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    What do you guys use for washing and drying your car? I am conviced the things I'm using are producing swirl marks, that and the technique I've been using. I did everything wrong when I first got my car, but since then I've learned a lot. I'm looking for a good wash mitt that won't scratch, as well as some good towels. I'm not sure what to go with.

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    I use a Chenille wash mitt with Zaino wash and I dry it with a 230mph leaf blower.

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    As mentioned above, a good car wash, a quality mitt, and a waffle weave towel to dry

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    Maybe I'm just a victim of popular trends, but I use microfiber;
    Microfiber wash mitt, microfiber towels for drying body, wheels, and cleaning glass, and the intermittend touch up. Microfiber wax applicator, and guess what I use to pull the wax off.... that's right, microfiber.

    As far as chemicals go, I think I've tried everything, but my regulars are Meguires Hi-Tech Wash (comes undiluted in a small tan bottle), Meguires Clay bar, Meguires Cleaner Wax and Turtle Ice Wax, Meguires All wheel cleaner, Stoner Tire shine, Stoner invisible glass, Blue Corral Carpet Cleaner, Black Magic Engine degreaser and shiner, Armor All for hoses, Back to Black for plastic trim, Never Dull wading polish, and I have an obsession with using detail sprays; if you've got a good coat of wax on there, a detail spray can do miracles.

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    leaf blower all the way

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    i agree leaf blower is the best best to dry the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1SSZ28 View Post
    i agree leaf blower is the best best to dry the car
    so much easier than hand drying ! and gets places dry that a hand cant !

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    I blow as well. Works great, dying I believe is were most the swirl/scratches come from. Using a leaf blower allows you to not touch the paint as much and the less you have to touch the paint the better in my opinion.

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    i use a silicone water blade and a shammy to dry the car. used to use the same products when i detailed cars at a dealership and never had any problems with them.

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    I want to use a leaf blower but I'm just too paranoid. I guess I'm afraid there will be a rock stuck in it or something. That'd be my luck.

    For now I just use a microfiber sponge for washing, and stolen hotel towels for drying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sped View Post
    I want to use a leaf blower but I'm just too paranoid. I guess I'm afraid there will be a rock stuck in it or something. That'd be my luck.

    For now I just use a microfiber sponge for washing, and stolen hotel towels for drying.
    hotel towels ??? swirl mark heaven

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    Quote Originally Posted by sped View Post
    I want to use a leaf blower but I'm just too paranoid. I guess I'm afraid there will be a rock stuck in it or something.

    How do you think the rock would get in the blower?????
    Often heard this from people but not quite sure how this could happen......?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4get gto View Post
    How do you think the rock would get in the blower?????
    Often heard this from people but not quite sure how this could happen......?????
    rock in blower equals no blower anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedAddict8 View Post
    rock in blower equals no blower anyway
    Very true..........

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    a nice wash, followed by a dry, using a shammy and quick detail spray.

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    believe or not years ago i bought the CAILFORIANA drying blade on a info mercail that now sells a t autozone and i love it.. only thing that i everbought from TV that works.

    but after hearioing you guys im will start using a leaf blower. that is what i use on my motorcycle

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    I use one of those California jelly blades for the glass and an electric leaf blower for the body and rims, Black & Decker makes it, it comes with two rechargeable batteries, which give you about ten minutes each, you'll need both of them to dry the car off completely, if you want to get in every nook and cranny. I even take it to the do it yourself car wash with me, I go late at night, so I can hog the bay.
    Bring my own bucket and a Shmitt mitt too...shhhhhhhh...don't tell anyone.

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    After getting out all the swirls I put in the paint with my own ignorance, I have started using Sonus microfiber drying towels and a chenille wash mitt. I have yet to see a return of the swirls. I'm going to buy a leaf blower next, but I've got about a month till I go out of the country, so I'll wait to get that till I'm back.

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    Best way to dry the car.

    Mr. Clean carwash kit. It save me about 30 minutes of drying time everytime I wash. The best investment ive every made. I works by using purified water to rinse the car. When the car drys the water evaporates and since the water is clean there is nothing left to made water spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99Sleeper View Post
    Mr. Clean carwash kit. It save me about 30 minutes of drying time everytime I wash. The best investment ive every made. I works by using purified water to rinse the car. When the car drys the water evaporates and since the water is clean there is nothing left to made water spots.
    We must have some hard water here.
    I tried that thing and it left a film on my paint and windows.

    I use the Sonis waffle towels to dry.
    Washing is subjective. Softest mitt I can find that stays in one piece.

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