Recently I had a customer come to my shop and ask me a host of questions. He introduced himself and showed me his AMG Benz (black, what else) with swirls marks. They were not bad, but I could tell he was anal. I looked at it in different angles, and if the light was just right, I could see them, He went on to say that he only hand washed the car, never went to an automatic wash, and he couldn’t understand why the swirls were there. So I started asking questions about his hand wash process. All his steps were fine until he came to the last one, use was using a bath towel to dry his car. Bad choice. I told him about waffle weave micro fiber (which he never heard of) and I said after I removed the swirls he should use only a waffle weave towel to dry. Terri towels have proven to be damaging to a finish because of the construction of the material. Many terri type towels are harsh, and can be abrasive. Take a waffle weave towel; they have thousands of little cubes, to trap any contaminant inside it always leaving a soft gentle surface touching your car. I got the swirls out for him, and he was extremely pleased. In my business I try to educate people so they can keep their car looking the way I detailed it. I love this stuff. Gary
NEVER use a sponge to wash your car, it can harm the finish, stick with chenilli, terri lambs wool or micro fiber mits. also, don't use a micro fiber towel to wash either, save those for removing was/pollish/paint sealant, or windows. Micro fiber towels should not be wasted doing dirty jobs like washing or applying polish, since they have super capabilities to absorb water, why load up the fibers with dirt/ save them for the fineese jobs, Gary
Uhhhhhhh, what results are we supposed to look for with burn test? tnx
You're looking for fibers that melt into a little plastic ball. Natural stuff just burns into powdery ashes. Polyester, nylon, dacron, rayon or whatever will turn into globs of plastic. Even the 80/20 blends will not burn away cleanly. They'll also leave little scratches if you rub too hard.
Another thing to watch out for is the little tags that are sewn on the towels. I was indiscriminantly using old bath towels and t-shirts without ripping the tags off. Stupid stupid stupid.
Get a waffle weave towel. It's money well spent, and it will last you a long time if you take care of it.