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colt .45
04-20-2003, 10:54 PM
THE ABSORBER!!!!
Nothing compares.:thumbsup:

tcrews
04-20-2003, 11:59 PM
use a Water-blade first and you'll be amazed at how much faster and easier your drying task will be.

I've been using both for years....

cobrabitn
04-21-2003, 12:28 AM
Actually, If you use a leaf blower first, you will get all of the water out of the wheel lug areas, under the lenses for the lights and other tight areas that a towel or other cloth type material will not reach. been doing it for years, it makes drying off the rest of the car a sinch! :bounce:

SilverStrike
04-21-2003, 03:26 PM
LOL @ Tony! I'm sure the neighbors all congregate to watch you "blow off" the Cobras ..

Ditto on what Tom said. California Waterblade, followed by a 100% cotton, clean white towel.

cobrabitn
04-21-2003, 06:27 PM
Ssssh, I try to do it when no one is watching or do it in the garage so I won't embarass myself. I learned this method from some guy that was a multiple show winner.... don't ask me his name, I'm having a senior moment. :rotf:

Bartman01
04-21-2003, 11:18 PM
Originally posted by colt .45
THE ABSORBER!!!!
Nothing compares.:thumbsup:

Maybe it's my technique, but the absorber always leaves tiny water beads behind on my car (darn humidity) so I always have to follow behind with a soft towel.

spittincobra01
04-22-2003, 01:15 AM
I would have to agree with Tony.... I have been using either compressed air, or a leaf blower for years. It takes the majority of the water off and I do it right outside... who cares what the neighbors think. None of them like the fact I own a cobra anyway... (if you ask me, they are jealous their mini vans don't stack up) I follow up with a leather shamois. It never leaves any moisture behind, and really shines up the clear coat. :thumbsup:

ausie
04-14-2004, 08:28 AM
I have been using a shop vac for years to blow the water off the car. I have one of those shop vac that has a detachable motor to be used as a blower. If your paint is good it will remain safe to use (it all depends on what nozzle you use - too much air may result in peeling of paint if it is bad). I have even used this method on a car with decals on it (factory installed that is). I usually wipe off the remaining water with a terry cloth towl or one of the absorber towels. I usually let the car air dry for a day before I wax it, that way any remaining water in the crevises and such has a time to evaporate. Definately use a blower because it will speed things up. Note: if you blow off your car inside a garage, you may kick up dust off the floor or walls which will end up on your paint.

My Cobra
04-14-2004, 11:26 AM
i am laughing so hard. ha ha. i would laugh if i saw the guy next door taking the blower to his 1984 dodge mini van. ha ha. I never though about taking the blower to the car. good idea guys. it will not mess up the dunlop paint job i have? these absorber clothes you talk of are they the ones in wal-mart that are in the tubes? and the squeggie things you use them on the body as well as windows? no little lines like the windows leave at the gas station from the squeegies.

cobrabitn
04-14-2004, 11:29 AM
I have used the blower method for 20 years now and still do it.... :thumbsup:

nckissfan
04-14-2004, 04:12 PM
Ssssh, I try to do it when no one is watching or do it in the garage so I won't embarass myself. I learned this method from some guy that was a multiple show winner.... don't ask me his name, I'm having a senior moment. :rotf:



so was that the other weekend you learned that :D kidding, kidding. This actually sounds like a response that Lisa would throw back at you. Sheesh, I think she taught some bad things when I was down at CMP :D

97whitevert
04-14-2004, 05:05 PM
so was that the other weekend you learned that :D kidding, kidding. This actually sounds like a response that Lisa would throw back at you. Sheesh, I think she taught some bad things when I was down at CMP :D
HEY!! don't try to put ALL the blame on me here! :mad: :mad: ;)

sounds like someone has been dooing some reading in here to try to put that on me.....

i mean SOME of it...maybe :D:D nope can't even take the blame for that :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: thanks mike. at least i know who my friends are :thumbsup:

nckissfan
04-14-2004, 05:20 PM
oh, I am to blame for some of it, I guess. I do have a goofy, poking fun side to me. :D

97whitevert
04-14-2004, 05:49 PM
oh, I am to blame for some of it, I guess. I do have a goofy, poking fun side to me. :D
i guess, sheesh.... :rolleyes: :rolleyes: why doo I get the blame things i may or may not have done- i have to plead the 5th on this one... :p :p i am innocent i tell ya~~ INNOCENT!!!!!! :rotf: :rotf:




that's my story and i'm stickin to it! :thumbsup:

nckissfan
04-14-2004, 05:52 PM
sound a little guilty.....maybe just a little guilty

97whitevert
04-14-2004, 06:02 PM
sound a little guilty.....maybe just a little guilty
who me???? i think you may have me confused with that 'other' one.... :D :D

scocher
04-14-2004, 09:51 PM
I think Harry might want to get in on inventing a "car blow dryer" :dunno: He could market it with his "car saran wrap"!! :rotf: :rotf:

Sorry, Harry, I don't mean to be giving you a hard time ;)

Cobrizo
04-28-2004, 07:22 PM
I think Harry might want to get in on inventing a "car blow dryer" :dunno: He could market it with his "car saran wrap"!! :rotf: :rotf:

Sorry, Harry, I don't mean to be giving you a hard time ;)
I know I'm late to this party, but thats a hoot! I was in on the clingy wrap deal! Sounds like this is right up Harry's alley! :D :thumbsup: :D

scocher
04-28-2004, 08:01 PM
I know I'm late to this party, but thats a hoot! I was in on the clingy wrap deal! Sounds like this is right up Harry's alley! :D :thumbsup: :D

Pam, maybe you and I could handle the marketing for Harry ;) :thumbsup: :rotf:

Cobrizo
04-29-2004, 10:34 AM
Pam, maybe you and I could handle the marketing for Harry ;) :thumbsup: :rotf:
Ya know, I think you may have something there! Sounds like a blast and Harry sounds like a riot too, great sense of humor!:thumbsup: :bounce: Gotta love that!:bounce:

scocher
04-29-2004, 08:35 PM
Ya know, I think you may have something there! Sounds like a blast and Harry sounds like a riot too, great sense of humor!:thumbsup: :bounce: Gotta love that!:bounce:

Yeah, I can't wait to meet Harry (and my name's not even Sally!) :D He's my kind of people! :thumbsup: I think you are, too! :yup:

Cobrizo
04-30-2004, 09:54 AM
Yeah, I can't wait to meet Harry (and my name's not even Sally!) :D He's my kind of people! :thumbsup: I think you are, too! :yup:
Oh I think we'd get along great!! And I even went out and bought a shiny new black '03 Coupe, 10th Anniversary Edition just so I could keep up to you! :burnout: :burnout: :banana: :banana: :fordflag: :firedevil :firebounc :woot:

scocher
04-30-2004, 09:31 PM
Oh I think we'd get along great!! And I even went out and bought a shiny new black '03 Coupe, 10th Anniversary Edition just so I could keep up to you! :burnout: :burnout: :banana: :banana: :fordflag: :firedevil :firebounc :woot:

:cool: :cool: :cool: You go girl!! Congrats!! :clapping: :cheers: :headbang: :headbang: :fordflag: :thumbsup: :D :D :D

I see you like me fav nanner!!! :banana: :banana: :banana: I KNOW we'll get along :yup: :thumbsup:

Cobrizo
05-02-2004, 12:33 AM
:thumbsup: :bounce: :banana: :banana: :banana: :cool: :cool: :cool: You go girl!! Congrats!! :clapping: :cheers: :headbang: :headbang: :fordflag: :thumbsup: :D :D :D

I see you like me fav nanner!!! :banana: :banana: :banana: I KNOW we'll get along :yup: :thumbsup:


I LOVE the Nanner!! :banana: :banana:

Thanks for the congrats! I can't tell you how much I love this car, what a blast to drive and it really looks like a mean, Bad Aspp! :thumbsup: :bounce: :banana: :banana:

ausie
05-09-2004, 09:58 AM
I just improved the drying technique even further (no brainer). Start off with an abosorber or chamios. Then use forced air from a blower to get all the water out of the tight spots such as mirrors, trunk area, inside door sills, etc... Then wipe clean with the aborber or chamios. This works great especially if you plan on detailing much of the forgotten areas like under the hood, door jambs. and trunk. Also, you can start waxing without the hinderance of water seeping out from under areas which tend to hold it for a while. Just wondering if saran wrap comes in a high gloss too. Laugh at the idea all you want, but it does work for NASCAR on the windshild. I saw that the other day when the pit crew was peeling off a film. I guess windshield wipers never made it to NASCAR. There are other auto sports that make use of such primitive things like windshield wipers, but they also run in the rain too. :drunk: :crazy: