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Old 11-02-2018, 03:05 PM   #1
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Drying after a snow foam and rinse

Finally got a bit of dry weather (but still very windy). I'm going to snow foam and rinse the car today (no contact wash unfortunately). Should I leave it to dry itself or pat dry it with a drying towel? Don't want to rub any more dirt into it!

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Old 11-02-2018, 03:27 PM   #2
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Have you got any drying aids? Personally use AF Aqua Coat and it gives protection as well as helping dry the car

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I'm talking personally here but i would rather not bother because you'll either end up with swirls inflicted from drying or water marks and grit infused droplets either way.

If you can't get to the wash stage leave it but as i say this is my opinion on it.
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Have you got any drying aids? Personally use AF Aqua Coat and it gives protection as well as helping dry the car

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I've got Bouncers Done and Dusted QD? Use that while pat/wipe drying?
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Make sure you have removed all traces of dirt before drying down, if you have some cotton swabs or pads to try in some inconspicuous areas to test for dirt levels otherwise you risk rubbing all them fine particles into your paint work. If you want to do this ide recommend using something like ONR (optimum no rinse) as a drying aid or as a wash method after snow foaming or using filtered water to rinse then you could leave with out touching it to dry naturally.
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I'm talking personally here but i would rather not bother because you'll either end up with swirls inflicted from drying or water marks and grit infused droplets either way.

If you can't get to the wash stage leave it but as i say this is my opinion on it.
(Un)luckily the car is already swirled (which will be corrected in future) so I will probably dry it. If it hadn't though I'd probably leave it to dry itself (in this case). Thanks.
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(Un)luckily the car is already swirled (which will be corrected in future) so I will probably dry it. If it hadn't though I'd probably leave it to dry itself (in this case). Thanks.
To try prevent as much swirling as possible in drying, use different towels for each panel or a few panels just so not to drag dirt from one panel to another, I know you say you have swirls now but it’s always good to practice damage limitation if that makes sense.
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To try prevent as much swirling as possible in drying, use different towels for each panel or a few panels just so not to drag dirt from one panel to another, I know you say you have swirls now but it’s always good to practice damage limitation if that makes sense.
Good tip! Yes, definitely. And it's good practice to get it into the routine.
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always best to foam and then wash, i used to only foam and then dry the car with a drying aid ie. quick detailer and the drying towel always picked up a little bit of dirt...
i then started to foam the car and then 2 bucket wash and there was still some dirt in the rinse bucket after the foam had been rinsed off
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The only option really after a snow foam only wash is to blow dry with something like the Bruhl 2800. Did just that last week.
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