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How do you dry your truck?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Lentsnh, May 3, 2009.

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How do you dry off your truck?

  1. Absorber

    858 vote(s)
    46.2%
  2. Cotton Towel

    472 vote(s)
    25.4%
  3. Air dry

    371 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. ShamWOW

    155 vote(s)
    8.4%
  1. Mar 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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    allthom

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    I use a miracle blade and follow it with some cotton detail rags.
    (I work at a detail shop so have access to all the items)

    Seems to work the best but i do have a white truck.

    One word of advice to people with black or dark colored trucks is to use some sort of microfiber drying towel if worried about scratches occurring from drying.
     
  2. Mar 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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    StevoNB

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    I let God dry mine.....although he tends to leave water spots.
     
  3. Mar 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM
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    spiralout462

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    I agree a hundred percent! I do a sheeting rinse, then blower, then blotting technique with a Guzzler. Black (202) is very soft.
     
  4. Mar 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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    mcdee

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    First I water blade, drive 1-2 miles, then microfiber cloth and blower dry drip areas. I always wash in early AM or 1/2 hour before dark.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2013 at 5:53 AM
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    Millertime187

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    I hit the highway!
     
  6. Mar 9, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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    VirginiaBound

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    Guys don't forget-

    Slap a good coat of wax and make life easier! You can set your hose to a slow output setting (water drizzling out) and let it run a sheet of water down all sections. This will keep the water from beading up and will "dry" the car almost completely without ever touching it with a cloth!

    Something similar to this. . .

    http://youtu.be/GIYHNMHIRdY
     
  7. Mar 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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    mcgiiver

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    Usually use a chamois, but when it warms up I am going to try a leaf blower also, for hard to get at places. Works great on a motorcycle.
     
  8. Mar 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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    gupster88

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    california jelly water blade, then i dry the remaining off with a waffle weeve microfiber towel. NO swirl marks!
     
  9. Apr 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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    EG555

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    I'm going to have to invest in a jelly blade and waffle towel.

    I've been using a shamwow and normal microfibers but there's always water being streaked.
     
  10. Apr 3, 2013 at 1:19 AM
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    Erik65

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    Jelly blade and some high quality towels
     
  11. Apr 28, 2013 at 7:44 AM
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    I just bought one of these and it works so good at getting all the water between the cracks and crevices out. Do you hate how after you think you are done drying and you get those drips from your side mirrors or badges? It works great on wet tires and wheels too.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Apr 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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    JCruiser

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    I have a white truck, so I just use micro-fiber towels, one in each hand.... but on my 2011 Black Mustang, I really have to be careful of what soap I use. The last 2 gallons have been Mothers California Gold. 1-2 oz per gallon of water and a micro-fiber wash mitt. I so the wheels first, but use an old towel and soft brush to bet around all of the lugs and openings. I dry the Mustang with a larger microfiber (O'Rileys Auto Parts) to dry it off. One of the most important things I learned was to use plenty of water, and not a hard spray, but a heavy rinse. I use the Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 and there is not a lot of drying to be done, and it has very few scratches in it. A detailer once told me to never never never use a cleaner wax on a black car because the cleaning actions in it are abrasive and you will get small swirls in it. Mothers makes a great straight carnuba wax which does not care what color it goes on. Insure that you use non-abrasive applicators and wipe off towels and you should be OK.
     
  13. May 24, 2013 at 4:12 AM
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    freddirt

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    I use the Absorber on the paint, and have for years on all my rigs. I've never got scratches from it. I throw it in the wash when it starts to get dirty. I use my air compressor to blow water out of the cracks and a normal towel for the windows, chrome, badges, wheels, and glass. I throw on some spray n' wipe wax with micro fiber towels every other wash.
     
  14. May 24, 2013 at 4:31 AM
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    bowzerdoo77

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    I cant ever get the jelly blade to do as good of a job as the Absorber, they last forever I have had it for at least 5 years and still drys awesome.
     
  15. May 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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    I'm blessed to have a industrial water distiller at work. I rinse it down with that after it gets a bath. no spots!
     
  16. May 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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    I use a landscaping backpack blower.
    Its really high output.
    Go over it 2x, & its done.
     
  17. May 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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  18. May 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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    Usually hand wash then I hit the $1 wand wash for their spot free rinse (they keep their demin filters fresh) afterwards drive 2 miles down the highway to air dry. Then wax with Original Spirits/microfiber. AND DONE!
     
  19. May 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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  20. May 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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    Shammy to dry & I put the hose on the shop vac in the exhaust to blow out the cracks. My wife thinks I'm crazy.
     
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