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      07-14-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Leaf Blower?

Anyone use a leaf blower to dry off the car? I'm sure you'd still have to use towels, but does using a blower work/help?
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bad idea. if there's dust and what not in the air then you are sand blasting ur own car.
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The zaino site says to use only 100% cotton towel, not microfiber or anything with synthetic towels. What's your take on that?
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my take? i have no take, i dont even know how to wash my own car. VD Detailing in my siggy belongs to the guy that details my car
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I've seen many pro detailers do it. It seems to work since you're eliminating the chance of scratching the paint with a drying towel.
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The zaino site says to use only 100% cotton towel, not microfiber or anything with synthetic towels. What's your take on that?
Drying the car is a rush against time. It is not so much the towel as the drying technique. The proper drying technique is to place the towel over a particular section and pat it down. Any remaining spots should be dabbed out. Never rub.

People will recommend MF Waffle Weave drying towels as they as extremely absorbent and 2 of such towels are enough to dry an e92 or e90.

However, I have since moved beyond running around the vehicle like a madman, dabbing and patting down the vehicle. I just bit my tongue and purchased a CR Spotless. Deionized filtered water and no water spots .

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bad idea. if there's dust and what not in the air then you are sand blasting ur own car.
use only MF towels
Agreed! if anythign only use the blower for those crevices you know hold a small pocket of water.
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just use an air compresor with a new nozzel on it. It takes all the water out of the crevices.
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I went to the VD website. I like the packages.. LOL
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i use both the Cali Water Blade and a chamois to dry my car. i clean the water blade carefully before gliding it over the car surface. so far zero scratches. i would replace the chamois with a 100% cotten towel when the former is worn out. a chamois is not that absorbent.

many detailing enthusiasts use leaf blowers. i am thinking about getting a electric one JUST for drying my car. no fumes to gunk up my car!
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I really don't think a leaf blower will cause harm if there's not stuff blowing around in the air. I use a California water blade for the pre-dry. Detailer Paradise Purple waffle weave MF works well for me. Never been concerned about wiping vs. patting, but if you have a dark color paint, you might want to be conservative.
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Anyone use a leaf blower to dry off the car? I'm sure you'd still have to use towels, but does using a blower work/help?
I have a small electric leaf blower I use to dry my car and have not had any problems with scratches etc. It does take a little extra time compared with a towel, but I think it is worth it.
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Why not just dry the car by driving it really really fast. Would be funny if you got pulled over and tried to tell the cop that you where not being reckless, but rather trying to dry the car

But in all seriousness, it does sound like a good idea. I however, will just take it to the car wash- I'm lazy
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I use a leaf blower to get the majority of the water off, then dry off with a single large cotton towel. Leaf blower comes in handy especially on that left hood vent where the water pools up. If you use the leaf blower to dry too much you leave water spots.
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Zaino sweats the 100% high quality cotton towel (ie. Bed Bath and Beyond) drying over microfiber. He recommends "The Burn Test" on all towels before use. In this test you burn the towel to observe the quality of the flame. 100% Cotton burns clean. This is a great way to finally get your family and loved ones to admit you into a psychiatric institution.
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Zaino sweats the 100% high quality cotton towel (ie. Bed Bath and Beyond) drying over microfiber. He recommends "The Burn Test" on all towels before use. In this test you burn the towel to observe the quality of the flame. 100% Cotton burns clean. This is a great way to finally get your family and loved ones to admit you into a psychiatric institution.
this is genuinely funny
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BTW... the leaf blower method gets rid of the rust in the wheels after the wash.
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this is genuinely funny
LOL I agree, but makes me curious now. I need to try this.
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