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Old 05-03-2003, 01:58 PM   #1
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I like making my life hard. I bought a black WRX and went out to get some goodf cleaning products. I was just wating to do the weekly wash, and all was going well.. until it was time to dry off..

I got 100% cotton rags, and unfortunately, all they like to do is push around water. I had shop towels, but to heck if I want to strip all the wax off. Can anyone suggest anything to help my drying woes? I went ahead and let it dry off in a non-direct sun area and then used some 'touch up' spray to get rid of the water spots and restore a shine. I just need something to get everything dry currently.

It was just very frustrating to have almost everything perfect... and then the towels feel like they have teflon on them. Any help woul dbe appreciated.

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Old 05-03-2003, 02:09 PM   #2
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You need to get a GOOD quality chamois. I think that Costco has a good, cheap chamois that is large enough to cut in half, and have two from. Around, $20, but that is a steal. Some of the better chamois will cost at least $30, and will not be half the size of the one i was talking about. Just be sure to properly prep the chamois to DRY your car prior to using it to dry with. They have an oil in them that will streak your car up if you do not wash the oil out of it. Good luck.
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Old 05-03-2003, 02:22 PM   #3
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I have been using "The Absorber" for three years and car drying very well. The size is 27"X17" and retails for $8.00 in any
automotive stores, walmart, kmart etc.

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CHAMOIS vs THE ABSORBER
In order to keep the coat of paint in good shape, you have to be careful what chemicals you put on it, and you have to be careful what you do when you dry it.

A Chamois is a soft pliant leather prepared from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin.

* They usually run about $12 (average price discount stores) for a smallish one about three square feet.

* They are effective – they dry to car without scratching, but you have to use several of them in order to get a normal sized car dry and you have to cover every inch of the car with the chamois to actually dry the car without leaving water spots.

The Absorber is a 3.19 square foot piece of soft rubber “drying skin” (actually a micro porous ultra absorbent material).

* It’s priced at approximately $8 (average price discount stores).

* It stays damp in it’s own carrying case (to keep it from cracking) So, it’s easy to store – no towel clutter.

* It holds up to 50% more water – and is easier to wring. Only one is necessary to dry and entire car. You don’t have to use five different chamois’ or towels.

* It won’t scratch your car’s finish

* The biggest bonus for the lazy - you don’t have to dry the entire car yourself if you don’t want to. Just wash it, let it air dry and run the absorber over the water spots. It removes the spots and leaves the car streakless.

There are several other things The Absorber is suited for (as listed on the tube). They included squeegy-ing your shower, cleaning off your kitchen counters, and using them on your boat to keep those vinyl seats nice and dry.

There’s even a picture of somebody toweling off their dog with this thing. Hmmm. If anyone gives that a try let me know. It seems odd. But anyway…
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Old 05-03-2003, 02:39 PM   #4
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I've been using the "Big Blue Towel" which i got from properautocare.com

Its a microfiber towel. They have a big one and a little one, the little one holds 2 cups of water without dripping. The big one is about 3 times larger.

I dry off the whole car in one sweep with the big towel and then go over it with the little towel. dry as a bone, and the microfiber doesn't harm the paint.

At 35 bucks for both it wasn't cheap, but it does the job and the microfiber towels are a lot easier to maintain then a lot of other drying products.
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Old 05-03-2003, 03:24 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Thanks!

I just wanted to thank everyone for their very prompt help. Maybe I will head out again tomorrow to get one of the aforementioned driers.

Ack.. it was just so annoying to have everything you thought you needed and just be short on one thing. I hope autozone has something for me .

Thanks guys.

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Old 05-03-2003, 03:45 PM   #6
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I like microfiber towels. They suck up water like a sponge, and are soft and cushy on the car's paint.

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Old 05-03-2003, 03:54 PM   #7
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I'm a big fan of the waffle weave microfiber towels. They absorb a ton of water. Plus, it actually removes the water, rather than moving it around. PLUS it's really good for polishing off water spots when you do get them.

Of course, it's no substitute for my favorite drying method - 80+ mph on the highway. 5-10 minutes round trip and most of the water is gone. Just a few spots, like glass, and behind the hood scoop, are left. Use the towel for picking that up and you're ready to wax.
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Old 05-03-2003, 04:36 PM   #8
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California Water Blade

http://www.properautocare.com/calwatblad.html For a black car nothing beats it linting and no spots.
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Old 05-03-2003, 06:35 PM   #9
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Use a leaf blower...no chance of scratches or swirls...no bending, gets water out of doors and mirrors...5 min job. Only condition is you need to have some wax so the water beeds instead of sheets. Have been using this method for years very successfully
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Old 05-03-2003, 10:10 PM   #10
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looks like microfiber comes in different brand names. regardless, works great!!!
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Old 05-03-2003, 11:03 PM   #11
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The big blue towel works well and the absorber does to!... I would suggest blotting the towel instead of dragging it around to reduce swirl marks. oh yeah and a leaf blower works good also
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Old 05-03-2003, 11:09 PM   #12
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Get the "California Water Blade". Its a soft silicone squeegee type thing that makes drying quick and painless. You'll still need some kind of absorbant cloth for drying the nooks and crannies that it doesn't reach, but drying the large panels can be done is seconds with no streaks.
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Old 05-04-2003, 12:30 AM   #13
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I was just reading the Cali Water Blade website, I'm gonna have to get me one of those. Thanks to those who suggested it, never heard of it just now.
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Old 05-04-2003, 12:46 AM   #14
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wather blade kicks @$$!

love mine! Dont get the cheaper small one. get the bigger, deluxe one.
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Old 05-04-2003, 03:19 AM   #15
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rock the absorber fore shore!!!!
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Old 05-04-2003, 12:01 PM   #16
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The absolute BEST way to dry a car is with the Perfect Drying Technique:

http://www.autopia.org/forums/showth...&threadid=5120

I use the Big Blue towel from www.properautocare.com and a smaller microfiber towel for my modified version of this technique.

BTW: be careful with the California Water Blade. If you have a dark colored car, it will introduce microscopic swirls in the paint from microscopic particles on the silicone collected from drying the car. If you are like 99% of people out there, you probably don't care about swirl marks in the paint. However, if you're obsessive like me, you'll use the technique above. I used to use the CWB until I saw evidence of swirling with a HIGH powered halogen light after I passed it over the paint (the CWB was clean)...

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Old 05-04-2003, 12:11 PM   #17
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i have the absorber. it is a great product.
my friend has the absorber too but switched to the cali water blade thing. i think thats even cooler because you don't have to wring it out! just make sure your car is truly clean otherwise you'll scratch the paint "blading" stuff off
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Old 05-04-2003, 04:52 PM   #18
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I've used the absorber and the cali water blade. IN the end i find myself using the absorber. I worry that the water blade will scratch the paint, especially when there are small debris still on top of the car.
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Old 05-04-2003, 08:12 PM   #19
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The absorber! Been using it for a couple of years now, beats everything else, hands down. No worrying about scratching your car, just lay it on your car, and pull the water off. Or wipe off like a towel. Just sucks the water up right off the paint.

Takes only minutes to do, definitely one of the best detailing 'tools' out there.
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Old 05-04-2003, 08:40 PM   #20
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I have a silver car, and I use the california water blade, and dry the blade on an aboserber after each pass, then use the absorber to mop up. Works great!
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Old 05-05-2003, 01:11 PM   #21
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I used a high quality chamois or Absorber for years until I got a waffle weave microfiber from microfibertech.com I can do my whole car (wagon) with one of their grey waffle weaves and not wring it out once. It's also very soft and won't scratch anything. A lot of people swear by the water blade, but that still scares me a bit
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Old 05-05-2003, 01:14 PM   #22
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

I once again went out and got an absorber. I am going to test it out as it rained today (just now) and should be by the time I get home.

Slight hi-jacknig my own thread:: Should you 'hose down' yur car before using the absorber for in-between car washings washing? Just curious as I just washed, but I would like to remove the rain water when I park the car in the garage tonight to avoid rainspots.

Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2003, 01:42 PM   #23
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A high quality chamois is what I have used for years. Leaves a streak free shine and doesn't scratch. I bought the Absorber a couple of months ago and was amazed at how much water it could hold. However, I too have a black car and noticed it left a thin residue of water no mater how many times you wipe (which can dry and leave streaks). I now have a technique where I use the Absorber first and follow up with my chamois (doing one section at a time). This has worked out great for me. The Absorber picks up most of the water and the chamois cleans up whatever is left (I only have to wring the chamois out a couple of times). I'm still interested to see how the microfiber towels work for drying. I've used the small one's for removing dust and wax residue with excellent results.

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Old 05-05-2003, 02:55 PM   #24
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....I usualy use my california water blade and then let it air dry.......But that absorber thing looks cool....I want one
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