This is a discussion on Leaf blower to dry car? within the Detailing Forum forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by oguitar I use a squeegee. It works nicely. Amazon.com: California Water Blade 14": Automotive Agree. Leaf blower ...
'12 WRX Limited, 5-door -- Black
So for the car, leaf blower is great to dry out all of door jams and space between the rubber and the metal where the trunk meets the car, section of metal exposed after all doors are open, under the doors themselves, the water trapped behind the door mirrors, all the spokes on the wheels, the water on the spings/suspension components, the water that sits in the space where trunk, doors, hook meet the car.
ive seen a guy drying his dog off with a leaf blower, but that is irrelevant. it seems like a good idea though
5 shamwows sown together and BAMF! super dry!!!!!
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Personally the method I've used most over the years is the spot free rinse and then a short run on the highway to air dry the car. I usually end up with a couple of streaks somewhere where water collected in the door sills or other areas but those are easy to fix.
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I use Wax as you dry, and a couple towels. I also pop the hood, open the truck, and dry out all the door jams.
But I have used the water blade, shammys, sham wow, leaf blower etc.
The problem with a leaf blower is that unless every place, knook and cranny on your car that has water is waxed well, and your water has a low mineral content, you just kind of smear the water droplets around or evaporate most of them. The water drops will travel down the panel and you end up chasing them around.
There is a commercially ( info-mercial) product available market at doing just this. I forget what its called, but it shows a chic using essentially a vacuum cleaner set to blow on a corvette.
I think this is it, Damn $300
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Last edited by 06wrx4me; 08-29-2012 at 07:20 AM.
Wax + Electric Leaf Blower = Mostly dry car without touching the paint.
I just open and close all the doors, hood and hatch and wipe out in the gas hatch. I knocks or drains most of the water out of the scoop, door handles and mirrors. You have to dry around the hatches with them open though.
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if you want a completely spot free wash, buy a water deionizer... but the refills aren't cheap.
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in theory, a fantastic idea.
in application--only use on your dad's pickup.