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Old 07-08-2013, 11:01 AM   #11
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If you get a lot of hard water, just wash your car late in the afternoon or early morning when its cool so that the heat won't cause etching. Be sure to dry it immediately with a damp cloth or a squeegee.

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lol, not to be a complete d-bag (well, maybe) But how can you be expected to dry hard water with a damp cloth? You're not removing water as much as you are just dragging it around on the paint.

And if you're worried about etching from hard water, you should definitely never ever use a squeegee, regardless of the time of day. The silicone compound is very soft and tiny bits of debris and minerals will embed into the blade.

Everyone should watch the video in the link I posted. They show you the correct way to rinse off a vehicle, regardless of the type of water you're using. There are many ways to "dry" a vehicle but there is definitely a right way to do it...
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:34 AM   #12
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I said a damp towel, not a wet towel (assuming everyone here is now using microfiber towels), keeping the towels slightly damp will make it easier to wipe the minerals/calcium off the car than a completely dry towel. After that you would followup with a dry towel until the car is completely dry. Then I normally do a once over with Meguiars quick detailer to make sure I get all the water spots. The best way to combat water stains is to not wash and dry your car in the heat and to quickly get the water off the car, some detailers will even recommend a leaf blower as the first step before moving on to the towels.

I lived in UT for many years and hard water was a big problem there. That method was recommended to me by a detailer and worked for me. Ive also been using the squeegee for many years and have never had any mineral buildups on the silicone blade.
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Again, complete d-bag here but...

If you start drying a vehicle with a -dry- towel, it will immediately become damp...

Also, no professional detailer worth their weight in peanuts will -ever- suggest you dry a vehicle with a leaf-blower. This is unfiltered air; you're basically blasting your car with dirt when you use a leaf blower. This forceful blasting of dirt will not only mix with the water you're trying to remove, leaving stain trails as the water is blasted off, but it will also embed particles into your clearcoat. You should only ever use a filtered power dryer made specifically for detailing.

IDK Maybe you don't care about your paint as much as I do.
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Good info, I just moved to Vegas and the water is terrible here.
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So whats everyone's take on rinseless washing?
I have a black car now (something I will never make the mistake of buying again)
It NEVER looks clean, the water I have access too is apparently really terrible, it's town water and regardless of what I do (I use a waffle-weave rag to dry) it always has water spots on it. Granted I've yet to try washing it at night, but in the summer the car is always at least warm to the touch during the day. I don't have access to a garage because the car (Charger) is too big to fit in the garage I do have access to. If I use a rinseless wash I will do it at dusk when it is cooler.
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