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Old 13-11-2017, 09:38 AM   #1
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Drying after only pre wash ?

Just Wondering what’s the best way to dry the car after only just a pre wash/touchless wash procedure ? I definetly wouldn’t go near it with drying towels etc and would think if its a touchless wash its got to be touchless drying technique.

My usual drying method is leaf blower which gets the car roughly 90% dry then i go around the car with QD and just pick up any left over drops of water. So I’m thinking if I’m doing a touchless wash then just using the leaf blower and get the car as dry as i can just with that. Should be safe enough right, i mean its not like I’m blowing chunks of mud and dirt off the car after pre wash it should only be a light film on the paint.

I don’t have DI set up or a water butt and don’t want to spend any money just so i can do touchless washes through the winter as to be honest i hate doing touchless washes, the car still looks pretty dirty afterwords but i do realise in the winter it’s sometimes the best way to go as what’s the point in getting the car spotless for it just to get immediately filthy again. Just as pre wash does seem more sensible just to knock of the majority of salt and grime with just the occasional full wash.

I suppose i could just do it when it’s raining !
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Old 14-11-2017, 12:06 PM   #2
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It's what I do , citrus pre wash , dwell and jet wash off then blower it dry no contact at all ,gets it very good for no contact , I'm applying a cheap ceramic coating this weekend so that should help
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Old 14-11-2017, 01:44 PM   #3
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In the winter i tend to use just plain water through the PW to quickly remove the worst or a weak TFR / Foam mix then PW. Sometimes i will chuck some cheap wash n wax into a foam lance and use that as a kind of touchless wash to remove the worst. Turtlewax actually works pretty well for this.

I only dry / QD if i am able to do a proper 2BM wash also.

If you just do a touchless wash and PW rinse, then run your fingertips over the paintwork, your fingertips will quickly turn grey / black from the dirt still remaining

Basically, in winter, the car only gets a proper wash on the few dry, sunny days. Rest of the time its a best endeavours damage limitation exercise !!
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Old 14-11-2017, 03:08 PM   #4
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I take the same approach as my fellow South Mancunian above

Honestly, given that a touchless wash (for me Auto Foam by pump sprayer, Surfex HD on any really grody bits eg lower doors) is never going to get the car actually properly clean, I will only bother drying it if I'm doing a 2BM wash.

As I've written elsewhere, in winter the main job is keeping rust at bay (eg ensuring wheel arches thoroughly power washed out), and making sure the car is up to the winter weather ie glass sealed, wipers clean and clear, rubbers conditioned, etc.

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Old 14-11-2017, 03:30 PM   #5
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No way I dry my car with just a pre wash, I'll leave the car to dry naturally.

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As above ^^^^ if your car has some decent protection on then drying will be a lot easier with a blower
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