What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

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  • Feel of the towel

    29 72.50%
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    What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    Well, the question is, what do you look for in a microfiber towel? Do you see how soft/plush the towel actually is before purchasing it? Do you check the ratio of Polyester to Polyamides? How many fibers per square inch? The price tag? Any input is appreciated.
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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    I look for one that passes the CD test. If it scratches the soft paint on my old benz then I don't want it. Next is cost. I don't like paying more than 2 dollars per towel. Last is how well it absorbed water/polish/wax.

    So far all towels scratch up my benz. the cheap ones from harbor freight/costco and more expensive checmial guys and ultra plush drying towels. These towels dont scratch up other paints at all. I dunno maybe its my car.

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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    Quote Originally Posted by weavers View Post
    I look for one that passes the CD test. If it scratches the soft paint on my old benz then I don't want it. Next is cost. I don't like paying more than 2 dollars per towel. Last is how well it absorbed water/polish/wax.

    So far all towels scratch up my benz. the cheap ones from harbor freight/costco and more expensive checmial guys and ultra plush drying towels. These towels dont scratch up other paints at all. I dunno maybe its my car.
    Thanks for the reply. I know what you mean about having just about every microfiber scratching your car. My dad has an 08 e350 sport and the exact same thing happens with his paint. It swirls 10x faster than mine, and I always thought nissan's paint/clear coat was the worst.
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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    There's a big difference in microfiber towels quality. Meg's Water Magnet, Supreme Shine and Ultimate Wipe are really good and soft. I like Ultimate Wipe for final wipe offs.

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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    Quote Originally Posted by greg0303 View Post
    There's a big difference in microfiber towels quality. Meg's Water Magnet, Supreme Shine and Ultimate Wipe are really good and soft. I like Ultimate Wipe for final wipe offs.
    Thanks for the feedback. I should have taken into account the different jobs a microfiber can do (drying,removing wax, ect.) Believe it or not, this information is actually going to be used for something. I just can't say what yet
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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    This issue is really confusing to me. In a store you can't tell how many fibers are there because that info isn't listed, neither is the ratio of fibers in most cases. Word on the street is if the fibers are from Korea & sewn in China it could be a good towel, but that info is only from online sources who sell them.

    The auto parts & discount stores usually have Brand X towels & one seems like another to me. If I buy locally & pay the sales tax the total is significantly less than onine where the cost of towels, even those on sale, ends up being doubled when shipping/handling is included. Like Weavers, I dislike paying more than a few bucks per towel, especially since I can't tell any performance difference in my limited experience with mf. So I end up using a synthetic towel to blot dry the car after washing, then cotton or mf to remove polish, then cheesecloth or a supersoft synthetic cloth to finish shining.

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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    I voted cost, as i always look for stuff on sale.
    Once I get the towels home, either from the store or online delivery, I look at the thickness, feel...etc.
    I also do a bit of research where possible, Amazon has customer reviews on products, and i believe AG has some as well....LOL...kinda funny that I reseached freakin MFs...

    I have a variety of MFs.....so far, I can't tell if the el cheapo MFs are any better or worst than the Megs Ultimate or SS towels, some thick shaggy MF I bought on Amazon
    I have to say i prefer a smaller towel, but I use like 40 of them to do a clay& waxing on an average size vehicle
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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dragon View Post
    This issue is really confusing to me. In a store you can't tell how many fibers are there because that info isn't listed, neither is the ratio of fibers in most cases. Word on the street is if the fibers are from Korea & sewn in China it could be a good towel, but that info is only from online sources who sell them.

    The auto parts & discount stores usually have Brand X towels & one seems like another to me. If I buy locally & pay the sales tax the total is significantly less than onine where the cost of towels, even those on sale, ends up being doubled when shipping/handling is included. Like Weavers, I dislike paying more than a few bucks per towel, especially since I can't tell any performance difference in my limited experience with mf. So I end up using a synthetic towel to blot dry the car after washing, then cotton or mf to remove polish, then cheesecloth or a supersoft synthetic cloth to finish shining.
    The "issue" was simply to see what a person looks for in a microfiber upon purchasing it. If they like the feel of the towel or cost. Some people choose to go further in depth to see how many fibers per square inch are in their microfiber, or what it is really made of. That gives the consumer a good idea of how plush and durable the towel really is. I appreciate the feedback.
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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    Quote Originally Posted by STRIFE View Post
    I voted cost, as i always look for stuff on sale.
    Once I get the towels home, either from the store or online delivery, I look at the thickness, feel...etc.
    I also do a bit of research where possible, Amazon has customer reviews on products, and i believe AG has some as well....LOL...kinda funny that I reseached freakin MFs...

    I have a variety of MFs.....so far, I can't tell if the el cheapo MFs are any better or worst than the Megs Ultimate or SS towels, some thick shaggy MF I bought on Amazon
    I have to say i prefer a smaller towel, but I use like 40 of them to do a clay& waxing on an average size vehicle
    Thanks for the input! Research is never a bad thing, and 40 towels per car is crazy!
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    Re: What do you look for in a microfiber towel?

    A lot of them are made in China. I always feel the towels and also check the edges where they are sewed together I have cut many edges off because I didnt like the way they felt. sometimes you find hard spots at corners that I know would scratch your paint!

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