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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. Jun 10, 2013 at 5:31 AM
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    car78412

    car78412 Well-Known Member

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    California blade with a microfiber towel.
     
  2. Jun 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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    Rmodel65

    Rmodel65 Yukon Cornelius

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    sunlight dries my truck
     
  3. Jul 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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    Cooter1

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    MetroVac Masterblaster and waffle weave drying towels.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM
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    Fenwick1993

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    Ride around the neighborhood. :D
     
  5. Jul 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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    Chaloots

    Chaloots Well-Known Member

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    i've been using the leaf blower method followed up by the absorber lately. it works amazing since i just waxed the truck with 2 coats of collonite 845 wax
     
  6. Aug 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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    dafloydboy

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    Leaf blower works great with a couple of towels.
     
  7. Aug 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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    Nixinus

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    California blade and an 'absorber'. No water marks after
     
  8. Aug 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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    Mr. Pick

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  9. Aug 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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    Colt562

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    Chamois with microfiber towel following it. I also use a leaf blower to blow out the water in the cracks.
     
  10. Sep 3, 2013 at 5:17 AM
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    Munstertoyo

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    Cali blade followed by an absorber. Works great!
     
  11. Sep 3, 2013 at 5:20 AM
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    spieler

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    Same here. I have 2, one for the paint area, one for the wheels/tires/etc. I also do the silicone blade first too, saves lots of time. BUT it has to be done in the shade.
     
  12. Sep 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM
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    MGMTacolover55

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    Leaf blower is what I use! Gotta love the gas powered stihls!!
     
  13. Sep 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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    lucap100is

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    electric leaf blower then quick detailer.
     
  14. Sep 16, 2013 at 5:30 AM
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    spieler

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    U guys are hard core. my leaf blower is actually my shop vac so the time it takes to "set it up" isnt worth it. I just do the silicone blade then follow with a shammy. I have a separate shammy to dry the tires/wheels though!
     
  15. Sep 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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    Mr. Sparkle

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    As a full time detailer my concern is marring up the paint. Which inevitably will happen with cotton towels, shamwows, absorbers or water blades. too much friction and risk for scratching the paint. Sounds super anal but if you've spent 2 days polishing a car, and you see it 2 weeks later for a wash, you'd be concerned. Not always the case but I kinda establish a system I like and stick with it

    with that said - I dry with

    Sheeting method (rinsing the vehicle with garden hose open - water will cling to itself and run off the car in big sheets leaving less to dry)

    Cordless Leaf Blower - 32v plastic tip inverted

    waffle weave microfiber towel or a plush microfiber towel


    Not a big fan of 'quick detail' products to end the wash. If anything I'd rather put some spray wax on. That'll remove any light water spots you may have gotten along with leaving some protection behind. Most can be applied with some water left on the car for a 'shine as you dry' type of thing
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2013
  16. Sep 19, 2013 at 5:21 AM
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    spieler

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    Great tips Mr. Sparkle (great business name btw) I guess I need to not be so lazy and get out my leaf blower and give that a try.
     
  17. Sep 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM
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    richardbui23

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  18. Sep 28, 2013 at 5:29 AM
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    Gonzo66

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    found it cheaper at pep boys... $14.99. Wally world wants $16.97... Hey $1.98 is still a deal....Now i can buy a beef jerky ....lol
     
  19. Oct 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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    916TacoTruck

    916TacoTruck BallzDeep is how I go

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    Not enough.
    I do not take the hose to my truck. I use a spray bottle of just water and clean a section of the truck at a time. The wax last a lot longer without the use of soap. No water runs to worry about at its a lot less water to dry off. Nice plush microfiber towels to dry.
     
  20. Oct 4, 2013 at 1:14 AM
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    whonoez

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    Leaf blower! Air compressor for the cracks! Been doin that for years now!
     
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