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Old 04-07-2009, 04:40 AM   #176
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the absorber FTW!!!
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:50 PM   #177
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I got the AutoZone oversized waffle-weave microfiber towel!

Works awesome!

A lot easier than a chamois because all I do is drag it across and it picks it up without much effort.

I wonder if I could treat it like a chamois. Wring it out and just hang it up and wash it once a week.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:27 PM   #178
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need to clean your waffle weaves or any microfiber for that matter after each use if they are to be used again on painted/cleared surfaces.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:05 PM   #179
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the absorber ftw

The absorber is awesome! I've had mine for 2 years, when its dirty throw it in the wash!
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ive got a shamwow too, they kick ass.
Tried it....sucks. Its about as effective as using a normal towel.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:31 PM   #180
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Shamwow was the biggest disappointment ever...It's decent around the house,but not for drying your car...Completely useless compared to even a regular terry cloth IMO.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:41 PM   #181
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Terry cloths are horrible for drying.

I bought them and they just smeared the water around.
And I was away from my house, so I drove around with a streaky car!

They are good for detailing. EG clay bar or quick detail spray.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:41 PM   #182
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terry cloths never touch my paint, good for scratching an micro marring......absorber is the same for that matter.

is there a dead horse around here, cause i feel like i keep beating it....
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:00 PM   #183
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i just got a huge mf towel that has two sides, one with long fibers and one with short. which side is best to use for drying? also, how soon after using a MF towel to dry the car should you wash it?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:38 PM   #184
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i just got a huge mf towel that has two sides, one with long fibers and one with short. which side is best to use for drying? also, how soon after using a MF towel to dry the car should you wash it?
....waffle weaves are best for drying. ....as for cleaning, ideally after each use if you want to assure that the towel you're going to use during the next wash is clean and free of foreign debris. I also store my towels in a cabinet/drawer and try not to leave them hanging out to dry for too long (where dust/dirt will collect on them). I guess it depends on how anal you are about it. Also, the more towels you have, the easier it is to keep clean ones on hand and cut down on how frequently you need to wash loads.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:39 PM   #185
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Terry cloths scratch paint?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:49 PM   #186
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....waffle weaves are best for drying. ....as for cleaning, ideally after each use if you want to assure that the towel you're going to use during the next wash is clean and free of foreign debris. I also store my towels in a cabinet/drawer and try not to leave them hanging out to dry for too long (where dust/dirt will collect on them). I guess it depends on how anal you are about it. Also, the more towels you have, the easier it is to keep clean ones on hand and cut down on how frequently you need to wash loads.
cool thanks for the help man. so the waffle weave would be the side with shorter fibers, and the best side for drying? what is the long fibered side used for then?
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:04 PM   #187
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sry for all the Qs... im just trying to learn more so i can take care of my new paint

is using a MF specific soap to wash really needed? or is it alright to just use a normal concentrated laundry detergent?
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:52 PM   #188
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depends on how dirty the towel it, I typically wash after every use.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:53 PM   #189
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detergent with no additives.

or this.
Microfiber Restorer.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:39 PM   #190
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cool thanks for the help man. so the waffle weave would be the side with shorter fibers, and the best side for drying? what is the long fibered side used for then?
....no. A waffle weave towel is a particular type of weave (with small square patterns) like this:



Here is a direct link to the example above taken from DD's website:

http://www.detailersdomain.com/Produ...eweaveblue.JPG

The towel your describing sounds more like what you might use with a QD (quick detail) product, product removal, final wipe downs, etc. It may do "ok" for drying but a waffle weave is much better suited to the task. I have a few two sided towels like you describe (plush on one side and tightly woven on the other). ....they wouldn't wick water very effectively.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:02 PM   #191
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we tried some sheepskin today - it sucks up water like its nobodys business, and definitely clings to the car body for a streak free finish.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:03 PM   #192
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Shamwow was the biggest disappointment ever...It's decent around the house,but not for drying your car...Completely useless compared to even a regular terry cloth IMO.

thats why i call them SCAMwow
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