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Old 12-29-2008, 05:39 AM   #26
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I use the panties dat my wife don lyke no more. Bat I don knoe ep i will kept doing it becose it leaves streaks. j/k ( dat was my filipino accent coming out.)
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:54 PM   #27
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I got a few micro fiber style towels from the dollar store. They work well and have lasted for over a year. For the $$$ errr.... for $... they were a total win.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:21 PM   #28
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Leaf Blower and the yellow costco microfiber towles!!
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:04 PM   #29
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Are there towels that you SHOULDN'T use?

I use old bath towels.

They aren't the softest, but they do the job..
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:27 PM   #30
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shamwow or the golden waffle.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:47 PM   #31
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waffle weaves, pretty much any kind.
absorbers, shamois and the jelly blade just trap dirt an help swirl your paint, microfiber is the safest way to dry IMO
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:34 PM   #32
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Plain white terry cloth, after it gets dirty I use it to clean my wheels and throw them away.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:51 AM   #33
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S-H-A-M-W-O-W

Nah, in all seriousness first I use a dear skin shammy followed up by clean micro Fiber Towel

Just remember to keep the Dear Skin Shammy moist in a ziplock bag before storing
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:08 AM   #34
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Danase waffle weave for anything painted, the Absorber for plastic and wheels.
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either a waffle weave or a drying microfiber towel..
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Same here.
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waffle weave for me
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waffle weaves, pretty much any kind.
absorbers, shamois and the jelly blade just trap dirt an help swirl your paint, microfiber is the safest way to dry IMO
Waffle weaves are by far, THE BEST drying towels. and I'm going to add a +1 to Hines

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Are there towels that you SHOULDN'T use?

I use old bath towels.

They aren't the softest, but they do the job..
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:28 AM   #35
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I use cloth diapers they are my best friend!!
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:41 PM   #36
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Waffle-weave MF's followed by my Metro Air Force Blaster motorcycle blower which I use to blow water out of all of the nooks and crannies:
http://www.autogeek.net/metairforbla.html

Much more powerful versus a leaf-blower, and the air is filtered as well so you won't be blowing anything other than air onto the car.

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Old 01-01-2009, 02:44 PM   #37
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Bath Towls are no good... they leave so much lint behind and they can also trap debris in the fibers that can scratch paint/glass.

Handy in a pinch but if you have access to specialized car drying cloth.... even the ones they sell for $1 at the car wash vending machines
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:43 PM   #38
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another absorber user... had mine for 3 years
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:46 PM   #39
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shammy + microfiber towel.....
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:03 PM   #40
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absorber + mf
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:12 PM   #41
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the golden waffel sounds like a sexual act. HAHA


i use the absorber.

the shamWOW looks too good to be true.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:03 PM   #42
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Do not purchase the shamWOW. It works nothing like you see on TV. That was the worst $20 I have even blown on a TV product.

I use the absorber and it works like a charm! When you car has a good coat of wax on it and you use the absorber it works like no other product I have used in several years.

BTW, the longer I use my absorber, it seems like the better it works!! I've used my current one for over 3 years now!
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:13 PM   #43
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Cobra
....same here. Their waffle-weave towels are what I use currently to spot dry any water left over. They seem to hold up well and are still soft after repeated washing.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:27 PM   #44
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absorber + mf
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Shamwow is truly a sham! mine are now just shop rags.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:55 PM   #45
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A REAL Beaver skin shammy. Get it wet, wring it out and start drying. Polish it off with microfiber lint free cloths.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:28 AM   #46
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jelly blade then absorber

long scratches followed by lots of tiny swirl marks you mean


As a professional detailer I must adivse all of you to stay away from the absorber or any other chamois (natural or synthetic) and to use high quality, thick-pile microfiber to dry. The idea is to keep swirls and scratches down to a minimum, and the less pile the fabric you are using to dry has, the more likely it is to swirl or scratch your paint because the dirt particles are more likely to get trapped in the fibers and not dragged across the surface of your paint. I know you may feel like your paint is completely clean after washing, but I can honestly say that most of my customers that have only ever washed their own cars (never taken to an automatic or anything) still have relatively bad swirls from their own improper wash technique, and most of the time, drying is the culprit.

The only time I will ever use anything that is not microfiber to wash or dry is when I use natural sheepskin to wash, which is my favorite wash media. And like I said earlier, make sure you use a fluffy, thick pile microfiber, not a satin one.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:46 AM   #47
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long scratches followed by lots of tiny swirl marks you mean


As a professional detailer I must adivse all of you to stay away from the absorber or any other chamois (natural or synthetic) and to use high quality, thick-pile microfiber to dry. The idea is to keep swirls and scratches down to a minimum, and the less pile the fabric you are using to dry has, the more likely it is to swirl or scratch your paint because the dirt particles are more likely to get trapped in the fibers and not dragged across the surface of your paint. I know you may feel like your paint is completely clean after washing, but I can honestly say that most of my customers that have only ever washed their own cars (never taken to an automatic or anything) still have relatively bad swirls from their own improper wash technique, and most of the time, drying is the culprit.

The only time I will ever use anything that is not microfiber to wash or dry is when I use natural sheepskin to wash, which is my favorite wash media. And like I said earlier, make sure you use a fluffy, thick pile microfiber, not a satin one.
....waffle-weave MF's (at least the ones I use) are far more efficient at absorbing water than thick pile MF's in my experience. As long as the quality of the WF towel you're using is decent (and your techniques are sound), any cobweb issues should be relatively easy to manage/avoid. Dabbing, low pressure rinse, in-line filters, air drying, etc. are also methods that can help limit the amount of contact you have (in turn limiting the amount of cobwebs you induce) with the towel(s) and your finish. Although the "ideal" methods/tools can vary by the individual situation and really depends on a number of factors.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:14 PM   #48
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I have used "The Absorber" and it does work well, but if I'm pressed for time (which I usually am) I'll use a leaf blower. It's easier and faster.
I love the idea of using a leaf blower - that's awesome! I use a squeegie and for corners and left overs I use the "Ultimate Cloth" which is great for cleaning windows and all sorts of things. http://www.clikproducts.com/Products...mateCloth.html
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:42 AM   #49
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Is the jelly blade thing damaging at all?

and am I one of the only people that uses the old school animal hyde shammy?
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