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Old 21-05-2018, 08:15 PM   #1
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Recommend some budget wash mitts and drying towels

So far i've been using the Kent drying towel from Ebay/Asda. However over on Forensic Detailing in one of the comments he trashes kent towels. Well I plan to DA my car for the first time soon so dont want to inflict a load of swirls after all that hard work so what would you recommend without breaking the bank?
Same for wash mitts, ive been using some cheap Ebay synthetic wool wash mitts but im not keen on them, seem to hold onto sharp particles and wont come off when dipped in the rinse bucket.
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Old 21-05-2018, 08:24 PM   #2
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So far i've been using the Kent drying towel from Ebay/Asda. However over on Forensic Detailing in one of the comments he trashes kent towels...
Did you get along with it ? Did you like it ? Just because someone trashes it doesn't mean it's cr@p and you should just bin it and buy something better.

If you're after a budget drying towel, then I'd recommend the Kent one - I've used one for a while now and it works well and I've not had any issues, also used a more premium one, which did absorb water better and seemed to dry quicker, but the end result was the same.

I will probably buy another Kent / Armour one when I need another

I'm sure there will be lots of recommendations and also some who slate the Kent towel...it's your money, your choice
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Old 21-05-2018, 08:37 PM   #3
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Did you get along with it ? Did you like it ? Just because someone trashes it doesn't mean it's cr@p and you should just bin it and buy something better.

If you're after a budget drying towel, then I'd recommend the Kent one - I've used one for a while now and it works well and I've not had any issues, also used a more premium one, which did absorb water better and seemed to dry quicker, but the end result was the same.

I will probably buy another Kent / Armour one when I need another

I'm sure there will be lots of recommendations and also some who slate the Kent towel...it's your money, your choice
Well I dont know, because the car is 13 years old and never been machine polished, so I cant say for sure how many swirls and scratches were caused by me and my products, since when I bought the car it had swirls on it anyway. I guess the only way to know for sure is to find a good bit of paint and repeatedly drag the Kent towel over and over it. I just dont want to correct the paint then ruin it with cheap products. Its Hyundai paint so already soft.
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Old 21-05-2018, 09:21 PM   #4
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Well I dont know, because the car is 13 years old and never been machine polished, so I cant say for sure how many swirls and scratches were caused by me and my products, since when I bought the car it had swirls on it anyway. I guess the only way to know for sure is to find a good bit of paint and repeatedly drag the Kent towel over and over it. I just dont want to correct the paint then ruin it with cheap products. Its Hyundai paint so already soft.
Sounds like a plan, polish a wing or something and just continue with your kent towel and see, but do you not run the this risk with a 'budget' product - possibly ?

Neighbour has a Nissan (which has soft paint i think) and uses a kent towel and I'm not aware of any issues he has...

You can end up spending a lot of money for not a great deal of benefit...
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Andyblue talks sense. The Kent drying towels are fine if used correctly. Remember not drag and it will not inflict any swirls. With a dry off of the car with an open hose a kent drying towel will do a whole car without being rung out. I like John at Forensic detailing, but he's wrong in this case.

:EDIT: Just to add, don't use any drying towel bone dry on the paintwork. I dampen mine first by going round the windows.

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Andyblue talks sense. The Kent drying towels are fine if used correctly. Remember not drag and it will not inflict any swirls. With a dry off of the car with an open hose a kent drying towel will do a whole car without being rung out. I like John at Forensic detailing, but he's wrong in this case.

:EDIT: Just to add, don't use any drying towel bone dry on the paintwork. I dampen mine first by going round the windows.
I always wet mine with the windows too, they're useless when dry.
If they're safe ill continue using them then
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Try the CD test. Take your towel and rub the back of a CD, if it mars the CD you know it’s a bad towel.
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I've been using the Asda Kent drying towel for years.
I totally soak mine then wrong it out before use.
Literally just lay it on the surface and lift off leaving just a lightly damp surface.
Then I spray with BSD or similar as a drying aid and lightly swipe again.
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Coupe25 I watch a lot of the videos by the guy you mentioned and 9/10 he's not far off the mark . Don't take his word as gospel though . Detailing is an expensive hobby if you let it be . I used Kent and found it performed better if you dampened the towel 1st then patted the panel dry and not dragged the towel . As daft as it sounds even drying your car has the right and wrong way . As Andyblue says "Did you get along with it ? Did you like it ? Just because someone trashes it doesn't mean it's cr@p and you should just bin it and buy something better" . Wise words to be sure. A few years ago a few members said good things about a wax ,so I bought some. We just didn't get on even though I changed my routine & application method ,gave it to a mate in the end . I think he turned it in to a candle smelled nice anyway Daz
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I really rate the Wilco large microfibre towells, theyre about £2 each and super absorbant and fluffy, I've not induced any swirls using mine with BSD as a drying aid.
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