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      05-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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best way to dry it?

Not a BMW specific question, but after washing it, soap rinse etc. how exactly do you dry it and with what? often i find the towels i use leave cloth fibers on the car what and how do you dry after a wash?
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I pad dry with a waffle weave towel to remove the bulk of water. then i use a quick detailer, poorboys spray and wipe, with a very soft microfiber towel to remove the rest, changing the towels as they become too wet.
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Youtube a video of "flooding" the car. I actually manage to get most of the water off the car just by flooding it, having LSP on the surface will help with this.

After that you can either just dry with a good waffle weave, or you can do what the person above mentioned and pat dry with the waffle weave and then use a soft plush towel with some quick detailer to finish it off. Helps protect against marring and leaves a nice finish.
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Yes, forgot to mention first I do the 'flooding' or 'sheeting' method, then blot dry, then quick detail with an extra soft micro fiber towel.

I recently added the quick detailer to drying, which was a 'revelation' in my drying of the car. Really cut down on the micro scratches when drying and will never do so without it. I used the poorboys spray and wipe which is not a 'pure' quick detailer but a waterless wash/quick detailer. It I am doing a maintenance wash, I will then go over it with optimum's opti-seal.
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electric leaf blower?
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i flood the paint and then pat dry any remaining water with the "absorber" synthetic shammy
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electric leaf blower?
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It's what I use and it works like a champ. My thought is the less you touch the paint, the less you are going to add swirls.
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I use the leaf blower on every wash.

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It's what I use and it works like a champ. My thought is the less you touch the paint, the less you are going to add swirls.
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Check out this electric blower for drying your car:
http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Hand-...720668&sr=8-16

I started out with an actual Toro leafblower but didn't like the fact that the nozzle was too long and hard to maneuver. The compact electric blower has enough power and a short rubber nozzle that prevents you from scratching your car.
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Not a BMW specific question, but after washing it, soap rinse etc. how exactly do you dry it and with what? often i find the towels i use leave cloth fibers on the car what and how do you dry after a wash?
Maybe I misunderstood the question, but a simple microfiber towel does the trick. Drys the car and leaves no water marks.
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I use the leaf blower on every wash.
x2 Great for drying all of the cleavages (gas tank, behind licenses plate, lights, mirrors, grills, etc).. Nothing worst than having water come racing down after a door is closed.
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Leaf blower, 2 or 3 microfiber towels and you're all good.
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I use the following Makita Leaf Blower. Works great if you already have the Makita LXT tools!

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-BUB182Z...6752306&sr=1-1
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I particularly use a leaf blower, keep about 3-4 feet back and have at it!
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I use the "sheeting" method when rinsing, get the nooks/crannies with an electric leaf blower, and finish with one of those super-absorbent, rubbery-type towels. Seems to be working great so far.
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Leaf blowers followed up with a synthetic chammy. I found a syn cham made by CarBrite (think it was called a water sprite) about 30 years ago that I still use to this day. Bought my first one at age 18, I'm 43 now, and I've had only 3 in that whole time period. Synthetic chammies can be real junk but this one is quality plus big enough to cut into 2 pieces and STILL big enough to dry one car easily. Car Brite is hard to find but worth the research. The brand usually is found at body shop supplies/paint shop businesses.
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While drying with a proper microfiber (and making sure not to expose the edges of the towels) and sheeting water are great, the ultimate drying technique is one where no contact is made whatsoever. This is why using deionized water is such a blessing in cleaning a car: the water evaporates on its own without us having to touch the car with a towel. Deionized water setups (CR Spotless) aren't cheap, but they're well-worth the cost.
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Husqvarna backpack blower then blot areas that will not get dry! It helps if car is freshly waxed cause the water will blow off nicely! I'm in the process of looking at a CR spotless as well!

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While drying with a proper microfiber (and making sure not to expose the edges of the towels) and sheeting water are great, the ultimate drying technique is one where no contact is made whatsoever. This is why using deionized water is such a blessing in cleaning a car: the water evaporates on its own without us having to touch the car with a towel. Deionized water setups (CR Spotless) aren't cheap, but they're well-worth the cost.
I just go to Walmart and buy 4 gallons of distiller water, about 80 cents a gallon. These are used as a final rinse by pouring and splashing it onto the car and allowing it to drain off. Best to use 2 gallons, then wait a couple of minutes and do it again with another 2 gallons. This eliminates any chance of water spotting, although I still use an mf towel to complete the drying.
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I use this

I use this:

http://images.solidcactus.com/autobarn/ac20002.jpg

Then anything else left over I use a microfiber towel. You can literally dry the entire car in less than 5 minutes with it.
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