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Car Detailing - Drying

Posted by Jay Schneider. Filed under Buffing Techniques.
September 15, 2009

Car drying is an important step in maintaining your vehicle.  In the past, people would wash their car and dry it with a house towel (terry cloth) or use a chamois (natural or synthetic).  Both dry the vehicle, however, the end finished results are skewed.  A terry towel absorbs a lot of water but can actually scratch a vehicle.  The vehicle’s surface is dried fast, but if too much pressure is applied under direct sunlight, swirl marks and light scratches can be seen.  A chamois does a great job of drying if it is laid on the surface and dragged across in one direction.  If folded and used in back and forth motion, chamois can leave both swirl marks and scratch the surface.  Chamois work great but do remove any wax on a vehicles surface which will leave it unprotected.  Many professionals use yard blowers to dry a car or compressed air.  This will reduce scratching and water spots.  It is like “blow drying a car.” The easiest method is to use a microfiber drying towel.  They are available in two forms, long knap or waffle weave.  The waffle weave in my professional opinion is the best choice since it seems to hold more water and it easier to wring out.  Both microfiber products are man-made and softer than other drying products on the marker, therefore the best choice.

 

Eric Dunn

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