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Dry car once or twice?

I dry mine twice. Once after the wash, then a quick spin up the street and back.
This knocks another gallon of water out of the grille, under the headlights, out of the door handles, gas cap door, under doors and wheels, etc.
Another quick hit with the chamois and call it done.

Anyone else do this?
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I dry it once, let it breath, go get something to drink/eat then come back for the waxing.
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Depending on how soaked the car is you dry accordingly. I hit it once with the chamois and then hit it with 100% cotton towels
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I go with the water blade and then use the the drying towel everywhere. then let it sit for about 30 min to a hour and then wax. I personally can't drive and dry it since I have a gravel drive way. When I would come back there would be dust on the car and waxing with dirt is bad.
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lol that california water blade? i love that thing lol
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I dry mine twice. Once after the wash, then a quick spin up the street and back.
This knocks another gallon of water out of the grille, under the headlights, out of the door handles, gas cap door, under doors and wheels, etc.
Another quick hit with the chamois and call it done.

Anyone else do this?
I do almost exactly the same thing. Water inevitably gets stuck behind the tail lights, door handles, sunroof, and side view mirrors. Since my eclipse is black, I finish up with some detail spray because its impossible to dry the car without leaving some water spots.
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I use the water blade, then take a spin down my parents road, and then back up. Only a hundred feet or so, but a decent grade hill, I punch it a couple times on the way back up to lose all the excess leftover in the mirrors n shit.
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i wash car, towel dry, drive around, towel dry, wait 30 mins, towel dry wet spots and armorall tires
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for me it depends on the weather.....in the summer/spring i dry it once, fall/winter, dry it twice. Of course everytime I wash the car it rains the next day, so its almost pointless to dry it at all.......
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I never dry after driving. Just going around the block will get dirt on the wet or damp areas of the car, and I don't want to wipe a chamois into the dirt which will put fine little scratches in the finish.

After washing, I dry the whole car with a chamois, then open all doors, hood and trunk, and wipe the underside of the hood and trunk and their openings with a terry cloth, and leave them open. Then terry cloth the inside of the doors and door openings including weather stripping. Next is the wheels. then back to the doors to get any drips at the lower corners. Then the lower corners of the trunk lid and the hood. Close trunk and wipe the water that dribbled down from the two spoiler mounts. Close hood and doors. Wipe any water that came out of door handles, mirrors,tail lights and headlights. Another fun thing that helps to keep the car spot free is after I'm done washing , I thoroughly rinse the wash mitt go over the whole car with it while holding running water behind the mitt. If you have a dark car, it will make a very noticeable difference, using the mitt for a final rinse.

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My driveway has a slight incline to it. Once I am done washing, I dry it with a chamois. Then I give it a little "goose" up the driveway and into the garage and that dislodges any water hiding behind the lights and side mirrors. Then I wipe that stuff off in the garage and start working on the interior, wheels, tires, etc.

If I am really wanting to spend some time, I wash the car at home and then drive to my company's warehouse. The 10 mile drive gets rid of most of the water and then I put the car in the loading dock and have a nice, well-lit, air-conditioned area to do my detailing in.

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and then I put the car in the loading dock and have a nice, well-lit, air-conditioned area to do my detailing in.

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your supposed to dry it after washing? joking...
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Wash twice, including the wheel wells (once a week...weather permitting). Open all doors, hood, trunk/tailgate, I personally use a waterblade then go back over other areas with a chamois. Door areas are wiped down with a soft cloth. Wax/Polish every 2 months....kept my 93 rust free (including inside of doors), with very minimal paint fade.

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