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Opinions shimmy and washing mitts

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by pinktaco808, Apr 2, 2021.

  1. Apr 2, 2021 at 9:52 PM
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    pinktaco808

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    Gonna buy new gear for new truck any suggestions? Dry good and won't scratch shammy and to wash the vehicle with? Suggestions brand's materials etc...
     
  2. Apr 2, 2021 at 9:57 PM
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    i use the griots garage PFM terry weave towel. dries in one light pass and holds soooo much water. for wash mitts i use a wool one from auto geek. some people like microfiber ones but i personally don't like the way they glide over the body. imo, wool mitts hold soapy water better and lubricates/glides over the body nicer.

    no matter what mitt you use, you will 100% create swirls or micro scratches. it's just what happens with any abrasion.
     
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    I prefer deer skin chamois. Problem is the deer skin is becoming scarce and expensive.

    The artificial material work reasonably well. I have one to dry the dog, works very well to dry the hair on the dog.

    I'm not completely sold on the micro-fiber craze. Any textile material will hold grit.....leading to microscopic scratches. IMHO.
     
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  6. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:11 AM
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    Any product that is moving across paint will cause swirls. Best bet is touchless drying like a leaf blower or Master Blaster.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:14 AM
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    Agreed.

    Although, the weave of a textile is more prone to holding grit than a deer skin.
     
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    You are the first person I have ever heard of using deer skin.

    Quality microfiber is a generally accepted practice in detailing. Junk microfiber hold debris while others don’t.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2021 at 3:25 PM
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    Good quality microfiber or wool mitts. 2 wash buckets. Good quality soaps Never dish detergent. When it comes to your microfiber never mix them ie drying, glass, wheels, door jams, interior etc. lastly use good washing techniques to induce the least amount of swirls or scratching. Get a good DA because since you plan on hand washing you will eventually need it.
     
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    No just use a drying aid. I use Wolfgang UBER Rinseless Wash diluted to a detail spray. (3oz. per gallon) spray bottle and gallon of distilled water from Walmart and I'm good to go. (For months and months)
     
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    yea, no way in hell im using "rinse less wash" on a truck. trucks kick so much dirt on doors that you'll be scratching the shit out of the paint with one pass of your wet towel

    you'll go thru so many towels. not worth it. the product sounds good but guaranteed garbage.

    a leaf blower or master blaster is a preferred way to dry and get water out of the nooks and crannies. it's one less thing that is touching the paint during the wash/dry process.
     
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    i am using similar method with a detail spray but saying the preferred method would be touchless drying.
     
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    I use the rinseless wash after I wash and rinse my truck. Spray it on a panel at a time then dry said panel then repeat on the rest of the truck.

    But yeah I have enough marbles rolling around in my head that I realize that it cost the same to wash my truck as it would cost me to wash and dry the microfiber towels at the laundry mat after using Rinseless wash only to wash my truck. Now if I were so blessed to have my own washer and dryer that would be a different story.
     
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    Been using deer skin chamois for years. Every few years they need to be replaced.

    Used a micro fiber yesterday.......IMHO. It is inferior to deer skin chamois. It leaves fine droplets behind. Maybe its the quality of the micro fiber I have. Even so, I'm not deeply impressed this is a better tool.
     
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    Rinseless only really refers to rinsing at the end. By all means particularly for this time of year rinse the dirt or pollen away then do the wash. Waterless would be the method where there would be no hose or PW but you still prespray a highly lubricated concentrate onto the paint. I'm not suggesting you switch or arguing for it, just realize plenty of people have and some could even argue it's as safe or more than 2 bucket and a foamy soap.

    As for the mitts: TRC Cyclone
    Rinseless towel: eagle edgeless 350
    Drying Griot's PFM I've tried a ridiculous number of detailing products, many that are great that towel stands above everything. You can get away with just one 16x16 to dry a Tacoma if you save the roof and hood till last.
     
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    Maybe so. I tried several different microfiber towels and I can safely say there is a difference.

    Use what works for you at the end of the day.
     
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    Micro fiber towels come in many varities, and for a very long time, the ones manufactured in Korea have been recognized as some of the best in the world. That being said, the fiber content is what's most important.

    For general interior, door jamb, and under the hood use, just about any micro fiber towel on the market will do, but when it comes to using it on paint, you want to have a towel that has at least 30% polymide. Polymide is the "micro fiber" that makes it work. Most of the towels on the market only have a polymide content of 10-20%. Another thing that makes them perform better as drying towels is to get them wet and ringe them out before you use them. They work much better as drying towels when they are damp, then when starting with a dry one.
     
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