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Old 13-03-2018, 01:28 PM   #1
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Car Drying Technique

Hi Folks

Sorry if this is a silly question, have just noticed on a couple of videos that when drying the car with a microfiber towel they recommend adding a few sprays of a quick detailer to the towel first to help dry the car.

This is the first that I have seen this and wondered if anyone does this and should it be something that I should be doing especially during a maintenance wash?
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Old 13-03-2018, 01:42 PM   #2
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Towels can leave behind swirling - especially when being dragged along the paint. A quick detailer will act as a lubricant and minimise any swirling risk.

A good idea is to pat dry.
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Old 13-03-2018, 01:57 PM   #3
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I use Carplan No1 Super Gloss as a drying aid watered down 50/50

Dries easier and leaves great protection


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Old 13-03-2018, 04:02 PM   #4
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Thanks for the video link and quite useful. As they say everyday is a school day and learn something new. I currently have some Meguiars QD and was planning on trying that. Would I need to water down slightly or just use as is straight on to my drying towel?.
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Old 13-03-2018, 05:25 PM   #5
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As I do each panel I give a spritz to both the panel and the towel. I don't think there would be any benefit in watering it down.

I fold my drying towel into four and refold as required. I've got proper drying towels but find the 70 x 70 Wilko microfibre is easier to fold and manage, buff after with a buffing cloth.

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Old 13-03-2018, 05:54 PM   #6
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Been using the drag method on my car for the last 16 months without any lube, and I've never caused any swirls at all. Anyone that installs swirls in their paint is probably down to their own technique.
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Old 13-03-2018, 06:53 PM   #7
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Been using the drag method on my car for the last 16 months without any lube, and I've never caused any swirls at all. Anyone that installs swirls in their paint is probably down to their own technique.
Agreed Chongo. Use a plush drying towel with the drag method and no issues to report. If you clean your car properly during the wash process you have nothing to worry about.

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Old 13-03-2018, 06:58 PM   #8
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Agreed Chongo. Use a plush drying towel with the drag method and no issues to report. If you clean your car properly during the wash process you have nothing to worry about.

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Exactly mate
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I've never used a QD when drying a car either. I do make sure that the drying towel is slightly damp though before use. I just wipe down the glass first and find the towel is sufficiently damp by then.
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I've never used a QD when drying a car either. I do make sure that the drying towel is slightly damp though before use. I just wipe down the glass first and find the towel is sufficiently damp by then.
Good point
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