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#1 Posted : 21 December 2018 20:03:37(UTC)
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For the past 15 years or so i have always dried my bike off after washing or it getting wet with a leaf blower before putting it away. This, along with meticulous maintenance meant i sold it for more than i paid for it new way back in 2003.

Does anybody do the same to their MX-5 or is the traditional drying cloth best?

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#2 Posted : 21 December 2018 20:25:07(UTC)
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I have a special blower on 4 little wheels, it does a great job.
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#3 Posted : 21 December 2018 20:25:59(UTC)
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I personally dry with a MF cloth but I've seen Professional detailers use a hand help blower to remove excess water from door shuts and mirrors etc. Providing the leaf blower doesn't circulate debris from the ground then it's probably not a bad approach. Would still finish with a MF cloth though.
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#4 Posted : 21 December 2018 20:48:11(UTC)
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I think a leaf blower is far too powerful, mine is the car Blaster, costs about £210 But is very good
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#5 Posted : 21 December 2018 21:52:25(UTC)
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B&Q or Screwfix do one called Triton, it's about £25, has 4 wheels and also works as a vacuum cleaner!
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Originally Posted by: Millstone Go to Quoted Post
B&Q or Screwfix do one called Triton, it's about £25, has 4 wheels and also works as a vacuum cleaner!
Worth a try

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#7 Posted : 22 December 2018 08:57:15(UTC)
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I have a WORX leaf blower/vac (variable wind speed  up to about 300mph IIRC) I use it to dry my car It does a great job and chases water out of hard to reach areas. It's a mains one so is a little restrictive but does have a long cord to get all round the car. As my car is wrapped, I'm carefull around the edges of panels but not had any issues using it. Oh, it also tidies the leaves up too, which is a bonus 

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I use this all the time:

https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/metro-vac-sidekick-blaster

I also have one of these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2800W-Dog-Cat-Pet-Dryer-Grooming-Hair-Stepless-Speed-Blaster-Blower-Heater-Black/112510066821?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D55148%26meid%3Dde65d77484094bc58c3bcab0506aa852%26pid%3D100505%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D112510066821&_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226

 

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Originally Posted by: Bettabuilda Go to Quoted Post

I have a WORX leaf blower/vac (variable wind speed  up to about 300mph IIRC) I use it to dry my car

Barrie

 

I thought that must have been a typo error 300mph, so Googled it and sure is 300mph...WOW I've never used one but god that sounds fast.

I work at the top of Gelderd Road, switch it on I could probaly feel it from Morley

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Originally Posted by: BRUCE225 Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: Bettabuilda Go to Quoted Post

I have a WORX leaf blower/vac (variable wind speed  up to about 300mph IIRC) I use it to dry my car

Barrie

 

I thought that must have been a typo error 300mph, so Googled it and sure is 300mph...WOW I've never used one but god that sounds fast.

I work at the top of Gelderd Road, switch it on I could probaly feel it from Morley

Im just up by the Angel pub Bruce, so not far from where you work? 

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I find that after washing my car a lot of water gets into the engine bay
The blower gets rid of all that

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Found another use for the blower/vac in the early hours this morning! Large family and friends gathering at ours and Mrs B had bought several of those giant party popper things for the kids to let off at the appropriate moment  the downstairs areas were, or what seemed like, knee deep in gold foil strips!  Out to the storage box in the garden, plugged in the garden vac and made short work of it all.  Quite noisy operating in the house though 

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Hello , the worx leaf blower is excellent, After Mequirars spray wax & towel dry, the excess water gets blown out of the wing mirrors, around the lights & especially were the hard top meets the body ( bout 2 gallons in there ) & after using spray wax ( between proper waxing ) excess water is very easy to mop up, Its my personal way of doing things of course & we all have our own way of doing the same job, But the best use is many spoked/complicated alloys... what a godsend for those it is 

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Originally Posted by: Bettabuilda Go to Quoted Post

Found another use for the blower/vac in the early hours this morning! Large family and friends gathering at ours and Mrs B had bought several of those giant party popper things for the kids to let off at the appropriate moment  the downstairs areas were, or what seemed like, knee deep in gold foil strips!  Out to the storage box in the garden, plugged in the garden vac and made short work of it all.  Quite noisy operating in the house though 

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 i can just imagine you barrie  

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#15 Posted : 05 January 2019 14:25:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stejam Go to Quoted Post

Hello , the worx leaf blower is excellent, After Mequirars spray wax & towel dry, the excess water gets blown out of the wing mirrors, around the lights & especially were the hard top meets the body ( bout 2 gallons in there ) & after using spray wax ( between proper waxing ) excess water is very easy to mop up, Its my personal way of doing things of course & we all have our own way of doing the same job, But the best use is many spoked/complicated alloys... what a godsend for those it is 

Very true about the wheels my BBS replica wheels were crying out for a blast from a leaf blower  I suppose it's one less "direct contact" stage with the bodywork, in the process of cleaning/polishing the car. Blowing all the water off this way, leaves the car and window glass without any water spotting 

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 i can just imagine you barrie  

After more drinks than I should have had Geoff, it seemed like a good idea 

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i felt that i was missing out on some "blowing n sucking " action !

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