Water + polish and wax bad?

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  1. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    How do you guys get rid of water 100% before polishing? I always end up picking up water when iam polishing. Is it bad?
     
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    I dry the car off first.
     
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    go spend 14 bucks on the absorber at any auto place, those things are great for pulling the water off and drying a car fast
     
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    Don't use The Absorber. It picks up any debris you may still have on your car and will scratch your paint.
     
  5. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    i use the absorber but theres still water in some nooks and crannys.


    What should i use instead of the absorber? california water blade?
     
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    what you recomend emt? i've used the absorber on my black talon for 2 years w/ out any scratches. i wash/dry pannel by pannel and after each tim ei use it i spray it with water, put it in its little sleeve thing and clean the next section.. get the absorber, dry and repeat. if you clean it good you're alright i'd say.
     
  7. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Microfiber towels are the only way to go. Much softer than terry cloth or the absorber (or natural chamois), super absorbent, and the good ones (which is the vast majority) don't leave any lint.

    1200mk-do you have a wet/dry vac? You can use it to suck out the remaining water from between body panels and door moldings, or if yours converts to a blower, you can blast the water out. Also, once you have dried your car, drive it around the block a couple of times and that should blow out any remaining water.
     
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    i use a microfiber towel for applying/removing the wax that i use. didn't know that it absorbed water though
     
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    MF towels, the same thing Scott recommended above. I would use a terry cloth towel before I used the California Water Blade or The Absorber.
     
  10. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    The best method IMO is to use a waffel weave MF. They are the softest you can find. I use a leaf blower to get the water off then dab with the MF.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Waffle weave MFs are great, but they aren't cheap either. I got one of the big blue ones from one of my suppliers, and I know they go for around $20 or so each.
     
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    milani "The best activities for your health are pumping a

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    Are you mostly picking up water in "the drip zones"? Like by mirrors, door jambs, etc? I have used my trusty Toro Leaf Blower to actually blow the water out of the crevices and cracks on the car, then follow up with a waffle weave towel. This will get rid of almost ALL of the water...
     

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