Leaf Blowers for Drying???

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Dannyp
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Hi
I noticed recently a post asking about best drying cloths.
One response recommended an air dryer as an alternative.
I think it cost about £300 ! :shock: :shock: :shock:

Has anybody tried using a cheap leafblower for car drying?
I'm thinking about something like a Makita 18V at about £65?

The idea appeals to me in terms of reduced swirls/effort - and the prospect of being able to reach the centre of the roof! :D

Any views?

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Dannyp wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2024 1:39 pm Hi
I noticed recently a post asking about best drying cloths.
One response recommended an air dryer as an alternative.
I think it cost about £300 ! :shock: :shock: :shock:

Has anybody tried using a cheap leafblower for car drying?
I'm thinking about something like a Makita 18V at about £65?

The idea appeals to me in terms of reduced swirls/effort - and the prospect of being able to reach the centre of the roof! :D

Any views?
I use my leaf blower all the time to get rid of excess water. It doesn’t blow heated air though so just moves water off rather than “drying” it but still useful in the hard to access areas I think
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I use a £60 cordless Dewalt blower for this purpose
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I’ve got a big boi. It certainly impresses the neighbours when I’m standing on the drive waving it about and pointing it everywhere on the car…..

The mini version is currently on Ultimate Finish for £175 although there are cheaper versions on Amazon. It blows hot air so is more effective than a cold air dryer. Having said that I do use a Stihl leaf blower sometimes but that makes an almighty racket so I avoid using at weekends.
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Post by andreas »

I use a cordless Stihl blower to dry the underbonnet area, but I rinse the car with filtered water and just leave it to dry naturally without water marks.

As value for money, I'd prioritise a resin filter over a leaf blower.
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I have a "normal car blower / dryer" which wasn't too expensive (can't remember exactly how much) and is just about the size of a hair dryer.
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I tried the Ryobi leaf blower, U/S at blowing the water off with the attachment it has.

I use one of the work platforms to reach the centre of the roof, the legs lock in position yet it folds pretty flat for storage.

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Madelvic wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2024 2:02 pm I use a £60 cordless Dewalt blower for this purpose
Yep, same for me. Although predominately for drying the motorbike rather than the Macan where I tend to use quality drying cloths
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Post by Scooby_Doo »

I'm thinking of buying one of these Sherbao's, just to do the wheels, mirrors and shut lines. Seems ok for £76.00 Anybody got something similar.

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If you are under 6' tall and need to reach the center of the Macan roof. A tip given here some years ago.....open the doors and step into the void (by the seats). Works for me. ;)
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