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Old 04-20-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Anyone ever try the cd test w/ adams towels?

I did and single soft failed bad they also lint like crazy if getting wet like wiping detail spray!
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Not going to lie. Had to look up CD test.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:48 PM   #3
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Not going to lie. Had to look up CD test.
lol can anyone suggest better towels for use when polishing and waxing?
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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A lot of people think the CD test is bogus.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:08 PM   #5
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A lot of people think the CD test is bogus.
So where do the scratches come from?
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I'll wait until Dylan chimes in on this to say anything
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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I'll wait until Dylan chimes in on this to say anything

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:34 PM   #8
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Ok....what's a CD test????
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #9
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I tried the Canon brand towels, as recommended by the Zaino website, for the cd test. Bought the towels at a high class store (K-Mart). There's different levels of Canon towles but the ones I used were bath size and only about 8 bucks each. They said 100% cotton on the tag and they felt pretty soft. Didn't get a single scratch on an unused cd, although they did leave a very little lint when wiping the car but hey for 8 bucks I can blow the lint off or just drive the car and let it blow off on its own.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:43 PM   #10
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I would say the scratching probably has more to do with the dust already on the cd than anything the towel would actually cause. Just a thought.
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I would say the scratching probably has more to do with the dust already on the cd than anything the towel would actually cause. Just a thought.

nope you use a brand new cd and if you use the towel to rub in one direction and you look after and it is scratched thats the towel my friend
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I would say the scratching probably has more to do with the dust already on the cd than anything the towel would actually cause. Just a thought.
Really? How much dust could be on a cd. One way to tell for sure is to break down, spend a quarter, and use a brand new cd.
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Really? How much dust could be on a cd. One way to tell for sure is to break down, spend a quarter, and use a brand new cd.

I always do the cd test with a new cd!
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nope you use a brand new cd and if you use the towel to rub in one direction and you look after and it is scratched thats the towel my friend
No idea then. Good luck.
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So where do the scratches come from?

Just because a towel scratches a CD does not necessarily mean it will scratch your paint. It could, but it's not a certainty. It's good for a good, quick test that anybody could do, but I wouldn't take it as gospel.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:46 AM   #16
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I've tested Adams dbl soft and GW towels. They passed.
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You know I never really thought about doing this to see how well my towels are holding up, thanks for the thought.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:53 PM   #19
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Remember it will give you a idea that it might put some minor scratches on the paint or maybe some swirls. The final test will always be your paint.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:13 PM   #20
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I've lost faith in the CD test. All CD's are not created equally. Some scratch more easily than others using the same towel. Towels that seem to pass will suddenly "fail" if you add a bit more pressure.

Most importantly, a CD is not clear coated. The conclusion that a CD has relatively the same "hardness" as a clear coat paint is a stretch, and has yet to be proven reliable.
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The CD test has proven to be a bit bogus as the others pointed out... the only reason I'd use them is to compare 1 towel to another. The fact is something that scratches a CD doesn't necessarily mean it will scratch clear. I'm shocked to hear a single soft scratched though.

FWIW - I've used it to compare our towels to others and not seen any scratching... proof is in the pics:

STEP ONE: I carefully removed a blank DVD from its packaging and inspect for existing scratches or scuffs on the recordable side of the disc -


STEP 2: I determine what towels I'd be testing. For this writeup we'll be testing an Adams microfiber towel vs. a common over the counter Chinese made bulk towel found at many local stores.


STEP 3: I marked each side of the disc to avoid any confusion about what towel had touched what side of the disc being sure to avoid touching the surface with my hands.


STEP 4: Wrapping the Adam's towel around my finger I applied a liberal amount of pressure to the disc then proceeded to wipe vertically a total of 3 times from top to bottom.


STEP 5: The same process was repeated with the BRAND X towel on the other side of the disc.


STEP 6: Being careful not to touch the face of the disc I did a quick inspection under normal light. Even without the aid of my flash it was obvious that the BRAND X side was a little worse for wear.


STEP 7: Firing my flash off directly into the center of the disc showed the real results. The light scratches from just 3 passes of the towel on the BRAND X side are noticeable while the Adams side is scratch free!!
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Good info. I use these things to show my wife why we can't just cheap out on getting any old thing to use on the cars.
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