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Had the car washed yesterday, when I walked around I noticed some straight line marks from the truck to the rear wheel well
since this was at the automatic car wash I asked to speak with the manager about the marks. The manager came out and looked at
my car and then my hand I was holding a Microfiber towel as I always have to dry the door jams , truck, mirrors and fuel door . Well the
manager said it I put the marks on the car because I was using a dry Microfiber towel. This was all new to me, the manager said I could go to the
sink and get it wet to use it .

They did remove the marks with a little polish but then I noticed they applied it with a Magic Eraser .
 

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What kind of marks? Dry marks? Scratch marks? Need a picture.

I might use a microfiber towel, I prefer to use a water absorbing towel like a ShamWow (but a non-Shamwow product you can buy from any local retailer).
 

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No pictures , they polished them out while I was there

The manager said they thought I put the marks on with my dry mircofiber cloth.

I thought it was dirt marks missed then I ran my finger over and it wasn't dirty , but I couldn't feel the marks
So I really not sure what you would call them. I have used Mircofiber towell for a look time but just not sure
I ever heard or read about wetting the towel before drying the car



What kind of marks? Dry marks? Scratch marks? Need a picture.

I might use a microfiber towel, I prefer to use a water absorbing towel like a ShamWow (but a non-Shamwow product you can buy from any local retailer).
 

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For me, the idea is to remove the water as opposed to using a wet towel to dry my car. Otherwise, just ignore it and see what happens next time. Technically a water absorbing towel needs to be wet then squeezed if it is dry but if it is just a microfiber towel, then I don't see a reason to wet it.
 

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I use the Rag Company's Eagle Edgeless 600 16x16 microfiber for removing any spots or streaks at the end of detail. They run $25 for a pack of 5. Definitely worth the money. I do not get any scratches with the dry towel.

I wet the towels fully and wipe with the detailing spray and when done use the microfiber to remove any spots or streaks (as I said above).

the microfibers you get in the store are junk (in my opinion) since they scratch.
 

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First of all, I use a synthetic chamois to dry my cars. Once the microfiber towel is wet there is no more drying action no matter how well you wring it out. That said, the only way a microfiber towel would leave a mark would be if something was on the towel before you got to that area. Grease, dirt, grit, etc. A clean microfiber towel is as safe as it gets.
 

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My experience with microfiber is that microfiber needs moisture to soften up.... think of it like cheap paper towels vs the good stuff. Good paper towels absorb liquid on contact where as cheap paper towels just push the water around and have a low amount of liquid they can hold.

So what I do is I pre moisten any microfiber I am going to use to dry the vehicle off and they absorb water immediately. ring and repeat. I also run my car through the automatic car wash and don't really care about the micro scratches because I have 2 buffers/polishers and I can pull out anything pretty quick if I need to.
 

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No pictures , they polished them out while I was there

The manager said they thought I put the marks on with my dry mircofiber cloth.

I thought it was dirt marks missed then I ran my finger over and it wasn't dirty , but I couldn't feel the marks
So I really not sure what you would call them. I have used Mircofiber towell for a look time but just not sure
I ever heard or read about wetting the towel before drying the car
Yes its best to lube it. ANYTHING can scratch your car. Even a dry microfiber towel. You could use those waffle towels to blot dry and to reduce friction between surfaces.
 
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