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Old 09-12-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default bah, god damn towels

so i bought some terry cloths at walmart to dry my car off and i think there the culprit to the massive swils all over my car...i should have known, they didnt feel as soft as i think they could have been i even washed them before i used them

what do you guys use to dry your car off?

im am now gonna be using claybar/McGuires uc/ McGuires nxt 2.0
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:58 AM   #2
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picked up some microfiber towels at flea market
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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they make a squeegee you can but at walmat thats made for the body of the car and not just the windows... doesn't solve the problem completely, but does a better job than just using a towel and making swirls.
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:46 PM   #4
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....I don't dry my cars in the traditional fashion much these days but when I do, I prefer good quality waffle-weave MF towels and a product like Duragloss Aquawax. You just need to remember that not all towels are created equal (this goes for cotton as well MF's). Materials, craftsmanship, etc. all come into play.

I don't particularly care for the "jelly blade" or products like the Absorber that don't have nap or "pockets" where debris can lodge. The "blade" works by creating a tight seal against the finish. Effective, but the leading edge will drag anything it may happen to encounter as it is wiped across the panel.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:18 PM   #5
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A towel like this is your best no-swirl investment. I have been using them for years.

http://www.detailersdomain.com/uber-...towelblue.aspx

Be sure to get microfiber detergent as well.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:08 PM   #6
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:13 PM   #7
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chomios become sand paper after a while, not suggested
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:18 PM   #8
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A towel like this is your best no-swirl investment. I have been using them for years.

http://www.detailersdomain.com/uber-...towelblue.aspx

Be sure to get microfiber detergent as well.
+1 on this, I have 4 of them.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:49 PM   #9
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chomios become sand paper after a while, not suggested
really? I wash mine after every use and it stays nice and supple when it's wet (always wet first before use). haven't noticed any scratching.

hmm...maybe it's time to buy up a bunch of microfiber towels.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #10
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Leaf blower FTW.
Other than that,If I have to use a micro fiber towel,use it once then punt.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:58 PM   #11
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i buy the 30 packs of MF towels at costco, they are cheap. they get used once or twice IF that, then are tossed, or i use them in the house.

I use those for detailing purposes, awhile back though they had a 3 pack of amrour all MF towels, they are blue at costco, i use those for drying as well as my air compressor.

On a side note,the yellow costco MF towels are the best darn thing i have found for cleaning around my house........

Im going to try that MF towel on that link though.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:04 PM   #12
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I have good success with old cotton bath towels...but you should always wipe in one direction, not in circles, and with light to moderate pressure. Microfiber towels work ok too...
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:14 PM   #13
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i buy the 30 packs of MF towels at costco, they are cheap. they get used once or twice IF that, then are tossed, or i use them in the house.

I use those for detailing purposes, awhile back though they had a 3 pack of amrour all MF towels, they are blue at costco, i use those for drying as well as my air compressor.

On a side note,the yellow costco MF towels are the best darn thing i have found for cleaning around my house........

Im going to try that MF towel on that link though.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:18 PM   #14
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I have good success with old cotton bath towels...but you should always wipe in one direction, not in circles, and with light to moderate pressure. Microfiber towels work ok too...
yep old cotton bath towels work great.

i'll have to try the leaf blower technique... clever.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:12 PM   #15
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yep old cotton bath towels work great.

i'll have to try the leaf blower technique... clever.
Cotten----NO! Stop that, Dont spreading the idea that that is ok.

Like posted before
http://www.detailersdomain.com/uber-...towelblue.aspx

These towels are made like this for a reason, to eliminate dirt from being spread on the car paint, and absorb the moisture without pushing it around.

Cotton, which you probable washed with fabric softener will push the water around and not only make swirls but leave hard water stains.

Also costco/sams club/ or any other place where you can get 30 MF towels for 10 bucks probably have some other fabric mixed in, which I would say is not ok to use, except on engine bay.

Long story short, if you want to keep your paint in good condition, use microfiber waffle drying towels, wash them in some viniger and detergent, and don’t use fabric softener.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:38 PM   #16
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lol such a common question asked here.

Use a quality MF waffle weave towel like the one from DD or one from Adams. Autozones are even beginning to carry one that seems to be of decent quality. The only way to completely avoid swirls though is by using a leaf blower/compressed air.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:47 PM   #17
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lol such a common question asked here.

Use a quality MF waffle weave towel like the one from DD or one from Adams. Autozones are even beginning to carry one that seems to be of decent quality. The only way to completely avoid swirls though is by using a leaf blower/compressed air.
Yes but watch out with compressed air, as most air compressers use lines which are, and require oil. Oil on paint is a no no.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:16 PM   #18
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lol yes definately a no-no.

Reminds me of a time at the automatic car wash. A hydraulic line busted in the wash and spewed hydraulic oil on the next few cars that went through. The cars were a mess, but luckily I don't take my cars through them. One of the victims had a brand new BMW just off the lot. Ironically, she was caught stealing gas from the attached gas station several weeks prior.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:19 PM   #19
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Yes but watch out with compressed air, as most air compressers use lines which are, and require oil. Oil on paint is a no no.
....never had an issue with oil from the lines of my compressors but I've also had inline filters installed in most cases. They are relatively cheap and easy enough to hook up if you're worried about it.
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I love my Autozone microfiber waffle towels.

They don't last very long but they sure beat beach towels any day.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:44 PM   #21
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I love my Autozone microfiber waffle towels.

They don't last very long but they sure beat beach towels any day.
Huh, I didn't know they have their own waffle towels now. How much did it cost you? the one on detailersdomain was tempting but 18 dollars for a towel was a little much
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They've had them for a while. They're about $5-7. They work great, but they start to lose their absorbant power after a year.
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so i bought some terry cloths at walmart to dry my car off and i think there the culprit to the massive swils all over my car...i should have known, they didnt feel as soft as i think they could have been i even washed them before i used them

what do you guys use to dry your car off?

im am now gonna be using claybar/McGuires uc/ McGuires nxt 2.0
Operator error, never heard of a chamios?
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:03 AM   #24
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I use leaf blower then waffle weave mf to finish up
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