How To Dry Your Car Safely

October 1, 2021

How To Dry Your Car Safely

Drying your car is simple, right? Actually, if you want to ensure that your car remains pristine for many years to come, then the process of drying and polishing that precious paintwork becomes less of a chore and more something of an art form. 

Don’t quite believe us yet? The following looks at the dos and don’ts of drying your car in the safest manner possible, thus ensuring that your pride and joy gleams in the manner that it’s meant to. 

The 1, 2, 3, of How to Dry A Car Safely 

  • 1: It’s all in the materials
  • 2: Dry a car safely? The must-dos
  • 3: Dry a car safely? The must-nots

1: It’s all in the materials  

To dry a car safely means that you can’t use anything that’s the slightest bit abrasive. That means recycling those old T-shirts into car cleaning rags is a no-no, as is using anything like a dishcloth, tea towel, or anything other than products that are specifically designed to dry and shine vehicles.

This means you need a combination of drying tools in your arsenal. These are very simple but should be of good quality. Your drying armory consists of only two items:

Good quality chamois leathers

A large amount of soft, microfiber cloths

Oh, and a reasonable amount of elbow grease… That goes without saying.

The key reason that drying a car is something you should approach with care is that the wrong method causes tiny, microscopic damage to the integrity of the paintwork. Sure, you won’t be able to see this, but over time this causes the clear factory top coating to degrade. When this happens, not only does the paintwork appear less bright, but it allows environmental damage to occur—such as fading, due to UV rays, and corrosion from salt and acid rain. 

2: Dry a car safely? The must-dos  

To dry a car safely there are some simple steps to follow:

  • Dry the car immediately after washing
  • Blot the worst of the water away with a chamois leather
  • Once you’ve removed all the excess beads of water, dry with a clean microfiber cloth
  • This third step will need to be repeated with additional, clean microfiber cloths—perhaps two or three times—until every trace of dampness is done
  • Always work from top to bottom (and that includes the washing process as well)

3: Dry a car safely? The must nots  

As well as telling you how to dry a car safely, it’s also necessary to define the absolute must nots when it comes to polishing that precious paintwork. 

  • Don’t ever leave the car to dry in the sun. In fact, try not to have your vehicle in direct sunlight throughout the whole washing process. Water heats up quickly in the sun and allowing this to happen multiple times over the lifespan of a car is damaging to the paintwork.
  • Don’t overuse cloths. As you dry, even the softest of material picks up debris and dirt from the atmosphere. As you draw this across the paintwork you create microscopic damage that, over time, will add to all the environmental damage that makes a car fade.
  • Don’t let anyone you don’t trust dry (or wash) your car. Much as it might seem tempting to let, say, your kids earn a few bucks washing the family motor, unless you can guarantee that they won’t do anything detrimental to the paintwork, this isn’t the best course of action.
  • Don’t use poor-quality cloths. Spending that little bit extra on the highest quality car washing materials will pay dividends over time, helping prevent paintwork damage and fade.

Considering a Paintwork Protection Product? Contact Auto SuperShield Today 

At Auto SuperShield, we care as much about your car’s great looks as you do—it’s a matter of professional pride. That’s why we’re the leading provider of paint protection coatings in South Florida and beyond. From helping you select the right product for your needs to the ultimate application, you know that you’re in safe hands from the very first point of contact. 

Visit to discover more and get in contact today for an informal chat. 


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