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    Detailing & Washing; not sure about what to do?, Ask here!

    Many of you are well aware on how to take care and protect your ride, but others are still not too sure or a bit confused about what to use and what is best to use.

    We are always happy to offer you friendly advice, which hopefully can make things a little clearer and simpler to maintain and take care of your ride!

    Whether you want to keep it simple such as wash & dry, to the advanced 'how to correct my paint' or even paint protection we are able to give you some advice and guidance on how to do so.

    So please, do not hesitate to PM us or simply post here and ask!


    Fact; Using a sponge to wash your car will mar/scratch your paintwork and is in fact one of 1 major causes of marring on paint! - Question; whats the second thing that causes marring?

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    Drying?
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    Chamois?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by poita Click here to enlarge
    Chamois?
    ^^ i second this one
    Sure, we dont have to worry about viking raids or scurvy anymore, but instead we make a daily routine of sitting in flimsy, fibreglass (or metal) boxes full of gasoline which are propelled in opposing directions on the freeway at velocities matching that of low flying aircraft.

    This is a roundabout way of saying that cars are dangerous....

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    Chamois = big no no.

    Scratches your paint as you dry, or call it 2 in 1 if you like Click here to enlarge

    Although on a serious note, yes it most definitely does cause harm to the paintwork. Drying with a Chamois (leather, synthetic is similar) will be one of the main causes of marring on your paint causing the "spider webs"

    This picture below is from a Holden Monaro we did. The customer always washed with a sponge (single bucket) and dried with a chamois, the result was this;

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    A 50/50 (1 side corrected by machine, the other as you see it) - you can see how much colour, depth and clarity you're losing from those super fine marks! You'll notice these marks mostly in certain lights inc most especially your local service station fluros late at night!

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    That's a crazy difference, so what would you recommend using to dry the car? I was told a microfiber chamois

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    Compressed air and blow it dry? No contact with the paint what so ever

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sooty Click here to enlarge
    Waffle weave towel?
    ^^ this.

    I have one of these. Best thing ever. Dry the car, wash the towel, air dry, reuse
    https://www.carcareproducts.com.au/p...le_weave_large

    if you want a bigger one:
    https://www.carcareproducts.com.au/p..._weave_x_large


    Also compressed air isnt clean air so you could be blowing contaminants onto the paintwork and un-doing all of your work
    Last edited by hazrd; 7th November 2014 at 07:25 AM.
    Sure, we dont have to worry about viking raids or scurvy anymore, but instead we make a daily routine of sitting in flimsy, fibreglass (or metal) boxes full of gasoline which are propelled in opposing directions on the freeway at velocities matching that of low flying aircraft.

    This is a roundabout way of saying that cars are dangerous....

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    Microfibre Chamois
    Microfibre Waffle Weave
    Microfibre in general is the safest to dry!

    No synthetic or skin chamois is the key really.

    Compressed air is fine.. bbbbbbbbbut! Coming online shortly are the Metro Vac blowers which are specifically for cars and are electric. More info will follow soon!

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