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    Re: Drying your car..

    Quote Originally Posted by JG_Detailing View Post
    I use he water blade along with a microfiber drying towel.
    I'm surprised you use the blade. They are known to cause scratches.

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    Hi, I got a water magnet cloth from Meguairs. Its been used every week for the past 6 months. It seems like it's stop absorbing water.
    Anyone know if this indicates it's spoilt or there is something I can do to rejuvenate it ?
    Thanks.
    Sounds like it's time for a new one. Get a few more.

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    Re: Drying your car..

    Quote Originally Posted by KY Gan View Post
    Hi, I got a water magnet cloth from Meguairs. Its been used every week for the past 6 months. It seems like it's stop absorbing water.
    Anyone know if this indicates it's spoilt or there is something I can do to rejuvenate it ?
    Thanks.
    Have you been using it with a drying aid such as UQD or UQW? If so, they can sometimes cause your towels to repel water.

    Sometimes a good warm wash with an APC can fix it. Otherwise, yeah, just get another one.

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    Re: Drying your car..

    thanks. will try the warm water option and if not roll a new piece out soon.

    Could we use the microfiber towels to dry the car instead ? What's the difference compared to the water magnet ?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Drying your car..

    You can, yes. WM is more absorbent though.

    Both need to be clean / washed before using.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

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    Re: Drying your car..

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JG_Detailing View Post
    I use he water blade along with a microfiber drying towel.
    I'm surprised you use the blade. They are known to cause scratches.
    Yeah, I've used a blade/squeegee from Target (and felt guilty doing so ). It works well after a rainstorm if the car is clean, but is probably better after a wash, in that way. Yes, it can appear to scratch, and you have to wipe it after every pass. However, the seeming scratches are extremely superficial, possibly just dirty water itself, and are easily gone during the next wipe of QD, QW or UWWA. One of those tricks for the field, since I still swear by the electric blower at home, myself.
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    Re: Drying your car..

    Video is a little older but it gets the point across


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    Re: Drying your car..

    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    Take the nozzle off the hose and let the water gently run from the top down, and if you have a well waxed car, so much water will run off, you can almost finish the rest with a Kleenex. You guys with the leaf blowers must have very understanding neighbors, especially if you wash and dry your cars as much as I do, and using loud gas blowers like mine.
    Noise and neighbor irritation notwithstanding, sometimes pulling out a leaf blower is just too much of a pain. If you've got really hard water you often end up with little water spot tracers that need to be cleaned up. Keeping the car well waxed and using the method Blueline suggests results in very little water left on the car, which is easily blotted up with a waffle weave drying towel. And there's usually just enough water left that it makes for the perfect opportunity to use a spray wax while drying. The car below has Ultimate Paste Wax on it, applied perhaps 3 weeks prior to this little demo.



    Now, having said all that, there is no right or wrong here. Whatever works best for you without creating any undo marring of the paint - and let's face it, over time you're going to get at least some marring regardless how careful you are - is the right process for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    Video is a little older but it gets the point across
    Clearly, that is not the technique I was talking about, Mike. Nevertheless, even that exaggerated blade/squeegee "damage" (which I haven't seen happen) is, for a waxed surface, easily wiped off in the regular course of all the other wiping off we're already doing. It's an option for some situations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    Noise and neighbor irritation notwithstanding, sometimes pulling out a leaf blower is just too much of a pain. If you've got really hard water you often end up with little water spot tracers that need to be cleaned up. Keeping the car well waxed and using the method Blueline suggests results in very little water left on the car, which is easily blotted up with a waffle weave drying towel...
    Again, not to be pedantic, but I have to point out the vast difference between weather regions, which affects how water dries. What works in a desert does not work in a rain forest, and vice versa.

    Often, where I am, the water beads will not evaporate quickly at all, and hand-drying, even after "flooding", makes no sense - lots of wiping, ringing out, etc. However, the beads can sit there and slowly generate spots underneath, even with filtered water. Thus, the blower is the best way. Usually takes me about 10 minutes, which is before the time the spots form, and long before the water could possibly be wiped off. The surface is dry and needs no wiping, unless I want to QW.

    Out West where many of you are, it seems the water beads evaporate very, very quickly, and of course cause spotting immediately. I get that. By the time you've blown off one panel the rest of the car is already spotty, or the blowing itself evaporates enough "under bead" water immediately to cause spotting itself. So, wiping techniques make more sense, as you'll be doing that, anyway.

    So, if you did what I do, you'd have spots where I do not. If I do what you do, I'd be wiping and wiping late into the night when it takes you only minutes, and then I'd be QD'ing or UWWA'ing again to remove wipe holograms and streaks, then I'd have to wash the many, many towels it took to do all that.

    Both approaches make perfect sense depending on where you are, and make no sense elsewhere, which is why we seem to be speaking different languages here
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    Re: Drying your car..

    You guys don't find leaf blowers to be bulky and difficult to maneuver around a vehicle?

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    Re: Drying your car..

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Gear View Post

    Both approaches make perfect sense depending on where you are, and make no sense elsewhere, which is why we seem to be speaking different languages here
    And that is exactly why I said this at the end of my previous post:
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post

    Now, having said all that, there is no right or wrong here. Whatever works best for you without creating any undo marring of the paint - and let's face it, over time you're going to get at least some marring regardless how careful you are - is the right process for you.
    There are several valid and highly effective techniques available for virtually anything to do with car care, and we all pick those that seem to fit best with our personal preferences and situations. While one may seem odd to some and normal to others, none of them are really wrong. Well, unless you are, in fact, doing something truly "wrong", like leaving your wash mitt on the driveway between panels as you're washing and rinsing the car. Yep, a former neighbor of mine used to do that while washing his black BMW M3. Horrifying!!!
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