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If you're reading this, you probably already know what a quick detailer is but for those who aren't so familiar, let me explain.
Quick Detailers are a fantastic option for car care enthusiasts. They can elevate any existing wax and sealants, acting as a sacrificial layer and short-term protection to the wax or sealant already applied underneath, especially if that particular Quick Detailer contains any protection elements, usually in the form of synthetic waxes or silicones. However, there are also Quick Detailers such as Nitro that offer minimal protection but buckets full of gloss, this particular type of 'QD' is also great for light cleaning of fingerprints and dust. These are seen as a 'traditional' Quick Detailer as opposed to the type that gives short-term protection, which would come under the 'Hybrid Detailer' banner, like our product Oxide, for example.
Of course, another use of a Quick Detailer is as a drying aid, which we will explain here. So, how and why do we use a QD as a drying aid?
First, we must undertake all of our wash processes, pre-wash, contact wash, etc. We do not recommend, under any circumstances skipping these steps and going straight to spraying the vehicle with Quick Detailer and then drying a dirty car. This is especially important during the winter months when, more than likely, your vehicle has been subject to road salts, grit and general winter road grime. If overlooked, it will result in all that dirt and grime being worked into the paintwork, guaranteeing swirls, scratches and imperfections are inflicted. Our recommendation is a good, thorough pre-wash routine followed by the two-bucket wash method. If you are unsure what the two-bucket wash method is, then take a look here
Drying your car with little to no protection on the paintwork is difficult. The water is flat and almost 'sticks' to the vehicle. We want the surface to be hydrophobic or water-repellant for easy surface water removal. This makes the drying process much, much more manageable and quicker. Adding a spritz of Quick Detailer to the wet panel increases water repellency. Also, it adds a little lubrication to the drying towel, which helps to avoid any risk of scratching or marring the paint during the drying process.
The actual step-by-step process for this is quite simple, starting at the top of the vehicle, apply just a couple of sprays of your favourite Quick Detailer ,Nitro to the clean, wet panel. Then using your Duel Triple Twisted Drying Towel, gently lay the towel across the panel and pull back towards yourself. Repeat these steps until all panels are completed and dry.
A bonus of using this method of drying your car is that you will add some gloss to the overall finish, saving you the job of the regular, spray and buff way of applying a Quick Detailer to a dry vehicle. This drying aid process is especially prudent during the winter, when, let's face it, we want to spend as little time out in the cold weather cleaning our cars as possible!
Remember that when the time comes to clean your Drying Towel, it is essential to use the correct products for the job. Don't reach for any old washing detergent, as these will affect the performance and longevity of your microfibre products. We recommend the use of Duel Laundry Microfibre Wash Detergent. Laundry is a dedicated cleaning solution, especially for microfibre cloths and towels. Cleaning power comes from a blend of mild surfactants that thoroughly clean your microfibre products.
Laundry contains no conditioners, which will harm or degrade the absorbance and performance of any microfibre products. This is why it's essential to use a dedicated microfibre cleaning product for the best results. Another reason to use a dedicated microfibre cleaner is that they contain detergents manufactured for the car care world that are explicitly designed to tackle polymers, waxes, and oils found in car cleaning and detailing products. These same components are often designed to resist general detergents, so switching to a purpose-built product makes sense.