How to Dry Your Car the Right Way
Here at Affordable Mobile Car Detailing today, we are going to talk about proper method of drying your car as part of our Car Maintenance Wash series. We are going to cover different ways of drying your car and also steps and products to avoid ensuring your paintwork stays in the best condition.
Drying your car is the second crucial step in maintaining your car swirl and scratch free. The first crucial step is the 2-bucket method wash that we covered earlier.
Throw away your swirl-instiller, out dated chamois (shammy). Contrary to popular belief, chamois does more harm than good. Why you may ask? Chamois ‘grabs’ to your paintwork aggressively. Yes it does dry your car extremely well, but can you imagine if there’s any fine dirt or dust in-between your paintwork and chamois? Welcome to swirl city, pal.
Microfibre Drying/Microfibre Waffle Weave Towels
Pros: Microfibre Drying Towels are designed specially for drying your car after a wash; it’s made of high GSM and deep pile fibres. Prepare 2-3 towels to dry your car. More often or not, the first towel gets too wet after drying the first half of the car. Change towels and finish drying up the rest of the car.
Cons: Unable to wash several cars at once unless you have a huge supply of drying towels. It’s hard to dry crevices and panel gaps.
Air Dry with Air Blower/Air Compressor (For Coated/Paint Protected Cars)
Pros: This method works better with coated cars, reason being is generally cars that are coated with ceramic coatings tend to be hydrophilic or hydrophobic (sheets off or forms into beads) and they do not adhere to the surface. Air dry will be able to dry your car perfectly without any physical contact, ensuring 100% safe drying, it even pushes out water from crevices between panels, side mirrors and windows gap!
Cons: Time Consuming compared to Microfibre Drying Towels
The best method is to combine both Microfibre Drying together with Air Dry to achieve the most efficient and safest drying.
Please take note: Our tap water and rain water in Australia is not 100% pure, it contains some others minerals. Do not leave a car to dry by itself as it will most likely to cause water etching and marks that needs to be rectified almost immediately, even for coated cars.
Drying Aid, Quick Detailer, Gloss Enhancer, SiO2 Spray Sealants
Using a microfibre drying towel is great. However, unless the drying towel is 100% clean, it will have very minor streaks and is hard to spot with the untrained eye. Using a drying aid is highly recommend after drying, not only it leaves you a perfect finish, it also adds a layer of protection on your paintwork!
We hope this article helps you to have a better understanding about drying your car the proper way. Feel free to get in touch for any car detailing and paint protection enquiries by clicking here.