag it across your paint! When I'm using it I hold two fingers on either side of the tip just so I don't have any mistakes.

Additional bonus, if you're a woodworker also (like me) you can use it to drive some air nailers. I also use mine for an impact gun (not on the Camaro), grinders, super-fast tire inflater, etc.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:37 PM   #22
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I have a black car and have very bad well water. Waxed the hell out of the car and still had water spots. So i was looking at the blowers to blow the water off the car, but the problem is I stilled need to wash the car in the shade. I only have shade early in the morning or late in the evening. The blower and water system was roughly the same price, give a take a few bucks.
So i purchased a water system from CR SPOTLESS it is a De-ionized Water Filtration System. I can now wash my car in the sun or shade without water spot and it dries itself. I don't need to rub any towel or cloths over my paint to scratch it up any more.
To test this out and make sure it works I start over with my cars finish and used Z-PC and it got all the water spots off and waxed with Z-2 and Z-5. I have washed my car 3x already and still no water spots. IMO I thing this was the best money I ever spent.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:48 PM   #23
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I use the Mr Clean Car Wash Kit. No need to hand dry it. It uses ionized water which dries without spots. Consumer Reports -> http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/c...1205/overview/
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:50 PM   #24
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its a product called a cycle dryer its used to dry motor cycles but i dont know if its gasoline or electric either way its a good way to go to get rid of those water spots...just my 2 cents
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:25 AM   #25
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What about one of these? http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Clean-AutoD.../dp/B0006M56CE

Seems like it filters your water, so depending on how the water is around your area should work fine?
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