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Old 10-25-2010, 07:01 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, 07:10 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, 07:15 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, 07:15 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, 07:35 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, 07:40 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, 08:31 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
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  • 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, 09:05 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, 10:05 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, 10:26 PM   #12
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I leaf blow the whole car. It works well for me.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:40 PM   #13
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What kind of detail spray do you guys use.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:52 PM   #14
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never use any detail spray, no need for that on mine.
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Another thing to take into consideration is the condition of your water. If you have hard water or a lot of heavy minerals in the water, you'll almost always have water spots even after following the recommendations here.

Something you could look into is a dual filter system to soften the water and remove minerals.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:44 PM   #16
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I would guess it's hard water spots.

Soap will not matter, it's in the water.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:03 AM   #17
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Just ordered this last week,

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I can think of many more uses than just drying the car, and now my leaf blower can go back to what it is designed for!

using a 5 micron filter on your water line will help reduce minerals that spot also. If I wash my car at Tahoe "where the water comes out of the spout 97% clean" I can let it air dry, when I wash in Reno it's crusty before I can get it off...
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:07 AM   #18
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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.
This. The leafblower didnt leave water spots. It's what you did before that.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:20 AM   #19
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it also depends on your rims whether you are washing first or last. I have flat black rims, and if you wash them first ..you will have hard water spots on them by the time you finish drying the car. I have to wash the rims last, and immediatly dry.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:10 AM   #20
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It sounds like the paint isn't in pristine condition. If it was, the water would literally fall off the paint with little effort.

For me...that's when I know I have the paint just right...by the way the wash/dry step goes. Washing/drying is actually a great indicator of the condition of your paint.

Here's another way to find out how good of condition your paint is....after a rain...get in your car, and get up to about 60 mph....the hood of your car should be bone dry in about 30 seconds.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:44 PM   #21
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A lot of good input from everyone. My water is very hard were I live. I actually have a water softener but it is not working. I guess I better get off my but and fix it. Wait until the wife finds out I am fixing it for my car LOL

My paint is not in pristine shape. I need to polish and wax it before the cold water hits. I'm sure after that the water will blow right off
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:35 PM   #22
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A lot of good input from everyone. My water is very hard were I live. I actually have a water softener but it is not working. I guess I better get off my but and fix it. Wait until the wife finds out I am fixing it for my car LOL
You will likely have spotting even with the water that has been softened through your system since the it still contains "dissolved solids" (you can test with a TDS meter).

What you really need is a deionizer.
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I've found if you get the blower too close it can splatter little water spots everywhere. I try to get most of the water to pool off. Then holding the blower back far enough to just push the last bit of water off. If you have good wax on it, and are using good soap, it should flow and blow off pretty easy. I don't try to get everything with the blower, just most of it, then get the last water drops with a soft cotton towel.

Maybe your using the blower too much and too close. Try holding the blower back a bit and not try to blast everything. Finish with a towel and some detail spray on areas that get a bit spotted.
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With a good wax on your car, a blower will work perfectly if the surface is not hot no matter how hard the water is.
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