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Old 08-03-2006, 05:35 PM   #1
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3M detailing towel

I'm wondering if anybody has experience with the 3M detailing cloth. I recently had a clear bra put on by a factory trained 3M guy and he used these on the plastic and paint surface.

He, of course, swears by them. I'm not sure what they are made of; but they are a lot softer and smoother than any cotton or microfibre cloth that I have.

Here is the website:
http://www.xpel.com/products/product_detail.asp?pn=P9919

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Old 08-04-2006, 01:59 AM   #2
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Most microfiber has polyester/polyamide mix. I suspect this towel has more loop counts & smaller than regular microfiber cloth, hence the smooth feel.
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:06 PM   #3
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TerryB, here is a potential usefull link for you:

http://autopia-carcare.com/towels---chamois.html

The Blue Drying towels are great. And the Buffing Towel is great for the final wipe when waxing or using detailing spritz.

Believe it or not, Target Stores has some great stuff to under the VROOM brand. Check them out too. I use their small 100% terry cloth towels for windows.

Like Zaino recommends, a good high quality bath towel, cut-up into 4 peices is great too. I have cut-up a couple older bath towels and have been happy with the results. I plan on using all new (old new) towels next year. One season per batch of 8 towels.

The key with using good towels and making them last is proper washer and drying. First off, any towel (or piece there of) that I use on the tires, for dressing, just gets thrown out after use. I only use a piece about 3 inches square. All the other towels I wash at least twice, with soap, followed by another wash cycle without any soap. When drying, make sure you don't use any fabric softner sheets. Also make sure your detergent does not contain any fabric softner, as many today do.

I hope this helps.
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:16 PM   #4
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if you cut up the towels how do keep the shorn edges together? or are the cut pieces for non-paint use? Silk binding only for me.
I highly recommend using a MF detergent and not laundry detergent. Too strong, woolite is a good alternative in the meantime. Add some vinegar to the 2nd rinse cycle to keep the towel fluffy.
No matter where you buy your towels make sure they pass the CD scratching test applying the same amount of pressure you would cleaning the car's paint.
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:27 PM   #5
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I do use 100% cotton like Zaino recommends. I got them at Bed Bath and whatever.

I've also recently sent off for the P21S towel to give it a try.

Perfectlap: What is MF detergent?

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