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Old 03-03-2011, 07:56 AM
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Quick car wash DRYING tips plz

ok so what type of towel do you guys use to dry your cars?

some of my friends say to not use that "deerskin type" chamois because they scratch the paint.

The X5 i bought has very nice paint and would like to keep it that way.

what to use? microfiber towels or something similar? thanks
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:55 PM
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Two of these and my X is totally dry: Micro Fiber Drying Towel - Griot's Garage
pricey, but they do an awesome job

not sure if the "uber jumbo waffle" blue towel on DetailersDomain is the same or not...
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:45 PM
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The microfiber towels sold my Detailers Domain are great towels of exceptional quality. However, there are many other reputable resellers for towels such as Griots, Detailed Image, etc.

Here is a wholesale towel link that provides towels that are the same as other detailing shops. Wholesale microfiber towels range
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It really depends on how anal you are about the paint.

My X5 is a 2008 with sapphire black paint and it's been in a garage for maybe 48 hours in that entire time.

That being said the paint is in great condition and it appears to me that it's very tough, as i've been using chamois and costco microfiber towels to dry it and as far as I can see, there's no scratching. (at least to the naked eye, i'm sure if Phil examined it there would be some very fine scratches).

If you don't want to use towels you can always use a blower -

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Old 03-05-2011, 11:21 AM
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Do you wash at the car wash all the time? If not, you could try finding a product with a drying agent in it. It'll save you the hassle of wiping, and leave the X spotless every time. I usually only have to give the windows a quick wipe afterwards. (OCD)
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I would think the OP would get a different/varying 'answer' or suggestion from every responder...here are mine:

I use a back pack leaf blower to shed most of the residual water. I use some fabulous, very old bath towels copped from my many stays at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, though I suspect any decent old full cotton bath towel works well. I use microfiber towels, (any decent brand, imo), for final 'soft/light' wiping.

Chamois is pretty retro and hard to use properly...Maybe ShamWow?!

You are on the right track: less is more, as in less pressure when 'wiping down'.
Our X is approaching 10 yrs old, and still looks pretty good, paint-wise, and I do not treat it like a show car.
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I would think the OP would get a different/varying 'answer' or suggestion from every responder...here are mine:

. I use some fabulous, very old bath towels copped from my many stays at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, though I suspect any decent old full cotton bath towel works well. I use microfiber towels, (any decent brand, imo), for final 'soft/light' wiping.


You are on the right track: less is more, as in less pressure when 'wiping down'.
Our X is approaching 10 yrs old, and still looks pretty good, paint-wise, and I do not treat it like a show car.
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Spot on advice. Lots of ways to skin the cat...

I really do not understand the whole 'micro fiber' thing.... and I have slews of them from when I upgraded my detailing techniques. Ultimately I went back to some old, incredible soft full cotton towels that I sequester for car wash. Clean them in the super hot, sanitary, multiple rinse cycle.

On the dark cars I will sometimes blow it, other times just BLOT with the towels- try not to move anything on the paint, very light touch.

I tend to be anal about microscratches.
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I use one of these CRSpotless.com - Wash, Rinse, and Walk Away works great even on black cars.
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