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Old 05-09-2012, 04:59 PM
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Squeegee ??

Does a squeegee have a tendency to scratch a surface if used to dry a car.. There are some for sale in Walmart and considered buying one but I didn't know whether or not my finish would be damaged... Granted the car has to be super clean because if it isn't surface dirt can ruin a finish...

My car is Jet Black, if you breathe on it, it will show , so kind of skeptical....

Any thoughts????
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:57 PM
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Sounds like you answered your own question there.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:08 PM
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Use it on your shower door or your glass, not your paint. It'll work only up until you get a bit of grit embedded in the edge, then you'll rue the day you ever used it on the paint.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:30 PM
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Squeegee

Thanks for the replies, I was doubtful about the product but I am not going to risk any damage to my finish...

I will stick to using my foam cannon and microfiber towels to dry, i always finish it off with a spray wax.....
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:34 PM
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Thanks for the replies, I was doubtful about the product but I am not going to risk any damage to my finish...

I will stick to using my foam cannon and microfiber towels to dry, i always finish it off with a spray wax.....
Sounds like you have things under control Fred.
Have you tried sheeting the water off to save you some microfiber work at the end?
Take the nozzle off the hose and with a 1/4 to 1/2 stream, work the stream over the horizontal surfaces. You'll see how individual drops of water will be added to the stream and washed away. With a little practice, and not much at all, you'll remove about 90% of the surface water and your towel drying will be cut to a minimum. You can almost go directly to your spray wax.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:56 PM
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Sounds like you have things under control Fred.
Have you tried sheeting the water off to save you some microfiber work at the end?
Take the nozzle off the hose and with a 1/4 to 1/2 stream, work the stream over the horizontal surfaces. You'll see how individual drops of water will be added to the stream and washed away. With a little practice, and not much at all, you'll remove about 90% of the surface water and your towel drying will be cut to a minimum. You can almost go directly to your spray wax.
Great technique, referred to sometimes also as "pooling" or "flooding." Here's how the Junkman does it:

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Old 05-13-2012, 12:29 PM
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I use a good microfiber. IMHO it is much better than a squeegee. N4S
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:02 AM
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I use a squeegee on my SUV; on the glass surfaces and roof only.
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