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What do you use to wash and dry?

This is a discussion on What do you use to wash and dry? within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; Microfiber stuff is usually what I use but sometimes the blower.....

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    Microfiber stuff is usually what I use but sometimes the blower..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge91 View Post
    Your Silver, on black you can see water spots when they arnt even there.
    +1 thats why i like the rain x self dry it keeps the water beaded up nicely, or just plain makes it run off the sooner you can get the water off your car the less apt you are going to be dealing with waterspots...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge91 View Post
    Your Silver, on black you can see water spots when they arnt even there.
    +2. Black car is a full time job. Silver? Heh. Wash once a month, drip dry.

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    Yeah black is a PITA but my car looks awsome for a good 5 minutes or so after I wash it. Seriously though- since I emptied the garage and my Z stays in there it's so much easier( Duhhh!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LETHALxLS1 View Post
    Yeah black is a PITA but my car looks awsome for a good 5 minutes or so after I wash it. Seriously though- since I emptied the garage and my Z stays in there it's so much easier( Duhhh!!).
    car covers make a huge diference in keeping them clean while sitting, i realize your not going to do it at every point you stop at, but while they sit say in a garage or outside...

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    i have 2 wash pails at all times. One has the zip soap car wax in warm water with a microfibre wash mit use for the body panels, glass & any other painted areas.
    The other pail ( #2) contains regular palmolive soft soap & warm water to use on the rims & tires only.
    I use a super soft california squeegy to remove 90%of the water & my air compressor with a small mozzle to blow ooff & out the left over water in all areas,
    With my Black WS6--the less it is rubbed or touched--the less hairline scratches show up.
    Then is use my Top shelf "Final Detail Spray Wax ' & a dry microfibre cloth to wipe in & another to wipe it dry!! Apply on e panel @ a time. I apply this product after every car wash as it only takes 20 minutes max!! Spray one pnale @ a time & wipe till dry with a microfibre cloth!! Amazing product & leaves no white residue!!

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    I forgot, I don't use a pail. I use the Mr. Dry Wash and Dry thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Blown Vert View Post
    I forgot, I don't use a pail. I use the Mr. Dry Wash and Dry thing.
    That thing streaked the shit out of the glass on my cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    That thing streaked the shit out of the glass on my cars.
    I got poor results from it myself.

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    Streaked from what? I use Zaino Car Wash and didn't have any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge91 View Post
    Your Silver, on black you can see water spots when they arnt even there.
    Really? Cause my corvette is dark gray
    My last firebird was black too

    Claybar whatever is left over.

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    I like to use the "do-it-yourself" booths at the local car wash so I dont have to touch the car at all. Then my preferred method of drying involves the highway (on ramp is like 200 ft from the car wash) and ~120 mph. Does the trick every time.
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    i've heard that high pressured water is not good for the paint and i'd say the soap they use at those isn't very high quality but that's just me

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgable View Post
    i've heard that high pressured water is not good for the paint and i'd say the soap they use at those isn't very high quality but that's just me
    My T/A NEVER sees those spray booth places.

    I NEVER run any car through the autowash places either. I will spray the Grand Ma GT off at the spray place once in a while though.

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    my Trans am never saw the booths and never will the gto, i think the high pressure and super strong soap (prolly stronger then dish soap) would tear the $hit out of the paint

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    The high quality spray booth areas have a low pressure spot free rinse(lower than a water hose pressure). I usually grab my mit and some meguiars and a bucket and go there when the weather doesnt permit(IE, muddy at home..icey etc etc)

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    Dawn dish soap if your going to wax the car because it gets all the old stuff off. I use Meguiars Gold Class which works amazing and i used Zanios stuff and i think its just as good. To dry use Microfiber towels or i now use Shamwows and god do those things really work like they say in the commerical.

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    Dawn will never be used on any of my paint.


    Take the proper steps, and you won't need it.
    Plus, why strip protection??? You can layer wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98Z28importslayer View Post
    i now use Shamwows and god do those things really work like they say in the commerical.
    I got some of those for Xmas, they look like they will scratch the car.. so im going to use it for the engine bay.. and a feet wipe.
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    A lot of the time I can't wash my car myself because of a dumb racing snowmobile accident at 122mph it doesn't feel good when you hit the hard pack snow beleive me but a car wash up the street charges 20 bucks cash and he washes with Auto Magic product with a chamois and it looks sweet then if I'm up for it Ice wax it's silicone wax and works really well in 20 minutes no rubbing at all wipes of and it looks like icy amazing compared to Mothers wax that I was using

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