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questions on wash mitt / drying towels / claybars..

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hey i was wondering what are the differences on a few things....

1. to wash the car, whats better to use that will not create much swirls after... SHEEPSKIN washmitt or MF washmitt and whats bad about a SPONGE haha

2. when drying your car, whats the difference from using a MF towel and a plain old shirt to dry it down

3. claybar now... MOTHERS or ZAINO ?? and is the ZAINO worth the price difference..

thanks CRSX'ers
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JaCkaL829 said:
1. Its better to use a *geniune* sheepskin wash mitt. MFs absorb way too much which include the dirt and grime on your car that can potentially create swirl marks.
Microfiber sponges & mitts grab a lot of dirt, yes. But, they do seem to rinse out pretty easily, too -- I give mine a squirt with the Mr. Clean "space pistol" and the dust comes back off.

2. MFs are made to absorb A LOT more than a regular t-shirt.
Additionally, t-shirts have seams & elastic that can scratch things up if you're not careful. Genuine leather chamois ("shammys") were my standby for years, but I've begun using microfiber towels for drying. If you can find edgeless MF towels, that's a bonus -- most others have stitching on the edges that's just plain polyester, and that's not good for the paint. Griot's Garage and, believe it or not, AutoZone carry edgeless MF towels (although I'm pretty sure that Griot's is better stuff).

3. Eh, does it really matter? I've been using plain carnauba wax about every couple months. Buff it on with a Black & Decker orbital (maybe I'll get a Porter Cable model one of these days), buff it off with the orbital and a couple sheepskin pads, and finish with a MF towel.

Towel fabrics are important, waxes & finishes sometimes are, and soaps/detergents can make a difference (use dish soap to strip wax, and car-specific stuff to wash without stripping). Above all, though, make sure the stuff you're using is clean. It's the dirt that will scratch up the car even if you've made good choices in materials.
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mavrick said:
no matter what, washing your car will give u swirls over time.
One bad once-over with dirty towels can swirl the hell out of the finish. That happened to me once at a local car wash (it was winter, and I wanted the underside done), so when I returned for future washes, I took the car before the dryer guys had a chance to touch it and fuck it up again.

After that episode, I took it home, fine-detailed it, gave it a good waxing, and have been swirl-free ever since.

Definitely keep a good coat of wax on there. Its purpose is to protect the paint; if you get some swirls on the wax, it's no big deal.
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