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Old 05-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #51
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I Disagree, 100%.

Before I wash my car, I hit the driveway with the electric leaf blower to get rid of the big stuff off the driveway, then I wash my car (2 bucket wash with foam gun of course) After that, the ground all around the car is wet so even in the sun and after drying the car, there isn't much that come back up and on to the car.

Every time you're touching your car with the cotton towel, you're likely scratching your clear unless you have a thick coat of wax on the surface but you'll eventually need to strip and reapply to the point that there will be no protection at some point in your drying process. It's really at that point that you'll start scratching up your clear.

A close up picture of your paint (using a flash) after drying with a cotton towel will likely reveal a number of swirls, and if you're cleaning your cotton towels the same way you'd clean your other household towels, I guarantee you have swirls.

No disrespect, but I've done it wrong for years and couldn't understand why until I joined the forum and found the right way to do it.

youTube Junkman2000 and follow his advice on everything from wash, polish to waxing and your paint will thank you for it.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:24 PM   #52
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Anyone that has a black car knows drying technique is more important for them. IMO, this is the ideal way to dry a car:

-Use filtered RO/distilled water
-Sheet the car with the nozzle off for the final rinse (some ppl call this cascading) - u just want the water to sheet off so not many droplets are left
-Use a leaf blower to remove the excess water
-Use a detailing spray and good microfiber to remove any water spots and finish the job

This is close to impossible to do correctly with a black car in the sun. Find shade.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:00 PM   #53
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Anyone that has a black car knows drying technique is more important for them. IMO, this is the ideal way to dry a car:

-Use filtered RO/distilled water
-Sheet the car with the nozzle off for the final rinse (some ppl call this cascading) - u just want the water to sheet off so not many droplets are left
-Use a leaf blower to remove the excess water
-Use a detailing spray and good microfiber to remove any water spots and finish the job

This is close to impossible to do correctly with a black car in the sun. Find shade.
You need to watch the Adams videos.. Ive been to the Adams car wash clinic and had my eyes opened.. Microfiber towels are the worst thing for your paint(swirls the crap out of your clear) And those MF towels are made in China and they are like sand paper.. If anything, like above stated.. Watch the Junkman2000 videos on Youtube..
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:07 PM   #54
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You need to watch the Adams videos.. Ive been to the Adams car wash clinic and had my eyes opened.. Microfiber towels are the worst thing for your paint(swirls the crap out of your clear) And those MF towels are made in China and they are like sand paper.. If anything, like above stated.. Watch the Junkman2000 videos on Youtube..
Clean, high quality MF towels absolutely do not cause swirl marks.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:09 PM   #55
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Gas Leaf Blower works the best then finish up around emblems with clean white towel...
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:51 PM   #56
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Gas Leaf Blower works the best then finish up around emblems with clean white towel...
I agree with Blkbty, watch the Junkman videos. The gas leaf blower can actually leave a sticky film from the exhaust from the leaf blower.

It's been recommended ( and debated ...) to use an electric leaf blower or master blaster when blow drying your car.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:57 PM   #57
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I havent experienced any sticky film from my gas blower, if that happens to someone its because they are running their gas blower too rich and it would actually blowing a very thin film of oil onto the car but if you have your blower (2 stroke) running lean instead of rich, it wont happen...Trust me been there, done that....
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:02 PM   #58
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You leaf blower does not exhaust out the turbine, or at least my blower doesn't. Sounds like more rampant internet lure and misinformation.

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