1 April 2014

Griot’s Car Care Tip: Preventing Swirl Marks With Proper Drying

The biggest mistake you can make when drying a vehicle is applying too much pressure to the  towel. This drives any remaining dirt into your paint, causing micro scratches (and maybe some not-so-micro scratches).

For stubborn grime, follow up your wash cycle with a speed detailer or spray-on car wash. These products feature excellent lubricity to lift dirty residue off your paint where it can be whisked away safely with a high quality micro fiber towel. For really stubborn grit like bug jerky, bird bombs, or tree sap, consider “pre-treating” before the wash with a high-powered bug and smudge remover. Coupled with a micro fiber mitt that has a textured surface, these spray-on liquids break through the tough stuff so your car wash soap can work more efficiently.

Remember, the bottom line is that the drying process is for removing water. Don’t be tempted to apply extra towel pressure to remove leftover dirty spots, and you’ll enjoy a scratch and swirl-free finish.

5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Eddy Geest NYC April 2, 2014 at 22:49
    What are the best towels to use?
  • 2
    paul Boston April 3, 2014 at 06:48
    Is it true that shamies remove wax?
  • 3
    Bob Milton Salem, Oregon April 3, 2014 at 10:51
    what's the best bug remover
  • 4
    Hank Murphy, N.C. April 4, 2014 at 15:43
    If you keep a good coat of protection on your cars finish I've found that using an electric leaf blower or a dedicated machine of that type will sheet almost all the water off the car quickly leaving very little to pick up with a chamois. FWIW I've never found a better shammy then the one sold by Wizard car products, absolutely the best. Very thirsty and leaves practically nothing behind.
  • 5
    Don Otterness Russell,IL April 6, 2014 at 08:01
    What about a water blade followed with a chamois?

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