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Old 12-26-10, 08:32 AM   #1
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Water Blade

I've carried a water blade, a rubber-based edge, used post wash, to push water off flat surfaces, in my car for some time and have used it frequently despite the awful screeching noise it makes.

Now, I'm reading on some other car care forums that these water blades can damage the finish if there is any debris left after the wash. Makes sense to me, but I've never detected any visible damage on my car. Seems like a handy thing to have when washing and detailing on the road.

Just wondering if anybody has any thoughts on this. Do you use a water blade?

In a perfect world, I would be able to use a leaf blower to help dry the car.
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Old 12-26-10, 09:15 AM   #2
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I have had a Water Blade for years. I have used it on the Vette a few times. Really not that crazy about it as it leaves streaks of water. I prefer my Chami.
I do use it on my truck and Tahoe, but not on the Vette anymore.
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Old 12-26-10, 09:15 AM   #3
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Steve,I've used one for years on all my Vettes.No problems.I was skeptical at 1st until I
saw one being used on a Ferrari at the New Hope Auto Show.The car had just won Best in Show & had just experienced a brief shower.The owner promptly wiped it down after the rain stopped.From personal experience,it's quick & saves a lot of towels.
I'm sure the detailing freaks will have something negative to add.
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There should be no issue as long as the paint surface is clean and polished.
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Old 12-26-10, 12:24 PM   #5
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I have used a water blade for years with no ill effect. I always wipe the car with a towel after I water blade which handles any streaks.

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Old 12-26-10, 01:17 PM   #6
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I have a water blade but just can't get used to it - too many slopes & edges on the Vette. I prefer the Chaimis (?) to get most of the water off and then follow with a soft towel.
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Old 12-26-10, 05:11 PM   #7
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Don't forget your leaf blower for all those nooks and crannies
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Old 12-26-10, 05:28 PM   #8
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I have a water blade and think it works fine so long as the car is clean and you are just drying it.

I the best dryer I know of is this thing called a Master Blaster. It puts my leaf blower to shame, no mirror or rear tail light drips. It's also good for closing swimming pools, blowing debris out of radiators, etc.

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I the best dryer I know of is this thing called a Master Blaster. [/url]
I want one of those, just because of the name! Wonder what kind of recoil it has?

Thanks for all of the responses. Given all the affection for our rides, it's pretty much a given that no debris is left after wash. As long as the edge of the water blade is clean, there should be no issues on a waxed surface.

Getting the water out of nooks and crannies is another matter and it reminds me of an unusual detailing device I kept when I owned C4s. I used to carry a plastic cattle worm syringe to remove water that accumulated at the edge of the hatch opening. If you've owned a C4, you know this water (enough to fill two cordial glasses) would always run down the sides of the rear quarter panel. Some owners installed after market drain systems.

The looks I used to get when using the syringe!! LOL But it worked.
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I bought a Master Blaster over a year ago and it's terrific at getting water out of the lights and all the nooks and crannies that cause drips. Makes drying the wheels a snap too.

It was originally designed for use by pet groomers for drying cats and dogs.
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I have a waterblade in my bathroom I use it every time I finish taking a shower. Its a little tough around the nooks and crannies but other than that it works fine. Not to mention all the expense I save on washing and drying towels.
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I have a waterblade in my bathroom I use it every time I finish taking a shower. Its a little tough around the nooks and crannies but other than that it works fine. Not to mention all the expense I save on washing and drying towels.
Great idea!
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I have a waterblade in my bathroom I use it every time I finish taking a shower. Its a little tough around the nooks and crannies but other than that it works fine. Not to mention all the expense I save on washing and drying towels.
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Old 12-28-10, 12:07 PM   #14
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I bought a water blade to use at the track (car must be dried after a shower so no water is brought to the line after they dry the track) and it makes for a quick dry off.

That being said, no car is 100% clean after a wash. The water blade ads state the surgical silicone will never scratch paint... that part is true. What they don't tell you is that a single grain of sand/dirt caught between the blade and paint is all it takes to scratch. But a towel or any other item used to wipe has the same risks involved.
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Old 12-28-10, 04:24 PM   #15
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get this http://www.nakidparts.com/4th.html
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I have a waterblade in my bathroom I use it every time I finish taking a shower. Its a little tough around the nooks and crannies but other than that it works fine. Not to mention all the expense I save on washing and drying towels.
If you are married. You are Webster's definition of Henpecked. My wife has been trying to train me that for 39 years. I am a slow learner.
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The water blade ads state the surgical silicone will never scratch paint... that part is true. What they don't tell you is that a single grain of sand/dirt caught between the blade and paint is all it takes to scratch. But a towel or any other item used to wipe has the same risks involved.
That's a good point. I'll think I'll stick with my water blade.

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Maybe use of the blade in the bathroom magically lowers the toilet seat/lid too!
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I have been using the Master Blaster for 2 years. It is MUCH better than a leaf blower in my opinion because it heats the air +65 degrees above ambient temperature. It not only pushes the water off your car but dries it. That is something a leaf blower cannot do. It is also great for driving water out of marker lights and the tail lights.

I'm sure the water blade is safe if used correctly but something about dragging it over my paint makes me cringe. Only hot air touches my paint with the Master Blaster. I can now dry my vette in about 15 minutes. It does take some practice and you always should start at the top and work your way down.

Also does a great job drying the dog on bath days, I only use one of the 2 motors for dog drying detail. Don't want to shoot our little Pekingese across the room!
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