Drying Your Car
Rinse the car with copious amounts of fresh water, being sure to comply with water restrictions, where relevant, in Australia. If using a water blaster this is usually not a problem.
AutoChem does not recommend the use of paint squeegees as the potential to scratch your paint outweighs the benefits. Plus, you can use the water left on the car to greater effect by removing it in easy strokes of our AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel. This serves the double purpose of a final clean up of any patches skipped by the water jet and vestiges of tenacious road film. Secondly, as a buff and to dry off streaks and drips from areas around hinges, mirrors etc that decide to release more water some time after you have finished the wash. These will result in streaks on your shiny finish due to solids trapped in the crevices.
To use an AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel work backwards and forwards rather than in a circular motion. Lift the towel from the paint at the end of each stroke. This allows it time to absorb the water from each stroke and not just spread it or redeposit it on the next stroke.
Wet and wring the towel, then wipe the paint. If the towel becomes dirty you will begin to streak the finish. The towel will need rinsing and wringing out (full details on final washing of your Towel are under this heading below). I personally wring out into a white plastic pail that I keep my cleaning gear in. The white pail highlights just how dirty the rinse water is- when the squeezed-out water is grey, rinse and wring the towel before continuing to dry the car. You cannot see how dirty the water is when wringing it onto the ground, and you run the risk of continuing to dry the car and re-depositing removed road film from the dirty towel. Trust me on this one – do not take shortcuts!
Incidentally, the reasons for using a microfibre towel rather than an old cotton bath towel are numerous:
- Firstly, the AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel holds much more water.
- It is very soft and non-scratchy.
- Spaces between the split fibres have an increased affinity for oil and grease and dirt and hold it out of harms way until washed with detergent – so it will not redeposit on the paint and streak it.
- It is many times more durable than a cotton towel.
- The polyester component of the fibres is a better scrubbing medium than cotton – more durable yet super soft.
- Microfibres are well known for cleaning in the kitchen without needing any added chemical agents (these are 80/20 polyester/nylon cloths) Our 70/30 polyester/nylon towels retain the same properties with a soft feel and better dirt retention due to the different balance of fibres.
- Our towels dry 3 times faster than traditional towels of cotton.
- Dry Nylon holds a static charge, which attracts dust and holds it within the fibres – just what you want when dusting the dash and inside the car. A dry cotton towel will not do this.
- Lastly, the filaments of the towel are shaped like triangular windscreen wiper blades and work in the same way to squeegee and remove water, and dirt with it.
Amazing, but true!