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      10-05-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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Question My car is a freaking dust magnet...what to do?

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I'm very anal if it comes to cleanliness of my car. It just freaks me out if it's dirty

The problem is as following.
Everytime I wash my car which is at least once a week I'll hand dry it with microfiber towels.
One day later, the car is covered with a layer of dust...everywhere... It's almost like the car is electrostatic charged...

I use Meguiars microfiber towels, could it be that the towels transfer a electrostatic charge onto the car???


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      10-05-2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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yes, the towels are creating the charge.

try washing them with no fabric softener

also try using a qd like chemical guys synthetic QD while drying...that should help reduce the static charge
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      10-06-2010, 06:09 PM   #3
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Hello Eric,

thanks for the tip regarding the softener, yes I used softener.

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try using a qd like chemical guys synthetic QD while drying...
What do you mean with that?
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      10-07-2010, 10:55 AM   #4
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use a quick detailer spray = qd when you dry and it will reduce static build up.
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      10-07-2010, 06:26 PM   #5
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I was under the impression you're NOT supposed to use fabric softener with MF towels.

http://www.autogeek.net/mi101.html

Using a QD helps but if the area you live in is dusty, well, there's not much you can do about that.
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      10-08-2010, 11:23 AM   #6
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You are correct do not use fabric softener on microfiber towels when you wash them
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      10-08-2010, 11:51 AM   #7
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      10-08-2010, 03:50 PM   #8
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      10-08-2010, 04:03 PM   #9
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As others have said, definitely do NOT use fabric softener on MF towels. The residue from the fabric softener will get into the fine fibers of the towels and significantly reduce their ability to absorb water.

Also, I would suggest not drying your MF towels in the dryer at all if possible. That alone causes static, not to mention that the towels may pick up some of the fabric softener residue left in the dryer from your normal laundry. I hang my MF towels to dry and they work great.
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thank you all for the tips, I gave my wife the new washing instructions
I'm using a qd, maybe it realy comes solely from the towels.

Thanks again.

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      10-10-2010, 08:11 PM   #11
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As others have said, definitely do NOT use fabric softener on MF towels. The residue from the fabric softener will get into the fine fibers of the towels and significantly reduce their ability to absorb water.

Also, I would suggest not drying your MF towels in the dryer at all if possible. That alone causes static, not to mention that the towels may pick up some of the fabric softener residue left in the dryer from your normal laundry. I hang my MF towels to dry and they work great.
Exactly! CG actually had a MF washing solution that works pretty well. I have found that using a QD helps a lot. The ones mentioned above are great. Also like the Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer, leaves a nice shine
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      10-23-2010, 09:03 PM   #12
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Anyone ever use a chamois to dry the car? I was trolling through my local BMW parts department a few days ago and on the back of the BMW car shampoo, they recommend drying the car with a chamois.
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      10-23-2010, 11:10 PM   #13
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Anyone ever use a chamois to dry the car? I was trolling through my local BMW parts department a few days ago and on the back of the BMW car shampoo, they recommend drying the car with a chamois.
I have read posts by many detailers suggesting that chamois are not the way to go, as they trap particles and this causes scratches.
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it is the cloth used to dry it. My m3 would be washed and polished on friday night, wake up to it saturday morning covered in a layer of black filthy dust. Go to autozone, and buy the sheepskin like auto absorber cloth. Its basically the shamwow. I suggest getting the XL size intended for trucks as the standard size is insufficient. Its an amazing product.

I have used the blade, and all kinds of cloths. This thing cuts the drying time down more than half. Give it a shot, its only 12 bucks.
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it is the cloth used to dry it. My m3 would be washed and polished on friday night, wake up to it saturday morning covered in a layer of black filthy dust. Go to autozone, and buy the sheepskin like auto absorber cloth. Its basically the shamwow. I suggest getting the XL size intended for trucks as the standard size is insufficient. Its an amazing product.

I have used the blade, and all kinds of cloths. This thing cuts the drying time down more than half. Give it a shot, its only 12 bucks.
I have to disagree with using the absorber. It is nothing more than a synthetic chamois and has the same limitations as a regular chamois with dragging trapped dirt across the paint. Unless your towel is linting as you use it, the dust you are seeing the following morning is just that dust being attracted to your car by static electricity which can be decreased by using one of the better QDs mentioned above. Dust will settle on your car just like any other surface, it just more visible on a highly polished and reflective surface.
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I don't even touch the paint while drying. I rinse it off, hit it with the foam cannon twice then wash it. For drying I flood the car to take the excess water off then I get out the leaf blower and blow it dry. Using the blower it gets all the water out from doors, hood, and the trunk and creates a flawless dry no lint left behind. I use it to blow the dust off after long drives too
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I don't even touch the paint while drying. I rinse it off, hit it with the foam cannon twice then wash it. For drying I flood the car to take the excess water off then I get out the leaf blower and blow it dry. Using the blower it gets all the water out from doors, hood, and the trunk and creates a flawless dry no lint left behind. I use it to blow the dust off after long drives too
Thats funny, thought I was the only one using a leaf blower to dry the car. Works great and all the little areas that hold water get it blown out.
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+2 on the leaf blower, strange looks from the neighbors but works great.
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I live in a big city and don't have a good area at my apartment to wash my M3 regularly. Any suggestions on the best way to wipe the dust off and do other touch-ups between full washes? Obviously I don't want to just grind the dust into the paint by wiping it with a dry towel.
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