When it comes to drying your car after washing & rinsing a popular choice is to use a chamois leather. Although these can be very effective at absorbing water and drying your car, unfortunately they can also easily inflict allot of damage onto the surface of your paintwork in the form of light scratches, swirl marks and marring. A chamois leather is an animal rawhide which means it has obviously not been ‘designed’ for the sole purpose of drying a car, which means that you are compromising the safety of your paintwork if you use one.
The make up of a chamois leather means that any small stray particles of dirt on the surface of your car become trapped between the paintwork and the chamois during the drying phase and are therefore drawn across it which results in the fine scratches and swirl marks. Chamois leathers also dry hard so even if just a small part of it is not sufficiently dampened and softened before you begin drying, marring could be inflicted onto the surface of your paintwork. There are synthetic chamois also available but these too suffer from the same disadvantages that a natural chamois leather does.
There are safe alternatives available however that can just as effectively dry your car. Micro fibre and waffle weave towels are specifically designed to dry your car whilst not inflicting any damage. The construction of these towels means that any stray particles of dirt left on the surface become trapped in their fibres and safely away from the surface of the paintwork during drying. They are also made from very soft materials eliminating the chance of marring the paintwork.
After use, micro fibre & waffle weave drying towels can be machine washed to ensure that any dirt particles are removed and that they are completely clean and safe for use next time, this also helps to prolong the life of the towel. This cannot be done with a chamois leather which means that they will not last a long as a towel and will also accumulate more & more dirt particles every time they are used.