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Old 03-18-2011, 08:13 AM
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^^ Yup same here, drying it the biggest pain especially if you pat dry instead of rub dry. Leafblower makes it 100x easier at the cost of going partially def + having the neighbors hate you LOL
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:23 AM
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idgaf about my neighbors ^_^ lmao they are all annoying and let their kids play by my car. guess i might invest in earbuds too if it is really that loud lol
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:26 AM
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If you're talking drying in terms of after washing the car, no. Reason being it would be worthless for me to get a leaf blower to dry the car since by the time I get done washing, and start drying one side, the other side already is semi-dry and makes it a PITA to scrub to remove the water markings and yes this is in the shade.
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Wouldn't a leaf blower intake polluted air and blast it at a vehicle? Such as small specs of hard material.

Toss up between that and the Absorber towel. Not much need to pat, the water vapor left behind evaporates clean if it is distilled, deionized, or RO.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by User24 View Post
Wouldn't a leaf blower intake polluted air and blast it at a vehicle? Such as small specs of hard material
Well its the same air you subject your car to every day...and the solution to not projecting **** at the car is to not submerge the leaf blower during and before drying lol
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:21 AM
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:42 AM
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I don't use the leaf blower every single time, but when I do.........I just blow out the garage first before pulling the car in and drying it!








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Old 03-19-2011, 10:10 AM
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:16 PM
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It's great for those cracks and crevices. The mirrors and especially the black plastic.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:36 PM
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Or if you can't afford a leafblower, you could always use an all-rubber squeegee.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:20 PM
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NJ leaf blower to dry car

every time i wash it i use the electric leaf blower works great
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:18 AM
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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)
How did you find the porter cable is it easy to use and does it give a better shine than hand also how long does it take to apply the car with a layer of wax. I really want one and so close in buying it.

Also if you still have the box or if it is written on the adapter, would it be able to work on 240V instead of 110V. I live in New Zealand so i will have to find a converter if it cant switch between the two.

Im think of getting the Porter-Cable 7424XP.

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Old 04-23-2011, 01:34 PM
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I am actually not home for the weekend but I will check for you when i get back tomorrow. And yes it is super easy to use. I got all my info from autogeek.net
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by paimon.soror View Post
I am actually not home for the weekend but I will check for you when i get back tomorrow. And yes it is super easy to use. I got all my info from autogeek.net
k thanks ive looked at the other products porter cables got and they 110V so i have to get a step down transformer which the shipping cost is going to be high but i really want it so bad. Doing it by hand kills my arm any way thanks for your help and ill check out autogeek aswel.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:32 AM
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I have a LARGE MF towel that dries the entire car by itself. Works everytime cost me 18 bucks.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:10 PM
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haha Mazurfer

as if the leafblower wasn't loud enough, you use it inside your garage XD
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Yes, every time I wash the 8 I get out my trusty ole Stihl BG85 blower. Nothing else does the job better. For instance the wheels, around door crevices the front grill that is notorious for holding water, door mirrors on and on. What gets me is if you do not get these areas good and drive the car the water makes its way back up on the finish and causes "water spots" If you are serious about your finish trust me nothing works better. I have a waffle towel that I use to finish up with after the blower is used.
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by RotaryTherapy View Post
Or if you can't afford a leafblower, you could always use an all-rubber squeegee.
Fail!!

The Brit TV series 5th Gear did a comparison on drying a vehicle after washing, they used a chamois, rubber squeegee , and some other methods. The squeegee was the worse to use as minute particles in the air ,which end up on the car , cause massive scratches on the paint, but, each to his own method.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:02 AM
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I wash my 8 by hand. However have you ever been to a touch less car wash. Just as you leave and drive out slowly, what happens? These massive blowers from above and all around blow, blow blow. Does a pretty decent job in the amount of time it occurs as you are driving out. Yes to each his own. I could not agree better.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:09 PM
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I use my Stihl BR420 Backpack blower, always have since 2002 when we bought our first 8 and again now that I have the R3. It works great and who cares what the neighbors think!
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Hey one could turn around and duct tape the blower outlet to the engine intake for extra powah after they were done drying!
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by drfreeze913 View Post
haha Mazurfer

as if the leafblower wasn't loud enough, you use it inside your garage XD
What?
What?

I can't hear you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:49 AM
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The drive through style car washes use huge blow driers to dry the car during exit. A leafblower is no different.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:39 AM
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This thread inspired me a few months ago to try the leafblower method. Now its how I dry my car everytime haha. Leafblower first, then I just go over it with a microfiber.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:45 AM
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yes. about 4 months ago i washed my car and couldnt find anything to dry it with, went into my garage and behold the leaf blower was glowing and just asking to be used. now its the only way i dry my girlfriends car and mine.
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