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Water blades any good?

What do people think about those drying 'blades' that wipe off excess water and thus minimising drying time? I have always used AutoGlym's aqua-dry synthetic chamois and found it to be very good and long lasting, even though it takes a bit longer. The blades sound good but imagine you still have to wipe over anyway? Cheers
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Blade then towel works for me
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Blades can get grit stuck under them and hence cause scratches

I use a Meguiars 'Water Magnet Drying Towel'... it's works just as fast as a blade !!

I then use a damp microfibre cloth to finish off !!
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Re: Water blades any good?

I have to say I have seen a few cars that have had water blades used on them and the paint was in an awful shape. If you are worried about the general look of your cars paintwork in the sunlight then I would really not use them. Some of the massive long scratches and marks on the cars I corrected were unbelievable. One that springs to mind was a dark green Golf and it was only about 4 months old but in the sunlight it looked about 20 years old.

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Blades can get grit stuck under them and hence cause scratches

I use a Meguiars 'Water Magnet Drying Towel'... it's works just as fast as a blade !!

I then use a damp microfibre cloth to finish off !!
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Wiping the blade after each wipe on a cloth stops me scratching the paint work with grit
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Are you forum stalking me Nev
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Wiping the blade after each wipe on a cloth stops me scratching the paint work with grit
That doesn't stop the blade dragging the grit it picks up (as you wipe) across the paint though does it :bang:























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Love you too, but yes it does stop the nasty grit. Promise

Ideally I use a chamois, but it gets soaked quickly.

What about the new autoglym stuff that dries really quickly
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Hi Dave,

Sorry to go off topic for a min.

Hope your pleased with the top up on the Brera.

Got some cracking photos, are you happy for me to post them up? (No number plate of course)

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Love you too, but yes it does stop the nasty grit. Promise
*whispers* I use a blade on TFMN's Leon ... well if she can't be arsed to wash it

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Ideally I use a chamois, but it gets soaked quickly.
H.. try one of them there Water Magnets dude... they're and you won't believe how much water it absorbs !!
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Sorry to go off topic for a min.
Hope your pleased with the top up on the Brera.
Got some cracking photos, are you happy for me to post them up? (No number plate of course)
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Hey Roy

Yup she looked the Mutts Nutts even from the end of the road

She did have a slight green tinge from that :sw: ing tree though

A quick and very light dust off with a microfibre cloth sorted that though before I went off to meet Joe !!

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Yup she looked the Mutts Nutts even from the end of the road

She did have a slight green tinge from that :sw:ing tree though

A quick and very light dust off with a microfibre cloth sorted that though before I went off to meet Joe !!

Post the piccies my friend

Yep that damn tree was a pain. I think the people walking past thought I was mad when I was out there with my feather looking duster!

They are posted up now.

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Re: Water blades any good?

Can one of those people saying the blades are crap because they can pick up grit, explain exactly why a chamois can't pick up grit?

Or, alternatively:

Explain why a lovely circular scratch is somehow better than a straight one.

Or:
Start washing your car better so there isn't a bit of grit on it in the first bloomin' place

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Can one of those people saying the blades are crap because they can pick up grit, explain exactly why a chamois can't pick up grit?
I don't use a chamois
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Yep that damn tree was a pain. I think the people walking past thought I was mad when I was out there with my feather looking duster!
It was the maids outfit they were staring at

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It was the maids outfit they were staring at

I knew it was something, it's just that its a far more practical outfit for detailing, so many pockets!
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I don't use a chamois

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All good comments guys, I'll make sure I do look out for that grit if I do turn to the blade side...
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Re: Water blades any good?

Anyway - I have used a blade in the past, and they get rid of a hell of a lot of water very quickly.
Obviously you then need to get rid of the bits in nooks and crannies with a cloth or chamois, but it makes the whole process massively quicker.

I haven't now used my blase for a fair while though, because I started using that wet wax stuff. You spray it on while the car is still wet, and then chamois off. It also makes the drying much easier, but in addition waxes the car.

I'm planning on doing a proper good polish and wax soon though, so I guess that will mark a return to the blade as I'll need to dry the car traditionally.

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They are the spawn of Satan. I ditched them some time back. The tiniest bit of grit (blow by the wind) and you're stuffed

My normal routine is now a wash (with a microfibre mitt and two Gritguard buckets), followed by a hose rinse then spraying with Aquawax and drying off with a microfibre cloth. Brings the car up like new

Done regularly from new with the occasional polish & wax (super resin & EGP pr just Autoglym UDS), the need for valeting is negated IMHO.

How I wish we'd owned the Red one from new. That so needs correcting

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Blades can get grit stuck under them and hence cause scratches

I use a Meguiars 'Water Magnet Drying Towel'... it's works just as fast as a blade !!

I then use a damp microfibre cloth to finish off !!
+1 - Wouldn't touch one. Sonus Der Wunder towel is just fantastic.

Sonus Der Wunder Microfiber Drying Towel Chamois

Sheet the water off 1st..
 
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Go on then SR, explain why grit scraped across your car on the bottom of a cloth is better than grit scraped across it on the bottom of a rubber blade.
No-one else has attempted it yet, despite my request
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Re: Water blades any good?

The cloth is deep and holds it in a kind of suspension / sucks the grit up. Used with Aquawax or similar, it will slide across the paint more easily too. A blade will not do this. That's the best I can do bazza.
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