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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-09-2002, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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How do you dry your car?

Tell me what you do? I have tried a few things, and none of them work well.

Here's what I have tried:

1. California Water Blade - This one only works well on larger places like the roof, hood, front and back windows, and trunk deck. Everywhere else it sucks.

2. The Absorber - I have read a lot of people here use this. In my experience it is shit. Doesn't work at all. Always leaves water behind no matter how much i wring it out!!

3. Terry Cloth Towels - This works the best at drying for me. However, it always leaves crap behind. This is what I have been using the most, even though it leaves the crap behind because at least it actually dries the car.

What do you use?
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Hire a team of 20 hairless chipanzees to go at it with rare tropical ultra soft sponges while wearing infrared goggles?

but seriously if you mean absorber, if thats the same as a chamois or shammy, well thats always a good bet. Don't just use one, use two or so .
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When I used to work with auto detailing, those were my favorite pick of the litter.

For many cars in a row, always have a topped up bucket of fresh water to rinse it off in periodicly, otherwise it may streak. So make sure you have a bucket or container you can submerge in it, the more mass of water, the better, wring it out in the water, then when out etc.

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Worked at a ford dealership for a year. Dried many many dark and black cars, never had a streak on them after dunking in water between drying fast areas (yes, I always rinsed the car thoroughly with very very warm almost too hot to touch water, not a blast, but more of a blast, followed up with a sheeting like action at a high flow rate etc. Works out great to get the suds off.
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agreed, that's how we dry airplanes before we wax them at my job. use the absorber (yes, it IS better than a real leather chamois!!) and wring it out often, go over it a second time to get any thicker puddles and then use the terry to massage out any streaks or smaller beads of water. that should dry it completely.
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I use a leather chamois....works good enough for me.
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I use a leaf blower then the absorber cloth. The leaf blower air moves at over 200mph so its way better than driving it to get the excess water off. Now 2 of my nieghbors borrow it too.
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When I worked at a dealership, we always used a squeegee/blade (a windshield wiper blade works well too, if you're careful) and then followed that up with a synthetic chamois. That way, the blade gets most of the water, so you just use your chamois (absorber) to get the drips and stuff left behind and you hardly ever have to wring it out. Seems to work decently for me. It's pretty quick, too.
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I use a leather chamois....works good enough for me.
Same here
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Of all the professional detailers and detailing companies (Meguiar's, Mothers, etc.) I've talked with, they have all recommended a soft chamois and terry cloth towels. You have to take care of the chamois to keep it working properly. Typically, I start with just a stream from the hose (no nossle) which helps sheet away most of the water (if it's waxed well), then remove most of the water with a chamois and finish with a terry cloth towel. An air compressor and a towel works well for removing water from the cracks and crevices...
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I use a smaller, cheaper version of the water blade then finish with my leather chamois. Sometimes I'll use a soft cloth after the chamois, to get every last bit of water, if I'm going to polish or wax right away.
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i prefer highway dry...70mph for three miles....good to go.
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I use cloth baby diapers. They're super soft, super absorbent, and they leave very little, if any, lint behind, plus I've never had one scratch anything. I use one to wash with, and usually two to dry, wringing them along the way. They work beautifully. My father, who's owned nothing but black cars, has been using them since the '60s and swears by them. You can buy a pack of 10 or so in the baby section of most stores for under $10, and they last forever. Just launder when they get dirty. They seem to get even better after they've been laundered a couple times.
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If I screw up & forget to dry the car off & get the nasty water spots, the best way I found to get rid of water spots is water. Re-wet then dry. It's cheaper then using the spray on car wax.

Use a squeege on the windows first though.
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well, i use the asorber, works great, less filling!
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I'm with qwerty. Diapers all the way.
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