I was washed my car as it was building up much of the salt and grime on the roads this past month. It was my 2nd time washing it after i got the ca in oct. I previously owned an older car but only washed it using cheap car wash&wax shampoo and only used a soft brush all over.
I used the 2 bucket method (having read threads on here and cleanyourcar) and meguiars gold class shampoo and a wash mitt and brush (for the wheels). I have got a small microfibre drying cloth as well. I had finished washing the upper parts with shampoo and had nearly the lower parts finished around 4pm; the next thing i noticed was ice forming on the roof.
I was raging as i hadnt given it a final rinse off with water from the hose. I got the hose and gave it a rinse off. i could notice ice getting moved off the roof surface. I wasnt sure whether or not to pat it dry using my cloth as it formed ice-like patterns on the roof after i dried it, but i continued anyhow. But looking at it now it has formed patted patterns on the roof from where i have patted it dry (maybe this suggests the surface is now in need of polish or wax?).
Can anyone tell me if i would have damaged the paintwork surface, allowing ice to form and then washing it off and, also should i not have patted the surface dry?
Also, as i am a novice at properly keeping a car clean, what should I do the next time with my car after washing and drying it? I have never polished or waxed a car before. It is a blue astra. I have been reading the threads on here and also cleanyourcar gave a good description on how to properly wash and dry but im now ready to attempt the next stages and i would like to keep my car looking decent.