How do you wash your Civic?

  1. AquaGoat

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    Yeah it is super weak. But l barely use it for leaves and towel drying a car is tried, true, and recommended by almost every car detailing resource.
     
  2. Civic_Scott

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    Buy a power washer and a foam canon cause your going to save a ton, no, a TON of time afterwards, Takes me about 10 min and another 7 min to dry it.
     
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    If your in the market for one look at a WORX leafblower, the one I have is electric with a 600 CFM, that is the one you need. 600 or above CFM. The one I have is $50.00 on Amazon.
     
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    Sounds like the same one I have. It's also good for blowing light snow off the driveway.

    I recently got a battery powered DeWalt. It is the "turbine" style like the Worx, but slightly less powerful, & the battery works with my other DeWalt tools.
     
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    I don’t wash my cars at home anymore. This is very important, do you have hard water in your area? If so, then never wash your car at home unless you have a filter system for your water. Because hard water will slowly build water spots on your paint that are really hard to get out. I use to wash my car by hand at home every week and hand dry it. But I started noticing the water spots. This is from the minerals in the water. I had to take my car to a shop to get them to remove all the water spots because I couldn’t do it. And trust me I tried everything I could. So now I only go to a car wash to get mine done since car washes have filtered water and my car is always clean with none of those nasty water spots. Water spots will ruin a paint job.
     
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    I use optimum no rinse with the two bucket method which is great since I can do it in the garage and avoid most the heat. I can get it done in about 30-40 minutes depending how the bugs are since I average 500+ miles a week highway.
     
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    HA, I have that one as well. Convenient cause your not attached to a cord but def not 600 CFM :-(
     
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    I use these on Amazon "
    Camco 40045 TastePURE Inline RV Water Filter, Greatly Reduces Bad Taste, Odors, Chlorine and Sediment in Drinking Water (2 Pack)
    "
     
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    So if the water dries on the car it doesn’t leave spots when using these filters?
     
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    My standard wash method is,


    -I Hand wash once a week using the two bucket method. (Mcguire's Gold or Chemical Guys Mr Pink. )

    -Pressure rinse

    -Blowdry and touch up with pat drying

    -Dress tires (using whatever) applied with a paintbrush (for better coverage)

    - Apply some type of topper/quick detailer (currently Jax Wax)

    - Clean windows

    - Wipe down interior/touchpoints with a damp microfiber towel

    - Wipe down tires (to minimize any tire dressing splatter)

    -Clean wheels (if needed)

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    #26 Civic_Scott, Sep 5, 2019
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    No, the filters will remove minerals from hard water. I dont get water spots, with the car still wet from rinsing I go right to blow drying it, water doesnt stand a chance to sit on the panels.

    The only way to not get water spots is to make the car or make the paint hydrophobic to water. Even then you will still get water spots if just left to dry on their own. Making the car paint hydrophobic to water aids you in getting rid of the water faster before it has a chance to dry. Use either a drying towel or better a leaf blower if you want to go touchless.
     
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    Try using a tire shine that is water based, water based wont give you the petroleum "sling". Much better for your paint long term.
     
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    The reason I ask is because when I use the car wash I just let it air dry as I drive down the road and the leftover water drys by itself while it sits in my garage but there is no spots. If this filter has that same affect then I am very interested
     
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    foam cannon, double bucket method, clean wash mit, deionised water rinse blow dry car.
     
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    I would think it depends on how hard your water is but even after I sprayed my car with pure water (distilled) I still got water spots with the water just sitting there. Only way I have found in my routine is to get the water off the panel as soon as you can either with a towel or blow drying it with a leaf blower. I would see what the other detailers are doing on youtube then test it in your area to see how it works for you.
     
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