Now you’ve washed your car, it’s time to dry it. Believe it or not, there is a correct way to dry your car, and we’re here to advise you on how to do it.

You might be wondering why on earth is there a how to dry your car guide; what is there to learn? But, as with every aspect of washing your car, there are the correct products and the correct techniques to use to ensure that you get the job done properly when car detailing.

Pick The Right Drying Towel

Drying with the wrong type of towel will make your life a lot harder, and you could potentially even damage your paint. Using any old cloth or microfiber won’t do an effective job, it won’t be absorbing water properly, and you won’t be drying your car properly. Using the right towel, however, will make a huge difference to the process.

Dry Your Car With a Large Towel

Drying Renault Clio window

What you need is a dedicated drying towel. Generally speaking, when it comes to drying, bigger is better, so what you really want is a massive, soft drying towel. It needs to be big and thick, because then it can absorb more water, which means you can dry more of your car in one go without having to wring it out, and it means it won’t just be moving the water around. It also needs to be soft so that it won’t scratch your paint while drying.

Start From The Top When Drying Your Car

Start from the top and work your way down when drying

If your car has a wax or sealant applied, then any water left after rinsing will have sheeted off or beaded up, in which case you can just place your towel down on the horizontal panels and pull it off, and it will take all of the water with it. When drying, it’s the same order as with anything else, and that means working from the top down to minimize the risk of picking up any dirt with your drying towel and rubbing it across other areas of the bodywork.

Words: Elizabeth de Latour & Matt Bell.