There’s no doubt it’s frustrating to spend hours washing your car, only to realize it’s full of ugly water spots when it dries.
It’s annoying when hard work goes to waste, but there are a few easy steps you can take to make sure your car’s finish is perfect in the future.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
While you’re washing, waxing, or drying your car, do your best to avoid direct sunlight. Sunshine will quickly dry any moisture on your vehicle, leaving behind water spots.
We recommend visiting a sheltered car wash for the entire process of washing your car. Not only does this keep your vehicle out of the sun, you can take advantage of other cleaning tools while your car dries completely.
If you need to wash and dry your car outside, pick the right spot or time of day. Find a shaded area that is out of direct sunlight. You can also wash your car early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun isn’t high in the sky.
Use a Microfiber Cloth
A slightly damp microfiber cloth is a great trick for drying off your car without leaving water spots. We know, a damp cloth to dry your car seems counterintuitive, but trust us… it works! Start from the top and work your way down. Instead of wiping, try patting in a circular motion.
Microfiber cloths are gentle enough so that you won’t scratch the paint of your car, but you need to make sure they’re properly cared for. If you drop your cloth on the ground, DO NOT use it until it’s been properly rinsed, washed, and dried.
Use a Hydrophobic Coating
This one takes a bit more effort, but it’s worth it! If you apply a hydrophobic coating or sealant to your car’s exterior, you can be sure you won’t have any ugly water spots.
Hydrophobic means it repels water. When it rains or you wash your car, the water will no longer spread over your vehicle’s service. Instead, it will form little beads that will slough off the car.
Get All the Nooks & Crannies
A common cause of water spots is when water gets stuck in hidden spots, only to come out later and cause unsightly stains on your newly washed car. When you’re drying your vehicle, make sure you consider all the little crevices. Side mirrors, doors, and grills are common areas where water gets trapped, only to come back with a vengeance.
Use pressurized air to get at these tricky spots so that you can be sure every inch of your car is dry.
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