07-23-2001, 08:34 PM
When I wash my 3 wk old A4 (with a Meguier's product) small spots of film are dried onto the surface before I even get to dry it, although I'm in the shade. They only come out if I buff with the towels... Am I doing something wrong? Shouldn't I only need to blot with towels? Does everyone buff to dry after washing? Should I dry each section quicker before anything has a chance to dry? Use less soap? Also, can a new car go longer without waxing? Thanks...
07-23-2001, 08:41 PM
I just did my A6 last night about 8:00PM to 8:30PM. I used that red Meguier's gentle soap and a five gallon bucket. I had to dry the car with towels, i. e. the water wasn't evaporating so fast I couldn't dry it.
Is your car hot and then moved to the shade?
07-23-2001, 08:51 PM
i hadn't thought of it, but yes, the water is full of minerals...but it's really inconvenient for me to go elsewhere...I guess I will if I have to. It was about 75 degrees in the shade, but maybe waiting until later would help.
07-23-2001, 09:14 PM
Last night I had to do it (on city water) because I had well water "spots" on it from watering the garden overspray.
This may not make any sense or be true either, but it "seems" like the car doesn't dry as fast with the fresh coat of Grand Blitz 1 (1 Grand Blitz?). Could be my imagination.
Basically, if the water has a chance to evaporate before you can dry it, the minerals in the water will be left behind, and you'll get those water spots. One little trick I use (because I take my time washing), is to dowse the entire car with water every ten minutes or so. This way, the car never completely dries on it's own. When I'm done, I'll go over the entire car with a synthetic chamois to dry.
07-24-2001, 11:06 AM
Don't try to do your whole car at once, then rinse. Instead, soap one side - rinse, soap the front - rinse, soap the other side- rinse,e tc.
Try using a California Water Blade when done. This will remove the majority of water quickly with little friction (instead of buffing water out with towels). Once you water blade it, use clean towels or clean chamois to get the last of the droplets.
07-30-2001, 03:39 PM
Make sure your car's paint surface is cool to the touch. Try washing your car, when there's very little wind. Use a high quality car shampoo (correct ph), like Sonax car shampoo (ordered through Carcareonline). While washing your car, keep spraying the areas that you have already washed. When the entire car is washed, remove your spray nozzle and turn down the water pressure. Hold the hose over the car and watch all those tiny water beads disappear. It has something to do with water molecules. Apply a quality wax, follow this procedure and you'll be amazed at how little water remains on your car's paint surface. Read the detail articles from Carcareonline, Autopia, Griotsgarage and Automotivedetailing.com. Read and you will learn, what works best for you and your car.