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Old 07-18-2011, 08:46 AM
GAROUTTE78 GAROUTTE78 is offline
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Default Try an electric leaf blower

Its hard to keep your clear coat free from scratches and over time it starts to look like a spider web. I quit using chamois and started using my leaf blower. When washing your truck you have the soap and water protecting the clear coat from abbrasions but when your drying its critical to have a dirt free surface to prevent scratches. I did my own testing and found every drying cloth I have leaves very fine scratches so I tried an electric leaf blower. It takes a little longer but the results were awesome.

It helps to run a stready stream of water from top to bottom so the water will pool and sheet off easier. When your finished you can blot dry any remaining spots with an absorber. A blower also helps to get the water out from behind your power mirrors that tends to drip out an hour after you've dried it.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:55 AM
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I concur, good way to dry a vehicle.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:11 AM
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Good Idea!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:13 AM
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wouldn't the leaf blower just suck in dirt and other particles in the air and leave the same micro scratches in the clear coat?
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:15 AM
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my buddy thought that was an awesome way to dry his Harley until the nut that holds the impeller on fell off and shot out that blower at 200 MPG and effed up his custom paint job. lol he doesnt use a blower any more.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:18 AM
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wouldn't the leaf blower just suck in dirt and other particles in the air and leave the same micro scratches in the clear coat?
Good question actually. But my guess is that since it's just a blowing device that the dirt would just hit the paint and fall, thus not causing any scratches. When you're using a towel you're applying force and pressure while you drag it across the paint.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:34 AM
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Default Re: Try an electric leaf blower

Ive always wanted to do this but was never willing to shell out money for a leafblower.
So I use a California water blade
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Good question actually. But my guess is that since it's just a blowing device that the dirt would just hit the paint and fall, thus not causing any scratches. When you're using a towel you're applying force and pressure while you drag it across the paint.
Yeah, even microfibers will leave swirls eventually, but old towels are the ones that really do it even if theyre clean. They eventually get brittle no matter what. That's why I started replacing mine w/ a brand new one every year or so. I have very few swirls

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Old 07-18-2011, 09:37 AM
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ive been doing this since the late 90s
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:40 AM
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Good question actually. But my guess is that since it's just a blowing device that the dirt would just hit the paint and fall, thus not causing any scratches. When you're using a towel you're applying force and pressure while you drag it across the paint.
probably true. i just keep thinking of all these little dirt particles getting drilled into the paint after flying out the end of the blower at 200mph
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:17 AM
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my buddy thought that was an awesome way to dry his Harley until the nut that holds the impeller on fell off and shot out that blower at 200 MPG and effed up his custom paint job. lol he doesnt use a blower any more.
That would suck!!! I think I will inspect my blower today.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:08 PM
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That would suck!!! I think I will inspect my blower today.
dab a little loc-tite on it for good measure. ha ha
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:05 PM
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Oldddd news haha
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:42 PM
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Default Re: Try an electric leaf blower

Thumbs up on the blower.

Funny how i've never heard of it before i bought a ford.



Never needed it either, the paint was better quality with GM i guess.



Also, the clear wasn't white or some shit on a black paint.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:22 AM
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Oldddd news haha
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:45 AM
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Never needed it either, the paint was better quality with GM i guess.

I beg to differ lol
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