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Old 09-26-2012, 12:59 PM   #21
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^thats like THE most dangerous way. Lol
What is so dangerous about it?
It slides right across clean, wetted, paint like a wet bar of soap.
Have you ever used one?

You are doing it to a just washed car, there should be no loose debris that can get picked up and scratch the paint.

Towels, microfibers, and traditional chamois are worse at holding onto particulate debris, if that is the concern.

I first saw them at a high-end auto painter, that guy swore by them and I doubt he is a fan of ruining his own work.
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Nothing but microfiber gets dragged across my paint. Not even a silicone blade.
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What is so dangerous about it?
It slides right across clean, wetted, paint like a wet bar of soap.
Have you ever used one?

You are doing it to a just washed car, there should be no loose debris that can get picked up and scratch the paint.

Towels, microfibers, and traditional chamois are worse at holding onto particulate debris, if that is the concern.

I first saw them at a high-end auto painter, that guy swore by them and I doubt he is a fan of ruining his own work.
Truth. People who use them don't have issues with them

People who have never owned or used one are the people who complain.

I used one all the time on my BLACK Mustang and never had a problem.

They are actually really nice to have if you don't have a driveway or garden hose and have to use the coin operated wash. You can get massive amounts of water off of your car quickly while still in the bay and pull out into the sun to dry the rest.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:42 PM   #24
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What is so dangerous about it?
It slides right across clean, wetted, paint like a wet bar of soap.
Have you ever used one?

You are doing it to a just washed car, there should be no loose debris that can get picked up and scratch the paint.

Towels, microfibers, and traditional chamois are worse at holding onto particulate debris, if that is the concern.

I first saw them at a high-end auto painter, that guy swore by them and I doubt he is a fan of ruining his own work.
Because if even one single piece of sand, dirt, gravel, etc gets caught under that blade you drag it ALL the way across the paint.

The point of drying (blotting, not rubbing) with microfiber is that if, god forbid, there is a piece of sand, the pile of the MF picks it up and buries it in the pile before it can do any damage.

Chamois and 'The Absorber' synthetic chamois would have the same problem as a 'water blade' except you're not dragging them across the surface so the possibility of damage is minimal.

Fell free to use it yourself. I'm not trying to stop you. I'm just explaining what could possibly happen in case people are weighing the pros and cons of each way for themselves.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:33 PM   #25
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Because if even one single piece of sand, dirt, gravel, etc gets caught under that blade you drag it ALL the way across the paint.

The point of drying (blotting, not rubbing) with microfiber is that if, god forbid, there is a piece of sand, the pile of the MF picks it up and buries it in the pile before it can do any damage.

Chamois and 'The Absorber' synthetic chamois would have the same problem as a 'water blade' except you're not dragging them across the surface so the possibility of damage is minimal.

Fell free to use it yourself. I'm not trying to stop you. I'm just explaining what could possibly happen in case people are weighing the pros and cons of each way for themselves.
I had a similar theoretical concern. But after using one for years on my daily driver's and my wife's cars, it hasn't happened yet that i have noticed. None of these cars has perfect paint.

I had a similar concern about claybar, it's just going to drag the crap across the paint. I have seen pictures of people that did it wrong and it looked like they sanded their car. Maybe they dropped it on the ground and reused it?

The silicone blade has a lip on it, it it shearing across the surface and not prone to trapping anything that meets it's leading edge. It also creates an impressive wave of water, maybe the particles are "swimming around" in the water rather than getting pinched between the silicone blade and the paint.

Maybe one of these days I'll leave a big scratch using it, we'll see.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:11 PM   #26
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mr. clean works. i found them on sale at big lots for 1.00 dollar each! i am still using them.
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MR. Clean what? Magic erasers?
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