You might not realize it, but the drying step is quite crucial after you clean a car. Some people with less detailing experience tend to overlook this stage in the process, and it can make a significant difference to the finished product.

Drying a car correctly is important from many perspectives, including the safety of the paint and the car’s overall appearance after washing.

Car washing requires both skill and science, and it is essential. You can save your vehicle’s paint if you do it right, using the right materials so that your vehicle will look great and your money will not go to waste.

Why is it Important to Dry a Car Properly?

How to dry your car after washing

I know you are probably wondering, “ Hold. Are you trying to tell me how to dry my vehicle? It’s easy! Just blot off the water. I can leave that to the sun.” False. Even though it is a simple idea, there are correct and incorrect ways to dry a car. To begin, let’s take a look at how you shouldn’t dry your car.

1: Never place your car in the sun

In the first place, don’t depend on the sun. All of your hard washing efforts are wasted by sun-drying, as it leaves behind marks and spots.

2: Don’t use old t-shirts as towels

Get rid of the T-shirt cloth you made. These are the fastest ways to scratch and swirl your paint.

You should also refrain from using standard microfiber towels. You can use this in an emergency, but you’re better off using something that dries quickly, like microfiber waffle-weave towels.

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Materials needed to dry your car.

You’ll need the following to complete the job.

  • Pair of microfiber drying towels
  • Chamois towel for drying (optional)
  • Blower (recommended)
  • Water Blade

Pro-tip: Before you dry your car

  • Keeping your tools and gear organized will save you precious minutes
  • We recommend a workspace that is shady and flat, such as the garage floor, driveway, or street parking. When you wash and dry your car, make sure you don’t violate any local laws.
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Here’s how you can dry your car in easy steps


You should realize that the paint on your car is far more vulnerable than dinner plates or the floor of your kitchen. There are many drying methods that work specifically for your vehicle. Each method uses a different technique.

Tip 1: Using a Microfiber Towel

Microfiber towels are most commonly used to dry vehicles, and they’re easy to find, regardless of whether you’re shopping for cars or not. Also, they are inexpensive, easy to wash, and convenient. Their design allows them to be used on car paint as well.

It’s important to note that not all towels are created equal – so if you’re using an old towel that you found in your house, don’t do it. There is a high likelihood that you will damage the paint.


After you’ve washed your car, use a microfiber cloth or towel to dry it. Wipe the cloth or towel and squeeze. There are three things to keep in mind:

  • One-directional wiping only
  • Regularly flip the towel or cloth
  • Also, keep several fresh car wash towels on hand in case you need to replace them.

Tip 2: Drying your car with a dryer (blower)

The second method requires a car blower. By using a blower, you can safely and effectively dry a car. By releasing air, you can remove excess moisture. These are usually corded and electric. Getting cordless or handheld blowers is best. You can maneuver them easily while drying your car.

However, battery-powered models are also available. You need a blower designed for cars, not one for blowing leaves or drying pets.


Whichever method you use to blow air, keep the water flowing to the ground by drying from the top down.

Tip 3: Use shammy or chamois

Shammy, or chamois, refers to a drying method based on synthetic rubber or leather. Due to their size, they are extremely absorbent, wring out easily when wet, and cover a lot of ground. I like how soft and sticky they feel, almost like a slightly moist shirt. To use it, throw it flat onto the surface to be dried, and then pull it back towards you.

They also work just as well as microfiber cloths, but they are more expensive and more difficult to maintain due to their ability to hold water for so long. Unlike any other method of drying, they pick up more dirt.


To use the chamois, you simply wipe it down gently, squeeze it out, and it will take care of the rest. Chamois are useful for removing tough water spots by rolling them up and applying pressure to the affected area. You’ll see them disappear!

Tip 4: Use a water blade

Water blades are used as paintbrushes but in reverse. As you drag a water blade across the paint, it removes water instead of applying a material. Water blades typically have a flexible silicone tip to prevent scratching. Their main advantage is speed compared to other drying methods.

Easily accessible both locally and online, water blades are reasonably priced. When drying your car, you won’t have to break the bank.


However, despite their fast drying time, it is still recommended to use conventional drying methods due to the fact that they cannot absorb water as well as a microfiber cloth. The cloth is simply shifted from spot to spot. The other disadvantage of these blades is that they tend to stick and drag dirt, which means it is necessary to thoroughly wash and rinse them before use.

Tip 5: Repeat the process on the next top spot on the vehicle

Once the roof has dried completely, you can move to the next highest point, usually the trunk or hood. Whenever you wash another part of your vehicle, you must follow the same steps. Keep washing until the whole thing is dry. That’s it!

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Bonus Tips

How to dry your car after washing

  • Avoid direct sunlight when washing your car: The sun dries water quickly, especially when your car is dark. Wash and dry your car in a shady area so that you have more time to dry the water properly without leaving water stains.
  • You Should Quickly Dry Your Car on Sunny Days: Water evaporates very fast on sunny days, increasing the likelihood of water spots.
  • Always dry your vehicle from the top down: You should always start drying your vehicle from the top down. The water will not drip down to your drying area if it is above it.
  • Be sure to dry cracks and crevices: When you dry your car from top to bottom, do not forget to dry cracks and crevices. Don’t forget to dry the sills and open doors. It is important to dry these areas thoroughly to avoid any extra drips while driving.
  • Use A Quick Detailing Spray Or Drying Aid When Using Microfiber Towels: To properly dry your car with microfiber towels, spray it with a detailing spray or use a drying aid, which will further eliminate water spots and stains. Additionally, it will give the paintwork a nice sheen.


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