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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-04-2018, 08:18 PM
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If you have the luxury of softened water, a final thorough rinse with softened water will eliminate most of your water spots.

If you have the luxury of drying the car off in shade, that will slow the drying of the water, hard or soft, that remains on the vehicle.

To expedite hand drying of the vehicle surface, I have found that a spread chamois (natural or synthetic) can be used to "drag" almost all of the beaded water off a painted panel quickly. Wring the chamois, and pick up any remainders. Then, perform finish drying or detailing the panel using high quality micro-fiber towels. Move to the next panel.

Start with the vehicle top, then the large hood surface and bed cover, then the side panels (fenders, doors, bed sides, tail gate) Hint: Prioritize the glass...water spots look really bad on glass when you can see through them, and they will become permanent if not removed.

CAUTION: Painted surfaces MUST BE PERFECTLY CLEAN before hand drying. Even a tiny, tiny sand particle dragged across the painted surface by chamois or micro-fiber towel will leave a visible scratch, and set you up for a polishing session.

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