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#3430646 - 07/20/14 09:03 PM using an electric leaf blower to dry car
Clubber_Lang Offline


Registered: 09/01/10
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Anyone else do this after washing your car/truck? Seems like a better way to avoid scratches.
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#3430657 - 07/20/14 09:07 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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Yes, done it a couple times. Might get some strange looks, but it is certainly better for your paint.
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#3430659 - 07/20/14 09:07 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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Never thought about that but it sounds feasible. I would venture to guess though since the blower is blowing air from the environment and its not run through a filter, it may be throwing contaminants back onto the car. I would stay with a towel.
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#3430678 - 07/20/14 09:16 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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#3430679 - 07/20/14 09:16 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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Should be the same as a car wash blower. I wouldnt use a gas blower tho, youd be hitting your car with a cloud of 2 cycle oil.
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#3430710 - 07/20/14 09:40 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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I use a gas blower, since its what I have, and I wouldn't want to hassle with extension cords and the likely wispiness of electric. All depends upon how the exhaust comes out. It works great.

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#3430715 - 07/20/14 09:47 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: JHZR2]
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
I use a gas blower, since its what I have, and I wouldn't want to hassle with extension cords and the likely wispiness of electric. All depends upon how the exhaust comes out. It works great.


I use an electric one to do the same.
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#3430743 - 07/20/14 10:15 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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Registered: 12/08/06
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On my Ridgid shop vac you can connect the hose to the exhaust to blow. It wasn't enough to dry a car until I got one of these blower nozzles:
http://m.sears.com/craftsman-2-1-2-in-blower-nozzle/p-00916933000P

I haven't had a chance to use it much yet, but it seems to have enough force to work.

My old Echo leaf blower with a fan tip blower tube doesn't have enough gumption to dry my cars. I've tried it.

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#3430790 - 07/20/14 11:42 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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Registered: 04/19/10
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Tried it once, then decided it was easier to just drive down the street a few times. I find that once you get past about 40-45mph, most of the water is gone. It also blasts everything out of the door jambs, hood, and trunk.
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#3430828 - 07/21/14 05:35 AM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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Registered: 03/09/14
Posts: 106
Loc: South Jersey
Originally Posted By: Clubber_Lang
Should be the same as a car wash blower. I wouldnt use a gas blower tho, youd be hitting your car with a cloud of 2 cycle oil.


hmm, no 2 stroke in my blower. 4 stroke all the way. Works great too

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#3430849 - 07/21/14 06:47 AM Re: using an electric leaf blower to ____ a car [Re: topbliss]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Hello, I don't think this counts as a thread hijack:

My pal's kid had fouled her car royally. It stunk horribly (I was told).

My friend rubbed in 3 boxes of baking soda and some coffee grounds too.

After 10 minutes he blasted the car clear with his leaf blower.

Worked like a charm. Kira

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#3430889 - 07/21/14 07:45 AM Re: using an electric leaf blower to ____ a car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
Traction Offline


Registered: 06/04/13
Posts: 681
Loc: iowa
I've been drying my cars with a leaf blower for 20 yrs. Works great getting water out of all handles, mirrors, trim etc. One micro fiber towel gets the rest. Easy, ONLY if you have good coat of wax. If the water beads nicely you can also make it easier to dry if you remove the spray nozzle from your hose, and flood the surface with a solid stream of water, and most of the water sheets and runs right off. Try it!


Edited by Traction (07/21/14 07:48 AM)

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#3430899 - 07/21/14 07:54 AM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: ls1mike]
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Registered: 02/26/11
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Loc: Georgia
Originally Posted By: ls1mike
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
I use a gas blower, since its what I have, and I wouldn't want to hassle with extension cords and the likely wispiness of electric. All depends upon how the exhaust comes out. It works great.


I use an electric one to do the same.


+1. Been doing this for years and it works great. It definitely helps to prevent water spots on my cars.
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#3431059 - 07/21/14 11:50 AM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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I use a gas leaf blower on my cars, not necessarily to dry the whole thing but to get water out of the crevices, mirrors, lug nuts, etc. Works great even if it does look silly.

To the gentleman who suggested getting two cycle oil on the car, I'd hope the air intake for the leaf blower is sufficiently separate from the exhaust or it's a bad design altogether. That said, mine is 4 cycle.
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#3431093 - 07/21/14 12:27 PM Re: using an electric leaf blower to dry car [Re: Clubber_Lang]
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I use a leaf blower to dry my engine bay when I wash/detail it. Works great!
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