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Old 30-12-2017, 01:07 AM   #1
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Safest way to dry a car

Hi everyone

Besides going touchless and using a blower or compressed air to dry your car, what is considered a safe method to drying a car?

Would it be something like:

- Pat dry using waffle weave or drying towel?

- Lightly drag along paint surface with waffle weave or drying towel?

Many thanks in advance
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Old 30-12-2017, 01:14 AM   #2
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i Pat dry with a thick drying towel,currently using the KKD Silverback Towel -
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverback-...kkd+silverback
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As above, pat dry using a deep pile microfibre drying towel. If you sheet remaining water off the car using an open hose, you'll be left with very little water to actually mop up.
Personally, I'd use waffle weave on glass only.

If you want to wipe the paint surface, a detailing spray will add lubrication and help suspend any dirt left on the paintwork.

Another touchless option is to perform a final rinse with filtered water. This can can then just be left to evaporate.

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i Pat dry with a thick drying towel,currently using the KKD Silverback Towel -
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverback-...kkd+silverback


Thanks so much Scotie.

How do you pat dry the side of the car?




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Thanks so much Scotie.

How do you pat dry the side of the car?




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Place it flat on the side of the car, hold it with 1 hand and pat with the other, being careful that it doesnt slip or touch the floor, sounds harder than it is really
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if you got to 52 minutes on this video, he does a great review and example on how to use it https://youtu.be/Xz9K8D0EmRQ?t=52m22s
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Hot air dryer must be the safest if you can afford one.



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Thanks a bunch guys.

I wouldn’t be inducing swirls or marring if I was to wipe dry with the drying towel straight after a 2BM wash and rinse would I?





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Thanks a bunch guys.

I wouldn’t be inducing swirls or marring if I was to wipe dry with the drying towel straight after a 2BM wash and rinse would I?





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Potentially yes if your rough. Water has no surfactants in it, a quick detailer as a drying aid will help. It doesn't really matter what you do, the more you touch it the more chance of marking or marring the finish. If you have soft paint I would only pat dry. If you use a wipe or light drag method, your drying towel drys better when it's slightly damp. In an ideal world rinse with Di water then blow dry. If you notice any swirls or marring you then know it's your wash routine causing it.
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Definitely, something like the Metro Vac.
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