3 best towels for detailing | Autoblog Details

The number 1 detailing tool most people use is a bag of towels. Almost every aspect of detailing requires some type of towel. Find out which ones make the cut on this episode of Details.

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[00:00:00] The number one detailing tool I have is this bag of towels. Almost every aspect of detailing requires some type of towel Find out which ones make the cut on this episode of Auto Blog Details. Microfibers is asynthetic fiber 1/60th and now ever 1/100th the size of a human hair. For the car care world these microfibers are a blend of polyester and polyamide. Polyester is the scrubbing or cleaning fiber, while polyamide tends to be the absorbing or picking up fiber.

[00:00:30] The combination of these two fibers is what creates the towel's blend. Microfiber towels are categorized in two ways. The first is weight or density, referred to as GSM, or grams per square meter. The second is the towels percentage blend of polyester and polyamide. Detailing towels commonly range from 200 to 500 plus GSM. Typically the higher GSM the more plush the towel.

[00:01:00] Common fiber blends range between 80/20 or in other words, 80% polyester and 20% polyamide, 75/25 and 70/30. These blends will help you decide if you want more scrubbing capabilities or more water absorbing characteristics. Now armed with all this background information let me show you my three favorite detailing towels. First, is the low GSM window towel. Approximately 200 to 300 GSM and at a 70/30 blend.

[00:01:30] This is what's called a waffle weave, and great for scrubbing dirty windshields. Keep in mind all microfiber towels need to be cared for properly, but these in particular have to be segregated from other towels and washed separately to avoid cross contamination and possibly causing streaky glass. For paint towels the GSM needs to be a bit higher, but not too high. A GSM of between 300 and 400 is useful range. This will allow you to easily pick up wax and sealant, dry the paint with a microfiber towel, and safely clean interior leather and plastics.

[00:02:00] It's a perfect all around towel. Any towel with a super plushy feel, or extra long fibers in the 500 GSM range have a tendency to be difficult to work on the paint. The fibers fold over due to their length and fight themselves causing the towel to stick to the paint while your hand moves around. Which is not ideal when removing wax. Throwaway towels are thin low pile or low GSM rags.

[00:02:30] These do not have enough density to safe use on the paint. Instead these are used on extremely dirty areas of the car, such as the engine, door and hood jams, wheel and exhaust tips, and tend to be the cheapest of the three towels. They can be washed, but as they become extremely dirty simply throw them away or relegate them to shop towels not for use on the car anymore. Microfiber towels are fantastic tools, and have changed the way we detail our cars.

[00:03:00] One last tip, with any new microfiber towel, be sure to remove the tag to avoid any micro-marring on the clear coat from accidentally rubbing the paint during the wiping process. If you found this video helpful please share and keep up with all the latest videos by liking or subscribing to the Auto Blog page. I'm Larry Kosilla from AmmoNYC.com Thanks for watching.

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