Using a Leaf Blower to Dry Your Car
One of my last posts focused on the importance of safe drying when it comes to car care and how crucial it is to keeping your cars paintwork in its best condition possible (You can check out the full post if you like here ). In the post, I go through all the do’s and dont’s of drying your car and which methods I feel are the best and most safe for getting the job done.
A quick Recap
What NOT to use :
- Cotton Towels
- Water Blades
- Air Dry Naturally
- Chamois ( Shammy )
What to use :
- A good quality safe microfiber towel.
Once I had published the article, it got me thinking about other alternatives methods for safely drying a car and I remembered that one of my friends suggested that you could also use an Electronic Leaf Blower to dry your car!
As Silly and as Crazy as it sounds, it may not be as dumb as you think and maybe the safest way to dry your car quickly. Let’s take a look and see.
Are Electric Blowers Safe to use to dry car?
Any physical contact with your car’s paint, Whatever drying method you choose by increases the likelihood of scratches and swirls getting into the car’s paintwork. That is a fact.
Even if you have the safest and fanciest Microfiber towel, at the end of the day you are still in contact with the paint ( Although this is still the safest method where contact is involved in my opinion ) In theory, when you are drying your car you should do your best to reduce how much contact you make to get the car dry effectively.
Ok, why don’t I just not touch the car AT ALL, and let it dry of its own accord? It also sounds like the least effort but that’s not a great strategy either, as you are almost guaranteed to get water spots, which could create more problems ( As well as the cars finish not looking as nice ). What could you possibly do to fix this problem and dry the car completely quickly and safely with very little effort
LightBulb Moment – a Dedicated Blower for your car!
99% of the time a blower will not be powerful enough to do the least bit of damage to a car, even pointed very close. Which makes them safe – think of it as using a hair drier ( only for your car ! )
Why you should use Leaf Blower to Dry Your Car
Everybody likes to save time, by using a leaf blower or similar blower to dry off your car after the wash stage, it could shave time off how long it takes to get the job done. A lot of Blowers these days are quite powerful, so they could most likely dry a car completely in about 1 minute or less.
It takes a powerful leaf blower to get the job done this quickly though, 215 MPH plus is usually recommended for best results. By blowing water off of your car you are reducing the amount of drying left to do with your towel ( If any ). You can also save money and hassle by needing less drying towels
As I have already mentioned earlier in the post, Drying your car with leaf blower enables you to remove water off the car without touching the car, this is a benefit as you will reduce the possibility of instilling any wiping scratches. Mostly this would be important if you already have a flawless, swirl-free finish. Air will never cause swirl marks!
Many people have leaf blowers or similar already at home for yardwork etc , so it won’t cost you anything to use a tool you more than likely already own. Over time microfiber towels can get damaged and you have to replace them, whereas a blower could last you a lifetime. Also – as an added benefit You have less wet towels that need washing!
Leaf blowers help get water out of the nooks and crannies of a car where it would normally trickle out over several hours. You know those areas where water continues to drip when you thought you finally had the car dry? A leaf blower should stop this from happening. Also, a blower could be used for several tasks.
What kind of Leaf Blower you can use on your car
Most general electric leaf blowers will get the job done if you don’t have one already at home for other purposes you can check out some of these options below. They are all relatively cheap and should be able to accomplish the job no problem.
+7 Amp motor gets the job done
+Simple design lightweight design makes it easy to use and easy to maintain
+Up to 160 mph blow speeds
Check It out in detail HERE
+ 2 Speed Settings
+ 10 Amp Motor
Check It out in detail HERE
+Air speed up to 130 MPH
+Operates on a 20V MAX 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion battery that holds its charge for up to 18 month
Check It out in detail HERE
Are there any other Blower Options?
Leaf blowers are a great alternative to purpose-built car blowers, primarily because most people probably own some sort of leaf blower already so there is no need to spend money on anything. However, using a leaf blower on your car does come with some caveats.
- Make sure the blower you are using has an air filter, you don’t want to be blowing dust and dirt onto the car. Actually, this is the exact opposite of what you want!
- Some leaf blowers can be quite loud – make sure you are not pissing off your neighbours. Besides, they already probably think you are insane if they see you outside blowing on your car with a garden tool.
- You cant control the direction of the air that much, so you need to be extra careful you don’t blow at the floor and cover your car in dirt and dust. Just use a bit of caution and you should be just fine.
Purpose-built blowers are the best blowers for drying a car
Now, if you don’t already own a leaf blower, and are looking to try out this type of drying method, it may be a better option to look into a purpose-built car drying blower. This types of blowers will usually be more suited to the task and won’t create some of the potential problems I have listed above.
Car Drying blowers that are purpose-built for this task, which concentrate the airflow to allow more directional control of the moving air. They come with different nozzles for use in different areas of the car which is often a nice feature.
They are a lot more manoeuvrable around the car. Also, another nice feature of purpose-built blowers is that Most of them have heaters to warm the air to aid in drying.
A dedicated blower will ensure you’re not blowing out dirt and debris onto the car. Imagine how annoyed you would be if this happened right after you just spent ages washing it! One of the main drawbacks of these purpose-built car blowers is their cost.
However, many may feel that they are worth that extra bit of money over normal leaf blowers which were never really intended for use on a vehicle. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the options that are currently available.
Best Car Dryer Blowers
Chemical guys here again with another great product. The JetSpeed blower specifically designed with the detailing professional in mind. This little machine packs some serious power. The JetSpeed not only blows, but it also sucks air too, making it great for the interior as well exterior. It comes with a directional airflow attachment and a dust bag so you can keep track of the contamination you suck up. When you are done, just detach the dust bag and empty in the nearest trash can.
More Info here
My notes :
+ Pretty Inexpensive compared to other dedicated car blowers
+ Useful for interior as well as exterior
– A bit small compared to other car driers
- Voltage: 120 V
- Frequency: 60 HZ
- Input: 600 W
- Blower Rating: 92.4 CBF/min
- Speed: 0-12,000 RPM
- Weight: 3.5 Lbs
The master blaster is definitely in the more serious category of car dryers, and you will pay a premium for it. But if you are looking for the best of the best, this would be a good place to start. This beast features two twin fan, 4.0 Peak Horse Power Motors capable of delivering up to 58,000 feet per minute of clean, warm, dry, filtered air. It may be overkill for some, but if you want to treat yourself or your pride and joy, this would be the one to go for.
More info here
My notes :
– Might be a bit expensive for some
+ Best of the Best when it comes to car dryers
+ Professional grade
This is rated as another of the best car dryers available. I would highly recommend you consider the McKee’s 37 Turbo Car Dryer. The performance offers for the price can’t be beaten. Also, it’s so easy and convenient to use. The 6.5HP motor is adequate and effective in drying paint in different conditions. The Performance to Price Ratio on this is pretty damn good.
More info Here
My notes :
+ Great Performance
+ Easy to Man-oeuvre ( Comes with shoulder strap )
+ Not too expensive compared to the Master Blaster
Buying a dedicated car dryer is certainly an indulgence and not an absolute necessity. It will help make the drying process safer and speed up your whole car cleaning routine. if you have a leaf blower or pet dryer at home, I would say try using this first before you go spending money on one of the above, you may find that you don’t like drying your car this way. If so, you should stick to the trusty Microfiber towel method, as this will do well in 95% of scenarios.
As always, I would be interested to hear your experiences if you have tried these methods above, and if so what products or tools do you recommend? Have any other tricks for drying your car safely, leave some comments.
About the Author – Darren O Hara
Darren is the founder of the DriveDetailed blog and is a keen detailing enthusiast living in the rainy south of Ireland. When he is not cleaning his car he is always researching ways he can improve his techniques and enjoys testing out out new products.
Darren currently drives an Audi TTRS and is a big fan of performance cars.
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