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This is a discussion on Best way to dry your car after a wash? within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; From my understanding, the majority of swirl marks come from drying. What have you detail freaks found to be the ...

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    Best way to dry your car after a wash?

    From my understanding, the majority of swirl marks come from drying. What have you detail freaks found to be the best and safest way to dry your car after a wash?

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    My favorite way is get in and drive as fast as I can.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    My favorite way is get in and drive as fast as I can.....
    I use that method with my truck! I use the auto wash right before getting on the freeway. On a good day, my truck will hit 86mph.

    But the WS6 doesn't go through any machine wash, and the speed limit is 15 mph in my neck of the woods

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    Get the car up to 88 mph and that should dry it off



    WARNING: The flux capacitor has to be in the off position before attempting to dry your car this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    Get the car up to 88 mph and that should dry it off



    WARNING: The flux capacitor has to be in the off position before attempting to dry your car this way.
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    I know you guys are just being funny, but I've tried it in the past and it doesn't work. I used to live one block from a highway. I washed and took it out on the highway for a ways and came back. There was still a lot of wet spots on the hatch and in "grooves/corners". And the water around the taillights would come pouring out after I stopped. And the back would get dusty going down the road so I didn't want to dry then.

    I have a real and an imitation chamois. Only use in straight lines.


    BTW Not a detailing expert. I always thought swirl marks came from washing.

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    Micro fiber towels or true 100% real deal cotton towels.

    Do NOT wash and dry them with any type of fabric softener. It will actually cause issues with your paint in the long run...you would think that since they are softer it would be better but the chemicals in fabric softener are bad juju for paint.
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    I use Cobra waffle weave microfiber guzzler towels. Dry just about the entire car and only have to do one pass with it. Usually only have to wring it out a few times. Have a smaller one to go over any panels that aren't completely dried the first time. Korean microfiber is some of the best out there.
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    I use the water blade to get most of the water off and then when I get home I use a microfiber towel to finish drying it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan c View Post
    I use the water blade to get most of the water off and then when I get home I use a microfiber towel to finish drying it off.
    We have one of those in the garage, I've just always been concerned about a "hard" material being dragged across the surface.

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    black cars are the worst.....they look the best clean but it takes about twice as much work to get them there as the lighter colors. I normally wash mine and dry it with a combination of a shammy, waffle towel, and cotton towels. Just seems I need the combo of them all to get it dry. Even still I use a spray detailer and a couple microfiber towels right after to go back over the car to get any of the spots that I either missed or dried before I could get to them. Just washing my car is a several hour experience and one of the reasons I dread doing that shit these days. I used to not mind it but after 15+ years it just seems like tedious work these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpop98ws6 View Post
    leaf blower! electric one.
    This is the best way. I do it all the time but its kinda silly looking, drying your car with a electric leaf blower so when you do this make sure not too many people can see you.

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    And you need a California duster...it'll save you from washing your car all of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan c View Post
    I use the water blade to get most of the water off and then when I get home I use a microfiber towel to finish drying it off.
    One of the worst things to use on paint. They scratch the paint.



    Also I would recommend to not use the brushes at a coin op. Those will scratch the paint.

    This is a good video. If you have a good layer of wax or sealant you can sheet the water as seen about the 1:36 mark.



    As far as drying media I would get a couple of these. Either one would work fine.

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    Here you go. The ultimate washing and drying guide.

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    I've used a good ole' fassion shammy all my life, keep one in every car just in case a wash is required during a road trip.

    Works just fine for me. On the darker color cars, especially black, I might go back over it when it's dry with a little spray detailer and a micro fiber towel. But I find as long as I keep a good coat of wax on it, the shammy dries it just fine and the micro fiber/detailer step isn't always necessary.

    After 2-3 washes, I need to apply wax again. I also find (in dusty Arizona) that using the California dusters are daily routine to keep from having to wash the car too often. The problem with the California dusters is that they leave parafin wax behind on the paint (that's how the duster picks up dust) but unfortunately this parafin wax left behind simply attracts more dust on the car even faster. So generally after a session with the duster to get the majority of the dust off, I go back over the car with a spray detailer and micro fiber towel to remove the parafin wax. The car stays dust free much longer this way.

    Unfortunately it's simply a ton of work to keep a nice paint job on a car that's driven at all.

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    Have you considered switching to a sealant rather than a wax? A sealant doesn't attract dust as much as a carnauba wax. They also last longer and are more durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    Have you considered switching to a sealant rather than a wax? A sealant doesn't attract dust as much as a carnauba wax. They also last longer and are more durable.
    thats a damn good recommendation...I've been playing around with sealants lately and they are legit. I can see why people are using them more and more.

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    Actually, In the very near future, I'm simply going back to 2 classic daily drivers in primer and the heck with paint. Even my wife wants hers that way. Less worries about everything, including door dings and rock chips That way all the nice stuff just stays in the garage and only comes out when needed, or when I feel ambitious.

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