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  1. I don't think a day is long enough for it to etch into your paint. It should probably be fine. I've used the Water Spot remover with good results. You can keep repeating the process as long as you neutralize it with waterless wash or even water I guess.
  2. Adam's has a product, the water spot remover. Depending on how long the water spots have been on your car, it may or may not be removed by the liquid remover. Also read the instructions, or else if you overspray or leave it on too long it can seriously mess up your paint/glass.
  3. I would go with towels. I did my first touchless wash yesterday with Adam's mega foam and my friend's expensive electric leaf blower. I know it's not the same as the Adam's air cannon but it was heavy, tiresome, and loud to blow the blower. Granted, Chris's point about saving time and scratches is true, I just feel like if the car is clean you can spray some Adam's detail spray with the leftover water and it should be enough lubrication to not cause issues.
  4. I agree. It's super quiet, not messy at all, environmentally friendly, and leaves the car pretty darn clean with a ceramic coating.
  5. Yeah that's what a quick Google search got me. I was thinking of getting the Adam's spotless unit but considering it could help a lot of appliances in our house (coffee maker, washer/dryer) to have softer water I was trying to investigate a whole house softener. I know there are different kinds and I was mainly interested in the salt-free ones. So it seems the resin-based systems (not sure if that's the same as salt-free) suspend the magnesium and calcium then there's an overall reduction in TDS (total dissolved solids)? I will probably have to talk to a professional plumber to get their idea.
  6. I'm curious. If you rinse down a car after using a water softener, does it even need to be dried? Technically it should just evaporate and not leave any spots right?
  7. Thanks for the videos, they were very helpful. The self-car washes here in NJ are few and far in between. Sometimes they are closed when it is below freezing. The newer ones even have blowers in the bay to dry the car off. However, they are not as wide as the ones in this video. Seems like most of the comments in youtube deal with people getting into trouble for bucket washing their car while others have to wait in line for a bay.
  8. Any way to get Adam's soap onto a public pressure washer here? I couldn't get a good picture of the tip but I figure you get the idea.
  9. If you're looking for the latest ceramic line the graphene products offer a full suite of tools: graphene coating, graphene spray, graphene detail, and the tire dressing. I've only used the graphene spray and it worked quite well with water beading. They even offer a ceramic paste wax which I've always wanted to try. Best way to protect the leather is to get a good tint haha. Definitely try the leather and interior cleaner + carpet & upholstery cleaner. I think they were introduced rather recently. I've got both but haven't tried them yet since covid = no driving!
  10. Thanks for the advice. I'll try brilliant glaze next time. The spot went away on its own after the car got rained on. I would think a ceramic coat gives some protection against bird droppings, even if it's on vinyl.
  11. I meant bird droppings. Don't use it for bird droppings or else your paint will be marred. I learned this lesson the hard way. For bugs, it can easily get most bugs off but I've had some instances where I had to use Adam's bug remover. The bug remover works quite well but it's one of those "don't let it dry on your car or there could be problems" products so I try not to use it as much. I've found if the bug guts are dried up from the sun I eventually have to use bug remover. Having a ceramic coat also helps tremendously. All the ceramic coated cars I have no longer need the bug removal.
  12. I tried to wipe it off with some waterless wash but it seems to have left a mark. My roof is wrapped with Inozetek Gloss black + coated with ceramic coat and I just noticed the bird crap today. The poop washed off but not really sure what else I can try to get rid of the mark. Car is parked outside so, you know, things happen.
  13. Waterless wash is my favorite product too! The Adams one is formulated quite well compared to competitors. If you can't do a normal wash, it helps to hose down the car or wait for it to rain if the dirt is heavy. Also don't use waterless wash for bug droppings. Ask me how I know. 😭
  14. I would recommend not using an exterior car cover. I've had one for years before I was able to afford a garage and all sorts of stuff (pollen, dust) gets between the cover and the car. It really just protects the car from the sunlight and possibly water damage. The surface wasn't too badly marred but once you have a huge gust of wind and the cover is half blown off you'll regret it.
  15. The problem with this strategy is that the pay'n'spray areas near me usually close their stations in the winter. I guess it's the possibility of their pipes freezing? I had to do a first-ever 2 bucket wash in my driveway. It was quite warm (50F) but the water was ice cold. I didn't have a garage for the last 5 years and my only option was to visit the pay'n'spray on warm days to hose down the car, then drive home to air dry on the way and do a waterless wash. It worked well for a few ski trips but with salt on the roads you just have to be okay with not having a perfect exterior.
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