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Old 06-20-2011, 01:02 PM   #1
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squeege to dry your car?

i just got home from work and saw my neighbor using a squeege to get most of the water off his car...this a good idea?
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:03 PM   #2
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There was another thread recently about this... as most people will tell you the water blades are not a good idea:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=153416
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:05 PM   #3
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i just got home from work and saw my neighbor using a squeege to get most of the water off his car...this a good idea?
Even cops know not to let someone squeegee a car
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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I love mine. Works great just DO NOT PRESS HARD. Just let it glide and remove the majority of the water. Been using them for years. Car looks great cleaned up.

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:07 PM   #5
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Even cops know not to let someone squeegee a car
lmao okay thanks not using that just figured id ask
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:09 PM   #6
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Oh hell no! I used to use a squeege to dry my black truck a few years ago and one time there was a small rock or something on the surface and it made a big scratch on the hood. Might as well use a pocket knife.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:56 PM   #7
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Water blades do what they do well by cutting your paint.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #8
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never squeege!
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:09 PM   #9
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I love mine. Works great just DO NOT PRESS HARD. Just let it glide and remove the majority of the water. Been using them for years. Car looks great cleaned up.

silver is the best possible color to have on a car in terms of hiding swirls. if your car were black you would see so many imperfections in your paint that it would make you vomit (since you use a squeegee).
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:00 PM   #10
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Anything moving against your paint with any pressure can leave a mark. Some will even tell you tags left on their buffing towls have left a mark.

I use a leaf blower. I have my car completely dry in a matter of a few minutes and nothing has touched the paint. You also get the "hidden" water in your side markers, tail plate, door sills, etc.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:09 PM   #11
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I use a leaf blower.
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Gets the water out of the mirrors, door jams, body seems etc etc

Then....use a waffle weave drying towel from a good on line detailing outlet. While you are drying, use a quality quick detailer to lubricate the surface.

I wouldn't use a water blade to dry my lawn mower.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:24 PM   #12
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silver is the best possible color to have on a car in terms of hiding swirls. if your car were black you would see so many imperfections in your paint that it would make you vomit (since you use a squeegee).
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Gets the water out of the mirrors, door jams, body seems etc etc

Then....use a waffle weave drying towel from a good on line detailing outlet. While you are drying, use a quality quick detailer to lubricate the surface.

I wouldn't use a water blade to dry my lawn mower.
Right on. Forced air, quality waffle weave towels. That's the way to go.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:37 PM   #13
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I hate when people say silver hides swirls. It is more that they have no idea what to look for, I can spot a defect in both my silver vehicles without using any special lights,tools and what not.

What should be said is that swirls are more visible in black to the un-trained eye.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:56 AM   #14
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leaf blower, good idea. I have been using an air chuck with my compressor.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:56 AM   #15
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Don't let the naysayers skew your brain. Leafblower is the best blah blah blah.

Been using a California Water Blade for years on our black and IBM cars, the swirl marks on them are NOT from the blade. learn to use it properly and you won't scratch your paint. It's a quick glide over just to get the puddles of water off and then dry off with an absorber.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:18 PM   #16
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That's just it. THere's no learning a leaf blower. Point, turn on, don't chase the kids, lather, rinse, repeat.

The other advantage is you get a really good sense of how your wax is doing. If you wax every week (which I have but not so much lately), it's not an issue, but if it you do you get a "read" for what the water's doing. When I wax weekly, the water screams off the car like a fat kid running for cake. I can let it go a few weeks and when the water doesn't seem to move as fast across the surface, I know it's time to spend the extra hour or so waxing, buffing, etc.

Maybe if I was single, it'd be different, btu with a wife and two kids, time is a premium. I can wash and completely dry the car in less time that the kids take in the shower in the morning (my kids hate to bathe so they're in and out fast).
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:34 PM   #17
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Leaf blowers are amazing, in about 15min my car is completely dry. Especially those annoying areas like mirrors, door jambs, gas cap, rear plate, tail lights, and grill.

Plus eliminating 1 major source of swirl marks is a plus!
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:41 PM   #18
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Water blades are for hacks. Ask any pro detailer. Leaf blower, waffle-weave microfibre, and a shot or two of detail spray is the way to go.
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Hacks that don't have a garage or a place to wash their cars. If you live in an apartment like many people, waterblade is a good way to dry the car. Wash your car properly and keep the blade clean and you have nothing to worry about
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Anything moving against your paint with any pressure can leave a mark. Some will even tell you tags left on their buffing towls have left a mark.

I use a leaf blower. I have my car completely dry in a matter of a few minutes and nothing has touched the paint. You also get the "hidden" water in your side markers, tail plate, door sills, etc.
I'm with you 100%, the leaf blower is the absolute best.
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Exactly what is a "waffle weave towel"? Got a Pic? Where can I get one?
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I hate when people say silver hides swirls. It is more that they have no idea what to look for, I can spot a defect in both my silver vehicles without using any special lights,tools and what not.

What should be said is that swirls are more visible in black to the un-trained eye.
Nobody said silver is swirl proof. Obviously I spot flaws in the silver cars I do, but it is the most forgiving color.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:28 PM   #23
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Exactly what is a "waffle weave towel"? Got a Pic? Where can I get one?
Look at adamspolishes.com that it where I got mine. Look for a great white towel....

http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-106-a...ing-towel.aspx
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:09 AM   #24
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Leaf blower is the way to go. After using one I'll never hand dry another car.
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Leaf blower is the way to go. After using one I'll never hand dry another car.
Yep, leaf blower with a quality microfiber waffle weave drying towel.
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