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I prefer high quality name brand 100% Cotton Towels Large White Bath Size for drying and polishing. Hand size for washing. I don't like sponges natural or synthetic or any wash mits, since they all can scratch.

Another great tip is to use a Toro 210mph Electric or equivalent leaf blower. Dries your car in about 5 minutes.... without even touching the paint surface.... You can at least use it to blow water from hinges, rearview mirrors, emblems, etc. I hate washing and drying my vehicle and then driving off and have water streak from some obscure location.

I prefer high quality name brand 100% Cotton Towels to dry the car. Chamois or the Absorber and especially the Water Blade are flat and could trap a piece of dirt and scratch the paint finish. Towels have nap and are much safer and forgiving. Even if it were to pickup a piece of dirt, the nap would cushion it.

Again Towels must be name brand high quality 100% Made in USA.

You must use only white. Not colored towels..... colored towels are not to be used because the dye leaves a chemical residue on the paint finish. Always wash your towels first before using. Use Liquid detergent and rinse twice.

When washing your towels. Only use Liquid detergent such as All or Tide, etc. Do not use Bleach, Powdered Detergents or any kind of fabric softener. They will leave a chemical residue on the towels which will transfer to your paint finish. Make sure to run rinse cycle twice to remove all detergent.

You should cut the selvages (borders) off the perimeter of the towels. This selvage contains nylon and polyester stitching that could possibly scratch your paint finish. The towels will fray a little once this is done. But it's better to play it safe.

Drying the towels on high heat will make them hold a static charge. I use the regular heat setting and remove them a little damp and let them air dry. You can fluff the towel real good when it's dry to make it softer.

As the towels get older they will lose there nap and absorbency and will have to be replaced.

Where to buy towels........

Some name brands make a lower quality version of their towels for K-Mart, Walmart and other big discount chains. These towels say 100% Cotton but that is not, totally true. The nap is 100% cotton but the backing material has polyester blend in it. So if you press a little to hard on the towel you can get some fine scratches or swirls. The point I'm trying to make is a lower quality towel is selling in a discount store for $6.00 or less (approximately) it is not the good stuff. I buy all my high quality towels at stores like Linens and Things and Bed, Bath and Beyond. I pay anywhere from $10 to $20 per towel. But you can find them cheaper if you really shop around.

These are the real deal. I buy about 3 or 4 towels and they usually last me about a year.
 

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There's a good trick I learned to reduce the time it takes to dry your vehicle. After you have completed washing it, take the spray nozzle off of the hose. Using the hose without any nozzle attachment, run the water from the hose across your vehicle. The natural sheeting action of the water will remove most of the water from your vehicle. This works best if your car has been waxed anytime in the past 6 months. After this it only takes a few minutes using a microfiber drying cloth to finish the job.
 

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The Mr. Clean auto dry system works great too! No spots- no need to dry. Awesome!
 

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- The "final rinse" setting using the filtered water is SLOW. The filtered water comes out in a slow, fine mist, and it takes a long time to go over the vehicle.

- Although the sheeting mostly works, there are still some areas of the car that you have to dry with a towel. I usually wind up going around the car with a towel anyway after it's been drying for a few minutes.

- The handle is big and unwieldy, and is made out of not-too-durable plastic. You can't just drop the handle on the ground like you would a normal hose nozzle or it probably won't last very long.

- The plastic cover that goes over the filter cartridge falls off sometimes when bumped

- Replacement soap and filters seem to be available at just about any store that carries car washing supplies, although they're not cheap -- it probably costs more to wash your car this way than using other basic car washing soap. Replacement filters are good for 10 washings.
 
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