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Wash the car and dry it. Then drive like a nut for like five min. preferably doing doughnuts(Don). Then head back to the house and all the hidden water will be revealed dry this up and viola. All the extra water will defiantly come out and there wont be any water spots.
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Don C. is qualified to do the doughnuts so for the rest of you just drive fast.
 

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The other method (which won't dirty your car) is to take the spray nozzle off the hose and "drape" the car with water. Just let it flow into the body panels. It'll streak off in sheets. Then take a large 100% cotton terry cloth bath towel (damn that's a lot of adjectives), fold it into a square, and make LONG strokes along the car from front to back. Over the glass, over the roof, over the trunk. Then do the sides in the same manner. Don't rub around with the towel as this discourages water absorbsion. You may get tiny streaks, just keep "stroking" the car (yes I said STROKE
) until they're gone. Don't flip the towel too much, if it's slightly wet that only enhances its absorbing power.
 

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Dude it sounds like your making a porn video???
by the way my solution was just a joke...but it does work


[ April 27, 2001: Message edited by: Tony Montana ]
 

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Seriously, I am with Tony. You can't just dry your car without moving it and get all the water. I drive mine around the block after I initially dry it so that the water in the seams around the lights, and in the door sill and the mirrors and what not comes out, other wise it will eventually seep out and leave watermarks.
 

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About the water blade, do a search. Some people swear by it. I am convinced you'll end up dragging abrasive dirt across the paint. Others claim the blade material is so soft that dirt is somehow "absorbed" slightly and does not remain in contact with the paint.
 

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Originally posted by xconn92:
Anyone ever use the California Water Blade? I just bought one and am going to give it a try this weekend.
I have one and I've used it, but honestly it's not a great idea. You'd be amazed at how much dust and crap collects on a wet car in between the time you put down the hose and get out your blade. Run that thing across your paint and you're scoring the surface everytime.

I use it on the windows only now, and around the house. =)
 

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Originally posted by webguyIS:
The other method (which won't dirty your car) is to take the spray nozzle off the hose and "drape" the car with water. Just let it flow into the body panels. It'll streak off in sheets.
This is effective to a point. First, this works well if the car is waxed and as most IS300 are freshly waxed this will reduce the drying time in half as well.

However, there is no way to completely dry the insides of those mirrors -- I swear they must hold about a gallon of water. Sometimes even a trip around the block doesn't remove all the water in those blasted mirrors. Perhaps the only solution is an air compressor and nozzle.

 

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Originally posted by JoeG:
This is effective to a point. First, this works well if the car is waxed and as most IS300 are freshly waxed this will reduce the drying time in half as well.
I can assure you it works well in all instances of car cleanliness. It's particularly effective if you use a sheeting wash like Armor All car wash. Even if you don't do the "water blanket", you can use the towel stroking technique to keep spots from coming up.
 

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Originally posted by webguyIS:
I can assure you it works well in all instances of car cleanliness. It's particularly effective if you use a sheeting wash like Armor All car wash.
I use Meguiars Soft Gel Wash, as it has sheeting action as well.


Originally posted by webguyIS:
Even if you don't do the "water blanket", you can use the towel stroking technique to keep spots from coming up.
Kewl advice ... I'll have to try that technique on my next wash; however, as it is, after the water drape and sheeting action there isn't much water to dry off.


Any thoughts on removing the gallons of water inside those side mirrors?
 

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Originally posted by JoeG:
Any thoughts on removing the gallons of water inside those side mirrors?

Buy a can of air from office max. =)

Your guys' mirrors must be angled weird because I never have this problem. Does the water end up running down the bottom of the mirrors and onto the door panel or something?
 

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I've been using the Cali. water blade for a while now with no ill effects. Silver does not have the tendency to show scratches as easily as some of the darker colors.
 

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I use the "drape" method & then I also drive around "like a nut".
Both seem to work good.
 

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This sounds crazy but works. My detailer uses a toro 110mph blower on the car to get the water out of the cracks. Works great!! he said that also of detailers use them...
 

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Originally posted by cole999:
This sounds crazy but works. My detailer uses a toro 110mph blower on the car to get the water out of the cracks. Works great!! he said that also of detailers use them...
Yeup, lawn blowers work great! Just make sure they're relatively clean so you're not blasting your car with dust!

Man are we diggin up the archives today.
 
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