Rinsing a vehicle is very important to do, but it is very important not to let water sit on your vehicle too long. Leaving water on your vehicle, depending on its source can lead to water spots if left on your vehicle. Working in direct sunlight increases the risk of developing water spots. Since you spent so much time and effort in cleaning your vehicle, it only makes sense to finish with a clean and dry finish.
Drying sometimes is no easy task if you are starting out. There are definitely wrong ways of doing it, ineffective ways, and the quick-and-easy way. Drying if done properly takes little to no time and effort. Some people will drive their vehicle around in order to dry it. Do not do this. It may or may not dry your car, and you will end up having dirt mix in with water on your paint.
There are numerous ways of drying a vehicle, but did you know you can actually use water to help dry your car? The trick is to use a sheeting method to get most of the water off of the vehicle first, before drying the vehicle. Personally, I enjoy using a high-quality waffle-weave microfibre to dry the vehicle. As you will see in the picture below, a typical rinse will leave a lot of water on the paint. This left over water will mean you must touch the paint more to dry it, and leave your towel full of water potentially the vehicle is dry. If done properly, my drying towel is barely wet and my vehicle is dry as a bone.
No one wants to have to wring out a towel multiple times. So what is a person to do? They use a sheeting method! A sheeting method uses water to literally pull most of the water from the car. When done properly, you will see what looks like a sheet of water and once it runs off of your vehicle very little water is left.
For me, I take a hose with no attachment and start from the top of a panel and slowly move side-to-side and down to the bottom. I keep the same pace as the falling sheet of water, like so:
This technique is very effective. By doing this small step, you safe lots of time and frustration in drying your vehicle. The less wet your car is, the less you need to touch it in order to dry it. The less you touch a car, the less chance you have of scratching your vehicle. Below is the same hood as earliar, after sheeting the water.
As you can see, there is a lot less water on the hood. Now you can dry the vehicle easier, in less time, and possibly with only one towel!
A few tips for those of you who want to know more:
Tip 1: Use compressed air to blow air out of crevices so you do not have water dripping out of them after the car is dry.
Tip 2: Using a light spray of detail spray before drying the car (after the sheeting method) can help dry the car. This also adds some lubrication to help reduce the risk of scratches.
Tip 3: Always check your towel before, and in-between wipes. You don’t want to make the costly mistake of using a dirty towel, or assuming it is clean.
Tip 4: If you notice a dirty spot while drying, stop and clean the spot properly. You do not want to rub dirt around with a dry towel, and you surely do not want to dirty your towel that you are using for drying.
Tip 5: If you are having issues with the sheeting method, try clay barring your car and applying a good wax (more on this in a future post).