Some modern paint finishes seem to be highly susceptible to marring no matter how carefully they are treated, and drying them off after washing poses two key problems. Firstly, there is always the danger when working outside that fresh airborne contaminants may settle on the car after rinsing off. Wiping the car dry with a microfibre drying towel can then result in these contaminants causing marring as they are trapped by the towel and then drawn across underlying surfaces. Secondly, as paint is dried off, all lubrication is effectively removed, meaning that the friction between the towel and the paint increases. This in itself can be enough to cause marring on some paint finishes.
The solution to both problems outlined above is to cut out any wiping of the paint. It is possible to pat dry a car using a microfibre drying towel in only a little more time than that required to wipe it dry. By not wiping, any fresh contaminants are not moved around over the paint and towel friction is reduced to a minimum. A further option that cuts out towel contact and any risk of marring completely is to use an air blower to dry the car off. Dedicated vehicle dryers work extremely well in this respect and this is a method we have now adopted into our own wash routines, as we believe it significantly helps to reduce the risk of inflicting defects during the drying process.
A tool like the Metro Vac Air Force Blaster is certainly an indulgence, but it works incredibly well and vastly outperforms lower cost options such as domestic leaf blowers. With a bit of imagination, it can also be made to serve many other useful purposes too; we use ours to not only dry the vehicles we detail, but also to blast polishing dust out of door shuts and scoops, and blow dust and debris out of interior vents and seat runners. Combine all of this with the smile it will put on your face and it becomes a priceless bit of kit to have. Detailing just got a whole lot more fun!
The Metro Vac Air Force Blaster is a highly effective vehicle dryer; it features a powerful 4 hp dual ball bearing motor and twin fan drive that delivers a peak airflow rate of just over 330 mph! The air being drawn into the unit is fully filtered for additional safety and then gently warmed by heat from the motor, thus aiding the drying process. The Metro Vac Air Force Blaster comes with a 3 m heavy duty hose, a non-scratch neoprene blower nozzle and three additional attachments, including (i) an airflow streamer (for drying large panel areas); (ii) an airflow maximiser (for blowing out door shuts), and; (iii) a precision micro-nozzle (for directing the airflow into tight spots and crevices). It is also supplied with a five year return to base warranty.
The Metro Vac Air Force Blaster is a power tool and as such carries potentially serious health and usage risks that should be fully understood from the outset; please read the supplied instructions carefully. To use, wash and rinse your car normally and then, starting from the top and working down, use the Metro Vac Air Force Blaster to blast residual water off of the panels, paying particular attention to panel gaps and crevices around trims and vents. Try to work as quickly as possible to avoid other areas of the car drying off before you get to them. We find that keeping a PB Luxury Drying Towel to hand for a little bit of pat drying here and there is also very helpful, as you will inevitably re-wet some panels with the spray being blasted out of the panel gaps and crevices lower down the car.
|Voltage:||220 - 240 v|
|Peak airflow rate:||330 mph|
|Cable length:||3.6 m|
|Net weight:||3.6 kg|
|Warranty:||5 year return to base|