How To Dry Your Car After Washing

Once you have thoroughly washed your vehicle it is important to consider how dry it in the correct manner.

Drying options:

  1. Allow the vehicle to air dry. The downside of this is that the finish can be poor due to smears and water spots left behind on the bodywork when in an area of hard water. To get around this water filters can be fitted to the water you use to rinse the vehicle with.

  1. Use a ‘rubber blade’ to remove excess water. This can be a fast way of removing excess water from a vehicle, however very dangerous too. If there is any grit left on the paintwork post wash and rinse, this can become dragged across the bodywork scratching it in the process. This can be avoided by rinsing the vehicle thoroughly post wash and then after each gentle ‘sweep’ of the blade, running the rubber blade between your finger and thumb to clean the working edge before placing back onto the bodywork.

  1. Leather dry. This can be either with a genuine leather chamois or with a modern man made synthetic chamois. I have found that the synthetic type can hold more water and therefore produce a better finish but this is an entirely personal preference. A drawback of this method can be that if you have not spent enough time thoroughly washing and rinsing the car afterward then dirt and grit can me smeared across the vehicle body scratching the paintwork.

  1. Microfibre dry. Many professional detailers will insist on using microfibre towels to ‘pat dry’ the bodywork. This can be time consuming however it is very gentle to the paintwork and produce excellent results.

  1. Forced air dry. Not generally available for all due to the cost of the specialist equipment. A machine blows air thorough a nozzle (essentially reverse of a vacuum cleaner). Good results but can be slow and expensive to buy. Used by professional detailers.

Recommended drying method:

I have found like most things it is usually the methods which take the longest that produce the best results. I prefer to use microfibre towels to pat dry the bodywork after thoroughly washing and rinsing a vehicle. This is best done in a panel-by-panel basis to systematically dry the vehicle and produce excellent, steak free results.

Vehicle panel drying order (Top down method):

Roof
Windows
Mirrors
Bonnet
Boot
Doorshuts
Doors
Bumpers
Wheels

Now that the vehicle is dry you need to decide if that is enough for now or if you would like to go on and condition and nourish the vehicle.



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