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I washed the HB for the first time and it took a long time even though it's brand new and basically just dusty. First of all the size of the car really hits you when your hand washing every inch of it, I'm 6' 2" and had to stretch a bit to reach half way across the roof. It's a big car.

Then drying it with micro fiber towels took a while to do. There's so much overlapping parts on the car that water hides under then slowly drips out onto the areas you've already dried. Then there are the two spoilers on the back that have to be washed and dried under. I think I'm going to get one of the lite duty blow dryers that look like a leaf blower to dry it off, hoping it's way faster. The faux expanded honey comb screen 'grilles' are a bit of a pain to dry because each one of the hexagons hold water.

Not really complaining, it just takes longer to wash than my 350Z and Element SC.
 

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Get a Metro Master Blaster. Those things work wonders for getting water out of the creases and just overall drying the car down. The air gets a bit heated too which makes life easier.
 

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That's why I like to wax my vehicles and when new right from the dealer, get opti-coat, it will make washing and drying much easier.


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How often will you hand wash your hatchback? Maybe opti-coat is a good solution if you tend to give it a weekly wash, so everything just rolls off the body. Not much you can do about the grille except for good ole elbow grease.
 

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And if you're going to just dry it straight with a microfiber, obviously make sure you soak it and wring it out first. But use a dedicated drying aid (Ammo Hydrate, CarPro HydrO2) or at least a quick detailer spray (Meguiars Quick Wax) for lubricity and hydrophobic characteristics, to try and reduce scratching.
 

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About the grille (sorry I didn't address that earlier) some coin car washes have air dryers, so you can always go that route which no doubt is easier than a rag + elbow grease

 

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I'm kind of lazy on the washing thing, so I use a foam cannon. To dry it I either take it out for a quick drive above 50 mph, or use compressed air. With a good sealant on the paint that is about all I need to use, I put a coat of Menzerna Power Lock sealant on my cars once a year.


 
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First wash yesterday. It's fun looking for the 'weepers', those places that you have to keep coming back to. First one I found was at the front of the mirror mount. Another is in front where two pieces of the fascia meet. Then there are the honeycombs...
 

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I washed it weekly and use a leaf blower to dry it up.
I can't tell you how much money I wasted on the dryer typically found at coin car washes. Probably enough to buy some high end leaf blower. Some detailer I know recommended it, much better than using rags apparently since you cut out the odds of getting scratches.
 

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Got my Master Blaster the other day and I'm waiting for washing weather (Friday 74 degrees predicted) so I can try it. I'll see if I want to make a wand for it.
 

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I'm actually really interested in how that thing works. I see so many people talking about it but haven't gotten the chance to get someones real genuine opinion because it sounds like they're all darn sponsored or something.
 
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