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Washing the car in the sunshine

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    Washing the car in the sunshine

    Around here in Arizona, the opportunities to wash a car in the "shade" or on an overcast day are rare. So, what I've come up with is this:

    I use the hose and the Meguiar's soap (plus other products like Rain-X bug-b-gone or whatever its called) to wash the car as normal. Of course, the sun dries up the (super hard) water leaving deposits. I take a towel to the body and dry off what is still wet. Then, I go over it with quick detailer to get rid of the spots.

    I just go sick of waiting for an overcast day... the car was getting caked with dirt (especially after two trips home from work in the rain).

    Anyway, just an idea if you otherwise have the time on a hot sunny day to wash the car.

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    If I don't feel like moving vehicles,boats,quads around in my shop to give me some extra room to wash a vehicle out of the sunlight, I just use the garage. Move my wife's Terrain out, and have at it.

    If you don't have a garage, carport or some way to get out of the sun, ask a friend or a co-worker to use their garage/shop for a while and buy them a 6 pack. Those deposits being left as water spots will eventually become harder and harder to remove until they do permanent damage to your paint. Especially being baked on in the sunlight.

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    The ez up tents are a good option. You may want to consider a rinseless wash option that will give you the ability to work panel by panel. Optimum No Rinse is a good one to use.
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    Yeah, I have a garage, but I have other stuff in there that I don't want getting blasted with the hose.

    Anyway, that's why I go with the quick detailer spray afterwards: to remove the deposits so that they don't accumulate. Car sleeps in the garage during the hottest times of day anyway.
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    You can always wait until the sun goes down or wash it before the sun comes up.
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    [QUOTE=024mula;2954702]You can always wait until the sun goes down or wash it before the sun comes up.

    Thats what I was going to suggest......We are sunny and Hot most of the year so.....I just wait until sunset and wash away.....From what Ive always understood and stand by....The best results and whats best for your paint is to NEVER wash it in the hot sun or when the hood or whole car surface is hot to the touch...yeah hard water streaks and so on can be rubbed out but why bother..?Same goes for waxing and polishing.

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    kinda what others have said.....having a black car and well water it's a real bitch to wash my car in general. I do it in the garage or right at sunset if I can.
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    Black Paint always looks good on almost any car! Its one of the best colors to have ....Everything looks so sleek and shiny... I almost went for a black SS but as I already new and friends that paint for a living told me black shows any and all imperfections in the bodywork of the car and easily shows any scratches,chips and dirt/dust..... So with that being said and mainly because im very very anal when it comes to the things I mentioned I decided against it..Im way too picky when it comes to paint ...So I can imagine water spots from hard water (which we have here...very hard) and other things that come with black.....Its still one of my favorites for cars,,But I am more then pleased with the SOM that I chose,,,Its really a unique color shines like a diamond in a goats ass even when its not highly polished I just love it. As Naaman mentioned I also use Meguiars Quick Detail in between polishing and waxing it really does wonders if some of the water dries and causes any deposits..Great stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSSguy View Post
    Its really a unique color shines like a diamond in a goats ass even when its not highly polished I just love it.
    Nice


    Back to the original topic, have you guys tryed filter water after you wash the car, it leaves no water spot.

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    One of these days, I will install a whole-house water softener (due to the age/type of plumbing, it's an all or nothing deal at my house). Until then, I'm pretty much stuck spraying gravel out of the hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 024mula View Post
    Nice


    Back to the original topic , have you guys tryed filter water after you wash the car, it leaves no water spot.
    I used to use a MR.Clean Auto-dry contraption at the end of the hose...Anyone remember that?.... It was a big blue thing that housed dual sand type filled cylinders that would filter the hard water...It actually worked pretty good except with the extremely hard water we had and the frequency of having ti replace them It wasn't cost effective so I stopped using it....I still have it though... But like I said earlier I wash in the shade,keep it waxed,polished and use quick detailer on it so I don't have a problem with spotting.
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    [QUOTE=Naaman;2956474]One of these days, I will install a whole-house water softener (due to the age/type of plumbing, it's an all or nothing deal at my house). Until then, I'm pretty much stuck spraying gravel out of the hose OH MAN THAT SUCKS......
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    Here is what I use, originaly I bought it for drinking water but later I used the filtered water on the car and I am truly amazed everly time I use it but since I have a silver car I really don't do it all the time.

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    I still use it for drinking water.
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    Same here. In fact, the exact same size is what I have in my kitchen.

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