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Old 02-17-2011, 01:39 PM
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Anyone Else Use a Leafblower To Dry?

Been reading a lot on show car forums and bmw forums, even Zaino's site talks about using a leaf blower to dry a car.

http://www.amazon.com/Toro-51599-Var...=UTF8&s=garden

Was looking to get that one since it is rated 200+mph. Anyone else use one and provide comedy to the neighbors when they wonder what the hell you are doing?
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:41 PM
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i hire homeless guys to wave big fans really quickly to blow the water off.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:44 PM
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:59 PM
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Probably one of the safest ways to dry a car. The question is are you willing to make your neighbours think youre a total weirdo lol
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my local bmw dealership in kc said the same thing about my 2 and i kind of thought wtf and kind of chuckled but +1 ^
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Lol its ok one of my neighbors is like straight off the boat from japan and is OBSESSED with my car because he didn't think americans knew what a rotary engine was lol. Everytime im out there washing my car he is out there washing his and giving me pointers (hes like a 24/7 lurker on the meguiars forums he tells me lololz, he nearly shat his pants when i showed him my porter cable)
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I will admit it.
I have used a small electric leaf blower I was given to dry the car off.
It actually works really well.
It rains a lot in Fla., and don't like having water spots on the car, so this is useful at those times.

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:58 PM
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I was given a Cycle Dry Motorcycle Blower / Dryer / Blaster and it works great. It is amazing how much water this thing blows out.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:16 PM
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I've been considering getting one. Who cares what the neighbors think!
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Lol well I just ordered that one from amazon We will see how it goes, worst comes to worst I can use it to clean the garage and deck and stuff.

Actually now that i think about it, I could always use it for something far more useful...

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Yea srsly, i dont get you guys with all the money spent on a turbo and what not .... did you see that amazon page ... that beotch comes with a METAL IMPELLER , straight performance there.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:09 PM
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Wher edo you think the car companies got the idea from?

They just make it look pretty and then call it Electrically turbo charged!
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u can't completely dry a car with a leaf blower- only move large portions of residual water off the roof, hood, and trunk. ive tried it before, and honestly it doesn't save that much time, cuz u still have to go over the area and crevices with a micro fiber...
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^^ True, very true but I dont mind going once over with a MF towel. I would mainly be looking for a time saver. Plus the less you touch your car the better
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:31 PM
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I have a cheap electric leaf blower I've been using to dry the car for years. Not every time (although I probably should) but a fair bit.
It's not about being faster, it's about less physical contact with the cars finish causing fine scratches.
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I guess it depends on where you live, but my leaf blower gets my car completely dry.
It is very effective and all the professional detailers do this.
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Yeah I use a leaf blower as well. I pretty much blot the car dry, then take the leaf blower to blast all the crevices and trim like the mirrors, vents, lights, and bumpers so all the water comes out and doesn't dry on the surface. I can't stand water spots dripping. It's also really useful when detailing because I use it to just sheet the water off and could care less about water spots at that point because I'll be polishing anyways. Saves a lot of towels and the paint. Lol
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:11 PM
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For what its worth I actually gave this method a shot today and really had great success. I bought one of the blowers I listed above. I found that if I dont have it on full speed, it still dries out the car pretty well buttttt because the air isn't powerful enough it kind of leaves some tiny streaks behind. I had to use it on full speed to get a nice streakless dry. Anyway, i really like it, took a hell of a lot less time and effort than drying with a drying towel ... im sure my neighbors loved the noise though lol








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Old 03-13-2011, 05:24 PM
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get one rated for 180+ mph. electric.
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Originally Posted by mysql101 View Post
get one rated for 180+ mph. electric.
the one i have is 240 :-p
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yeah most enthusiast use the leaf or vac blowers to dry .They also put the microfiber on the paint to pat dry. Not the rub around on the paint.

It's definitely not what most people would do. But then again, people goto go far lengths to not make swirls on their paint.
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paimon you inspired me to get a leaf blower, thanks! i usualyl hate drying my car with a passion but love washing it
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