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Doric

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Car drying after wash.
« on: October 28, 2021, 11:49:23 AM »
After buying my 5 month old Jazz Hybrid in March I decided to take more care washing my car and so started using the 2 bucket method along with Autoglym shampoo and a Kent  microfibre cloth, I then came across a well washed 100% Egyptian cotton towel and wondered if I could also use this as a first drag over the roof or windscreen before using the microfibre cloth, what are your thoughts please.

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2021, 11:55:15 AM »
I have been using a Vileda window cloth for the first dry for many years.

I find it way better than a chamois, easier to wring and it doesn't go greasy.

Then I follow that with a Meguiars water magnet.

Finally I go over the whole thing again with a waterless wash as this is the time where I find it most useful as the good ones come with carnauba wax.
Let's be careful out there !

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2021, 12:39:04 PM »
The detailing community seem dead against using domestic towels for drying cars - I have to say I am not sure why but one issue is that they might tend to leave more lint than a microfibre.

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2021, 12:47:18 PM »
I use a 30 odd year old Halfords synthetic chamois which does a good job.

It may outlive me.  :P

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2021, 01:11:16 PM »
I've got the Autoglym equivalent. The Aqua Dry. I've actually got 2 - one I bought last century and a newer one that's about 20 years old. These days I tend to use a microfibre drying towel as a decent one will dry a whole car without getting over full of water. I use a large GLART towel.

The Aqua Drys are great for windows though. I use the older one to wipe down the door shuts and the 20 year old one on the windscreen.

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2021, 01:31:11 PM »
What I can say is that I must be doing something right.

When I p/x'd my 2013 Civic the dealer said it was the cleanest and shiniest one they'd seen in a long time. It apparently sold within 24 hrs of taking it in.
Let's be careful out there !

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2021, 01:56:27 PM »
I spray Autoglym Aquawax on my wet car and dry it off with a microfibre cloth.
Easy to apply, doesn't take long and leaves a nice wax coating.

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2021, 09:09:12 PM »
Big fan of Aqua Wax myself. I've also got an unopened bottle of Autoglym Rapid Ceramic spray bought in a Halfords sale. Not used it yet but it can be used wet or dry.

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2021, 08:13:20 AM »
I use a decent sized standard Halfords micro fibre cloth. Works well for me.

One thing I also do, is give the windows a seperate clean with window cleaner. Makes all the difference and leaves them much clearer than just drying off.

https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/gol-ui/product/car-care-44/carplan-glass-spray-cleaner-122543821-p

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2021, 08:48:57 AM »
The theme of this thread is "what works for me is ......"

We all have our methods built up over years of trial and error.

The only annoyance I had for many years was getting the windscreen squeaky clean so the wipers didn't streak. After much trial and error I found putting on 'Invisible Glass' using the green plastic side of a kitchen scour sponge, then scrubbing off with a microfiber works well ....... for me.
Most of the recommended stuff left residue that looked bad at night or under bright sun, streak city.
Let's be careful out there !

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2021, 09:11:21 AM »
The theme of this thread is "what works for me is ......"

We all have our methods built up over years of trial and error.

The only annoyance I had for many years was getting the windscreen squeaky clean so the wipers didn't streak. After much trial and error I found putting on 'Invisible Glass' using the green plastic side of a kitchen scour sponge, then scrubbing off with a microfiber works well ....... for me.
Most of the recommended stuff left residue that looked bad at night or under bright sun, streak city.

The liquid sugar soap and a normal washing up sponge with white scourer ( the non-scratch one for teflon stuff ) - I found that those green scourers will scratch stainless steel, not as bad as the brown ones though, they are like emery cloth ( I use them to clean metal up, battery terminals and copper pipe before soldering, but the green one is ok for metal as well ).
Some people will only consider you an expert if they agree with your point of view or advice,  when you give them advice they don't like they consider you an idiot

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2021, 09:44:18 AM »
I've never seen the brown or white ones, just the cheapo Tesco green plastic ones and they have been quite safe on glass.

These : https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/267318786
Let's be careful out there !

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Re: Car drying after wash.
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2021, 04:34:05 PM »
I'm awaiting Santa to deliver me a cordless leaf blower after successfully trialling a heavier ancient leaf blower, car drying made easy  ;D

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Car drying after wash.
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2021, 07:18:09 PM »
I'm awaiting Santa to deliver me a cordless leaf blower after successfully trialling a heavier ancient leaf blower, car drying made easy  ;D
I use a pet dryer so hardly a need to touch the car, particularly effective on my other car which is ceramic coated.

GRANDMA SHARK 2800W Pet Water Blower, Pet Hair Dryer with Hose, 3 Optional Nozzles https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084KRWWHD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_XQ2GAQM4T4AH6GK4JRBW?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1


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