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I am also a certifiable towel-aholic; probably have 150+ and I only detail my own car. I’m always buying new types of towels to see how they perform for particular tasks. I have found it valuable to designate specific types of towels for specific uses. Having a variety of different towels and colors will allow you to maximize the effectiveness of towels by washing them in the groups you use them for and not cross-contaminating them or having the colors bleed from dark towels onto light ones. My advice for starting a well rounded collection based on my experiences with dozens of types of towels would be this:
Polish removal/wax removal - AG grey 530 and purple 600’s. Use one type for polishes and one type for waxes/sealants. Doesn’t really matter which. If budget is less of a concern, the Microfiber Madness crazy piles are the absolute best for wax/sealant removal. Depending on how often you polish or paint clean or wax/seal, a dozen of this category would be good.
Post-wash QD/spray wax/V7 type products - AG gold plush. Great towels for this and other minor paint related tasks. Good value for the quality you get. 6-12 of these would be a good starting number.
Wheels - I like using black towels for this. Don’t need to be super high quality. I have about 6 that I got from car-pro, but many sellers have black.
General interior and all around - A good 350-360 gsm towel for this purpose. I have a bunch from MF Tech. Good value.
Rinseless - a fluffy 600 gsm towel is good here. I like the 600 greens from MF Tech. AG has the grey version of these called Chinchilla. Same as far as I can tell. I tend to use the 800 from Microfiber Madness, great performers, but again, not budget friendly.
Sacrificial towels - definitely pick up a 36 pack of Costco golds. These are perfect for messy jobs where you don’t really care about what happens to the towels. Throw them away if you get them really dirty or stained.
Drying - A good korean waffle weave, cobra guzzler, or plush dryer like the CG Fatty Orange. I like both, but I go Microfiber Madness all the way. Worth the cost in this category.
A full setup like the above will run you some cash if you buy all at once, but you can scale up as you need. Towels last a long time if you care for them well. I have become a recent devotee of Wolfgang towel cleaner. Best i have used, and I have used several different kinds over the years. Get a gallon on sale, you will use it up eventually. Wash the different types in separate loads. As Mike said, if you have a group of each you can avoid having to wash only a couple towels to keep from cross-contaminating them. To echo Bkdazzle’s post, towels are a good investment, and your best value is not found in the cheapest towels (other than Costco).
Note the photo, Grit Guards offset by 45°.
If there is one thing that is a flaw, is that sometimes they’ll tend to ‘float’. Even stacked two-up they’ll float! I’ve alleviated that by drilling holes in the fins and putting a few pointed slip leader fishing weights in the holes, glued in with hot glue.
Then as they are connected at 45° to one another, again, a small hole in the bottom of the fins of the top one, then just hook them together with small 4” wire ties.
Works like a CHARM.
I have dual guards in my wash bucket as well as rinse bucket. Then have a single one in the wheel bucket. Having dual guards keeps the wash water so clean that you can use it twice! After that, pour it off next time in the wheel bucket. Nothing goes to waste.
As for sponges (especially man made) uhhhhh….. I’ll stick to microfiber mitts and Merino wool like the CarPro one. Natural sponges have been known to do well, but really no need when you have good microfiber or wool ones.
Truthfully…. I MUCH prefer 16” silk edge towels over edgeless and/or rolled edge. Easier to control (when wiping compound and polish) than edgeless and CHEAPER than the same exact material with a rolled edge!
Lemee ask ya’ this… do you have grit guards in both your buckets? I actually have TWO in each bucket, turned 45°, and connected with wire ties. Completely stops sloshing around, and keeps the soap solution so clean that you can use it twice. After two uses, just dump it in the wheel bucket (which has a single grit guard).
Microfiber Tech and The Rag Company has by far the best, safest, and most affordable offerings. (There are of course the “German” companies but… be prepared to sell an organ.) If I had to have only 3 towels it’d be the Microfiber Tech 360’s, 530’s and Korean 500’s as they’ll do anything you need, including drying (with the 530’s). Can’t say that I actually DO make that work however.
Bottom line is you’ll need a couple dozen of each of your most used towels. If that is the 360 and 530 then yup… get a couple dozen of each. You can get around with less of the Korean’s if you want, say if you’re only using them for QD duties, but even then you’d do good to have 5~6.
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I followed other users’ advice of using a large bucket with a “Grit Guard” installed to catch dirty residues at the bottom and also having multiple dry cloths available for the washing and drying process. It is important that the product be applied to one region of the car at a time and dried before moving to the next region. This is essentially a “two-cloth” method. For my Prius, I actually use one wash mitt for application and then have about six to eight small microfibre cloths available for drying.
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- == Color coding ==
- paint|glass washing ONR|detergent
- buffing wax
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- == Type by use ==
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16x16 Extra Fluffy Korean Microfiber Detailing Towel Silk Banding 470 GSM product page
- 1+ $5.45
- 3+ $4.91
- 6+ $4.63
- 470 GSM
The Korean Plush Zero Edge Microfiber Detailing Towels have a high pile on both sides. Soft and plush with long fibers to pull particles away from the surface being wiped, they to help prevent scratching and swirl marks. The ultrasonic Zero Edge design means you don’t have to worry about stitched or banded edges that can cause damage to soft paint. They are great for wax and polish residue removal, quick detail sprays, rinseless car wash, and delicate finish work.
This towel is great at removing sealant, glaze, wax and etc. Plus, it’s super soft. Best microfiber towel I have used.
Every now and again you come across a towel that’s worth a large order. This is the towel. Korean made, high quality, stays super soft after proper washing/drying, no edge, best towel in my arsenal.
Soooo soft and fluffy i use these for my qds and final wipedowns . They seem very well made, wash great, with no shedding. Never can have enough of these towels around.
These towels are super soft, not grabby like traditional microfiber towels..A++
Edgeless Buffing and Polishing Towel - 16x16 product page
- 1+ $2.96
- 3+ $2.66
- 10+ $2.36
- white or blue
- 350 GSM
The Edgeless Polishing Towel features a closed loop construction which is designed for wiping away polish and wax residue. It’s soft touch, and non-stitched edge makes it safe for use on the most delicate clearcoat surfaces. Scratches are virtually impossible.
Even the thickest paste waxes will be easily removed without caking. If you want to make the removal of tough waxes and polishes an easy task, the Edgeless Polishing Towel is the tool for you.
This towel excels in other applications also, most notably glass cleaning. The closed loop construction leaves behind no lint or streaking, leaving you with ultra clear glass and mirrors.
I used these towels as wax removal towels on our vehicles recently. They worked beautifully. I tried with both a sealant and a WOWO wax. Both were effortless. I’‘d buy them again.
Excellent quality, a step above the usual. Used for wax and sealant removal.Would buy again
I have used these for quick detailing, bird dropping removal, and window cleaning. These towels performed all tasks I have tried very well, and at this price point they are a great value.
300 GSM Edgeless Microfiber Detailing Towel 16x16 product page
- 1+ $1.79
- 10+ $1.61 each
Elite Ultrafile Detailing Towel 16x16 product page
Single plush - Elite Ultrafine Microfiber Detailing Towel 16x16
- 400 GSM 70/30
- 1+ $3.19
- 3+ $2.87
- Blue Zero Edge
- Blue w/ Black Silk
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Waffle-Weave Drying Towel - 25’’ x 36’’ - 460 GSM - 80.20 product page
- 1+ $17.95
- 3+ $16.16
- blue with black silk edge
- yellow with black silk edge
Excellent drying towel. Fast shipping. This towel holds a lot of water and can get heavy. One towel is enough for the average vehicle although I always have at least 2 available in case of soiling or dropping. No lint, no sewn tag and very soft edge. This is a winner!
I have tried waffle weave towels from a detail website that I buy my chemicals and waxes from with less than impressive results. That was my first experience so I decided to give Microfiber Tech’s Korean waffle a try. The quality of these waffles trump ALL the others like dynamite in a rock-paper-scissor game! These waffles are super-soft and incredibly thirsty! I only wish I would have found Microfiber Tech sooner! All the products I buy from this company rocks. I’ve never bought a bad product through this website. Shipping is always fast too! I was NOT reimbursed for this review.
As a new detailing business, I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to spend $13 on a single towel. But it is worth every penny invested into it. This thing just seems to DRINK water. It’s absorbency coupled with its size allowed me to dry two SUV’s (CR-V and Lexus GX350h) in one go. Great towel.
Our business is a collision repair facility. Our detail dept. LOVES this towel. Said that it is the best towel to dry off even our black high end cars. No streaking, no lint, absorbs. We will be ordering more in the future.
Microfiber Drying Chamois - 23x30.1 product page
- 1+ $14.65
- 23x30.5 in
- 300 GSM
- 100% Polyamide non-woven
Glass & Window Chamois - 12” x 12” product page
- 3+ $2.95
- 100% polyamid
- 300 GSM
The MicroChamois is the modern version of the traditional leather chamois, except it is softer, more gentle and more absorbent than its 20th century predecessor. It is machine washable, will last hundreds of uses, will not harden when dry, and will stay soft for a long time.
It is made of non-woven 100% polyamide microfibers (polyamide is the more absorbent component of microfiber), which have an extremely quick absorption rate and high water retention. Its low pile means it is virtually streak free.
Once it is saturated wring it out and use it over and over again.
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Everest 800 16 x 16 Ultra Plush Microfiber Towel
Everest 800 16 x 16 Ultra Plush Microfiber Towel theragcompany.com product page
- 1+ - $5.45
- 5+ - $5.20
- 10+ - $4.95
Creature Edgeless 70/30 Plush Towel
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420 GSM - Creature Edgeless 70/30 Plush Dual Pile Microfiber Towel 16x16” theragcompany.com product page
- 1+ $2.85
- 6+ $2.65
- 11+ $2.55
- 25+ $2.45
- light blue
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ABSOLUTELY THE BEST EDGELESS DETAILING TOWEL VALUE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE! Our New Professional Grade 420gsm Microfiber All-Purpose Detailing Towel is the answer to the numerous requests we’ve received to create a value-priced, high-quality edgeless towel for customers that don’t necessarily need our top-of-the-line, best-selling EAGLE EDGELESS Korean quality towels.
Suggested Uses: Waterless Washing; Quick Detailing; Wax, Compound, Sealant, Glaze, and Polish Removal; Polishing Chrome, other Shiny Metals; Polishing Wheels, Wheel Wells; Polishing Rocker Panels and Door Jams
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PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher
PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher $119 at amazon
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Porter Cable 7424XP autogeek.net article
The buffer accepts a 5/16-24 spindle thread
Use the Lake Country Hook & Loop Flexible 5 inch Backing Plate for excellent balance and control with the Porter Cable 7424XP Dual Action Polisher. Lake Country CCS 6.5 inch Foam Pads or Cobra Cross Groove 6.5 inch Foam Pads will give you many pad options to tackle any detailing challenge.
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5 inch molded urethane backing plate for excellent flexibility and balance by Lake Country MFG.
If German car makers think this backing plate is good enough to use on their top-of-the-line vehicles, you can bet it is the best plate you can buy for your vehicle. BMW and Mercedes-Benz both hail these backing plates as the best because of the outstanding properties of molded urethane. These Dual-Action Flexible Backing Plates minimize heat transfer, flexes to hug your vehicle’s curves, and are built to last. And they are the best backing plates you can buy for the Porter Cable 7424XP Dual-Action Polisher.
5 inch lake country backing plate Molded Urethane is where it’s at. This material is flexible yet incredibly durable. This plate will last through countless, rigorous uses without falling apart or becoming unbalanced. Balancing is essential when it comes to polishers because an unbalanced plate will bounce, leaving an uneven finish. The reinforced inner construction uses steel struts molded into the center hub to give the plate stability and maintain an even surface for your pad.
Another benefit of urethane is its resistance to heat. The Flexible Backing Plate minimizes the transfer of heat from the motor to the paint to prevent burning. Spontaneous heat build-up is also reduced.
Remove and replace pads easily from the hook & loop surface. The hook & loop is molded into the plate so it will not come off.
The Flexible Backing Plate LC-43-125DA measures 5 Inches in Diameter and is perfect for pads up to 6 inches.
This plate is great for the Porter Cable 7424XP because it has a generous edge. Even if you turn the pad onto its side accidentally, there is an inch of flexible, beveled urethane between the edge of the plate and the inner construction. The backing plate fits any polisher that accepts a 5/16” thread.
Use the backing plate preferred by some of the leading car manufacturers in the world to put the final touches on their vehicles. Our Dual-Action Flexible Backing Plate provides the safest, most durable surface for your pads so that you get the best performance possible from your dual-action polisher.
These backing plates are designed to fit most dual action polishers including the Porter Cable 7424XP, Meguiars G110v2 and the Griots Garage Random Orbital Polisher.
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Lake Country Compression Washers are genuine replacement parts for the compression washers found on dual action backing plates. The compression washer acts as spacer between the arbor on the polisher and the stud seat on the backing plate. These replacement washers are compatible with all dual action backing plates including those manufactured by Meguiars, Griot’s Garage and 3M.
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The threaded post fits any polisher with a 5/16 diameter
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Optimum Car Wax is the only spray car wax that provides the durability of a paste wax and long-lasting UV protection. A combination of high-grade Carnauba wax, sealant polymers and UV inhibitors forms a protective layer on the painted surface to protect the paint from sun damage and environmental elements for up to 5 months.
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