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Anyone using some sort of "blower" to dry their Edge?

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Do any of you use some form of air blower (leaf or other) to dry your car after washing? If so, what do you use and are there any tricks or concerns in using it?

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Nope. I have a small car wash business and I use a good old chammy. ;)

 

Claude.

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When I hand wash it at home I use my 200 mph blower to get most of the water off and finish with Old worn bath towels.

Im so meticulous about cleanliness that it borders on being anal......home, car, clothes, even the poor dog !

Got it from my Mom !

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i crimp the hose while it's on, unscrew the spray nozzle, and let the water sheet all over every panel of the car. i then use a squeegie to remove any excess water beads, and then a clean towel to dry the exterior, followed by the door jambs, lift gate, under to hood. takes longer than a leaf blower, but the car comes out much cleaner with no streaks.

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I use a foam cannon and a pressure washer to wash my Edge, followed by a two bucket wash, after good rinse. I then use a Worx WG520 to blow the water out of every crack and crevice. My Edge is covered in Sonax PolyNet Shield so the water flies off with the blower, if I do need to wipe with a MF I use a list mist of Meguiar's Synthetic Spray wax as a lubricant.

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I'm lazy. No argument, I'm just plain lazy, and I use the car wash. Great blower at the end ... and the have a cute gorilla sitting on a swing for entertainment as well.

 

Seriously, I would wonder about blowing dirt from the air into the freshly washed car, under high pressure.

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My brother wanted this for his last birthday. We got it for him, but I had to try it out. Worked great, but I only used it for the places that trap water, and then drain out on the car.

 

http://adamspolishes.com/shop/exterior/car-drying-towels-blowers/adam-s-blaster-sidekick.html

 

Doug

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I just use my regular Toro leaf blower after I hand wash. Then I towel dry Never had a problem.

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I went up to HD and spent the big buck ( :whistling: ) on a small blower. I'll let you know how it does. It's so cheap my local store does not even stock it so I ordered it on their online site.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/PRO-SERIES-114-mph-110-CFM-Electric-Mighty-Pro-Leaf-Blower-PS07424/203024220

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One suggestion I have heard is to put a sock or stocking on the nozzle to help filter out the miscreants.

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One suggestion I have heard is to put a sock or stocking on the nozzle to help filter out the miscreants.

Noted, but I think (if the past is any guide) I'll be the biggest miscreant that my Edge will need to be concerned about. That, and any "other" misdirected deer that happens to come its way. :doh:

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I've used an electric blower, and I've used my gas backpack blower.

 

The electric is weaker, but is light and maneuverable. Gas blowers, you have to make sure the exhaust is not run into the airstream- Stihl and Redmax blowers run the exhaust out the back of the blower. The main problem with the backpack blower is you are constrained by the tube and the fact it's on your back, so you can't get a good angle on the roof without standing on a ladder.

 

You really need nice a nice layer of wax on the car for it to work on panels though. If not, it just spreads out into a sheet and dries instead of rolling off as beads of water. In that case, dry it normally, then come back with the blower to get all the crevices, then one last pass with the towel.

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I use my leaf/ snow blower to blow excess water from the door jams and other nooks and crannies.

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I actually use a dedicated shop-vac to vacuum the water out of crevices and such. When I used a blower, it seemed to just push the water around and deeper into the trim around windows, lights and mirrors... within just a few minutes, I'd have to go back and wipe away the little stream of water running down the sides of the car.

In order to prevent scratches, I wrap a small towel around the end of the nozzle.

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Yep I sure do. I use my Kobalt 80v blower. I usually pull into garage so wind and sun doesn't dry it and make spots. Also touch up with chamois. Winter wash is touchless car wash with undercarriage spray to help wash the Indiana salt off. After the roads are all clear of salt in the spring I run car up on ramps and thoroughly Rinse every crack and crevice underneath.

 

Larry

 

Northern, In.

 

2013 Edge Sel

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I wash my vehicles just as the sun is setting. I use a cheap electric blower bought from walmart to blow the big water off first. The glass top, mirrors, grill, tail lights etc. Then i final dry with a chamois. I have bad dreams about 'water spots' so i make sure i don't have any :)

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I picked up the leaf blower l linked above and it is a bit smaller than I thought it would be, but that may make it easier to use. I expect to put it to good use as soon as the ice & snow piled up here on the streets and the resultant road salt have have gone away.

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As a follow up I found that this leaf blower is great on wheels and small areas, but a bit too small to do a good job on the roof and larger panels.

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I too use a high velocity Toro leaf blower just to knock off the excess water. The blower is especially good for getting water out of tight spots like the side mirrors, door handles, etc. I finish up with microfiber towels since the blower is not 100% effective as Chipster points out.

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I actually used to use a leaf blower on the inside - gets all the nooks and crannies clean.. Followed up by a quick vacuuming.

 

 

Edit: This is odd - this (and my next post) started as one post. Not sure how it split into two posts.

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I used a Vandermolen 850BTx for years on my Jeeps - but only for the interior.. I guess I wasn't so concerned with the exterior but I found it did an absolutely AMAZING job on the interior. I had to do some back and forth (blowing from each side to the other and repeat) but it worked effing wonders - getting various crap out of the little nooks and crannies Jeeps are notorious for. I would still use it, if I still had it - by far the best interior clean I could achieve. I would use it on the outside as well with my Edge, if I still had it - I think it would do a great job but I'd still finish with a cloth or chamois. I guess my point is - try it on the interior as well!

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I use an air compressor with a rubber tipped air gun nozzle to blow all the water out of the body panel seams, behind the mirrors, etc. That way when I drive away, the trapped water doesn't run out all over the body leaving spots. This also works great on the interior to get everything out of the seams and joints of the dash and console before vacuuming.

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