After any wash or rinse, there’ll be standing water on your paint. Removing the water safely, however, is the key to beautiful paint. Water blades, shammies and beach towels are the enemy. So do your best to avoid them. First soak a clean microfiber towel in water and then wring it out so that the towel is damp but not dripping. Next, spray two squirts of paint lubricant onto a damp microfiber towel and wipe the wet paint from top to bottom in straight lines.
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As the towel becomes full, wring it out, then add more lubrication and repeat. Notice the thick consistency of the liquid. This is not to be confused with common spray waxes or quick detailer. Drying agents require the presence of standing water on the paint to be effective. The lubricant adds three important benefits not found in water blades, shammies or beach towels, translating to minimize scratching.
First, it lubricates the space between the paint and the microfiber towel allowing any remaining dust or dirt not removed by the wash to be scooped up by the towel safely without driving the dirt into the clear coat as with traditional drying methods. Second, these liquids are hydrophobic or repel water to help speed the drying process up. Lastly, they add a thin layer of protection behind that will act as a lubricant for your next wash or rinse.
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Once the paint is mostly dry, compressed air, vac and blow, even leaf blowers are used to force the remaining water out of mirrors, tail lights, wheel lug nuts, emblems and door handles. Pick up any leftover drips with a clean, dry microfiber towel and your favorite spray wax for additional shine. Drying your paint properly is one of the most overlooked aspects of detailing your car. These simple steps will help minimize the chance of scratching while protecting your paint.