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Old 06-08-2019, 04:12 PM   #1
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Oh Noooo, not another Drying towel thread!

Firstly it's not to ask, "What's the best drying towel".... thankfully so relax.
Sure we are all sick of that one. Same old replies, SOS. Same "I use" and not what was asked
Well guys here is a picture to tell all, yeah, some will be amazed and there will be those that hate it, but it is what it is all the same.

This is my 14yr old Water magnet. Not my only DT and not my favourite either.
It's the Sunday early morning shade while it lasts, regular wash of the Bakewell's and my daily used car. Shampoo and QD with FSE. Bit of a tarts bath, but it works great.
So after rinse off they are both always well beaded, bundles of water and globules of the gear.
(Right here I should have took a photo of al the water on the cars, but you will know how this is)
They then get sheeted off with the hose, as most know is the best way to final rinse off and most water leaves the car. Out with the Magnet and the photo shows them both finished and dry ready for the QD whether they like it or not.

Reason for the post is every time I come to dry the cars I have the same thoughts about those requests asking for best DT.
There appears two camps on this.
1. Those that Pat Dry
2.Those that like to drag.
Only my personal view and preference is I simply cannot do #2 and prefer #1 which I feel is easier and safer. Plus, I have zero interest with lugging a big towel and how it holds loads of water, my small brian struggles with that view, honestly.

This was never about "Drying towels" really. The most important part is "sheeting of the car with a hose" before drying. Not admiring the beading and then trying to dry.
There just isn't enough water left warrant a big towel after sheeting. That old Magnet that has had more care washing than my football scarf ever got. It still dry's both cars each week, pat drying..... just. I do wring it before going over the wheels.

Finally to placate the two camps. Use whatever blows your skirts up, but sheeting off by a hose is a dot on the card and I hardly ever see this mentioned.


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Old 06-08-2019, 04:51 PM   #2
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Well put my friend

Sheeting doesn't get enough mention.
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:40 PM   #3
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I agree.

Always do a final rinse with an open hose or watering can, this normally leaves me with very little water on the car and a 'pat' with the drying towel is all that's needed.. is especially worthwhile rinsing the windscreen this way to prevent water spotting with the hard water down here.
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:54 PM   #4
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Well put my friend

Sheeting doesn't get enough mention.
This is true...it's always look at the beading shots. I'd rather little water on the car than it staying there looking pretty
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I've tried all the methods. Sheeting, pat dry, dragging...you name it. I've found the sheeting method combined with a pat dry leaves some water spotting when the ambient is warm. Therefore I tend to reserve this technique for the cooler period.
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