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PostSubject: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 19:55

Right all you with black minis or anyone else with advise HELP!!

no matter what i do i cannot wash my car without covering it in watermarks!
i have tried washing with soap then thoroughly rinsing off. i have tried washing rinsing and shammying. i have tried washing with soap then washing with water but nothing seems to work!

anyone please i'm desperate i cant keep paying to get it washed! Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 19:59

Going over it with a microfibre cloth to get most the water off then another one to buff it up a bit should work. Does for me. Polishing would work too but you won't want to do this every time you wash.

Hope that helps. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:01

but the microfibre cloths just get soaked?
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:02

Try drying it off with a couple of microfibre towels, you can buy them fairly cheaply off the internet.

Elite Car Care and Clean Your Car both have drying towels for sale.

Others will be able to recommend the kind of shampoo etc which is best to use for your car - not too knowledgeable here on such things. Both of the sites listed above though should give you some idea of what is available.

Edit: Looks like James beat me to it while I was typing out my post Wink


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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:03

Yeah sure is a pain No

Julie's MINI is Astro Black & mine has a Gloss Black roof Neutral

Much like James said, just keep drying & buffing thumbs up

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:03

PrincessRiot wrote:
but the microfibre cloths just get soaked?

The towels absorb a massive amount of water for their size, you can either keep wringing them out, or just by 2-3, which will be enough to dry the whole car without messing about.
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:08

i have a collection of autogleam products Razz anygood?
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:13

Good question Li

Try reading the following
http://surreynewmini.forumotion.com/cleaning-detailing-f26/favourite-cleaning-products-t23.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:16

PrincessRiot wrote:
but the microfibre cloths just get soaked?

by the time you've rinsed the shampoo off most the water should have run off. Then use two cloths. Have one for taking the excess water off (this will get quite wet) then use the other to just get rid of what's left and ig will give you a good finish. O tend to do a panel at a time. Just don't get your two cloths mixed up and it should work.

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:21

i dont know where i go wrong my car just looks awful if i do it... :/
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:30

Are you using microfibre cloths? I use Tescos ones to be honest and they work great so they're nothing fancy. If it's not working for you try a leather but I've found this can leave the car a bit dull.

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:34

I use a Meguiars microfibre drying cloth, got it from Halfords. Seems to work well, never get any water marks and is big enough to do the whole car. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:38

Jamski wrote:
Are you using microfibre cloths? I use Tescos ones to be honest and they work great so they're nothing fancy. If it's not working for you try a leather but I've found this can leave the car a bit dull.

i have tried but found they were soaked after doing the bonnet...
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 20:51

why not try leaving the water to run of for 5 minutes or so Smile that's what I do Wink

I washed both ours today, time I done the second the first was ready to dry with not to much water left on it Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 21:04

Hi i wash my Clubman and i have a black roof i know what you mean, i do use Meguiars(Megs) the towels are £12.95 but Halfords are doing 3for2 which is a good deal, when you wash the car try not to have it in the direct sunny as the sunny will dry it before you finished the first stage Sad , when you have done the soapy bit rince off with a hose pipe then place the towels onto the car and dab it don't go round in circles as you will leave swirls marks and it shows up on black go from side to side motion, when you have dryed your car use (megs) TECH WAX spray with two microfibre cloths one to put on and one to take off (like wax on wax off) lol! again go side to side then you won't get swirls Smile . See how you get on with that anything else just ask thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 21:16

Try and find a neighbour with soft water, ask if you can hae a bucket of water, tip it over every panel! Razz
My grandad has soft water and is always telling me to do this!
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 21:26

Funny you should say this Max Smile

I was told/read to add a few drops of washing conditioner or dishwasher rinse add to a bucket of water for the last rinse and it will dry without marks Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 21:27

hehe, kwl
I let you try it first! Razz Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   18th October 2009, 22:19

Just use AG Aquawax when the car is still wet from final rinse, rub over with a microfibre til dry even if you end up rubbing with a mostly wet/damp cloth, then finish with another microfibre. Hey presto, no water marks and a lovely shine.
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   19th October 2009, 07:38

Thanks for the tips everyone, i have this week off so i will have a go and let you know, if your lucky you may even get before and after pictures Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   19th October 2009, 08:11

Use Detailing Spray whilst drying the car! This will help with the water marks! Very Happy Definitely get some large decent microfibre or drying cloths and you should dab it dry rather than rubbing it as you could get swirling.

As Goofy has said, try not to wash the car in direct sunlight or if it has been sitting in direct sunlight for a long time, as no matter how quickly you clean it or how much water you use, it will dry too quickly.

Hope that helps! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   19th October 2009, 09:16

Hi! There's been some good posts here already so I will be brief! Very Happy

!. Use a good quality shampoo and wash Mit! (not a sponge!) and use the two bucket technique. You use 2 buckets, one to wash car with mit the other to rinse mit after each wash wipe. (Meguiars, Autoglym, Chemical Guys etc.)

2. Rinse with lots of water. (soft would be better option If you got it on tap) Wink

3.Dry using the largest Microfibre towels you can find and as many as you can get. (As Goofy says Megs are good) To get the best effect from your drying, lay towel on the bodywork to soak up the water initially and move around by lifting to another area (flat surfaces mostly) then dab over the body panels. When the towel begins to feel saturated (which will be fairly quickly as microfibre soaks up water quick and lots of it!) you must wring the towel dry as much as possible (strength is key here Wink )
Keep going over the car wiping/dabbing away any spots etc. Keep wringing the cloths out!

You can use a detailer to help dry the car and avoid swirls at the ame time as drying, this will slow the drying time and enable a good removal of water marks while avoiding swirls. Makes the car gleam too!

4. To help make the next wash easier and with better effects, you should give the paintwork a little more treatment after your wash.
Use paint cleaners , polishes and waxes to enable this!(there are many on the market, I use Megs and Autoglym) Your cars paintwork will also have much better protection against the elements until your next wash and wax! It will also look spanking!!!! Wink Laughing

This is brief! honest! Laughing Here is a link to detailing world! You can register here like a normal forum. The guys on here are mostly pro detailers and expert enthusiaists! What they don't know probably ain't worth knowing! (will take some time taking in knowledge here, but is well worth it!)
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http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=4637 Wink

That's it hope it helps you! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   19th October 2009, 09:26

I agree with everyone else here Li. When it comes to removing water, I swear by using a shammy leather to get the worst off (wringing it out as often as possible) It also breaks up the water droplets (increasing surface area and evaporation) When you've done this the car should be pretty dry, then take the microfibre and buff the entire car dry. you may need 2 in case the 1st gets wet, but it should do the trick Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   19th October 2009, 10:23

I don't use a chamois anymore find it less useful and time consuming now I have the knack with the MF's! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Water Marks   19th October 2009, 10:33

MF's rule! Neer Neer

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