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Product Review: Griot’s Garage PFM Terry Weave Drying Towels


I have been using waffle weave microfiber drying towels for a very long time.  They work well and are cost effective.  We have tried some other types of plush drying towels before, but they never seemed to perform any better than our trusty waffle weaves, and some tended to leave more lint on the surface.

The Griot’s PFM Terry Weave Drying Towels have been getting a lot of attention lately, and I first noticed them when fellow AAP Blog Author Chad mentioned them in some of his write ups on various forums.  I am always up for testing the latest and greatest detailing products, and I know Chad doesn’t continue using things unless they perform to his exceptionally high standards, so naturally I was excited to get my hands on this drying towel.

The towel sat in my cabinet until I had the perfect challenge to test it out on.  This Mercedes was in for a full paint correction job, and after washing the car, there was absolutely no beading or sheeting, so there was a lot of water on the paint.

The car looks great in the following picture, but don’t be fooled, it is actually just covered with a layer of water that is clinging to the surface.

ATD | PFM Drying Towel - Water on the surface

The packaging on the towel boasts the PFM drying towel to be the “one pass drying towel”, so I was eager to see what it could do in what I consider to be the worst case scenario when it comes to drying a car.  The large towel was folded into fourths to make it more manageable, and I proceeded to gently wipe the paint.  The first pass absorbed the majority of the water, leaving only light streaks behind.  I flipped to a dry side of the towel and easily wiped up the remaining water.  It was noticeably quicker and easier to achieve a streak free finish with this drying towel compared to the waffle weave towels I have been using.

ATD | PFM Drying Towel - Pass 1

I proceeded to dry the other half of the hood using the damp side to soak up the majority of the water and then flipping back to the drier side for the final pass.  I continued this process around the rest of the vehicle, switching to new sections of the towel as needed.  In the end, I was easily able to dry the entire vehicle with the one large towel, and even though this vehicle had a lot of water clinging to it, I felt like the towel could have kept on going.  I do not think I would have been able to complete this job with just 1 waffle weave towel.

ATD | PFM Drying Towel - Pass 2

I have been using this towel for maintenance on my own vehicles as well.  My car is protected with a nano coating which repels water very well, therefore I am able to sheet the majority of the water off of the surface before ever using a towel.  The large drying towel is actually a bit overkill for my personal maintenance needs.  As you can see, the 25″ x 35″ PFM towel is a lot of material to handle, which means it can soak up a ton of water, but when you don’t have a tremendous amount of water left to dry up, I have found the smaller 16″ x 16″ PFM towels make for a great substitution.  These towels come in a 2 pack, and I use one as my damp towel for my initial drying pass, and the second towel for the final pass to produce a perfect finish.  Just 2 of the small towels are enough for me to easily dry my entire car.

ATD | PFM Drying Towel - towel on the paint

I was a little hesitant to spend the money on these towels to begin with, but now that I have tried them out, I cannot see myself reaching for my waffle weave drying towels anymore.  I already have some more PFM drying towels on order!

Zach McGovern
Attention To Detailing Peoria
Peoria, IL

13 comments on Product Review: Griot’s Garage PFM Terry Weave Drying Towels

  1. Bob says:

    That Mercedes definitely had me fooled. Truly a “dripping wet” paint shot:)

    I would love to try a PFM but the cost is just too high. I should splurge just to see what I’m missing.

    Are you washing the towel after every use? I’m stuck in OCD habit of washing my wash mitts and drying towels after every use. Damn forums and DI!

  2. Suzie Q says:

    Is this towel the same on both sides or is one side more plush than the other?

  3. Richard Manrique says:

    Dear Zack – have always kept away from “terry towels”. Are these actually MF towels with a larger loop “terry” weave?

    • Hi Richard – you are correct. These are a high quality microfiber material, not a terry cloth material, however these PFM towels have a unique design that is described as the “terry weave”, I suppose because it resembles the loop structure of terry cloth towels.

  4. Alex says:

    Looks really great, I’d love to try it.

  5. Jonnyp34 says:

    Hi Zach,
    I had a local detail shop sell me a synthetic drying towel because his assertion was a microfiber towel was more likely to damage the finish. I have been using this chamois-type product, but it’s strange. Get it wet, ring it out, drag it across the car to dry.
    How would the PFM towel compare to a synthetic product? Is one “harder” on the finish over the other?
    Which do you recommend?

    • Hi Jon – to be honest, I have not used a chamois in maybe 10+ years, so I cannot say I have any recent real world experience between microfiber towels and a chamois style drying tool.

      The theory, however, with a nice microfiber towel is that the fibers will allow dirt or dust particles/small debris to be safely lifted within the fibers of the towel rather than being drug across the surface. A product like a chamois has no nap and therefore cannot lift dirt safely. Due to this, I would expect a towel like the PFM Terry Weave towel to be the safer option if I had to choose.

  6. Frank says:

    Zach Can you comment on this towel vs. the DI terry weave mf towel. I bought one of those instead as it was about half the price. I was told it was similar but I wonder how the performance would compare.

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