Drying Tip for Drying a Coated Vehicle (Reprint)

The staff at PERFECTION PLUS AUTO DETAILING found this recent article from one of our industry colleagues and wanted to share this. This article is very helpful to our customers on educating them as to Drying tips for their vehicle.

If your vehicle is coated with a ceramic coating then you already know that upon washing it, it tends to bead a lot of water when you rinse the vehicle at the end of your wash process. Of course, we all love the beading action that coatings provide, but why not use that hydrophobic effect to work for you? Ceramic coatings provide some level of protection against light swirls and scratches, but they are not a suit of armor. Just like a non-coated vehicle, abrasion can always be an enemy on paint. So how can you dry your coated vehicle while minimizing abrasion? Here are two tips that we as professional detailers use when drying a coated vehicle.
Best drying tips

The Water Drying Technique

One of the ways to easier drying of coated vehicles is a trick commonly known as “water drying” or the “waterfall effect”. This technique is recommended for your final rinse before drying.

Here’s how it works

  1. Using a garden hose, you will have to simply remove any hose gun attachments on the hose.
  2. Next, hold the water hose close to the panel to let the water stream fall gently on the panel. This is to avoid splashing on the surface.
  3. Lastly, glide the water stream across the panel to remove as many water beads from the panel as possible.
  4. Do this for each panel or sections of the vehicle.

When done correctly you will see that as you glide the water across a panel, the panel will have very minimal water beads left behind. This will make drying extremely easy and efficient. Often times, allowing you to dry your vehicle with only one towel. So on to the next tip, safer towel drying.

The Blotting or “Pat Dry” Method

Blotting Method

This method is extremely helpful for safely drying any vehicle, whether they are coated or not. The technique was made popular prior to arrival of ceramic coatings. We all used this method to dry vehicles after meticulous paint correction processes that used to take us 2 to 3 times as long as they do today. So its no surprise that this simple technique is still commonly used today.

Here’s how it works

  1. Simply lay the towel completely flat onto the surface to be dried.
  2. Next, gently pat the towel on the surface to aid in soaking up the water.
  3. Pull the towel away and repeat until the entire section has been dried.
  4. Lastly, leave the lower portions of the vehicle until the very last.

If you’ve ever dried your vehicle in the past and found that certain sections of the towel were extremely wet, this method will remedy that. Using the blotting or pat-dry method maximizes the use of the entire towel, evenly soaking up water more efficiently. As a result of not dragging the towel all over the place, if debris or something gets stuck onto the towel accidentally, by blotting it will greatly minimize the result of swirls and/or scratches. In the video below, you will see the. Its a towel I have been using for years as my go-to drying towel and it holds up to 6 pounds of water weight!

Lastly, a blower drying system is something I am often asked about by my clients. Using a blower dryer system is a great way to safely dry your vehicle. Especially for helping to dry wheels, trim and areas that hold water. When using these blower systems, it is still necessary to use a drying towel. Use these tips and they will help you in drying your vehicle safely and efficiently.
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Reference: “Drying Tips For Coated vehicles “ Mike Cardenas; Detailed Image website, “Ask A Detailer blog. accessed at: https://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/drying-tips-for-coated-vehicles/?utm_content=aap-dyring-tips

When is the best time of year to have my car detailed?

We get this question a lot , especially during winter months . Honestly there is no wrong time of year to have your vehicle cleaned and protected. Most people want to see there freshly detailed vehicle all shiny in the sunny weather and enjoy it staying clean longer in the spring and summer months . This idea is true but protection is the key in winter months and that’s where detailing your vehicle during those months still has its value.

Your vehicle probably wont stay cleaner looking longer with all the rain , de-icer , mud , snow, cinders , etc on the ground . But with the right educated , properly trained detailer it will remain protected which is most important. Think about this , if your vehicle just went through the whole spring and summer getting hammered by the sun , tree sap , road grime etc and you didn’t protect it then , the winter is even harsher on your vehicle . So its better to get it detailed and protected sooner rather than later.

We recommend and only use ceramic based protectants because there are more chemical resistant , last longer , and have higher uv ray protection rating . Check out our educational site : www.cermaiccoatmycaroregon.com for more info . More importantly make sure you do your homework on the detailer you choose to have work on your second most expensive possession. They should be trained and certified with credentials to match there experience.

Why your interior needs detailing

Heres a great article on how dirty vehicle interiors actually are:

Car Interiors Are Nine Times Dirtier Than Public Toilets

Lets face it vehicle interiors are tough to clean, they are small tight areas that are hard to reach and take alot of effort to look nice , even with the proper tools interiors are still the hardest part of a vehicle to clean and maintain.

We are in are cars and average of 2-3 hours a day at least ! Our cars our like our mobile homes or offices , we do almost everything out of them. Keeping them clean is very important to our health , and to the value of your vehicle . Those kid messes in the rear area and the coffee you spilled last wednesday contain all sorts of bacterias and enzymes that cause headaches , nausea , congestion , and all breakdown  the materials you interior is made of.

A great interior detail should consist of cleaning and SANITIZING  the entire interior , I see all to often vehicles that are “detailed” but not sanitized, this is the most important step in the interior detailing process. I always say just because it looks clean doesnt mean it is , without the use of proper sanitizing such as steam or enzymes that breakdown molds, bacterias and ohter organism that live in your interior your not truly getting a “clean ” interior you are getting a “cleaner” interior than you had prior.  At my shop we use european steam  and live bacteria killing enzymes to properly clean your entire interior.

Some tips to help maintain your vehicle between details:

Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you use it reguraly on your hands

If something is spilled in your vehicle clean it up with hot as you can tolerate water. Lightly agitate the surface DO NOT scrub hard .

Vacuum you vehicle at least once a month

Heres some pics of recent interior work we performed:

before and after

before and after vents

cupholders cleaned and sanitized