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Old 01-02-2020, 07:46 PM   #57
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Doesn't the damage depend on the nozzle used? If you are using "turbo" type nozzles, sure, it'll damage the paint.

The distance of the nozzle/tip to the paint will also affect the "damage level", of course.
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Old 01-02-2020, 10:02 PM   #58
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Doesn't the damage depend on the nozzle used? If you are using "turbo" type nozzles, sure, it'll damage the paint.

The distance of the nozzle/tip to the paint will also affect the "damage level", of course.
A white nozzle will tear up wood and brick.

I only use pressure on wheels and for foaming.
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Old 01-02-2020, 11:41 PM   #59
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Before I dry the car with a towel, I always do a pooling rinse......this removes 90% or more of the water on the surface, leaving very little water to dry.....again...NO PRESSURE is used when drying the water left...the ONLY pressure I use is from my cordless blower to get the water out from the places it hides.

Good tip on the pooling method. I'll have to try that.
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Old 01-03-2020, 09:40 AM   #60
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I guess the older and lazier that I've gotten, I prefer to drive my car, instead of detailing it. I have a small, electric, power washer. I use the Chemical Guys foam cannon and a two bucket wash. It is just hand washing it a bit to help with some of the tougher places. I will rinse with the power washer using the white tip. I keep it far enough away that it is unlikely to do much damage. FWIW, I had my cars ceramic coated. Three of my vehicles are shades of white (yea, 3 different white vehicles and 3 different types of white).

Blasphemy, I'll also use a touch less car wash from time to time. $5 and run it through. Drive it the short distance home and dry it off with a microfiber towel.

I just did a 500+ mile road trip over to Mobile. Rain on the way there. I drove through the car wash on the way to the house. Car looks good enough for me. FWIW, I track my car and road trip my car. Sometimes, its a road trip to the track. I try to keep it looking good. I get it professionally detailed every year or even a couple times a year. However, I bought the car to use.
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Old 01-03-2020, 10:16 AM   #61
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A white nozzle will tear up wood and brick.

I only use pressure on wheels and for foaming.
Even from a few feet away?
If you hold it a couple of inches away, sure..
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:29 PM   #62
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Even from a few feet away?
If you hold it a couple of inches away, sure..
True, but things happen....
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:32 PM   #63
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i just do pay n spray less than $5 pretty much do it weekly but its funny i dont even wash my daily weekly lol oh well gotta keep her clean
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Old 01-03-2020, 06:43 PM   #64
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Good tip on the pooling method. I'll have to try that.
Just be sure to keep the water from splashing with too high of flow. Once you get the right flow, most all of the water will come off the car (assuming you have a decent coating, sealant or wax on it). You'll never go back to trying dry a soaking wet car again!

Be careful to keep the hose away from the paint.
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Old 12-26-2020, 10:22 AM   #65
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If you dont want paint issues, dont drive it. Keep in in the Garage under a blanket. That way you dont have to clean it. Works for my neighbor who owns a Vette.
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Old 12-26-2020, 10:25 PM   #66
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Just be sure to keep the water from splashing with too high of flow. Once you get the right flow, most all of the water will come off the car (assuming you have a decent coating, sealant or wax on it). You'll never go back to trying dry a soaking wet car again!

Be careful to keep the hose away from the paint.
Just saw this for the first time. Will definitely be adopting this as a step before my drying time. Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2020, 11:19 PM   #67
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So as it stands right now my Camaro has a paint sealant, 2 layers of ceramic wax, a couple spray layers of ceramic boost, a layer of brilliant glaze, and another spray of ceramic boost. And after all that I still have swirls. It's very annoying and frustrating as I've literally spent at minimum 3-400 dollars with Adam's.
Doesn't matter what products you use. If you're rubbing on the paint that much, you'll damage the paint.


Time to start following THE MUSEUM RULE: "The less you touch a thing, the longer it lasts."

Do what GlenE says.

Alternately, if you want to drop some big coin, then do a full paint correction, then full car PPF and durable hydrophobic coating. Then you really don't have to touch it at all other than wash and dry. And use a leaf blower to dry. Keep the toweling to a minimum, zero contact on dry paint is best if you can swing it.

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Old 12-27-2020, 05:39 AM   #68
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Toro leaf blower, works awesome to dry it.
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:50 AM   #69
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A lot of good info in this thread. My camaro is black also and after purchasing it pre-owned, it already had tons of swirls from autowashes or something.
I am glad to see that I am not alone in this :-)

I picked up my black LT1 a few days ago with 3 miles on it.....and the swirls were obvious. So, with single digit miles.....Ive already started to see what I might do to improve things.
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