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I was told at one time to use 100% cotton terry cloth... then I was told to use microfiber... now the guy at the detail shop told me to use a chami(sp?)...everyone tells me contradicting stories about all these. What are your thoughts?
 

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i use a cotton covered sponge to wash... and the absorber to dry.... thats what i do... i dont see any scratches on my car.. but i also have a SSM... so if i do have any.. they're hard to see in the first place
 

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I also have an SSM. I use sheep skin to wash the car and to dry the car I use the California Water Blade and 2 microfiber towels.

All my friends use the CWB and microfiber towels so I can't tell you about the other products. Sorry.
 

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Regarding towels (from Zainostore.com)

Towel Guidelines
I prefer high quality name brand 100% Cotton Towels Large White Bath Size for washing, drying and polishing. I don't like sponges natural or synthetic or any wash mits, since they all can scratch.

Another great tip is to use a Toro 210mph Electric leaf blower. Dries your car in about 5 minutes.... without even touching the paint surface....

I prefer high quality name brand 100% Cotton Towels to dry the car. Chamois or the Absorber and especially the Water Blade are flat and could trap a piece of dirt and scratch the paint finish. Towels have nap and are much safer and forgiving. Even if it were to pickup a piece of dirt, the nap would cushion it.

Again Towels must be name brand high quality 100% Made in USA.

You must use only white. Not colored towels..... colored towels are not to be used because the dye leaves a chemical residue on the paint finish. Always wash your towels first before using. Use Liquid detergent and rinse twice.

When washing your towels. Only use Liquid detergent such as All or Tide, etc. Do not use Bleach, Powdered Detergents or any kind of fabric softener. They will leave a chemical residue on the towels which will transfer to your paint finish. Make sure to run rinse cycle twice to remove all detergent.

You should cut the selvages (borders) off the perimeter of the towels. This selvage contains nylon and polyester stitching that could possibly scratch your paint finish. The towels will fray a little once this is done. But it's better to play it safe.

Drying the towels on high heat will make them hold a static charge. I use the regular heat setting and remove them a little damp and let them air dry. You can fluff the towel real good when it's dry to make it softer.

As the towels get older they will lose there nap and absorbency and will have to be replaced.

Where to buy towels........

Some name brands make a lower quality version of their towels for K-Mart, Walmart and other big discount chains. These towels say 100% Cotton but that is not, totally true. The nap is 100% cotton but the backing material has polyester blend in it. So if you press a little to hard on the towel you can get some fine scratches or swirls. The point I'm trying to make is a lower quality towel is selling in a discount store for $6.00 or less (approximately) it is not the good stuff. I buy all my high quality towels at stores like Linens and Things and Bed, Bath and Beyond. I pay anywhere from $10 to $20 per towel.

These are the real deal. I buy about 3 or 4 towels and they usually last me about a year.
 

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^^^ or you could use the rain-x auto dry car wash....but your way seems to be satisfactory too. I have used the chamois for years but now have backed off because of dirt getting trapped on it and then drying it makes it scratch. I have fixed all my hairline scratches and have yet to see any because of the autodry.
 

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Being a newbie to car washing/polishing, I bought into the whole Zaino wash/polish system and I have found their products to be wonderful, esp. the wash liquid. It smells so nice and works so well. Their polish is incredible. But the best thing is all the instructions that come with it and all the info. on their web site. And if you call them, Mr. Zaino will help you with any questions. The products are only available by internet, but they are shipped quickly. They are a bit pricey but they last a very long time.
 

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This is really taking care of your cars. I think I'm gonna have to come back here and get some advice when my tC gets in. I've been washing my car with a brush (soft of course) and drying it with a chami. My car is silver so its hard to notice scratches, but I think the tC will probably get some better treatment.

I have been introduced to the world of car-care/cleaning.
 

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im trying the leaf blower thing next time i wash my car.
 

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^^ That's what I use.


After getting some wax (Zaino in my case) on the car, the water runs in terror from my leaf blower. Just be sure to use an electric one.
 

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I wouldnt have thought of using a leaf blower, but I dont like the idea of that.

What I use is a terry cloth (I think) wash mitt that works pretty well and to dry I found a huge towel sized micfofiber drying towel at autozone. It was like 9 bucks, but it has be WELL worth! The car looks amazing BEFORE I detail it! Then I use very soft microfiber towels to detail and wax the car with....
 
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