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      12-09-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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Wash mitt shedding / Microfiber linting

Just washed my car for the first time using ONR with Detailed Image's sheepskin wash mitt. I think the mitt did a great job of gently lifting dirt off the paint and releasing contaminants, but throughout the wash, it shed tons of fibers in clumps that blew threw the air and stuck to the car. I can't run the thing through the wash but I hand-washed it and air-dried it before using for the first time.

I finished the wash by applying Dodo Juice Red Mist Tropical with DI's two-sided plush microfiber towel. Again, the product did a great job, except I'm left with tiny tiny fibers stuck to the paint. If you look really closely, you can see that every square inch of paint has 5 tiny little hairs stuck to it that catch the light. Is this unavoidable for MF towels? I washed this one in the machine with other MF towels before using it.

Will these issues get better or worse the more I use these products? Any suggestions for less shed / lint prone alternatives?
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Just washed my car for the first time using ONR with Detailed Image's sheepskin wash mitt. I think the mitt did a great job of gently lifting dirt off the paint and releasing contaminants, but throughout the wash, it shed tons of fibers in clumps that blew threw the air and stuck to the car. I can't run the thing through the wash but I hand-washed it and air-dried it before using for the first time.

I finished the wash by applying Dodo Juice Red Mist Tropical with DI's two-sided plush microfiber towel. Again, the product did a great job, except I'm left with tiny tiny fibers stuck to the paint. If you look really closely, you can see that every square inch of paint has 5 tiny little hairs stuck to it that catch the light. Is this unavoidable for MF towels? I washed this one in the machine with other MF towels before using it.

Will these issues get better or worse the more I use these products? Any suggestions for less shed / lint prone alternatives?
I use a merino wool mitt and i haven't seen the problems you are experiencing. Just a few questions for you....

was the mitt completely wet when this happened?? tell me more about your process.

not all MF towels are created equal... which one do you have? what weight and how many fibers per sq inch?
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I use a merino wool mitt and i haven't seen the problems you are experiencing. Just a few questions for you....

was the mitt completely wet when this happened?? tell me more about your process.

not all MF towels are created equal... which one do you have? what weight and how many fibers per sq inch?
I used these:

http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Acce...no-thumb-P209/

http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Micr...05/16-x-16-S1/

Yes, the mitt was completely wet and still shedding into my rinse bucket and my ONR bucket.

To apply the Red Mist Tropical, I'd mist a little onto the paint a panel at a time, then spread with the thicker nap side of the towel, switching to the less plush side to buff down. This process introduced quite a bit of tiny lint fibers to my paint surface... not easily noticeable but definitely there.
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I assumed you did a pre-wash of your towels before use.

See if this would stop the linting problem that you are experiencing. Wash your towels again but this time add a 1/4 cup of white vinegar no detergent. Put them in your dryer but don't over dry them. BTW..... you may notice that your towels are softer and fluffier now.

I have several different grades of MF towels in my possession ranging from cheap Costco to 300+g/m2, 550+g/m2, and 880+g/m2. I had a linting problems with my last batch and I retired all of them to other duties around the house. Not all towels are created equal.

I use this merino mitt for my full blown wash and it never shed. I only do this when the car is really dirty.

http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Acce...ash-Mitt-P576/

My rinse-less process doesn't involve a mitt. I use 1 gallon of distilled water mix with 1 oz of ONR. I put about 10-12 clean MF towels in a bucket and use enough of the ONR/distilled water mixture to get them fully soaked. The rest of the mixture goes in to a pressurized spray bottle from Home depot.

Spray the panel thoroughly with ONR mixture then take one of the soaked towels (folded in quarters) and wipe the panel down (single direction and no circular or back & forth motion). Turn or flip towel over to expose a fresh side often when working on a panel (there are 8 sides) or as needed. Take a dry clean MF towel (again...folded in quarters) and wipe down the panel. Do a final wipe with another clean dry MF towel - this is where I use my thickest/heaviest towel ( i like to use a 800 g towel). Repeat this until the entire car is done.

To do the wheels..... pretty much the same process with the exception of the towels. I use the cheap Costco MF. I normally would spray the wheels with ONR then I would hit them with a wheel brush prior to wiping them down. If you seal your wheels with sealant, the dust and dirt will come right off.

With some practice you can accomplish all this in less than 1/2 hour. This method requires lots and lots of towel and it works. This process is known as the "Gary Dean" method. Try it.
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