Towel Drying your car safely

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Guide to towel drying your car to avoid swirl infliction.

Towel drying as opposed to use of a chamois is better for your paint. And with the method dialed in it can be achieved quicker. First of all i would like to talk about "sheeting". Sheeting is running a slow flow of water down the panels of your car taking care not to break the flow. On a well waxed car this should "pull" most of the water down with it rather than leaving it all on the car. This minimises effort and time spent. Also it reduces the amount of rubbing your doing on the car.

 Chamois have very little nap. Drying towels have a much heavier nap. The advantage of  a heavier nap is that this lifts any particles away from your paint.

Using a chamois can inflict swirls (described in my other guide) but so to can using a drying towel. The fast way to dry safely is to use the drying towel and wipe the car down. This will help to minimise infliction. There are many methods described by many manufacturers of drying towels but i find this one the easiest.

Take your drying towel (if you can get a foam core one they hold more water and are quicker) place it on the panel and pat it onto the surface. Lift the towel and move it along with a slight overlap and pat. Repeat until all major panels are dry. Take a wheel and door jamb towel to dry up any fiddly areas as it is smaller and without the foam care is more flexible. Once the car is thoroughly dry including inside door edges along sills and boot shuts you can dry the wheels with the wheel and door jamb towel.

Keep your drying towels washed regularily to avoid them becoming contaminated and never use it if it is dropped on the ground without firts washing and then checking for dirt or grit.

NEVER be tempted to use a flexi blade especially on rain water as it is full of tiny grit particles.

Thanks for listening

Examples of towels that work well.

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