How to properly dry car after washing?

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  1. Intel

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    What products do you use to dry the car after washing? Is the $20 leather thing sold at target worth it? (forgot the name, chenille or something)
     
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    chamois? it's alright. I've used a california water blade, WW MFs from Wal-mart. they're pretty good.
     
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    Microfiber

    /thread. Seriously.
     
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    Do they last long or only ment for a few washes and then garbage?


    I have been using that, but I was wondering if it scratches my paint or not.

    Are you using it DRY at first or you wet it a little bit, get the excess water off and then squeeze it? (the second is how I have been doing it).
     
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    What do you wash Microfiber cloths with though? I've been just using regular detergent and they've seemed to loose some of their sucking-water power.
     
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    I just throw them in the washer, just make sure you DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER. We use the Tide Free & Clear detergent. Don't know if that makes a difference or not. Autogeek also sells Micro-Restore detergent specially made for microfiber. Haven't tried it yet, don't think I will.
     
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    Best way to wash microfibers is with a little bit of vinegar.
     
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    I have microfiber towels that are 3-4 years old that still work well.

    Good microfiber towels are the least likely to scratch way to dry.

    After you rinse your car, remove the nozzle, and flush the paint with the water running out of the end of the hose and most of the water will sheet off the paint.

    Personally, I use Optimum No Rinse so I don't have to worry about excessive water on the car when washing.
     
  10. MrBonus

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    How bad is a California Water Blade?
     
  11. Robb

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    If your car isn't totally free of all dirt particles, you can catch the dirt and drag it across the paint, i do use the CWB for my windows though, and blot the rest with a waffle weave microfiber towel
     
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    i have 2 of them. the original and a newer version. I haven't noticed any marring on cars from black to white to red and I've used it many times.
     
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    the Chamois is great for getting the spots left after using the water blade. If you have used Rain X on all your glass you should have no problems with using the water blade followed by the chamois. Make sure you have the chamois fully wet then ring it out. it holds water like no other. Use Micro fiber cloths for your jams as they are a bit dirty still i assume. you will end up with a spot free shine. also wash the car in the shade, and have the car out of the sun for a bit b4 washing. the heat will cause the water to evaporate faster than you can wipe it away. done a few rewashes because of this.
     
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    1. I really only use the chamois if I'm doing a basic wash on a beat car.

    2. Not a big Rain-X fan. If i'm going to treat windows, I like to use Autoglym Glass Polish and top with a sealant.

    3. This is very true.

    4. I use terry towels. I don't like to get my MFs that dirty.

    5. Not really necessary. As a matter of fact, almost every car I do is done in the middle of a parking lot and the water in TN is kinda hard. It's just a matter of keeping the car wet til you're done washing a ready to dry. I have started drying down the whole car before I clean wheels and tires now. It works out pretty good. Or, if I've started on wheels and tires, I go ahead and dress tires before I wash the rest of the car. This also works pretty good.

    6. QD is your friend! :bigthumb:
     
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    Agreed on all accounts

    The ONR is so nice, especially with black cars. I HATE washing my car any other way, getting the excess water off is IMPOSSIBLE. Thanks to the dipshit that decided a Salt/Sand mix was a good idea instead of straight salt needs to be shot many times over :squint: then dug up, cloned and have his clones shot! :squint: :squint:

    They don't do very well when the weather is cold but hey, nothing does.
     
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    i usually use one or 2 of my smaller MF towels around the car and then use my big MF to completly dry it
     
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    so blot with the waffle weave to dry?
     

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