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Old 10-13-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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Best product to dry car?

I've read mixed things about how to properly dry a car. Some use cotton cloth and some microfiber cloth. What happened to leather chamois or synthetic absorbent cloth? What do you guys recommend and what specific brand of product do you use? Thanks.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:42 AM   #2
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Some people use one of these:



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Old 10-13-2009, 08:45 AM   #3
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I've read mixed things about how to properly dry a car. Some use cotton cloth and some microfiber cloth. What happened to leather chamois or synthetic absorbent cloth? What do you guys recommend and what specific brand of product do you use? Thanks.
Personally, I prefer either; the "blonde towels" offered on Zaino's site, or, I use the bath towels I found at Macys (100% cotton, white, Charisma towels by Fieldcrest - no longer available).

I used to use chamois on my previous Camaro, but didn't like it. I only use microfiber for the interior. And I've never trusted synthetic.

Some will tell you to use a leafblower, but I don't like directing air towards the car, which could also direct debris towards it.

My recommendation would be for good quality towels.

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Old 10-13-2009, 08:51 AM   #4
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More input on this if you don't mind. We need to hear more ideas and what you use.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:52 AM   #5
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:54 AM   #6
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Because San Antonio is still under water restrictions, I go and get my car washed at one of those brushless car washes. Then I drive it home and I use microfiber towels to dry the car. If there's any water spots (which there usually are) I grab a bottle of filtered water and spray a clean microfiber towel a few times and run that over the spots to make them disappear.

It works pretty well for me.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
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Mcguire water magnet towels are my favorite.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:33 AM   #8
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My Paint guy says to only use 100% Cotton T-shirts. He's been doing this a long time.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:38 AM   #9
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If you use deionized water, you won't have to dry it. DI water is pure Hydrogen and Oxygen, nothing else. 0 TPS. We use it in our window cleaning business to clean commercial glass without soap and without drying (squeegees). Spotless/spotfree rinsing at the car wash is supposed to be 0 TPS DI water but often they don't change their DI tanks or recharge them often enough and they suck.

You can rent a DI tank or buy one on ebay fairly cheap. Just hook it up in-line between your hose and your water faucet outside. The water coming out can't get any cleaner.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:15 AM   #10
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Yes, deionized water helps alot. You can find a cheap one at wally world and use it for rinsing your ride, after that use a leaf blower and finish off with a Big Blue III Drying Towel that doesn't scratch your finish.

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Old 10-13-2009, 10:48 AM   #11
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And no, I'm not joking...
Oh yeah, only down side or horror story is that a friend of mine used this and a rock got swept up and blew down the hood and left its mark all on the hood.

Shammwow for me, clean no scrathes and pretty quick...
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I use a few waffle microfiber towels to dry it and save my blonde towels from Zaino to remove the polish and/or detail my car.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:35 AM   #13
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The Absorber, followed by a large microfiber drying towel.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:17 PM   #14
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I've read mixed things about how to properly dry a car. Some use cotton cloth and some microfiber cloth. What happened to leather chamois or synthetic absorbent cloth? What do you guys recommend and what specific brand of product do you use? Thanks.
If you're looking for a chamois, the p21s drying towel is at the top. Awesome product.

For waffle weave drying, the 24x36 waffle weave drying towel is one of the top selling products in our store.

You can also use a light mist of [URL="http://www.glimmerglassdetailing.com/spray--wipe--waterless-wash.html"]spray n wipe/URL] over the vehicle prior to drying. This will help prevent water spotting and also adds a bit of gloss to the finish
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:29 PM   #15
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The Absorber, followed by a large microfiber drying towel.
Those are what I use as well. The Absorber is the most awesome 'towel' ever.
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:59 PM   #16
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I've used that . . .

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Some people use one of these:



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Don't knock it until you try it - I've used a blower before, like when it's freezing cold out and your hands are numb from washing the car - use the blower to get the majority of the water off then a microfiber to wipe the rest. Worked pretty well.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:38 PM   #17
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If you're looking for a chamois, the p21s drying towel is at the top. Awesome product.

For waffle weave drying, the 24x36 waffle weave drying towel is one of the top selling products in our store.

You can also use a light mist of [URL="http://www.glimmerglassdetailing.com/spray--wipe--waterless-wash.html"]spray n wipe/URL] over the vehicle prior to drying. This will help prevent water spotting and also adds a bit of gloss to the finish
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:29 PM   #19
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This may be a little old school, but the softest towels I've ever used are old cloth diapers. Note I did not say used cloth diapers. Cloth diapers can usually be aquired from local diaper services. In Austin where it's "green" not to use disposible diapers, there are even local baby stores that sell these diapers. Anyone else use these? My dad always used them to oil and polish his guns. They're very soft.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:32 PM   #20
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The Absorber, followed by a large microfiber drying towel.
Me too
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:11 PM   #21
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I'm using Sams Club mircofiber towels right now. The Costco towels are DEFINITELY not as soft and they lint like crazy.

I have confirmed that if you rub hard with a dry Sams Club towel you will make a micro scratch on my black paint. It can be taken off with SwirlX on my DA polisher, but I wish there were something better. Has anyone using the Meguiars Microfiber or the "blonde" towels TRIED to scratch and see what it does? I know if seems brutal, but better to be informed that burying your head in the sand and thinking you aren't scratching your paint.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:15 AM   #22
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What brand is that?
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:17 AM   #23
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I use the Mist and Shine from Wizards with their microfiber towel. Works awesome, absorbs much better and leaves no streaks compared to Sam's or other brand microfiber towels
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LOL, I dunno. I just searched google images for "leaf blower"
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