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      12-16-2008, 12:59 AM   #1
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What do you guys do after it rains?

To the detail pros: if your car's relatively clean on the outside and it then rains on your car, what do you guys do? Is it better to gently blot it dry to avoid water spots or is it better to just leave it alone to avoid scratching the paint while there's some light debris on the paint.
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      12-16-2008, 05:22 AM   #2
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i go to car wash!
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      12-20-2008, 05:38 PM   #3
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      12-20-2008, 08:12 PM   #4
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First, when the car is clean it gets 2 layers of brand carnauba wax. When it rains it just drips off & second I never leave the car out long enough for it to be rained on. Thatīs what garages are builded for
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      12-21-2008, 10:41 AM   #5
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I'm no pro, but I think the detailer I use said (Innovative Detailing in OC -- very good) said to, if possible, not let the rain sit but to do a wipe down of your car using microfiber cloths and a Meguire's mist and spray product.
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      12-24-2008, 12:16 PM   #6
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After the rain............you must look clean!

To have the best looking vehicle possible even after the rain, I recommend the following....

DO NOT GO TO THE CAR WASH!

The adverse effects from these washes can be irreversible due to excessive scratches caused by automated brushes or even soiled mitts at hand washes.



Using a mist and wipe product such as Meguairs #135 or Blue Mist from Diamond and some high quality microfiber towels. Starting at the top, mist and then wipe all upper surfaces, followed by a dry microfiber. Using the 2 towels, follow your way down the sides, leaving the bottoms, lowers and wheel wells for last, since this is the "most" soiled areas. [u]Never wipe dirty towels back over top and previously clean surfaces. Keep in mind that you must juggle both towels, using one for the vast majority of the product with the initial wipe, and the other to flash off or dry the surface to a showroom shine. Clean lowers and lips of wheel wells and rear bumper last, since these get the dirtiest. Should these water spots have a chance to dry and leave etchings GIVE US A CALL leave this job to the pro's. When the sun beads down on these water spots they leave irreversible damage that requires claying, rotory polishing, and then orbital polishing and then wax. Your paint is between 4.5 - 5.5 mils which is as thin as a garbage bag liner, so you must be extremely careful in removing these surface defects. The best advise I can give is to try to give your vehicle a thorough wash immediately after the rain to remove any surface contaminants that are above the paints surface. Always follow with a gloss enhancer, and I recommend NEVER use a car duster.
Feel free to check us out on the web at www.innovativedetailing.com or check out the reviews on us at www.citysearch.comWe also have some really cool videos for you to see on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/InnovativeDetailing1

We at Innovative Detailing thank you for your business and support, and we wish you Happy Holiday's

"WHY SHINE WHEN YOU CAN SPARKLE!"

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      12-24-2008, 02:20 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum Dave! As always, great advice.
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i wish it wouldn't get dirty ever !
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      12-25-2008, 01:53 AM   #9
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To have the best looking vehicle possible even after the rain, I recommend the following....

DO NOT GO TO THE CAR WASH!

The adverse effects from these washes can be irreversible due to excessive scratches caused by automated brushes or even soiled mitts at hand washes.



Using a mist and wipe product such as Meguairs #135 or Blue Mist from Diamond and some high quality microfiber towels. Starting at the top, mist and then wipe all upper surfaces, followed by a dry microfiber. Using the 2 towels, follow your way down the sides, leaving the bottoms, lowers and wheel wells for last, since this is the "most" soiled areas. [u]Never wipe dirty towels back over top and previously clean surfaces. Keep in mind that you must juggle both towels, using one for the vast majority of the product with the initial wipe, and the other to flash off or dry the surface to a showroom shine. Clean lowers and lips of wheel wells and rear bumper last, since these get the dirtiest. Should these water spots have a chance to dry and leave etchings GIVE US A CALL leave this job to the pro's. When the sun beads down on these water spots they leave irreversible damage that requires claying, rotory polishing, and then orbital polishing and then wax. Your paint is between 4.5 - 5.5 mils which is as thin as a garbage bag liner, so you must be extremely careful in removing these surface defects. The best advise I can give is to try to give your vehicle a thorough wash immediately after the rain to remove any surface contaminants that are above the paints surface. Always follow with a gloss enhancer, and I recommend NEVER use a car duster.
Feel free to check us out on the web at www.innovativedetailing.com or check out the reviews on us at www.citysearch.comWe also have some really cool videos for you to see on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/InnovativeDetailing1

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Thx for the advice!
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      12-26-2008, 01:34 PM   #10
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Your very welcome, Hope you all have a "Happy New Year".
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      12-29-2008, 02:30 PM   #11
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Your very welcome, Hope you all have a "Happy New Year".
Thanks for all the help. I need to find a good detailer like you guys in Virginia Beach Virginia.
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      12-30-2008, 09:57 PM   #12
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Detailers in VA

Within my professional detailing network, I was able to come up with the following companies that service the Virginia area. You will have to do the research on reviews and checking on their work. You may also try www.citysearch.com or www.kudzu.com for local reviews on auto detail companies.


Perfect Shine Detailing 888-89-SHINE
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Toll Free 1 888-897-4463 Email Website
Absolut Kleen (202)448-9211 Email Website
Art's Detailing (703) 367-0964 NA NA
Coleman's Automotive Detailing Services, Inc. (571)283-2339
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Toll-free, 1-888-832-9666 Email Website
Detail Authority Inc. (703)978-7800 Email Website
Empire Auto Detailers (240)370-6622 Email Website
Extreme Details (703)357-4079 Email Website
eXtreme Route 2 Detailing (XR2D) (571)221-0677
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Toll Free (866)624-4302 Email Website
Greg's Mobile Auto Detailing (540)372-2075 Email NA
Hatcher's E-Z Wash (703) 680-3933
Toll Free (800) 484-1016 Pin # 4485 Email Website
Mobile One Detailing 1877-44-Mobile(6-6245) Email NA
Sabin Mobile Services 757-630-9101 Email NA
Sharp Detail (866)661-6786 Email Website
Showroom Shine Auto Detailing (703)932-7768 Email Website
Skipper's Wash & Wax (757) 631-6333 Email NA
Sparkle's (540) 957 5666 Email NA
xtreme Image (703) 590-4594 NA NA



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I go to the car wash or just leave it as I know its going to rain again tommorow...
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I go to the car wash or just leave it as I know its going to rain again tommorow...
The pro said "DO NOT GO TO THE CAR WASH!"


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