Drying with a waterblade..

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by stonedworm, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. stonedworm

    stonedworm mofo in a supra

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    I got one for christmas and am curious about whether it's safe to use on my black paint. Ive seen them used a few times before and they look pretty slick.
     
  2. Jackhole

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    I wouldn't use one. What if you miss some tiny particle in the wash, or something gets on your car. You're going to drag it all over your paint with the waterblade.
     
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    just like a towel
     
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    use the waterblade to get most of the major stuff off, and then use a shammy to wipe down the rest of the car. thats what i do, and i never have a problem with waterspots.
     
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    Not really. A towel has a nap to it that will draw shit like that away from the drying surface.

    So, if you mean "just like a towel" as in "not really like a towel at all," then I suppose you're right. :rolleyes:
     
  6. NoXeN

    NoXeN You can find me up on one

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    i just use the hose method and it takes 1 minute to finish up drying the whole car
     
  7. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I prefer to use the method where you run the water slowly over the car top to bottom (no nozzle) so most of the water sheets off, then finish off with microfiber towels (preferrably waffle weave).
     
  8. evoklr

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    I see, so towels have some sort of magical ability to suck up any particals and hide them in another dimension then, huh? Because when you apply any pressure with a towel, the nap gets flattened.

    Do all towels do this, or just the ones with the expensive price tag?
     
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    use distilled water and forget about drying?
     
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    :ugh:
     
  11. Jackhole

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    Yes, all towels do this. However, we're not talking about another dimension here, it's just the regular nap. Yes, it gets flattened, but you're not wiping pebbles off the car - just tiny pieces of dirt or debris.
     
  12. Danno

    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    I use the water blade for my windows, works perfectly for it. But, like Scott, I simply run the water over the car and let it sheet off, then go over it with a MF towel.
     
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    I do that too, a bucket helps too and then finish with the towel thing...
     
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    :) Scott's method. Has worked for me for 10+ years of my darling little life without problems.

    The Waffle Weave microfiber makes drying a whole lot easier too. :)
     
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    The best way to make sure your car is minimized of scratches/swirls is to do the final rinse with distilled/drinking water bought off the shelf (not the 25cent filtered water they sell in those machines) and dry your car with a handheld car blower (Kragen sells them for $25. But I'm sure you can find them elsewhere).
     
  16. DeadWrong00

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    i got a waterblade with a kit i purchased and used it for the major areas (even after using the hose method) and then used a WW MF for the rest, turned out pretty good.

    DW
     
  17. FlipZero

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    Ditto
     
  18. The Acclude

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    Im throwing away my waterblade after using this method last week :bigthumb:

    Of course having previously polished & waxed would made more of a difference I assume. I still use the absorber though :hs:
     
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    Right, that trick works best with a good coat of wax on the paint. I would stay away from the Absorber, it can scratch.
     
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    where can i get these microfiber towels? :o
     
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    moocat hello there OT Supporter

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    I bought a 6-pack on ebay for like $14
     
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    Ranney is in Hawaii, but he still offers free shipping to the mainland and his towels are the highest quality you can get. The ultra-fines are not cheap, but you won't find anything softer. The regular ultras are very good too.
     
  24. Goldfingiz

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    I've been using the waterblade for about 5 years and i've never had a problem with it.
     
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    I treat my yellow ultra so nice. I'm going to put it under my mattress next winter just because. Such a soft towel, but even the regular microfibers are great. My boss has a ton of them, and they are so durable, buy a set and you'll have them for years and years.
     

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