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      07-19-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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Leaf Blower for Drying?

I use a bunch of MF towels to dry my car, and I always fear that I am marring the paint if I am using too much pressure, or if there are debris stuck between the towel and paint.

I found out that lot of detailers use leaf blowers, but I have heard that they are good and bad.

Good- touchless drying, very quick.
Bad- no filter in leaf blower, so they pick up debris in the intake and pretty much sand blast the car with particles at 180mph.

What are your thoughts on using it? It seems like it would make the drying much easier and safer.
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      07-19-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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I usea leaf blower and it works great. Haven't had any issues. Guess you could fab a filter for it but i dont see a need.

Gravel on the highway and sand and debris when driving 80 are far worse than a little dust an pollen you may suck in when drying it.
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+1

Blow drying is the best, especially to get inside the side mirror and between the seals.

As long as the intake isn't in sand, dust/pollen are already in the air landing on the vehicle. I'd rather blow it than rub it on the paint.
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i use a leaf blower to dry my wheels....but never tried drying the entire car off with it.
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Hi Antartic,

From my professional experience:

I use an Electric Leaf blower because gas leaf blowers tend to spit oil out of the blower section. I use this method for every car I perform a proper wash on, and it's the safest possible drying method available (except for Cr Spotless). If the car is always properly waxed, the water will shed off like magic, so there is no reason to risk marring the paint by towel drying.

If you must towel dry, and I can't stress this enough, but make sure you BLOT the surface you are drying. Do Not "Drag or Wipe" the towel across the paintwork. This can result in marring or hairline RIDS if the paintwork is not entirely free of debris.

Feel free to PM me with any questions you may have. Hope this clarified your concerns.

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I bought a $30 leaf blower and modified the plastic tube so it's only about 8-12 inches long and tapers down at the end. Works great getting 90% of the waters off then I use a high quality MF towel to finish up.
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Ive tried blotting with MF towels but dagnamit, it leaves wakermarks. I drag the towel but lightly... I live in a condo, no leafblower
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Ive tried blotting with MF towels but dagnamit, it leaves wakermarks. I drag the towel but lightly... I live in a condo, no leafblower
If outside electric is an issue, why not get a cordless leaf blower? I've been using a leaf blower for many years and it works so much better than towels.
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+1. Its great for wheels. Gets all the water out from the lugs and calipers.
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the blotting thing is nonsense.

it's perfectly fine to lightly drag a damp, well made drying towel across your paint if it is clean. feel free to spritz the car down with ONR before doing so for extra lubricity.
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Well, using leaf blower for drying my car was a complete failure. I bought a cheap $30 one from Lowes. My car has an existing layer of wax + sealant. After ‘sheeting’ the excess water off my car, I tried to use the blower to get the big beads of water out.

All the darn thing did was separate the water into several thousand tiny beads which spiderwebbed all over the panel, which then evaporated quickly leaving me with tons of small water spots!! ARGH.

It seemed to work well for the wheels, but either I am doing something wrong for the paint, or this thing simply doesn’t work.
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Well, using leaf blower for drying my car was a complete failure. I bought a cheap $30 one from Lowes. My car has an existing layer of wax + sealant. After ‘sheeting’ the excess water off my car, I tried to use the blower to get the big beads of water out.

All the darn thing did was separate the water into several thousand tiny beads which spiderwebbed all over the panel, which then evaporated quickly leaving me with tons of small water spots!! ARGH.

It seemed to work well for the wheels, but either I am doing something wrong for the paint, or this thing simply doesn’t work.
buy a tool specifically designed for this if that's the route you want to go. It isn't cheap.

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/metro-a...er-240582.html
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Well, using leaf blower for drying my car was a complete failure. I bought a cheap $30 one from Lowes. My car has an existing layer of wax + sealant. After ‘sheeting’ the excess water off my car, I tried to use the blower to get the big beads of water out.

All the darn thing did was separate the water into several thousand tiny beads which spiderwebbed all over the panel, which then evaporated quickly leaving me with tons of small water spots!! ARGH.

It seemed to work well for the wheels, but either I am doing something wrong for the paint, or this thing simply doesn’t work.
Sounds like you did it in the sun or on a hot surface?

Ive noticed that using leaf blower leaves very small water spots around the car. This due to that effect you talk about.
I use my leaf blower to to most of the job, not fully. Its great for wheels, front area, mirrors, gas tank area, license plate area, etc. Get the water out of all those cracks. Then I finish with a good mf towel and a qd spray. Have not seen any marring/swirls yet. Best part is I get little to no water running out after I dry up the car.
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I use a strong electric blower followed up with a synthetic chammy. Leaf blower only on rims. Works great although when its 100' like it is now it does leave minute water spots. They arent enough to fret over esp because my car is AW and doesnt show spots as bad.
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buy a tool specifically designed for this if that's the route you want to go. It isn't cheap.

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/metro-a...er-240582.html
I have one of these with 4hp and it works great. Has a filter and a long hose with different attachments. The air gets warm too to help dry the car faster. No waterspot either!
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