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Old 02-06-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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I've been trying to figure out an economic way to store things like my microfibers, wash mitts, chamois, etc.

The stuff that we need to keep out of reach of those microscopic clear coat destroyers.

Any one have some inexpensive and innovative methods???
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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I've always kept all my waxes, polishes, cleaners, and the like in a clear Rubbermaid tote and all my microfibers and pads in another one. Just make sure it seals well so dust doesn't get in and periodically wipe them out while the towels are in the wash.

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:03 AM   #3
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WERD, just use a clean storage bin.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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I have seperate sealed plastic containers for each type of towel I use. 1 container for my best towels, which I use to remove the final wax/sealant. 1 container for my good towels, which I use to remove compound/polish, and my glass towels. My misc towels for wheels and interior I carry in a bag.

As for products, I've got my wash bucket with grit guard that I can fit about 10 bottles in, along with my pads. The rest i put into a plastic "bin". I usually carry all my stuff in my trunk so.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:41 PM   #5
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how I keep all my stuff
Paint only towels

pads and misc items are in this little storage container

and all my chemicals and such in a cabinet
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:39 AM   #6
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plastic containers for home and I'll put stuff into zip lock bags when they are in the car.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:59 PM   #7
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Doobis: I really like your setup, hopefully one day I'll have something similar in my garage.

although, you might want to replace the bowed plastic shelves with some nice sturdy wood or just re-enforce the plastic ones.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:05 PM   #8
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I don't worry about it so much. I put my towels in a plastic bag, and chems on shelving. The lamb mitt and microfiber mitt hang on some hooks. You don't really have to worry about those dust particles that land on the mitts in between washings since those will never touch your car without liberal amounts of water.

The drying/polishing towels just need to be clean and not out in the open to collect dust.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:49 PM   #9
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I keep a spray bottle for windows, a claybar box with everything inside, and "The Absorber" underneath my seat. Gold Class wash soap in the house and thats all I need to wash her down.

Absorber is the best because it is a fiberless cloth that essentially squeegies off while soaking up all the water. Chemical resistant and will last you a life time if you rinse it, wrought it dry and store it properly after use.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:24 PM   #10
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The best way to use that (just in case there might be a particle on the paint) in my experience is to pad the car dry or roll it. If you rub the car with the absorber you can still scratch the hell out of the paint if you're not careful.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:19 PM   #11
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good point! padding seems tedious. what do you dry roll it with? never heard of that
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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those Absorbers are JUNK..they have no nap to them so if ANY dirt lands on the paint while drying it has no where to go but scratch up the paint as you rub it all over and making a mess.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:27 PM   #13
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those Absorbers are JUNK..they have no nap to them so if ANY dirt lands on the paint while drying it has no where to go but scratch up the paint as you rub it all over and making a mess.
They are all marketing hype, blower then waffle mf towel makes life much easier.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #14
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ill go ahead and agree with the guys above, blower and waffle micro fibre towel probably work the best.

btw, blower? why the hell didnt i think of that!! genius

i might stop using my absorber after realizing a piece of sand/dirt could cause serious scratches with it, but other than that its pretty good

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:09 AM   #15
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I use my absorber for glass and large microfiber drying towels for the paint. I wash the absorber with all the microfibers but don't dry it (obviously).
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:08 AM   #16
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What's wrong with using a chamois?
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:58 AM   #17
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What's wrong with using a chamois?
It has no nap, for lack of a better way to describe it. If there are any dirt particles or what not on the surface of your paint during the drying process it will rub/drag these particles on the paint. Whereas a waffle weave will pick up the particle and pull it up and into the fabric, drastically reducing any chance of surface damage while drying. And obviously the best way to dry is by doing so without ever touching the surface of the vehicle, such as using air i.e. leaf blower, air compressor etc. Most, including myself use a combination of the two.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:47 PM   #18
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The other nice thing with using something like a WW MF to dry (vs. a chamois, water blade, etc.) is that they can be used in conjunction with a quick detailer or quick wax to further mitigate the risk of marring as you dry. Having said that, I typically just use forced air. Since I also use DI filtration, any water spotting (if at all) is usually limited to isolated areas. .....and later addressed with a plush MF (or WW) and QD/QW.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:02 AM   #19
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Do WWs have the same behaviors as other drying articles-fall on the ground and they're done or wring out and go?
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:35 AM   #20
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Do WWs have the same behaviors as other drying articles-fall on the ground and they're done or wring out and go?
In that scenario I would pick off any obvious contamination, shake out, toss in my "to be washed" bin with my other sorted MF's and grab a clean one.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #21
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if ANY of my MF towels that are my paint only towels hits the ground..that towel will instantly become an all purpose towel for interior and wheels. never will touch the paint again. MF is really grabby and you will never get all the little debris out. So why chance it.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:43 PM   #22
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^^ OR...you could just wash the towel and thoroughly rinse it and put it back in it's container.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:15 PM   #23
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if ANY of my MF towels that are my paint only towels hits the ground..the towel will instantly become an all purpose towel for interior and wheels. never will touch the paint again. MF is really grabby and you will never get all the little debris out. So why chance it.
Not that I make it a habit, but I don't have a problem with reusing one of my "paint only" towels when I have dropped them on the floor of my work area (which is rinsed/squeegee'd frequently and relatively clean). IMO, my MF wash media and towels I have used for occasional bird bomb removal, rinseless washing, etc. have had greater exposure to contamination by comparison.

IME, I have never had an issue as long as the towel is washed thoroughly. ....but I suppose it all depends on your own scenario and level of comfort.
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