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NYCTS
Mar 24th, 2005, 06:46 AM
In the centuries old debate.....(well not centuries per say, but a LONG TIME- lol)

The question-

Which is better for drying your car and WHY??

Please cast your vote and post your reasons and explainations.

THANK YOU

05PhillyStang
Mar 24th, 2005, 06:52 AM
Neither. I like the water magnet WW MF.

Mike Phillips
Mar 24th, 2005, 08:35 AM
Originally posted by NYCTS
In the centuries old debate.....(well not centuries per say, but a LONG TIME- lol)

The question-

Which is better for drying your car and WHY??

Please cast your vote and post your reasons and explanations.

THANK YOU

Hi NYCTS,

This is an interesting poll, I don't want to influence your decision, but here's an idea, how about we add a few more option and restructure the poll to see what people prefer overall?

Mike

NYCTS
Mar 24th, 2005, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by Mike Phillips
Hi NYCTS,

This is an interesting poll, I don't want to influence your decision, but here's an idea, how about we add a few more option and restructure the poll to see what people prefer overall?

Mike

I'm game to change it up.

Any suggestions?

Should we add water blade, absorber...leaf blower ?

imacarnut
Mar 24th, 2005, 09:03 AM
Originally posted by 05PhillyStang
Neither. I like the water magnet WW MF.

agreed :xyxthumbs

Mike Phillips
Mar 24th, 2005, 09:14 AM
Did I miss any?

SpoiledMan
Mar 24th, 2005, 09:36 AM
Baby diapers??

05PhillyStang
Mar 24th, 2005, 09:37 AM
Originally posted by SpoiledMan
Baby diapers??

I have some of those but I'm not sure what they're good for. I've used them to apply window cleaner

thejazzguy
Mar 24th, 2005, 09:43 AM
I use a Simoniz microfibre towel. (Most Meguiar's stuff is not available in stores in Canada.) It's not the "waffle weave" or "super suede" from Meguiar's so I can't vote in the poll.

SpoiledMan
Mar 24th, 2005, 09:45 AM
I think you can still vote. Meguiar's doesn't make leaf blowers.;) I think the Meguiar's products were just being used as examples.

thejazzguy
Mar 24th, 2005, 01:45 PM
Very true SpoiledMan. :) I'm just not sure under what category the towel I have would fall....

SpoiledMan
Mar 24th, 2005, 09:12 PM
I'm sorry, I see now. There is no option for just a MF towel.:wall:

the other pc
Mar 25th, 2005, 05:58 PM
You left out licking the water off.

Oh, wait a minute, that's my cat, not my car.

Uh, I mean my cat licks himself dry. I don't lick my cat dry. Or my car.


PC.

NYCTS
Apr 5th, 2005, 08:51 PM
WATER MAGNET from Meguiars

All I need is 1 towel for a whole car?

Just ONE???

How durable is it, does it clean easy??

hpjunkie
Apr 6th, 2005, 01:11 PM
I use the absorber. But the meguiars waffle textured absorber sound good too. That will probably be my next one.:db:

Chris Nemlich
Aug 8th, 2005, 12:37 AM
I am defintely hooked on the new Water Magnet. One towel can dry an entire car, probably two entires cars, without being rung out most times. Unbelievable.

Adi
Aug 8th, 2005, 03:53 AM
California Waterblade and Terrry cloth or Mircofiber towel to finish.

BJClarke001
Aug 8th, 2005, 12:14 PM
Two weeks ago, I bought 2 of the Water Magnets at Advanced Auto Parts. Before purchasing, I popped around MOL to see what others reractions were and decided to try them. The first time I used them I was fully convinced that I would not go to anything else(used Micro Fiber Towels before that). I typically leaf blow the nooks, cranies and tires first. followed with the Water Magnet to completely dry the vehicle. A neighbor was watching me dry at the time and saw the results and he went over to the same store and picked one up too. I already have washed them (in the washing machine) a couple of times and they seem to be un-effected and keep on sucking up the water. :db:

JG_Detailing
Aug 8th, 2005, 12:34 PM
I got the Meguair's water magnet. The only thing is about it, it really doesn't soak up alot of water. It get's some of it but not all of it. So I guess have to get another Meguair's water magnet :D. And wipe the car again. party:

rusty bumper
Aug 8th, 2005, 01:40 PM
I'm using a synthetic chamois for now.

One thing I like to do when drying a car, is to keep a bucket of fresh water on hand to dunk the chamois in after a wipe or two.

Believe it or not, but the water gets slightly dirty near the end of drying the car.

Must be dust that settles onto the finish after rinsing.

toyotacamry99
Aug 8th, 2005, 03:45 PM
i use an absorber then followed by the water magnet ..

Bama
Aug 10th, 2005, 08:35 AM
I have used an Absorber for years. It works well and is durable, and as long as you know what you are doing, it won't cause any surface problems ime.

scrub
Oct 23rd, 2005, 04:08 AM
I voted water magnet.

My method for drying a car changes depending on the level of service needed.

If claying I don't dry at all. I'll leave the water on the vehicle then add clay lube and clay on. After I clay a panel I'll dry the panel with two Ultimate wipes.

Other methods I'm trying.

1. WW with Last Touch Detail spray (50/50 with water, clay lube ratio). I really like the look after drying with the WW and Last Touch.

2. Air Wand and WW. This does a good job of eliminating water runs down the vehicle.

3. Super Suede. I just used this product a few weeks ago. It's moving up the list and might pass the WW soon, I think. Very good product.

I didn't care for the natural chamois from Megs. Seemed to leave a film behind.

Great topic by the way! :xyxthumbs

LT22
Oct 23rd, 2005, 10:15 AM
Does the water magnet drag like the absorber? I hate how the absorber drags againest the paint, escalating more effort.

the other pc
Oct 23rd, 2005, 04:29 PM
Nope, “the Water Magnet” and other waffle weave microfiber towels glide much better than “the Absorber” (which is a PVA sponge type “chamois”) or terry weave microfiber towels.

If you like the absorption of PVA sponge “chamois” there are some waffle patterned (molded, not woven) ones out there that drag much less than “the Absorber”. I have one called “Ultra Touch” and I think Griot’s might sell one too.


PC.

Jeff Smith
Oct 24th, 2005, 10:53 AM
I go for the Leaf Blower. I have a honda and their paint is pretty soft. I try to avoid touchingit is much as possible. Once I blow it down very well I do break out a Quick Detail Pad and a QD and wipe her down. I do keep a WM around for the errant drip though.

CELL
Apr 30th, 2006, 11:45 AM
Until yesterday, I was an absorber user, but after trying the Mequiars water magnet, im hooked.
I dried my roomates entire RSX with it and it basically just felt damp....didnt have to wring it out once.
;)

SiriusRIMZ
Apr 30th, 2006, 11:50 AM
I switch between my WW and my Absorber. I voted for the absorber because I feel like it get more water off the surface of the car without making more passes. WW is good, but doesnt seem to really cut it with me. I still use it though.

DetailManiac
Apr 30th, 2006, 12:05 PM
Nothing beats the Meg's Water Magnet, . . . to me that is :xyxthumbs :)

DavidL
Apr 30th, 2006, 02:12 PM
I use a water blade to get most of the water off then follow up with a Meguiar's Water Magnet

WaspHunter
Apr 30th, 2006, 10:19 PM
I use the water magnets, but I have done the "Get up to sixty/slam on ABS-EBD brakes" trick before with some success after it's rained.

About the squeegee/wiper blades, are they likely to scratch the paintwork?

skyace888
May 2nd, 2006, 09:30 AM
I also use the water magnets. They work great and are soft on the finish. I can practically use just one water magnet on my entire Honda Accord!

SOLDSHORT
May 3rd, 2006, 08:08 AM
i love the water magnets!

Andrew
May 3rd, 2006, 08:19 AM
I voted for the water magnet, since I picked it up 2 months ago it is all I use except that I think I need two, towards the end of drying my car the wm has too much water in it(even if I wring it out) I have 2002 impala, not small car but not a big car either and I do take the nozzle off and let the water run off to take time of drying but still end up using an old terry towel to get the car completely dry, might try using some quick detalier next time to see if that helps...:xyxthumbs

The Doctor detailer
May 11th, 2006, 08:51 AM
meguiars water magnet and the california water blade

zeefauna
May 13th, 2006, 07:31 AM
Anybody has any experience to compare the Super Suede Drying Cloth and the Water Magnet...?

Which is better?

Mike, which would you prefer, or what do you use?

LiquidBlack
May 14th, 2006, 02:02 PM
I prefer my Super Suede Drying Cloth (chamois) to my Water Magnet, but thats just me. Maybe I just dont know how to use the water magnet properly.

rusty bumper
May 14th, 2006, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by LiquidBlack
I prefer my Super Suede Drying Cloth (chamois) to my Water Magnet, but thats just me. Maybe I just dont know how to use the water magnet properly.
I have the SS chamois too, but I haven't tried it yet.

That was a nice video you made about how to use it.

soss
May 17th, 2006, 12:17 AM
Got my new truck a week and ahalf ago, detailed it this past weekend, and used my first Meguiars water magnet WW towel....and wow, the thing is amazing and better than any chamois i've used in the past.

Pics/thread to come.

CathyG
Jul 26th, 2006, 03:33 PM
I use a combination of squeegee, wm, and microfiber. I use the squeegee on large flat surfaces with the water magnet reserved for getting into curves or crevices. As the water magnet starts to get too wet I use the microfiber to clean up the water trails it leaves behind. I then go over any visible water spots with the wet water magnet with the micro to dry. It works really well but I`ve never used a chamois or anything else so I have nothing to compare it to.

Kman
Jul 26th, 2006, 10:58 PM
Electriv leaf blower for me.

Krazy Ken
Jul 26th, 2006, 11:50 PM
I use a couple micro fiber towels.
Allthough I have been known to drive really fast to dry the car, It's a helluva lot more fun!
:xyxthumbs

KNanthrup
Jul 30th, 2006, 01:45 AM
I've pretty much always used california water blade followed by regular ol' soft bath towels. It's been pretty reliable for me.

I'm looking to try some new methods though, compressed air for the nooks and crannies (water runs are a pain) along with "the flooding method" for that initial drying. And in addition I'll probably pick up a water magnet to give it a try. I've tried water absorber clothes, never liked them much at all.

Jeepster04
Jul 30th, 2006, 08:08 PM
Ive not read all of this, but I find it really funny that you put drive really fast to dry the car. IVE DONE THAT BEFORE!! After I wash it in the driveway ill drive as fast as I can and come back and touch up any spots that are left. Very bad practice but sometimes Im really lazy.


Oh, when i dont do that I use a WW MF towel, love those things.

Do people really use leaf blowers? :confused:

hondacrazy
Aug 2nd, 2006, 12:43 PM
water magnet here, have only used it since July, but the experience has been GREAT! I have used absorbers and chamois, but I will never go back.

Also, I have heard that driving to dry a car only puts more dirt on the car, so if you have any paint polishing to do, you could push around surface contaniments, scratching the car. I admit that I did it coming back from the swirly machine car wash bays I used to use...yeah, thats embarrassing, I am elightened now though!

imacarnut
Aug 3rd, 2006, 12:47 AM
Originally posted by BlueLibby04
Do people really use leaf blowers? :confused:

i use a leaf blower for the side mirrors, tires & rims, in and around the trim, in the cracks of the head & tail lights, air vents, etc.. i don't use it as a complete source for drying the whole car as you need to use a quality waffle weave, microfiber towel to wipe away the excess anyway (it works good to get in the nook & crannies where water hides). also... you have to be careful when using the LB in the heat, as you can get dried up water spots on the finish easily!

glenslexus
Aug 6th, 2006, 07:03 AM
I saw that many people liked the water magnet, so I bought one and was very dissapointed. I did not expect for the towel to snag on my emblems and almost rip them off. I was not wiping agressively. Now there is a big snag on the towel. Not to mention that the streaks left behind looked bad and had to be gone over with one of my microfibers. I thought that these WM came prewashed and ready to use??!! I think I will try again with it befoare I give it away - I am sure the comments of so many people could not be wrong about this product.

OPA1
Aug 6th, 2006, 06:01 PM
I have, what I call, two phoney chamios. I've had them for a long time . The only thing I do is when they get really durty is to rinse them in the sink till the water runs cleaner then roll up and back into the tube you go. Never had a problem when drying the truck:xyxthumbs .

ED

:coolgleam

gb387
Dec 14th, 2006, 04:31 PM
You left out licking the water off.

Oh, wait a minute, that's my cat, not my car.

Uh, I mean my cat licks himself dry. I don't lick my cat dry. Or my car.


PC.

Way to funny!

I just noticed this on MaximusZTS signature and searched for it, the wording makes it very easy to find using the handy search feature.

Graeme
Dec 14th, 2006, 09:15 PM
I use Microfiber Super Suede. Like others here we can't get the Water Magnet here in Aus. But I am getting two shipped from the US so it will be good to see what they are like.

gorin002
Dec 14th, 2006, 10:43 PM
I'm using a synthetic chamois for now.

One thing I like to do when drying a car, is to keep a bucket of fresh water on hand to dunk the chamois in after a wipe or two.

Believe it or not, but the water gets slightly dirty near the end of drying the car.

Must be dust that settles onto the finish after rinsing.

I'm using a synthetic chamois for now.
yes me to
plan buy if possible meguiars.or better quality

Wolf-Strong
Dec 15th, 2006, 12:55 AM
California Water Blade + Microfiber towels

I bought a Microfiber Super Suede Drying towel and was not impressed. It seemed to not pick up much water at all. I am wondering though if it was just a 'defective' one or if someone threw it in the washer with fabric softener...

I am starting to concider the Water Magnet to use with the California Water Blade though :)

italian49er2010
Jan 5th, 2007, 01:05 PM
I use some old towels that are 100% cotton, just like terry cloths, but they are body size, just like what you would use when you get out of the shower!! They work well because they are so big and you don't need many to do the entire car. I just don't see how terry cloths or really small towels like that are capable of drying an entire car; of course they probably absorb much more water than the towels I use!

gorin002
Jan 7th, 2007, 02:01 AM
I use some old towels that are 100% cotton, just like terry cloths, but they are body size, just like what you would use when you get out of the shower!! They work well because they are so big and you don't need many to do the entire car. I just don't see how terry cloths or really small towels like that are capable of drying an entire car; of course they probably absorb much more water than the towels I use!

i have 1 terry cloth regulair towel you use i got some to
are cheaper

18611
Feb 9th, 2007, 11:49 AM
I actually use a few of the methods in the poll. I use microfibre for the body of the car.. usually the blotting method. As well I use a leaf blower to remove water from the crevices around the door hinges,tail lights etc.

BigBoy
Feb 13th, 2007, 04:24 AM
I use a Leaf blower and MF towels. I any of you have dryed off a Mustang GT, the side and hood have scoops which give you a Grille look, but are in essence devices made by the devil himself to individually hold a quart of water each, which of course then slowly drains causing water trails. If you don't use a lot of fast blowing air OR just leave a towel there stuck up against the grille pattern, the first time you drive you'll see how much water was retained. I don't use the waffle weave MF. I've had great success with the blue Wally World (and now Sam's 25 pack) MF towels. I now have enough of them where I can use 7 or 8per vehicle.

sonofjesse
Feb 16th, 2007, 06:56 AM
I use the big water blade to go over the car, then to get the smaller stuff I use Synthetic Drying Towels. Works great! I really like the results.

CWM3
Feb 19th, 2007, 01:25 PM
I voted for the Synthetic Drying Towels (Absorber) option. I have pretty much used an Absorber for as long as I can remember. I will have to try the Water Magnet though as soon as I see one.

d.mopar
Mar 6th, 2007, 04:59 PM
can u tell me wat the sythetic is i never herd of it:(

dietoremain
Mar 6th, 2007, 08:31 PM
I use a Chemical Guys waffle weave drying towel.. they cost an arm and a leg but they are amazin ahah.

rusty bumper
Mar 6th, 2007, 08:43 PM
can u tell me wat the sythetic is i never herd of it:(

Synthetic is another term for man-made materials. Such as rayon, nylon, polyester, etc.

sixty7mustang22
Mar 9th, 2007, 07:17 AM
My Water Magnet is the best thing I have ever used.

oldmodman
May 26th, 2009, 09:59 PM
I tried to vote for two choices. I'll explain.

First I remove the majority of the water with my electric leaf blower.

Then follow up with a waffle weave drying towel.

I do this even though I am using filtered, deionized water. There is so much dust in the air where I live that if I just let the car sit to dry, the water droplets might not leave water spots but the dust that had settled would remain glued to the finish.

vidguyuk
May 27th, 2009, 09:27 AM
I recently started using a water blade followed by a synthectic chamois, does a quick job and leaves very few water marks.

OPA1
May 27th, 2009, 05:42 PM
I use a synthectic chamois and they work great with little or no spots either:dp::woot2:dp:

zaidgreat
Jun 3rd, 2009, 03:40 PM
its absorber followed by water magnet for me:xyxthumbs

Eddie6th
Jun 3rd, 2009, 04:43 PM
I have a particular interest in this and have already put a thread in D101.I have used chamois for years and am still currently using the same ones from 20 yrs ago.I havn't encountered any problems with them at all(as far as i'm aware). The only trouble is,they're a bit small and it takes me longer to dry the car i.e. water spots.I should really go and buy a larger one.

I also mentioned before,what is the proper way to clean them? Does anyone have any expertise in this region. I normally just rub them together in luke warm water.

SilverPT
Jul 20th, 2009, 01:57 AM
Are the Water Magnets available in Australia? Possibly under another name?

Cheers.

angeloabbattista
Dec 27th, 2009, 04:29 AM
We don't get Water magnets here in Australia, they are essentially a waffle weave microfibe towel which we do have access to.

Ravi_1992
Aug 25th, 2010, 10:54 AM
I sheet most of the water off the car and then dab off the rest with an absorber or any synthetic shammy