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Old 05-22-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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Car Wash Towels??

What's the best car wash towel you've experienced. I have a black Camaro and don't want to leave small scratches. Opinions?
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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Any good quality wash mitt I use the turtle wax ice wash mitt did the cd test and no scratches so use it on my Camaro also use the AutoZone waffle drying towels just do a blank. Cd test on all the ones you want if the mocrofiber scratches a cd it will scratch your paint
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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I use Adams wash mits, towels (great white) etc and a two bucket wash method....Watch Junkman and Adams vids if you have not yet done so......

http://www.adamspolishes.com/c-5-mic...plicators.aspx

http://www.adamspolishes.com/c-9-car-wash-dry.aspx

To dry with no touch

http://www.google.com/products/catal...=1252&bih=661#
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
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I use Adams wash mits, towels (great white) etc and a two bucket wash method....Watch Junkman and Adams vids if you have no yet done so......

http://www.adamspolishes.com/c-5-mic...plicators.aspx

http://www.adamspolishes.com/c-9-car-wash-dry.aspx

To dry with no touch

http://www.google.com/products/catal...=1252&bih=661#
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:26 PM   #5
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Another vote for Adam's great white towels! I just ordered two more. =)
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:39 AM   #6
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I have a black Camaro. I use MicroFiber Mitt, Armor All carwash, 1 bucket of soap water 1 bucket of reg water and most importantly dry off with "The Absorber" Chamois. You cant go wrong.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:05 AM   #7
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This has been an issue since the first black model "T". The last words are always..."YOU BOUGHT A BLACK CAR"
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:26 AM   #8
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:14 AM   #9
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What you use to wash your car is only half the solution. HOW you wash the car is equally important. That's why I created a video series that explains the wash process in detail. There's a lot of garbage out there on the market, especially some of the over the counter stuff. I've seen everything from brushes to very low quality chamois being offered as a option. Some folks have such a jacked up paint job that they can't see the damage that they are doing from the damage that they already have.
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The two bucket wash has been helping me. Thanks junkman!!!!
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:05 PM   #12
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I just did the first wash job on my camaro this weekend using the two bucket wash. I used 1 Cobra 16 x 18 waffel weave towel for the whole thing since I was able to get most of the water off with the pooling method. Junkman do you have any videos that explain how to do the pooling method in more detail, it was a real pain trying to dry the car like that.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:07 PM   #13
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I had not heard of the CD test before I'll have to try that.

I missed a spot when washing and got my towel dirty. What is the proper way to clean a MF towel?
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I just did the first wash job on my camaro this weekend using the two bucket wash. I used 1 Cobra 16 x 18 waffel weave towel for the whole thing since I was able to get most of the water off with the pooling method. Junkman do you have any videos that explain how to do the pooling method in more detail, it was a real pain trying to dry the car like that.
Have you watched this video? There's not much more to explain than what I explain in it.



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I had not heard of the CD test before I'll have to try that.

I missed a spot when washing and got my towel dirty. What is the proper way to clean a MF towel?
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I guess I'll just have to keep working at it. I see that you say MF should only be used to remove polish and wax in the thread you linked to. I hope my next try at washing the car turns out that way!
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I guess I'll just have to keep working at it. I see that you say MF should only be used to remove polish and wax in the thread you linked to. I hope my next try at washing the car turns out that way!
Exactly. If your towels are getting black soot and dirt all over them, then you are using them totally wrong and on a dirty car. My towels never look like they have been used to clean anything but a brand spanking new car.
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What is the best towel to use for drying? I just did my first wash with my Adams stuff and wasn't very impressed with the large waffle weave towel. Left lots of streaks and spots I couldn't see until it was outside. Problem was I had already waxed it- it was nothing but blue sky and sunshine, that's why I was doing it inside? Lesson learned, I should have rolled her outside before waxing.
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I used this method yesterday when I did my car. By doing it, and then using my leaf blower i had very, very minimal water to get off the car, a little quick detail and a good towel and walla (sp) beautiful black clean car.

Junkman If you ever make it up to Regina SK Canada the steaks are on me sir :-) for all the great tips you have provided me/us sir.

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Old 05-23-2011, 07:44 PM   #19
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What is the best towel to use for drying? I just did my first wash with my Adams stuff and wasn't very impressed with the large waffle weave towel. Left lots of streaks and spots I couldn't see until it was outside. Problem was I had already waxed it- it was nothing but blue sky and sunshine, that's why I was doing it inside? Lesson learned, I should have rolled her outside before waxing.
How can you say that the drying towel caused the streaking problem when you didn't check the car until you waxed it? I would put hard money on the streaking being due to how you applied and removed the wax. The waffle weave drying towels are excellent for sucking up water fast and leaving no streaks. I. however, use heated air to dry my car.

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I used this method yesterday when I did my car. By doing it, and then using my leaf blower i had very, very minimal water to get off the car, a little quick detail and a good towel and walla (sp) beautiful black clean car.

Junkman If you ever make it up to Regina SK Canada the steaks are on me sir :-) for all the great tips you have provided me/us sir.

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if you wash the car, its impossible to avoid swirls. The best towels are the microfiber.
They WILL give you swirls, just not as bad as anything else. Buy them at walmart...quit wasting your money on expensive micro towels. They are the same at walmart or autozone.
Clay bar is actually worse on the finish, but thats its purpose. Meant to "dig" in and remove dirt and grime that has breached the clear. If not done correctly you can SEVERELY scratch your paint. Make sure to follow with a good seal and wax coat.
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also its best to wash/dry in the shade. The sun with dry the soap/water too fast and will leave BAD streaks and spots.
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if you wash the car, its impossible to avoid swirls. The best towels are the microfiber.
They WILL give you swirls, just not as bad as anything else. Buy them at walmart...quit wasting your money on expensive micro towels. They are the same at walmart or autozone.
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if you wash the car, its impossible to avoid swirls. The best towels are the microfiber.
They WILL give you swirls, just not as bad as anything else. Buy them at walmart...quit wasting your money on expensive micro towels. They are the same at walmart or autozone.
Clay bar is actually worse on the finish, but thats its purpose. Meant to "dig" in and remove dirt and grime that has breached the clear. If not done correctly you can SEVERELY scratch your paint. Make sure to follow with a good seal and wax coat.
Wow. You are truly plugged in to the detailing Matrix. Talk about not having a clue...
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