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    Sounds Wierd, But... Leaf Blower Anyone?

    Yesterday I dried my car with my leaf blower. It seemed to work pretty good. Some benefits...
    • Saved having to wash two towels.
    • Saved a little time
    • Saved two chances of scratching the clear coat. (Those swirls in the clear coat really are annoying). All you need is a little dirt or sand to get on your towel and you're making swirls in the clear coat.
    • I was able to blow the water out of hard to reach places, like seams between body panes and things like the headlights and grill. When that water drips out, it makes water spots.
    When I was done, I used some Z6 all around to catch a few water spots and spots I missed when washing and it looks awesome.

    Seemed easier and if I save having a towel touch the car 100 times a year (2 towels a week), I should prevent a lot of unintended swirl marks.

    Thoughts anyone?
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    I prefer to use the air nozzle with my compressor...works great......same concept tho...

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    I've done it before and it works great.....

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    the leaf blower works great for the tail lights/hatch area. Works wonders on the engine bay as well.

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    I've been using the leaf blower to dry my car for a while. Alot quicker, especially after it has been waxed recently. Gets all the water outta the lights/door handles and such. Just doesnt work to good on the area between the spoiler and the trunk, but I just use a towel for that. Its a time saver if you ask me.

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    That's a great idea. I'll try it the next time I wash my car.

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    NO WAY will a leaf blower is going too dry my car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom 06 GTO View Post
    Yesterday I dried my car with my leaf blower. It seemed to work pretty good. Some benefits...
    • Saved having to wash two towels.
    • Saved a little time
    • Saved two chances of scratching the clear coat. (Those swirls in the clear coat really are annoying). All you need is a little dirt or sand to get on your towel and you're making swirls in the clear coat.
    • I was able to blow the water out of hard to reach places, like seams between body panes and things like the headlights and grill. When that water drips out, it makes water spots.
    When I was done, I used some Z6 all around to catch a few water spots and spots I missed when washing and it looks awesome.

    Seemed easier and if I save having a towel touch the car 100 times a year (2 towels a week), I should prevent a lot of unintended swirl marks.

    Thoughts anyone?
    works great

    Quote Originally Posted by 1SICZ View Post
    I prefer to use the air nozzle with my compressor...works great......same concept tho...

    John
    I would worry dirt would get in the air stream and scratch the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBlueBird* View Post
    I prefer a nice 100mph sprint, works for me
    I tried that a few times in my SS. Actually not 100 mph, but about 60 out on the main road (speed limit 45). It's about a mile to get out of my neighborhood, maybe 5-10 minutes and the car still wasn't all that dry. (Some areas behind the airflow). Plus, I'd pick up road dirt.

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    The Toro leaf blower... been using it for awhile now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SICZ View Post
    I prefer to use the air nozzle with my compressor...works great......same concept tho...

    John

    Same here..........
    Used the Leaf blower but grapping the air hose just seems easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SICZ View Post
    I prefer to use the air nozzle with my compressor...works great......same concept tho...

    John
    I would worry about the oil depossite from the compressor air getting on the car and collecting more even more dust.

    Unless you have a air compressor that is used for scuba tanks whci filters the air of any particles and oils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlash_riot View Post
    I would worry about the oil depossite from the compressor air getting on the car and collecting more even more dust.

    Unless you have a air compressor that is used for scuba tanks whci filters the air of any particles and oils.
    Add an in line oil / water separators plus a filter for dirt and dust on a air compressor and you will be safer than using a leaf blower......

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    yeah leaf blowers are the only way to go lol. The first couple times i did it you should have seen the reactions from my nieghbors they were priceless.

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    Yea I get some wierd looks from my neighbors when using the leaf blower on the car.

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    haha.. iv done. it.. the only thing is the way people look at you when ur doing it. lol

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    wow, i wouldnt have though people use a leaf blower to dry their car, i just a leather shammy who knows what kind of shit you're blowing onto your car with a leaf blower , especially the exhaust fumes if its a gas powered one,

    wow is all i have to say

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