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Thursday, Nov 18, 2004

No Dry Car Wash

Hand drying your car to get rid of those water spots takes more than elbow grease. It takes lots of time. It's a way of life for Mercedes owner Ken Rothman.

Ken Rothman/Mercedes Owner: "The way I do it is with a towel. That's the only way you can rub out the water stains."

Not the only way, according to Mr. Clean.

We have a product that says you won't need to towel dry your car anymore. What do you think of that?

Ken Rothman/Car Owner: "I'd be interested in trying this."

Mr. Clean's auto dry car wash promises a spot free shine with no need to hand dry. Step one: remove the filter's protective film seal. That's the filter that's suppose to keep the minerals out. It goes in the Mr Clean spray gun. Next step, add the polymer soap. Attach the unit to your garden hose. Set the dial to rinse and spray down the car. Next, switch the dial to soap and sponge away. And now we go around sudsing up the body, chrome, and windows. So far, not much different than any other car wash.

"I think that about does it."

Time to, once again, rinse it down, but Mr. Clean is leaving behind a thin sheet of polymer. Finally, the dial goes to the auto dry rinse setting. This mode forces the water through the special filter Ken installed in the gun. Because this contraption de-ionizes water, water is suppose to slide off that polymer coating, leaving the car spot free.

"That about does it."

We wait about 20 minutes, allowing the car to dry on its own, then inspect.
Chrome: shiny. Glass: spot and streak free. The paint-job: nearly perfect.

"Compared to what the car usually looks like, when it gets dried. This is good.
I'm impressed by it."

This Benz, as shiny as Mr Cleans bald head.

This auto dry starter kit sells for about $20. Soap and refill filters will cost you about $5 each.

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