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Trying to get a spot-free wash

I'm trying to get a spot-free final rinse on my car. The color of the paint is unforgiving. I can see ant piss from a mile away. About 5 years ago I purchased the Mr. Clean Autodry, and it worked great. But it has since been dicontiued and the filters have had the price run up. Can anyone help with suggestions.


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Don't let the car dry on its own. you'll never get a so called "spot free rinse". Heres what I do....nice clean sponge, good clean bucket of water, terry cloth and some "wax as you dry" wax. I never use soap...just clean water and washing mitt or sponge. Then spray on the "wax as you dry" wax. Don't spray the whole car with the wax. One area at a time. Works great. Leaves no streaks or water spots. I use either Mothers or Turtle Wax. Try that and see how it works....

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thank you I will try that
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you can still get the Mr Clean stuff on Ebay...
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Don't let the car dry on its own. you'll never get a so called "spot free rinse". Heres what I do....nice clean sponge, good clean bucket of water, terry cloth and some "wax as you dry" wax. I never use soap...just clean water and washing mitt or sponge. Then spray on the "wax as you dry" wax. Don't spray the whole car with the wax. One area at a time. Works great. Leaves no streaks or water spots. I use either Mothers or Turtle Wax. Try that and see how it works....
This. You have to dry it immediately with a terry cloth/microfiber towel and that's when I find that the car looks spot-free. If you let the water sit long, then you'll have a mess of water spots..
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I have found the mr. clean stuff but the cheapest I found it was 25.00 + shipping. Has anyone tried DI water? I have the filters but Im having a hard time dialing it.
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just get a microfiber towel and dry it right after washing.. presto?
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I did not have any idea they quit making those filters. To bad those things worked pretty good.

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I use my air compressor and blow it dry......

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Clear your car after wash with microfiber towel till it dry completely.
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One other thing to mention is some areas have some extremely hard water, which will spot much worse and be harder to wipe off when dry.

For this, I have an in-line water filter on my hose to drastically cut down on/eliminate the crap that the hard water will leave behind. This way no water spots are left behind, and if there were any watermarks, they wipe off *much* easier. When I'm done washing I just dry the car right away with 3 large but thin microfiber towels I bought from my detailer. I get no spots from this. I've also found it's more about getting the actual water beads wiped.... even if there are some light streaks left behind they tend to evaporate when using the water softening filter.

The filter I use is the "Clear Garden Hose Filter" with the water softening insert here:

http://www.purewaterproducts.com/gardenhosefilters.htm

For the ultimate setup, blow dry it with some air compressor from the top of the car downwards, then wipe up the little bits that are left with a microfiber towel as mentioned above.

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I typically use a water blade (you can get them at any auto parts store) to quickly get the water off of the larger, flat areas and then finish up with the microfibers. And the order I go is: glass, anything flat black, top panels (hood, roof, trunk), and then the sides. Then use a Quik wax spray.

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Use water and sheeting to push most of the water off your car. Then blot dry with the microfiber. Just don't rub it dry with the towels. Should take care of the problem completely.

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I use my air compressor and blow it dry......
I use leaf blower (electric) then finish off with Zaino detailer.

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