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Old 04-05-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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Water blade drying?

Anyone use a water blade for drying? Those silicone hand held deals? I feel like they may reduce the risk of swirls. Obviously, they won't remove all the water, but they look slick. Thoughts?
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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Yes they reduce the chance of swirls, but you highly increase the risk of one particle causing a deep gouging scratch in the paint. If there is one little piece of dirt on the paint, you could be left with a RID scratch that can't be polished out. Let me find you a video on it. There was a test on 3 cars that were polished to perfection. These things caused more damage then a car wash with brushes!

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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thoughts? Cringe. long deep scratch
Personally i use an electric leaf blower.
No swirls with that.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #4
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Don't like them. They cause more paint defects.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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I use one every wash. It works great. Just be careful with it.

Edit: on second thought after reading some of the other posts I may stop using it.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:10 PM   #6
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I use one every wash. It works great. Just be careful with it.
Please see previous video. You'll think twice.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:11 PM   #7
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I'll watch it when I get home. Cant see it on the phone...
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #8
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Yeah, that video is very informative. If there are any small particles that land on your paint before you go over it with the water blade, you're most likely going to get some swirls.

Use a leaf blower instead.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:15 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input all
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:03 PM   #10
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I use one every wash. It works great. Just be careful with it.

Edit: on second thought after reading some of the other posts I may stop using it.
I'm in the same boat now... dang it! I just bought mine to, used it last weekend and was all happy about it. Sigh, back to 160mph runs down the highway
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:30 PM   #11
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As long as you have a good coat/coats of polish on the car (or wax), doing the sheeting method and a single 100% cotton towel is all that should be needed IMO.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:49 PM   #12
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No water blade here.

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Old 04-05-2012, 08:31 PM   #13
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #14
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I use the leaf blower
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:32 AM   #15
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Something like this??

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Greenworks...Green/19582353
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:41 AM   #16
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Spot-free rinse + air dry at car wash, then car duster at home after dry.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:41 AM   #17
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The less anything touches your paint the fewer swirls/scratches you will get.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:46 AM   #18
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The less anything touches your paint the fewer swirls/scratches you will get.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:47 AM   #19
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perrsonally i use an electric leaf blower.
No swirls with that.


Been using one for years. A waffle weave to mop up any excess water.

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:10 AM   #20
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I did buy and try one out, they are ok but as others suggested, one granual of dirt and 'scratch'. Electric leaf blower here, a good one that has a bunch of power and your good to go, absolutely perfect for black cars.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:16 AM   #21
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I don't really like the way it works. I tried it out twice and now it's sitting in my box of car stuff at the bottom.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:20 AM   #22
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I just bought one of these but after reading this and seeing the video, it won't be touching my car! Guess I can use it on the wife's though....
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:35 AM   #23
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Use a leaf blower. Then use a microfiber to pick up whatever left water remains.

If you keep your car waxed regularly, leaf blower makes for super easy maintenance.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:56 AM   #24
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Use a leaf blower. Then use a microfiber to pick up whatever left water remains.

If you keep your car waxed regularly, leaf blower makes for super easy maintenance.
I think I will have to pick one up. I don't want to fire up my big gas one just to dry the car. I can see that you do need to be careful not to blow junk all over it too.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:56 AM   #25
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Fiveg56, as the true pros on this site will tell you, the LESS you touch your cars finish, the better off you are, and are less likely you will encounter proplems. THUS by dragging something acorss the entire surface of your car every time you wash it, no matter how soft it may be.....you are asking for trouble, and if there is the SMALLEST piece of dirt left on your car.....it WILL leave a mark.

My advice......STAY AWAY from the water blade......you will regret it in the long run.
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