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Well, when my black asphalt was unloaded it looked beautiful. But the next day it was already looking dusty. Two days later it was really dusty. So I sprayed it off at a self-service car wash, but now it has spots all over it. :cry

My blue Z3 never did that! Does GM have a fix for this? :lol

What do you guys do? I hate to take it thru a car wash.
 

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Spots as in hard water spots?? Try using a clay bar and follow it up with a good polish and wax. A lot of the Corvette guys use a product called Zaino and that seems to be some of the best wax/polish out there.
 

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Spots as in hard water spots?? Try using a clay bar and follow it up with a good polish and wax. A lot of the Corvette guys use a product called Zaino and that seems to be some of the best wax/polish out there.
I thought you weren't supposed to use wax on modern acrylic-covered paint jobs?
 

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I have the same problem with mine. Black is a very fussy color and nearly impossible to keep clean. However, when clean it's so awesome! I would never take any of my vehicles through an automated car wash. I always do them in the manual stalls then use a product called "The Absorber" to dry them. The Absorber works nicely, but be sure to rinse it in warm water prior to each use. Also, about every fourth wash I will apply a good quality wax by hand.

There's a good amount of surface on the SSR, so washing, drying and waxing takes a good deal of time. But it's worth it!
 

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I thought you weren't supposed to use wax on modern acrylic-covered paint jobs?
Why's that? The dealership polished and waxed mine prior to letting me have it so I would assume it's alright. The only thing I've heard bad about waxing, especially waxes that have teflon, is that if you need to do any paint touch ups it's a real pain since paint doesn't stick well.
 

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dougnc said:
Well, when my black asphalt was unloaded it looked beautiful. But the next day it was already looking dusty. Two days later it was really dusty. So I sprayed it off at a self-service car wash, but now it has spots all over it. :cry

My blue Z3 never did that! Does GM have a fix for this? :lol

What do you guys do? I hate to take it thru a car wash.
I always hand wash mine on the lawn, then hand dry. Not many spots.
 

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Doug, anytime that you leave water on the surface you take a chance on spotting. You really should not leave it period. Yeah, I know that is difficult. I have a silver one and it shows less, but still will spot. I happen to be a Zaino distributor and naturally believe it is the very best. That is the reason that I became a dealer; I used it and it convinced me! You really must try it; it is head and shoulders above the rest! Don
 

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Zaino is the best, I used it on my black Silverado SS worked great! I put three coats on and after every wash I spray on the enhancer and polish. Of course I traded the Silverado SS off for my Silver SSR, much easier to keep clean. :ssr
 

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Try this when washing, when you are rinsing off the SSR use a steady stream of pressure and start at the top and spray down toward the bottom, the sheeting action should remove most if not all of the water. A good wax should also keep the water from spotting. I use the absorber on mine and it works great for drying.
 

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dougnc said:
Well, when my black asphalt was unloaded it looked beautiful. But the next day it was already looking dusty. Two days later it was really dusty. So I sprayed it off at a self-service car wash, but now it has spots all over it. :cry

My blue Z3 never did that! Does GM have a fix for this? :lol

What do you guys do? I hate to take it thru a car wash.
Dougnc

Do not put your SSR thru a car wash you could damage you wheels. The wheels on our SSR's rub on the side rails of the tracks and will scratch them up!!! :mad
I had some problems with spots made dealer detail the truck, they had to acid wash it to take out the spots and fall-out. Looked great when it was done. :thumbs Good luck get all the advice you can from the fanactics before you decide what to do because one of us has been there and done that :)

Happy :ssr ing
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When washing your baby don't do it if it is hot like over 75 degrees unless you have full shade. You need time to wash, rinse, and wipe all the water off. There is a great item being sold at most stores now that sprays on the soap for you then sprays rince water that has been treated by a water filter. They claim that you do not have to wipe because the filter takes out the minerals in the water. Have not tried it personally.

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When it is just dusty I take it to the local spray wash and then down the Interstate for a drying.... Man those water bubbles come rolling off very quickly!
 

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For quick details waterless clean up I use the Zaino Z6 touch up stuff. Works terrific on my Black Betty. The Z5 is amazing and even better if you use the Z1 and Z2 first. In between the polishes, I use the Mr. Clean Car wash which removes the problem you discussed, bubbles and spots. Follow the directions on the pakage and you will have great results with the mr. Clean car wash kit. You can buy the dryer and wash refills just about anywhere, even the grocery store! :seeya
 

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When it is just dusty I take it to the local spray wash and then down the Interstate for a drying.... Man those water bubbles come rolling off very quickly!
That's what I did!

Did you use that Absorball thing the other posters mentioned?
 

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dougnc said:
Well, when my black asphalt was unloaded it looked beautiful. But the next day it was already looking dusty. Two days later it was really dusty. So I sprayed it off at a self-service car wash, but now it has spots all over it. :cry

My blue Z3 never did that! Does GM have a fix for this? :lol

What do you guys do? I hate to take it thru a car wash.
I use Dri Wash on most of my buggies. Vette always looked great.
Haven't had to wash the Big Cheese :jester yet, though.
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Where to get zaino?

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Doug, anytime that you leave water on the surface you take a chance on spotting. You really should not leave it period. Yeah, I know that is difficult. I have a silver one and it shows less, but still will spot. I happen to be a Zaino distributor and naturally believe it is the very best. That is the reason that I became a dealer; I used it and it convinced me! You really must try it; it is head and shoulders above the rest! Don
Been looking for zaino around my area, but haven't been able to find it yet. Maybe you can steer me in the right direction. Know where I can find it in the Atlanta, GA. area? :flag
 

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You could check with Zainossr on this site, or go to zainobros.com - they are a mail order company, not available at retail stores.

Great product. I would recommend going the whole route with their starter kit, and starting with a claybar process to really clean the paint - it's really easy after that first step.

You can check their website for instructions on how to use the product.

Ray
 

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My asphalt is bad with pollen and dust, but moreso, BIRD CRAP! Anybody else roll out to your freshly-washed Asphalt, UV or Aqua and find lovely gifts from the birds? Happened to me 2 out of 3 washes thus far (the first wash was from the dealer at purchase, upon which it promptly rained 30 sec. after it was brought out for me).

I actually think birds crap on a dark car thinking it's a body of water, only because I see so much less bird dropping on lighter cars.
 
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