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Dec 24, 2014

Safest Materials to Dry Your Car

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If you’ve ever driven past an older vehicle with dull patches on body of the car, the damage to the exterior was due to effects on the paint.

Car Drying

Most cars are painted the specific colour chosen for that vehicle with either enamel or clear coat sprayed overtop as a finish. Because the top layer protects the paint underneath, which is susceptible to rust and erosion, it’s worth finding out how different methods of drying will affect your car.

The worst outcome of using a poor material for drying your car on the clear coat is forming scratches on the surface from rubbing and patting. The deeper the scratch and the more scratches formed, the more work it will take to repair the damage.

Fixing marks on the paint is labour intensive as it involves removal of the existing paint, usually through sanding and repainting the affected areas. It can be an expensive fix, and one that’s avoidable by choosing an appropriate material for drying after washing.

Microfiber Chamois are Absorbent and Soft

Microfiber is a synthetic material whose strands have small diameters; amass a number of these threads and you’ll have increased the surface area of a small cloth made from the material.

Surprisingly, microfiber is actually made of polyester and polyamide, otherwise known as nylon, a material that in its normal form isn’t particularly soft or absorbent. Through incredible manufacturing methods, consumers can buy microfiber cloths readily at affordable costs.

The following products are super tools for getting the job done quickly:

  • Micro-chenille, which is based on the same concept except uses ultra-fine strands in their material
  • Microfiber mitts that can be flipped over if the front becomes too damp
  • Microfiber chamois with a waffle weave to allow excess water to seep into the folds

You can always air-dry your car if you lack the materials but as the water evaporates, it will leave water marks.

Check the label on your chamois, cloth, or mitt you’re using to dry your car to see what the material is made of. If the tag has been removed, rub the material over the back of your hand and see if it feels rough. Another indicator that you need to replace your chamois is when your car has been dried, there are swirls in the coating which are best seen in the sunlight.


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