Even though drying cars after washing is pretty simple, I noticed that many people still do it improperly, causing plenty of swirl marks and scratches on their car’s paint. There are two effortless ways to dry a car, and I’m going to show you how to do both of them.
Drying your car quickly, even though it doesn’t seem a big deal, is actually extremely important. There are several reasons for that:
- You’ll be able to drive your car immediately without a fear of dust and debris sticking to the wet clear coat.
- You’ll prevent water spots from appearing on the car’s paint.
- If you’re applying sealants, waxes, doing clay bar treatment, or polishing, you’ll be able to do it straight away after drying your car.
So, without further ado, let’s see how you can dry your vehicle and which method is better.
The first, simplest, and cheapest way to dry your vehicle after washing it is by using a dedicated microfiber towel for drying cars. These towels are thicker and larger than standard microfiber cloths, which enables them to soak much more water.
Most microfiber drying towels will be able to soak water from the whole vehicle (Standard sized vehicles), even without squeezing them. Those properties improve the speed and the simplicity of removing all the water from the car, so it’s perfectly dry, and no water spots will occur on the clear coat.
Here Is How To Dry a Car With a Microfiber Drying Towel:
- Start from the top of the vehicle (roof). Don’t push any pressure on the towel. Just drag it all over the surface.
- Dry panel by panel.
- Squeeze the towel if it feels full of water, or it doesn’t soak water well.
- Once you reach the bottom of the vehicle, turn the other side of the towel. Bottom areas often have a few more dust particles, and you want to avoid dragging them all over the car.
Once you’re finished drying your vehicle, it’s crucial that you wash the towel immediately. Never use the same towel on more cars until you wash it. That will prevent causing swirl marks and scratches on the car paint.
We all know what pet dryers are used for, but many people don’t know that they can be used to dry your vehicle after washing. These dryers always have air filters that prevent any dust or debris from coming out of the hose, which is important when drying your car.
The reason why I recommend using pet dryers instead of dedicated car air dryers is that pet dryers are much more affordable. For $50, you can get yourself a pet dryer that you can use for many years to come and dry hundreds of vehicles in no time.
Here Is How To Dry a Car by Using a Pet Dryer
- Start by drying the roof first (From top to bottom, as usual).
- Continue working toward the bottom of the vehicle.
- Pay specific attention to blowing away water from crevices (door edges, hood edges, side mirrors, etc.).
- Allow the dryer to blow away all the water from the surface.
- Finish whit wheels, they’ll require a bit more time to blow away all the water and dry, but once you’re finished, a car will be 100% dry.
Important note: only use your pet dryer for drying a car. That way, you’ll ensure they’re never dirty and won’t blow dust and debris out of the compressor. Furthermore, replace or clean air filters when they get dirty.
If you’d like to dry your car even quicker, you should combine both methods I mentioned above. That’s the ultimate way of drying vehicles, so they are quickly ready for wax application, clay bar treatment, polishing, ceramic coating application, or any other treatment you usually do after washing your car.
After drying your vehicle with a dedicated microfiber drying towel, take the pet dryer and blow out the water from all the crevices and joints. I’ve been using these two methods for more than two years now, and honestly, I didn’t find a better way of drying the car, especially if I’m in a rush.
Both ways of drying a wet car after washing are pretty simple, and you’ll be happy with the results, whichever you choose. Just make sure not to use old car drying techniques (chamois, deerskin, etc.) that are obsolete and will often scratch the paint, reducing the car’s appearance and shine.
If you detail many cars, combining both methods is the best and quickest way to go, so keep that in mind. At least try it. I promise that you’ll be happy with the result.
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