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      04-08-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Best way to Dry the Car?

I have the Absorber.. but is it safe?

What about just using a ton of microfibers, is this safer?
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The more you touch the surface = greater chance of getting marring.

Good Quality Microfiber (not costco) will help. XLarge Microfiber waffleweave towel will be my towel of choice.


After a good flooding to sheet the water off, I like to use a electric blower to dry the car (to get most of the water off). I would pat (no rubbing) the remaining moisture off with a good quality MF towel. Make sure you do this (drying) in the shade or in the garage to reduce spotting.
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Electric leaf blower for the majority of the water and in the cracks and crevices, then spray car with detail spray and bring a microfiber waffle weave towel to get the rest off. The detail spray adds lubrication to lessen the chance of swirling.
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Once the car is dried with leaf blower, spray some QD on MF towel and some on the portion of the car. Use two MF towel, one to spray QD over and other to dry, being that said, use two MF towel for each panel
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hmm, I'm not really able to justify getting a leaf blower, I also do not own a home. I only really wash the car when I'm at the bay or somewhere else. Otherwise I have it detailed.

Will the waffle weave towel work fine to dry the car?
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hmm, I'm not really able to justify getting a leaf blower, I also do not own a home. I only really wash the car when I'm at the bay or somewhere else. Otherwise I have it detailed.

Will the waffle weave towel work fine to dry the car?
a 20x40 cobra guzzler will get the job done if you sheet your car after rinsing. Just make sure you use a quick detailer or just use the blotting method.
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I like to use chamois leather cloth. Very gentle on the car. Absorbs very well.
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hmm, I'm not really able to justify getting a leaf blower, I also do not own a home. I only really wash the car when I'm at the bay or somewhere else. Otherwise I have it detailed.

Will the waffle weave towel work fine to dry the car?
I dont own a house either but i have cordless leaf blower to dry the car, you dont need a house to own the cordless blower

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hmm, I'm not really able to justify getting a leaf blower, I also do not own a home. I only really wash the car when I'm at the bay or somewhere else. Otherwise I have it detailed.

Will the waffle weave towel work fine to dry the car?
Definitely don't wipe the car dry after washing it at a coin-op bay. Spraying the car alone (even with the harsh soaps they use) won't remove all the grit and grime on the car. I bet when you do this the towel ends up dirty, right? When you wipe a car dry that's not completely clean--especially with smooth surface like an absorber or chamois--you're dragging that grit across the surface and causing scratches. If you use a waffle weave towel right after a spray wash, I'd be sure to blot the car dry instead of wiping.

I've never tried this, but I wonder if a waterless wash + a plush microfiber would be the ideal follow-up to a coin-op spray wash. A QD might not have the cleaning power needed to really lift the remaining grime off the surface.
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I used the asborber on all of my cars. Never had a problem.

The problem that I see with Microfibers, is that if one little tiny shputs thing gets trapped in the towel, and you don't notice....forget it.
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is 120mph a good speed for a leaf blower or should i go for something more powerful? what is too powerful? and is there any one in particular you recommend?
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I used the asborber on all of my cars. Never had a problem.

The problem that I see with Microfibers, is that if one little tiny shputs thing gets trapped in the towel, and you don't notice....forget it.
Thats why a plush mf towel is key. So any particles will get trapped inside the towel and will not touch your car vs. a thin layered mf towel that will drag the particles across the car...
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I don't wipe, I just lay the microfiber towel on top and dab.
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this is what I do at self car wash bays, there is one in queens ny
1. I use foam gun
2. use my own soap
3. use cordless leaf blower "120MPH" is enough to dry the car
4. use two MF towels, one to spray QD and other one to wipe it off.

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