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#1 OFFLINE   brucelinc

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 10:49 AM

I always hand wash my cars - even in the winter. The worst part for me is the drying process. When I worked in a Ford service department many years ago, one of our suppliers gave me a chamios that was absolutely top quality. It left zero water and glided smoothly over the finish. It is now pretty well worn out so I bought a new one. It was supposed to be high quality and it was pretty spendy. The problem is that it is not worth a dam*. The old raggedy one is far superior. I have also tried microfiber cloths and cotton towels but once wet, they leave a lot of water behind.

I am thinking about one of those air dryers - the kind that warms the air and blasts the water off. Has anyone ever used one of those?

http://airchamois.com/








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Posted 02 February 2011 - 05:32 PM

I always hand wash my cars - even in the winter. The worst part for me is the drying process. When I worked in a Ford service department many years ago, one of our suppliers gave me a chamios that was absolutely top quality. It left zero water and glided smoothly over the finish. It is now pretty well worn out so I bought a new one. It was supposed to be high quality and it was pretty spendy. The problem is that it is not worth a dam*. The old raggedy one is far superior. I have also tried microfiber cloths and cotton towels but once wet, they leave a lot of water behind.

I am thinking about one of those air dryers - the kind that warms the air and blasts the water off. Has anyone ever used one of those?

http://airchamois.com/


I have used a leaf blower which works pretty good.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:40 AM

I have used a leaf blower which works pretty good.


Thanks. I have considered using a leaf blower. I guess the benefit of a purpose-built car dryer is that they warm the air so it should do a bit better job. I sometimes use my air compressor on the wheels and around headlight moldings, etc. where I cannot reach with a chamois or towel.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:48 AM

The Absorber. Bar None. Comes in different colors too. Made in Japan.
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#5 OFFLINE   brucelinc

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 08:40 AM

The Absorber. Bar None. Comes in different colors too. Made in Japan.


Thanks for the tip, Ricker. I bought a yellow Absorber at Autozone for $10 and I agree that it works very well - much better than a Chamois that I paid $30 for a few months ago. I keep my MKS waxed so the water beads up nicely. One swipe gets rid of most of the water and a follow-up swipe leaves it dry. Good product.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:36 AM

Bruce, try this. Get yourself a silicone water blade, after you wash the car, go around it with the blade to remove the bulk of the water (probably 80%) then go after it with your "Absorber" there will be way less water to remove and you dont have to wring out anything.

I too had one of those great synthetic chamois that worked awesome, but it wore out also. I have an "absorber" also, but i dont think it works all that great. For me its a go around with the blade, then I touch up with a huge microfiber towel i have.

I clean and detail a lot of cars. Honestly this is the best/quickest way.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:35 PM

I have wondered about those silicone water blades. I use the rubber side of a squeegee on the windows and moonroof and even on the top of the car. It is really made for glass so I have been hesitant to use it anywhere else. I will take your advice and try a water blade that is actually designed to use on the finish.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

I have a blade made by the California car duster folks. It is made of surgical silicone and works great. I just keep a soft cloth in one hand, sweep with the blade and wipe it off before the next sweep. Otherwise you will throw water back onto the area you just dried. As long as you have gotten all the grit off of the car before using it, there is no way it will scratch the car.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:59 PM

Like nevada rick And I said, the blade is the best. The blade and one towel is all you need. You will never go back.

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:02 AM

I have been using the Absorber chamois for years.I have 1 for the real dirty spots like the tires.rockers and inner fender wells.I have another one for the rest of the body and it is a different color so I don't mix them up.They are tough to beat for the money.

 

I was at the quarter wash one day and after I washed the car I realized I didn't have my Absorbers.I had cleaned the trunk out and left everything at home.All I had were a couple of rolls of cheap paper towels.They actually worked great and the towels were only a buck each.Don't laugh till you try it.:)



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 09:59 AM

I have switched to Meguiars water magnet - a thick microfiber towel.  It is the best I have ever used.  I use an electric leaf blower first and then do the final dry with the Mequiars towel.  Works beautifully.


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:10 PM

I'll have to check this out.  How are you liking the new Continental?  I have un-retired myself, still working the Funeral Home, and now a 'swap-driver' at our Ford Lincoln dealership.  Have driven a little bit of everything, including the new Conti's.   I'd like to try and take one for a week, if possible, to get a good evaluation.  I Love my '16 MKX with the 2.7 Ecoboost, and my wife's '15 MKS can't be beat for a car for tri-state drives ( NJ to Cleveland).  How do you compare the Conti to the MKS you have had ?



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:45 AM

I'll have to check this out.  How are you liking the new Continental?  I have un-retired myself, still working the Funeral Home, and now a 'swap-driver' at our Ford Lincoln dealership.  Have driven a little bit of everything, including the new Conti's.   I'd like to try and take one for a week, if possible, to get a good evaluation.  I Love my '16 MKX with the 2.7 Ecoboost, and my wife's '15 MKS can't be beat for a car for tri-state drives ( NJ to Cleveland).  How do you compare the Conti to the MKS you have had ?

 

Compared with the MKS, the Continental is most improved in rear seat space and seat comfort.  I have the 30 way seats and they are fabulous.   I would also say that the interior materials are higher quality and the exterior body panel fit/finish is better.   In terms of styling, I think the Continental is very bland.  I preferred the appearance of the MKS but I don't buy cars based on how they look.   I preferred the THX sound system in the MKS over the Revel system in the Continental, although I am not an audiophile by any means.

 

In terms of ride quality, there isn't much difference.  In comfort mode, it is a little bit more compliant but the difference is not striking.  Same with quietness of the interior....maybe a bit better but not a huge improvement.   The Continental does drive with more precision and handles curves much better than the MKS.   It is a far more nimble handling vehicle.

 

The 3.0 is a quieter engine than the first gen 3.5 ecoboost.  It also provides excellent and smooth power...effortless as they say.   The transmission shifts smoothly, never hunts for gears and kicks down quickly for passing.  However, it does have 2 major flaws.  In stock tune, upshifts under WOT are terrible...power is cut before, during and after the shift resulting in surging and sagging instead of steady power delivery.   In spite of the 3.0 making more power and torque than the 3.5 and the Conti benefiting from  a 3.39 gear vs 2.77 in the MKS, the Conti is only slightly quicker than the MKS.   They put this nice engine in the Conti and then dumbed it down due to the transmission.   The other flaw is too many RPM at cruising speeds with the 3.39 gearing.   The way it is geared currently, the Conti uses more fuel on the highway than the MKS did with its 2.77 gear.   I solved the terrible WOT upshifting with a tune but no other Conti owners will do that and risk the warranty.    It needs the 8 speed transmission for sure.  Overall, in stock form, the MKS engine, transmission and gearing was superior to the Continental.   Again, my Continental has an aftermarket tune that improved it dramatically.

 

My MKS exceeded my expectations in about every way.   My expectations for the Conti were probably too high since I was expecting a pretty big upgrade.   I like the Conti and am glad I bought it but I doubt if I keep it as long as I did the MKS.  It is an upgrade in several ways but it also falls a little short of my expectations in a few areas.

 

   



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:50 AM

I would add a couple more things to my comments above.   I absolutely love the power cinch doors on the Continental.  Every time I get in a car without them, it takes me two tries to get the door closed since I am so accustomed to just pulling the door to the first latch and having it close itself.    Another feature that I like is the hands free trunk lid.  Just stick toe under the bumper to open or close the trunk.     The trunk opening is much larger than the MKS, too. 






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