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#1 Roo

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 10:35 AM

I have always used a Chamois leather to dry the standing water off my car when its washed, however i know alot of people use the car sqeegee's to remove the water, they both seem to work just as well as one another, but which one do you guys use? or even both?

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 10:57 AM

Without being at all rude...

NEITHER! <cold sweat>

Drying blades are paint killers - get a single piece of grit trapped under them and you scratch it all down the paint...

Chamois leather is the traditional way of drying a car, but I have to say it's now outdated. Chamois doesn't have a pile, meaning that if you get grit trapped on the chamois, it sits on the surface and can scratch your paint. Much better is a microfibre drying towel. Any dirt caught goes into the the pile rather than staying at the surface.

The same logic can be applied to sponges - no to sponge, yes to a deep pile wash mitt.

If you add the two bucket method to this - using a separate bucket for charging and rinsing the wash mitt, and you'll have fewer swirls and imperfections.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:27 AM

good greif, i didnt realize there was so much to just washing a car lol

i always use a jumbo car sponge which is rung dry after each use and stored in a dry garage (away from my dad who leaves everything outside in the rain) the microfibre cloth seems a better idea though, the Chamois are a pain to store and last time i used one it left white streaks all over everything

plus my car is 6 years old now, the paint has dulled, its covered in stone chips and is beginning to rust (rust will be sorted this coming summer) so will the mit and seperate cleaning water really make that much of a difference? on a brand new car i can see how it would preserve the paintwork, but on an old car, surely it cant make the paint any better? or reverse ageing

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:31 AM

You can't restore your paint through good washing technique - it's a preventative measure.

To bring back dull paint and restore minor scratches and swirls you need a machine polisher, preferably operated by a professional.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:08 PM

I used microfibre drying towels for the first time today.... and was very impressed! Hadn't even heard of the things till I started reading about them here and on ukfiestanetwork. Gawd knows where the water goes? The towels just seem to suck it all up.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:10 PM

Water blade for the windows, drying towel for everything else :P

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 09:45 AM

I use a blade, making sure that it's clean, to get the majority of the water off then finish off with a terry towelling tea towel!

Works a treat, every time!!

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:45 AM

I use a blade, making sure that it's clean, to get the majority of the water off then finish off with a terry towelling tea towel!

Works a treat, every time!!

Mike


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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:55 AM

a tea towel? lol! that cxant be good for paintwork, my dads old laguna looked about 20 years older after he washed it with a dishcloth every week lol

i may have to invest in one of these miricle microfiber cloths

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:37 PM

I knew a fella that washed his 56 plate fiesta with washing up liquid :o

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:39 PM

I too use a water blade/squeegee and never had a problem. I use it over the colder months when the water just stands on the car rather than drying off in the sun, but I would suggest you don't use one in the summer months
There’s nothing wrong with them as long as you use them sensibly cleaning the blade frequently and ‘flick’ the water off with out dragging the blade over the car.
I have also tried a synthetic chamois but find they leave terrible water marks especially on glass and the paint work so I usually finish of with a chamois.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:44 PM

I knew a fella that washed his 56 plate fiesta with washing up liquid :o


:o Now that is something I wouldn’t recommend – although it might be a great product great if you wish to strip all that ‘greasy’ wax off your car.

Plus they do add salt to washing up liquid to make it thick and glupy –just the thing to help rust on its way

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:48 PM

I too use a water blade/squeegee and never had a problem. I use it over the colder months when the water just stands on the car rather than drying off easy in the warmer days.
There’s nothing wrong with them as long as you use them sensibly cleaning the blade frequently and ‘flick’ the water off with out dragging the blade over the car.
I have also tried a synthetic chamois but find they leave terrible water marks especially on glass and the paint work so I usually finish of with a chamois.


I use a water blade meself had no problems up to now then i use a microfibre cloth for the hard to get spots jobs a gooden.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:51 PM

:o Now that is something I wouldn’t recommend – although it might be a great product great if you wish to strip all that ‘greasy’ wax off your car.

Plus they do add salt to washing up liquid to make it thick and glupy –just the thing to help rust on its way


I know when he told me i thought r u mad me grandads the same on his car he always bangs on at me you don't need all that cleaning stuff its costs to much use washing up liquid and i thought yeh allright. :P

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:56 PM

I used to use washing up liquid on my old cars lol! 51 plate corsa, 52 plate clio, 56 plate grande punto, just bought some autoglym shampoo gunna try it this weekend as just run out of the diamondbrite stuff i got with the car.....

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