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BLO Car Dryer: An Introduction

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This article is written by Jeff McEachran: Owner of Denver Auto Shield, National Brand Manager for Gyeon quartz USA, and National Brand Manager for BLO Car Dryer

The plans to bring a new car dryer into the market were literally scratched out on a napkin in Frankfurt Germany during lunch at Automechanika in 2018. The existing and long-running tool in the market worked. But could there be a better option? Something to be improved? Yes.

And so it began. The hunt for a supplier. Product specs. Electric motors. Watts. Hose length. Sample machines. And everything else that is stressful and fun about bringing a new option to the market. Admittedly, we would have liked for the machines to be released a bit sooner. But these things happen. We received the first units to test from the factory in December of 2018. After testing, and kicking specs and requirements back and forth for about 6 months with the factory, we had the AIR-GT and AIR-RS as they sit now.

The AIR-GT and AIR-RS are two car dryers that I can stand behind and say confidently that we have put a quality and high performing tool into the market. We are still using the very first fully spec’d RS and GT samples from the production factory to be sent to us, every single day in our Denver Auto Shield service business. The hoses are worn. There’s a few bumps and bruises. But the machines are operating perfectly.

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So why is drying your car with clean filtered air important? Here are the top three reasons:

No Scratches.

The vast majority of marring introduced to your paint happens during the wash process. And a large percentage of that marring happens when drying the car. There is no lubricant between the towel and the paint, and it is very easy for contaminants to get stuck in the towel and scratch the paint. By using a forced air car dryer, we are eliminating the need to physically touch the paint during drying. This takes wash induced marring out of the equation.

blowing water off the paint

No Drips.

We’ve all been there. The car is clean. It is dry. You’ve hit it with your favorite quick detailer to add a pop in gloss. And as soon as you walk away the mirror or the emblem lets out a perfect drip of water down the side of the car. By using the BLO Car Dryer, you will blow out all standing or tapped water from every crevice of the car. This eliminates the water run marks and the potential for any etching.

blowing water out of handle

No Streaks.

After the paint, the windows are the toughest thing to get streak-free and clean on the car. Using a forced-air dryer will blow the standing water from the glass quickly and effectively. This keeps the glass from spotting and keeps you from having to go back and re-clean the windows after the wash to sort out any streaking.

blowing water off of glass

Now lets get an overview of the machines.

The BLO AIR-GT offers not one but two motors in line, so if you are looking for the biggest and most powerful car dryer, this one is for you. Like it’s smaller brother it filters the air and heats it up to 30 degrees above ambient air temperature, to provide optimum drying speed for you.

With a bigger slightly heavier blower we insisted it had a good set of swiveling wheels so you can pull it around the garage or workshop with ease, but the wheels can lock as well to stop it from wandering off down hills or driveways. Add a super-long extendable hose of over 26′ (8 meters) that will give you the reach around most large cars, trucks, motorcycles and other toys.

This blower will push out over 61,500 FPM at peak power to dry fast, but comes with a fully variable power dial, so you can control this power and turn it down if needed for smaller or more delicate areas to ensure they are dried well but safely.

air gt

The BLO AIR-RS is one of the smallest and lightest Car Dryers on the market but it is also one of the most powerful. In using both daily in our shop, we are never really “wanting” for one over the other. The RS moves a ton of air.

With both a 16 foot Air Hose and 16 foot Power Cord, you can work around most every vehicle without having to move the machine but once.

With the large 5HP motor comes an increase in Air Temperature, up to 30 degrees above ambient temperature, which also provides faster drying. But this is not at the expense of clean filtered air. All this is delivered through a quality Hose connector that locks into the car blower and provides a comfortable neoprene handle for you to direct that flow of warm filtered air and scare that water away. The AIR-RS allows you to turn up or down the power and air flow when required in tight areas or delicate surfaces; so you have complete control.

air rs

So what is next for BLO Car Dryer? Keep going! We have been selling the units for just over a year directly in the USA, and have individual Distributors in 16 countries globally with more requests coming in all the time. We are hard at work at making improvements in further utility of the machines. This will include things like a wall mount feature, wheel accessories for both units, an upgraded base, and other touches that we think will add to the user experience. And in the very near future, we have an addition to the line coming in the form of a new machine that we are superbly impressed with.

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Thank you taking the time to explore BLO Car Dryer!

Jeff McEachran
Jeff McEachran
GYEON Quartz USA
Englewood, CO
GyeonQuartzUSA.com
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6 comments on BLO Car Dryer: An Introduction

  1. Terry says:

    I am a beginner in the detail world. This dryer looks awesome. My question is how does this differ from using a lawn and leaf blower that I am using now?

    • Jeff McEachran says:

      Hi Terry. That is a great question. It is more a discussion of having the best tool for the job. The BLO dryers are specifically designed to dry vehicles effectively and comfortably. The extra long hose, the adjustable wind speed, the choice in electric motor,the pointed and directed air nozzles, the rolling wheels, the filtered air, and the long power cord are all intentionally put in place based on what works best for drying cars. Can the leaf blower get the job done? Probably. But is it the best tool for the job? Probably not. Lets take the reverse of that argument. I could say just use your car dryer to blow your leaves. But is it the best tool for the job? Absolutely not. The position of the leaf blower handle, the shape and length of the tube, where the weight is balanced, etc are all best designed for blowing leaves. And like everything in detailing, it also comes down to budget and personal preference. If you have something that works for you, then awesome. If you feel there is room for improvement in the drying process, then the BLO Car Dryers are awesome! Thanks for the discussion sir.

  2. RICHARD MANRIQUE says:

    You left out the most important issue – the BLO dryers (and other like it) blow FILTERED air – leaf blowers do not! Leaf blowers are designed to intake ambient air, including any particulates in the air, like bark dust, concrete driveway dust, etc. and them blows that at your paint at 150 MPH – does this sound like a good idea??? NEVER use a leaf blower on your car. BLO dryers (and competitors) use filtered air making them safe to blow on your freshly cleaned paint – just make sure to have replacement filters handy – highly suggest keeping filters in zip lock bags to prevent contamination prior to use.

  3. Jack says:

    When is the new Blo model coming out?

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