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Best way to dry your car.......chamois?? synthetic chamois?? terry towels?? microfibre towels?
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Seriously... no touch = no scratch.

I use a microfibre towel since I don't have a leafblower and I don't want to look like a freak. :laughing:
AcuraGuy said:
do you guys notice those tiny spiderweb looking scratches on the surface of the paint under direct sun? they look like swirl marks from wax..but permanant. i notice i get that from drying using regular beach towels.
If i use a chamois will i still get those scratches?
Big fluffy towels are perfectly safe to dry with, as long as they are 100% cotton, and not polyester. I blot dry, don't rub.
Those swirls are on everyone's cars... black just happens to be infamous for making them visible.

Z-5 is your saviour. It works wonders at hiding those pesky lines. It's far better than anything that I've tried before.
NC1616 said:
I've got a drying question too: No matter how hard I try, I cannot prevent water from getting trapped from behind the rear view mirrors on the doors.
That's the worst part of the car.
It gets in everywhere in that area.
- Open the door, dry along the top of the door and along the inner lip of the roofline and A-pillar
- Kinda prod to slip the towel in behind the bracket for the mirror from inside the door.
- Stick the towel in around the edge of the mirror to get water out of the housing
- Fold the housing in and dry around the elbow at the housing and bracket.

That usually eliminates MOST of the drips. I'll get a few popping out for 5 minutes or so. It's such a pain though, LOL
From another thread:
Frosty said:
I don't like chamois either.

It's in the design.
Something perfectly flat has the most surface area. Therefore something flat can absorb faster that something that's textured.
Chamois are relatively flat, so they absorb lots of water fairly quickly.

Something that's flat also doesn't provide anywhere for dirt to be pulled away, so if you rub, you drag any dirt you missed along the surface. Rubbing with a chamois is trouble.

With a chamois, I just lay it on a part, kinda press it, and lift it. No rubbing. It helps a lot to keep the swirls down... eventually I just took Homer2's advice and switched to a bathtowel, which works really well... but a little linty sometimes.
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