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Old 13-03-2018, 07:15 PM   #11
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I use the drag tech and never have an issue even with soft Japanese paint

I have used QD as a drying and before but as already commented I normally just spray the towel so it's not bone dry and find that's sufficient
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Old 13-03-2018, 08:37 PM   #12
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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.
It's a silverback drying towel that I have. I happened to come across a couple of vids and first I had seen that method and wondered what people did.
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Old 13-03-2018, 08:59 PM   #13
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I tend to use the pat dry method. I find it safer, more accurate and more therapeutic. I will sometimes drag dry if I'm short on time and also want to apply BSD while drying but I'll normally put BSD on after patting the car dry if time allows.
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Old 13-03-2018, 09:50 PM   #14
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I have found best results with an AF aqua deluxe towel pat dry then a quick swipe over bits that spot behind. Any super thick towel would do I guess. I bought VP citrus bling but don't find much use as a drying aid; i find it increases the amount of work I have to do while making contact with the paint. It's worth noting I have my car covered with double speed wax and am able to remove the majority of water using an open ended hose first then just pat the rest off

It seems to be one of those where you just gotta trial and see what works best for you
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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.
It's more to do with some folk using extremely poor microfibre drying towels which they've been using for years on end. Not caring for the drying towels properly by not washing them the way they're supposed to be washed and dried will certainly contribute to swirling in the paint. Anyone who thinks it's just down to technique really needs to get educated on the matter better.

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Here's a good writeup on what can cause swirling.


http://guidetodetailing.com/car-deta...wirl-mark-faq/
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Personally I've tried both patting and dragging and find little to no difference between the two. Last wash I did I sprayed every panel with some QD while there was still water on the surface, which did help to encourage some of the beads to dissipate, I'm guessing because the QD has hydrophobic properties? To be honest though I mainly did it because I wanted to get some additional gloss.

My main problem is that because I've got wax/sealant on the paint I end up with some substantial beading when I rinse off the shampoo suds. Now, I know beads look pretty, but because the water isn't running off during the rinse, my drying towel gets saturated pretty quickly. Might have to invest in some kind of air-blower to chase the beads off before towelling down!
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Thanks everyone for the advice.
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It's more to do with some folk using extremely poor microfibre drying towels which they've been using for years on end. Not caring for the drying towels properly by not washing them the way they're supposed to be washed and dried will certainly contribute to swirling in the paint. Anyone who thinks it's just down to technique really needs to get educated on the matter better.
Is that right now so when do I sign up to get educated
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I was never an advocate of QD drying (it was always just a clay lube for me), that's until I moved to a new house which has very hard water. Now it makes drying the car much easier.

So I guess it depends on your water type too. Personally I use Chemical Guys synthetic QD, diluted 1:1. At that ratio it's a multi purpose drying agent and clay lube without leaving a level of product that requires anything beyond a quick wipe to remove.
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