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Old 06-28-2001, 06:16 AM   #1
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Question What do you use to wipe the car down?

I'm looking for a non abrasive material to use to do my daily late afternoon wipe down. A local auto detailer suggested using cloth baby diaper material to wipe the car down with but what do you all use to wipe YOUR car down with?
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Old 06-28-2001, 06:26 AM   #2
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For wiping of light dirt, dust, I just use Mother's showtime with some terry cloth towels.
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Old 06-28-2001, 06:43 AM   #3
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The best thing is a quality microfiber cloth. Lifts the dirt right off without any scratching.
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Old 06-28-2001, 07:28 AM   #4
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The CALIFORNIA WATER BLADE!
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Old 06-28-2001, 09:35 AM   #5
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cloth baby diaper is exactly what i use w/some Meguiar's quick spray...

that's for quick, touch up, remove daily dust jobs...

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Old 06-28-2001, 10:16 AM   #6
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a diaper with Meguire Instant detailer or Griots Speed shine. But if there is any dust, I first use a california car duster, before the detailer or speed shine. Why rub dust (grit) into the paint.
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Old 06-28-2001, 10:59 AM   #7
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I'd second Bobg

Use the California Duster.......for picking up light dust (1-2 days worth) its the best out there....period. It will not scratch your paint. My car has the BRP paint job, and anyone who also has this color knows that you can get swirls just by looking at it, and the duster will pick up the dust (not just pushes against the body) and leaves the paint scratch free.

If the car is dirty.....wash it.

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Old 06-28-2001, 11:19 AM   #8
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If you can get microfibre, use that.

My friend is a detailer and reccomends it.

For drying a car, I just use a synthetic chamois, that leather stuff dries out waaaaay too much.
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Old 06-28-2001, 12:00 PM   #9
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the Absorber is great for drying off the car
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Old 06-28-2001, 12:33 PM   #10
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A handful of mud!
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Old 06-28-2001, 12:44 PM   #11
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Wash it! Don't be lazy. If you want it always clean, wash.

Wiping it down (i don't care what you use) will cause some level of scratching. But if you insist on it, a duster will do the trick with a minimal level of scratching. Also, it will be much safer on a waxed car.

BTW-DO NOT use a california water blade! You will smear dirt all over your car causing tons of sctratches!!! It is a peice of rubber (scilicone). Take any rubber and rub on any dry surface=friction. Put dirt between the two and you'll have more scratches on your paint than your eyes could handle. Its a very sad sight.
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Old 06-28-2001, 03:42 PM   #12
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I use a microfiber cloth and any instant detailing spray (Meguiars, Mothers, Eagle 1, etc.). The spray lubricates the dust so it doesn't scratch, and they also contain a small amount of carnauba wax to freshen the finish. Make sure you wash the car and put on a good coat of wax/sealant first, though.

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Old 06-28-2001, 04:13 PM   #13
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Old 06-28-2001, 05:45 PM   #14
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I'm suspicious of my CA Car Duster now, my car's been picking up additional scratches lately, and it seems like the only thing that's touched.. hmmmm..
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Old 06-28-2001, 10:54 PM   #15
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If your car has dirt on it and you wipe it off in any way, there will be some level of friction. That will cause the scratches. The Califinia duster is the only method of dusting I would suggest if forced to pick one. Other than that, I would say to just wash it, even if you don't dry it.

BTW-I was reading on a detailing book that even from driving a dirty car around, the dirt that gets blown off from wind will cause some level of scratching! For the record, the only people who really car about this are the people w/ A/C~Heated garages for their $20,000,000.00 car collections, I would worry too much about wind.
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Old 06-29-2001, 01:30 AM   #16
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Darwin, I have heard the California duster was good to get daily dust off safely, however I have a black car and a keen eye for scratches. I noticed the California Car duster will put minute scratches in the paint, even if there isn't dust on the car. Its good for a few times but will collect dust/dirt and rubbing it against the paint will scratch, not worth it in my opinion. I personally use Griots Speed Shine or Meguires Quick Detailer with a microfiber cloth. I would wash the car if its too dusty though.
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Old 06-29-2001, 01:53 PM   #17
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well, around here in the summer, it rains about once a month, and the car gets horribly dusty after even a day of sitting out. What I really need is to go to the suby dealer and order one of their fitted light-duty car covers. =P
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Old 06-29-2001, 03:12 PM   #18
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Old 06-29-2001, 03:18 PM   #19
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i use old towels...


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Old 06-30-2001, 04:01 PM   #20
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ex-girlfriends' favorite underwear!





P.S. they are even better for cleaning wheels and then you may return them.
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Old 06-30-2001, 04:08 PM   #21
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Griots Garage speed shine and 100 % cotton towels Works great but kind of expensive.
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Old 06-30-2001, 04:55 PM   #22
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thinktank funny, but what do you do when she asks you what you did with them? =)
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Old 06-30-2001, 06:13 PM   #23
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cloth baby diaper? Man, that's what's wrong. I've been using the baby instead.



mike...
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Old 06-30-2001, 06:20 PM   #24
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but what do you do when she asks you what you did with them?
She's an "ex," so who cares...
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Old 07-01-2001, 02:37 PM   #25
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The CALIFORNIA WATER BLADE!
NO! Scratched my car just "testing" it out the first time.


It needs to be wiped free of any dirt after each pass. Otherwise, scratches.....sonsabitches.
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