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Old 10-25-2010, 06:01 PM   #1
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Tried drying with leaf blower

OK So I go to Home Depot and buy an electric leaf blower. It was 39.99 with two speeds. I wash the car using the foam gun and then the two bucket system. Then I pool water over the car to help dry and then pull the car into the garage and start using the leaf blower on high speed which is 220 MPH. Looks like the blower is working but as I am going along the car I noticed a lot of water spots. I'm not happy but keep going with the blower until dry. I inspect the car and see a lot of water spots so I grab the detail spray and a micro fiber towel and do over the whole car. So what did I do wrong? I left the suds on the car after washing so I could work on the wheels but since i used Adams soap that should not have caused the problem right?
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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I tried using my filter queen on "blower" mode with the crevice tool. I had the same results.

I said to heck with it, to dry I spritz the car a bit with detail spray and use the waffle weave towel. It works pretty good.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:15 PM   #3
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I use this and a couple microfibers for the leftover water.



Cheaper too!
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:15 PM   #4
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little bit of advice,wash your wheels and tires first.that way you don't have water drying on your car.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
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I wash my tires/wheels first. When I'm done rinsing the car I take off the nozzle and allow the water to run freely out the hose onto all horizontal surfaces (roof, hood, trunk). This sheets most of the water off the paint and leaves only a few spots to dry. I use a super-soft towel to dry the rest and follow up with detail spray. Leaves it perfect every time.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:40 PM   #6
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I never have a problem using the leaf blower. I never try to totally dry the car with the leaf blower. I use it to dry the wheels (last), blow water out of areas that you can't dry with a towel, and get the majority of water off flat surfaces. This can be done pretty fast. Then I spray with detail spray and wipe off what is left with an Adams microfiber towel. A good coat of wax is a must to reduce the water tension and make it easier to blow off the water.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:31 PM   #7
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I will start doing the wheels first. This is the first time I tried drying the car with the leaf blower after running the water over the car to push off most of the water. The other times I used the detail spray and the drying towel and the car came out good.
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No one gets a car 100% dry with just a leaf blower IMO... you can get it mostly dry but at some point you're gonna have to go back and towel dry some spots. So to that end -
  • Wash
  • Pool Rinse
  • Leaf Blower to get most of the water off
  • Waffle Weave Drying towel and Detail Spray for the rest
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I use the leaf blower on all my cars and the way I do it is after the wash is finished I hose the whole car off again and immediately use the leaf blower and it drys the whole car completely with no water spots at all, the leaf blower is the best way to dry a car and no towels needed.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:05 PM   #10
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I use a microfiber towel to dry off and then use the blower to get the water out of the small places.
My neighbors think I am nuts when I break out the blower and dry my car.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:05 PM   #11
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OK So I go to Home Depot and buy an electric leaf blower. It was 39.99 with two speeds. I wash the car using the foam gun and then the two bucket system. Then I pool water over the car to help dry and then pull the car into the garage and start using the leaf blower on high speed which is 220 MPH. Looks like the blower is working but as I am going along the car I noticed a lot of water spots. I'm not happy but keep going with the blower until dry. I inspect the car and see a lot of water spots so I grab the detail spray and a micro fiber towel and do over the whole car. So what did I do wrong? I left the suds on the car after washing so I could work on the wheels but since i used Adams soap that should not have caused the problem right?
I did the same as you with my new leaf blower with the same results. Was very disappointed in what I saw. Junkman has me convinced I need to get my paint in better condition, so the water blows off easily and isn't actually drying to the surface.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #12
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I leaf blow the whole car. It works well for me.
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What kind of detail spray do you guys use.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:52 PM   #14
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never use any detail spray, no need for that on mine.
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