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This is a discussion on scratch free drying within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; I always get the feeling that when i use a chamois to dry my car it scratches the clear coat. ...

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    Junior Member SH1ZN1T's Avatar
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    scratch free drying

    I always get the feeling that when i use a chamois to dry my car it scratches the clear coat. I remember seeing an ad on TV a while back about a car dryer that blows the water off your car.

    I've searched the internet TV ads all over numerous times and haven't come up with anything on it. Can anyone help me find it or if you know what i'm talking about?

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    leaf blower?


    I've honestly heard of people doing that.

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    A leaf blower works. It has to be a dedicated leaf blower to use for dryn your car and nothing else.
    Still the LB won't dry your car 100%. You still need to go with a towel and mop up the rest.
    Buy a MF towel for drying. That's your best bet...

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    In truth, a leaf blower is a wonderful way to dry your vehicle, as it can blow water out of and away from panel gaps and those tricky areas around side mirrors. Several car detailers I've both spoken to, and others whose advice I've read in magazines, recommend using a leaf blower for this purpose.

    I also like to use my Absorber cloth because it's proven to be much gentler than a chamois. I'm always careful to use the Absorber in sections, inspect it to ensure that it hasn't picked up abrasive particles, and I always dry the car from top to bottom. Also, I never use a polishing or "swirling" motion when drying my car. I always use horizontal strokes as I follow the contours of the car's body panels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason_a_marzewski View Post
    In truth, a leaf blower is a wonderful way to dry your vehicle, as it can blow water out of and away from panel gaps and those tricky areas around side mirrors. Several car detailers I've both spoken to, and others whose advice I've read in magazines, recommend using a leaf blower for this purpose.

    I also like to use my Absorber cloth because it's proven to be much gentler than a chamois. I'm always careful to use the Absorber in sections, inspect it to ensure that it hasn't picked up abrasive particles, and I always dry the car from top to bottom. Also, I never use a polishing or "swirling" motion when drying my car. I always use horizontal strokes as I follow the contours of the car's body panels.
    +1!

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    I use the Mr. Clean products. But it's only good when it isn't too sunny, or too cold. Need to make sure the filter is always good, in the long run a expensive and not super efficent. But it does work and requires not towels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMdef9 View Post
    I use the Mr. Clean products. But it's only good when it isn't too sunny, or too cold. Need to make sure the filter is always good, in the long run a expensive and not super efficent. But it does work and requires not towels.
    I think you just said Mr. Clean sucks........!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4get gto View Post
    I think you just said Mr. Clean sucks........!
    LOL!!!!


    If you decide to get a leaf blower, get an electric one.

    Gas ones, I've heard, can spit a little oil on your car.

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    I know quite a few people that use the leaf blower, it works well.

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    Sometimes I'll use the air compressor to blow out my tail lights, hatch and around my mirrors etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4get gto View Post
    I think you just said Mr. Clean sucks........!
    It does if your a perfectionist, broke or wash your car weekly.

    Just my expereince with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    Sometimes I'll use the air compressor to blow out my tail lights, hatch and around my mirrors etc...
    My fav way.

    It cleans out my vents/grills as well. God those tail lights leak forever...

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    i got a leafblower for christmas to dry my car with

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    Quote Originally Posted by creeper View Post
    i got a leafblower for christmas to dry my car with
    I have an absorber. Gotta love light colored cars. My leafblower is reserved for dusting the engine bay

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    Found these links for you.

    The Air Force Master Blaster
    http://www.carguygear.com/Metro_Vacu...FQoeDQod51Rp3g

    The Air Force master Blaster Sidekick
    http://www.superiorcarcare.net/meblsi.html

    Maybe these are what you are looking for.

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    The Air Force Master Blaster was EXACTLY what I have been trying to find! THANKS a lot Dabom75 and everyone else for the creative ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie669 View Post
    I have an absorber. Gotta love light colored cars. My leafblower is reserved for dusting the engine bay
    x1000000
    it never ceases to amaze me that I think i got it all and....nope water spots the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    Sometimes I'll use the air compressor to blow out my tail lights, hatch and around my mirrors etc...
    The water that sits around the taillights and marker lights drives me nuts!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie669 View Post
    I have an absorber. Gotta love light colored cars. My leafblower is reserved for dusting the engine bay
    i have an absorber AND a leafblower. i win. plus NBM > light colors. woo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike's TA View Post
    LOL!!!!


    If you decide to get a leaf blower, get an electric one.

    Gas ones, I've heard, can spit a little oil on your car.
    if youre just gonna use it on your car, go electric. lighter and cheaper and you can tip it upside down or anyway you need. gas blower will leak gas and oil if tipped upside down. works amazing with any car that has a coat of wax on it, beads right off. if not, it just sheets up. thats what i use, then follow up with waffle weave microfiber towels, and quick detailer of your choice. works amazing for me. (however electric blowers suck balls for leaves, )

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