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Old 08-03-2018, 10:51 AM   #1
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Drying towel technique - advice needed!

Bit by bit I've reformed my car care techniques. I'll never be a full on detailer but I've taken on board the 2 bucket method, ditched the sponges, use better products etc etc.

My latest venture is a microfiber drying towel. I got this from Amazon - it's from Kent Autocare. Nice big towel with a different nap on each side.

Used it yesterday. Didn't seem to absorb much water at all when I dragged it across the roof - in fact it wasn't really drying at all.

I've obviously done something wrong. Do they work best if they are already moist or is it because it is brand new?

Advice gratefully received.
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:59 AM   #2
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Use a quick detailer as a drying aid.

A wet towel can also help and just wring it out from time to time.
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Is this it - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kent-Car-Ca...0507067&sr=8-1

Which side of the towel did you use and have you washed it prior to first use?

The best towel I've used, particularly for the "drag" drying technique is one of these http://www.in2detailing.co.uk/produc...74-x-90cm.html, they also do a "dual" version.

If you're going down the drying aid technique or prefer to use a pat dry technique then you're probably better off with a plush typre of towel such as Fecks Philosophy Professor Plush - http://www.waxplanet.co.uk/fecks-phi...h-drying-towel

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Drying towels are always a little bit iffy when new.

As above use a drying aid / Quick Detailer and I always use mine wet and rung out on first use. Or give it a quick wash following the guidelines for washing of course
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Drying towel technique - advice needed!

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Bit by bit I've reformed my car care techniques. I'll never be a full on detailer but I've taken on board the 2 bucket method, ditched the sponges, use better products etc etc.

My latest venture is a microfiber drying towel. I got this from Amazon - it's from Kent Autocare. Nice big towel with a different nap on each side.

Used it yesterday. Didn't seem to absorb much water at all when I dragged it across the roof - in fact it wasn't really drying at all.

I've obviously done something wrong. Do they work best if they are already moist or is it because it is brand new?

Advice gratefully received.
I’ve had one of the Kent drying towels and it worked well, as has been said if you dampen it first it’s better and if you use a drying aid then this also helps and can add to the finish.

I’ve got some of Auto Allure quick detailer which I’ve not had chance to use yet due to the weather we’ve had ..,

I’ve also used some AG aqua wax - which is currently on offer with 20% off at Halfords - and this is great stuff, makes drying easier and adds to the finish
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A good tip I always find is a damp towel does dry better, so I dry all the glass first
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Klin Korea XL drying towel is the best towel I've used, I wasn't impressed with the Kent one.
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I use the master of fibres one.

https://waxpack.co.uk/store/shop/was...-drying-towel/
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Have you washed the towel yet? It can help to make new towels more effective, use a non bio liquid without any softener in it, fabric softener kills the absorbency of microfibre stone dead. Wash drying towels separate from any others you use and allow to air dry, a short blast in a tumble dryer won’t hurt but avoid too much heat which can distort or melt the fibres. You can get specialist mf cleaners but normal detergent is just as good, I use Boots sensitive skin liquid and it keeps my towels like new.

The effectiveness of a drying towel can also be affected by the surface you are using it on, for example a well polished, decontaminated and protected surface will throw water off easily, whereas a bare rough paint will hang on to it. Try the towel slightly damp, wet it and then wring the hell out of it, and then wring it regularly during use. A QD can help but again, this is influenced by the protection that is already on the paint.
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Allways wash before use

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Is this it - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kent-Car-Ca...0507067&sr=8-1

Which side of the towel did you use and have you washed it prior to first use?

All ways wash any microfiber before first use, they will have lint fluff debris and you don't know who has touched them so they could have body oils etc, you don't know if its been droped etc.
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