Cadillac Detailing and Bodywork - Interior and Exterior including Body and Wheels Discussion, The Absorber? in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Anyone use the Absorber to dry their cars? Any cons with it? Thanks in advance!...
Anyone use the Absorber to dry their cars? Any cons with it? Thanks in advance!
FYI: "The Absorber" is a synthetic chamois for drying your auto. It's made of a Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) material that has a three dimensional and interconnected open-cell structure, rather like a sea sponge. It is highly absorbent and the interconnected cell structure allows debris it picks off the paint surface to wick back into the material and therefore it is less likely to scratch when wiped across the auto's surface.
A typical PVA product description can be found below:
Automobile(s): 2013 CTSV Coupe , 2012 Escalade, 2014 SRX
H.V., Pa/Town of Webb, NY
Re: The Absorber?
The only problem with the Absorber or real chamois is there is no nap to protect your finish if you get a piece of dirt or leaf part under this type of drying device like you do a towel. If you use these things carefully they can work good. I have used an electric leaf blower for almost 10 years now and a cotton towel or a DF cotton microfiber towel.
I used to use the absorber religiously, until I got a hold of Meguiars Water Magnet Drying Towel. It is a micro-fiber type towel that has a waffle like pattern that is less likely to push dust or other contaminants across the paint resulting in hairline scratches like a flat absorber can tend to do. I use 2 of them, use the first one to remove the majority of the water, then the second one to remove the rest of the water. I do one section of the car at a time squeezing the water out of the first one like a chamois. I have considerably cut back the amount of swirls compared to the absorber. I primarily wash and detail black cars that love to swirl and I hate to even hand dry them, but if I have to I use the Meguiars water magnet. The water magnet works wonders on a friends black Acura NSX which seems to have a softer paint than most cars I've done (and it loves to swirl), possibly because it's an aluminum car. I do still love to use the absorber on lighter colored cars though. It may or may not be better I just prefer it.
I just bought the water magnet to replace a six year old chamois that lost its softness. Over at meguiarsonline.com, the consensus seems to be that the WM is better than the absorber. It's a waffle weave micro-fiber I think.
I use the new Original California Jelly Water Blade (the handle is also flexible) followed by a chamois. My setup includes a wringer to squeeze the chamois. I occasionally use my Metro Air Force Blaster when detailing the engine bay, not so much to dry my cars (more on the motorcycles). Tried the Absorber, but still prefer a chamois.