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I'm on the horns of a dilemma. Over the weekend I tried washing the Bullitt and found the Highland Green particularly stubborn for streaking. I washed it the standard way, rinsed it the standard way, and attempted to chamois it dry... the usual way. But, lo and behold, no matter what I did, there were BIG UGLY STREAKS and WATERSPOTS. Any suggestions on how to make this an easier task? :confused:
 

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not sure what could be the issue but I have always used mequiars gold class car wash / soap .......... even in the texas sun/ heat , she dries off spot and streak free.
I usually wash the bullitt off twice before drying and all I use to dry her off is a standard type terry cloth towel.

I use to get water spots and streaks with other type soaps so maybe it is something as simple as that?
 

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Jim , another suggestion is Meguiars ultimate quick detailer. That stuff is really great. After I wash mine I go over it with the quick detailer and it really cleans up nicely. Also, if it just a little dirty you can detail the car real quick with that stuff. I think it looks NICE :)
 

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Thanks for the tips, guys. Meguiars. Got it. Now that I think about, it was probably the cheap, discount store dishwashing detergent I used. Gasp. I'm sorry!
 

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Hi Jim,
I would recommend drying with clean, quality, micro fiber towels. I use them on my 01 and like the results.

A chamois can streak and if grit gets into the chamois you will make fine scratches in that beautiful HG clearcoat.
 

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Hey Jim if you used dishwashing soap you may have taken all the wax off your car. Make sure you wash with a quality car wash soap and wax your car soon with something like Meguirs NXT!!
This is probably what happened......Need to wax it and never , never used dishwashing soap again..................
 

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PhotoRick said:
Hi Jim,
I would recommend drying with clean, quality, micro fiber towels. I use them on my 01 and like the results.

A chamois can streak and if grit gets into the chamois you will make fine scratches in that beautiful HG clearcoat.
This is good tip.....Thanks Rick....I'll try it also......
 

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droopysbullitt said:
Hey Jim if you used dishwashing soap you may have taken all the wax off your car. Make sure you wash with a quality car wash soap and wax your car soon with something like Meguirs NXT!!
Thanks, Greg. Don't think the wax came off, though. Still beading like crazy. What was I thinking???????????
 

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Yes, I second using micro fiber towels as well, very important.
Okay, so where does one go to acquire these "micro-fiber" towels?
 

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PhotoRick said:
Hi Jim,
I would recommend drying with clean, quality, micro fiber towels. I use them on my 01 and like the results.

A chamois can streak and if grit gets into the chamois you will make fine scratches in that beautiful HG clearcoat.
Thanks. Sorry, but I'm a chamois guy. Don't fret, though. You won't see a speck of grit in that chamois! I'll try the micro-fiber cloths too. Thanks again!
 

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I use meguiar's drying towels also... but I have a big chunk of chamois that I'll use. I also use all meguiar's products and two buckets... one for the soapy water and one for rinsing out the dirt out of the soft sponges I have. I have a ton of the little microfiber towels for everything, but I chammy everything dry as I can, and finish up with those towels and detailer. I'm going to wash my car, polish it, and wax it soon... I've yet to put a good coat of wax on it. I'm so paranoid of scratches on dark paint, you have no idea. Also, keep rotating that chammy or towel so you don't smear dirt into the paint...
 

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One thing I learned the hard way on the weekend. Don't dry the roof with a belt buckle on! Any tips to get out small scratches? I tired Nu-finish Scratch Doctor. It helped but I can still see the scratch.
 

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not sure what could be the issue but I have always used mequiars gold class car wash / soap .......... even in the texas sun/ heat , she dries off spot and streak free.
I usually wash the bullitt off twice before drying and all I use to dry her off is a standard type terry cloth towel.

I use to get water spots and streaks with other type soaps so maybe it is something as simple as that?

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StvMcQueen said:
I'm on the horns of a dilemma. Over the weekend I tried washing the Bullitt and found the Highland Green particularly stubborn for streaking. I washed it the standard way, rinsed it the standard way, and attempted to chamois it dry... the usual way. But, lo and behold, no matter what I did, there were BIG UGLY STREAKS and WATERSPOTS. Any suggestions on how to make this an easier task? :confused:

Steve, I like to use Nu Finish (in the solid orange bottle). I apply a coat, wait a week, then apply a 2nd coat. They say that it lasts a year, but I like to do it every six months. Nu Finish is a polymer polish (like laminating your car), so it makes a nice smooth surface that helps protect againt little scratches and nicks from road debris. I have found that regular use of Nu Finish keeps the paint looking new for several years. If you throw on a spray-on wax or wax from a car wash on top of it from time to time, it looks fantastic.

A word of caution though; before you apply Nu Finish, you must make sure that the surface is spotless. Any dirt or foreign matter stuck to the surface that you polish over will be sealed in and will be difficult to remove.

Meguiar's and Mother's are great waxes too, but the shines don't last as long and you have to reapply more often. I have also heard that too much use of cleaner waxes is not good for the clearcoat.

Here is my car after applying 2 coats of Nu Finish:

 

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For washing, I use the local "wand" car wash, and always use the presoak first before soap and rinse. I never use the brush, not at least until I have Nu-Finish on the car. I use the wax and spot-free rinse to finish.
 
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