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  • Use a water filter

    58 14.61%
  • Wash only in the morning or in the evening, never when the sun is out

    157 39.55%
  • Use another chemical product after you are done washing to remove spots

    54 13.60%
  • Use a special car wash meant to reduce hard water spots

    58 14.61%
  • Wash car in the shade and dry it off quickly

    281 70.78%
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    How long has the Quik Wax been on the market? I have never seen it locally. Is a liquid (like #50 or Flagship) required for a base before using this?

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    Unhappy But what if you can't dry it ???

    I don't see washing a car as troublesome as having it rain and then having the rain dry on your car....many times that happens and you just can't get out to dry it off....result?, ugly water spots !!...I find I get water spots that way and never from washing the car...if you can dry it off, you shouldn't get water spots from washing....so, now the question is what do you do after it rains ???
    Bill Poirier
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    i try to wash in the shade and dry as fast as i can. with the texas heat its hard to find a good time to wash when its not to warm/hot esp in the texas summers. for that reason shade works the best. i do try to wash in the mornings and evenings also.

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    I'm not exactly sure what to select. I have a water softener and use soft water to wash with. Even if it dries before I can dry it off the few spots left behind wipe right off.

    Mike

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    A long time ago I bought a bottle of gold class wax, and it had a vidio packaged with it on car care. One little tip that I got from it is that when you are ready for the final rinse. Do not spray the car. Instead turn the water to a low stream, and starting at the top letting it flow creating a sheeting action. I do the top, then hood, then bumper, then working down one side until I get to the trunk, then back bumper, and down the final side. This rinse action doesn't let the water bead as much. So fewer spots, and takes less time, and fewer MF towels to dry.
    If I do have any spots I will hit it with QD. That is why I voted other product to remove spots. Hope this helps.
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    I've got a whole house softener with well water, the system still leaves plenty of minerals, so I usea all of the methods shown. Megs branf filter would be great.

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    Re: What method(s) have you used in the past to combat hard water spots?

    My vote was: Wash car in the shade and dry it off quickly. I some times will park my car WAY in the back yard and connect my teo long hoses together just for shade. I then quickly knock off the bulk of the water with my Cali Blade then towel dry.

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    Re: What method(s) have you used in the past to combat hard water spots?

    I have used the other brands of water filters/soap in the dispenser and they always seemed to leave a film, along with the water spots.
    I now use the 2 bucket system, grit guards, and NXT wash, followed by drying.
    Last month I won a raffle with a different brand of car wash and decided to try it on my company car to see if there was a difference in the way I wash now or is the the car wash product itself.
    I have been teaching my kids on how to detail, at least the little amount that I know, and we went through our normal routine: 2 buckets, early evening, no direct sunlight, dry off.
    Worked on some other cleaning tasks and cam back to see....water spots all over!
    I used to be convinced that it was the way I used to wash, which some was, and the hard water that I have.
    It turned out to be the car wash.
    We waited a couple of days and did the same test, same time and weather conditions. The NXT wash produced no spotting.
    I will never use another product.....unless I don't like the person...

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    Re: What method(s) have you used in the past to combat hard water spots?

    I wash in the shade only and then use a combination of leaf blower and enough microfiber cloths to enable me to dry the car quickly. The leaf blower is good for blowing the majority of the water from the large upper surfaces and also from the tight areas with nameplates that can't be reached with a squeege. It can also get most of the water from out of the body panel openings so that there will be less time waiting for the drips to stop. I finish off with microfiber cloths. Good Tip: But a towel wringer and attach it to a bucket or strong plastic box. Put clean rinse water in the container with just a little bit of car wash to rinse and soak your cloths as you finish using them. Run them through the wringer and hang up to dry. I used tio hand wring but it was hard on the towels and not good for arthritic joints of the hands.

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    Re: What method(s) have you used in the past to combat hard water spots?

    I try to get the drying done as quickly as I can,sometimes with help of another person.

    On the black car,it's noticable. On my civic which is met.blue,it's hardly noticable,but they are obviously there just the same.

    I like the hose attatchments,but find they are too expensive.The harder the water,the quicker they will become exhausted.I'd go through too many to make it economically viable.

    I think my answer is to get a water magnet or a bigger chamois.

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