This article was written by Derek McCurry, owner of Stubby Nozzle Co.
Using an electric leaf blower as a touchless solution to quickly remove most of the standing water from a freshly washed vehicle has become a growing trend made popular by YouTubers in the auto detailing industry. Electric leaf blowers have become very powerful in recent years, due to advances in battery technology, and produce enough airflow to effectively remove 99% of the water from a vehicle in about 2-3 minutes. They make what was once the worst part of the car washing process (drying) fun again and effortlessly blast water out of crevices like side mirrors, door handles, gas caps, lug bolt holes, etc. where it often gets trapped. Another added benefit is that because you’re not physically touching the paint, you avoid the unnecessary risk of introducing swirl marks. With that said, it is still recommended you use a microfiber drying towel along with a drying aid to get that last 1% of the water and leave a perfectly water spot-free finish.
The one downside of using an electric leaf blower is that the stock tubes that come with them are often very long which makes them difficult to handle when drying a vehicle. Enter one of our newest products – Stubby Nozzle Co. Car Drying Nozzle for EGO Blowers!
The Stubby Nozzle Co. Car Drying Nozzle for EGO Blowers addresses this issue by shortening the length of the blower tube down to just 8″ long – roughly 12″ shorter than the stock tube. This shortened length makes the tool much more maneuverable when working around your vehicle and the tapered outlet directs the air into a tight stream which allows for even faster drying times. Worried you might hit your paint with the end of the nozzle while drying your car? Another great product called the Blowerband is a soft, silicone protective guard that slides on to the end of the nozzle offering further protection and peace of mind from accidental bumps. The Blowerband pairs perfect with the EGO Stubby Car Drying Nozzle (Kit) and will also with the stock EGO blower tube.
Why EGO leaf blowers?
Any leaf blower that produces at least 400 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM) will get the job done. However, the higher the CFM rating, the faster you will dry your vehicle and EGO manufactures some of the most powerful electric leaf blowers on the market today. The EGO 650 and EGO 765 are the highest output models offered by EGO and are a fan favorite among professional detailers.
What about dedicated car dryers?
Dedicated car dryers are also a good choice for touchless car drying. They offer additional benefits like filtered or even heated air. The downside is that they are generally a) more expensive, b) not as powerful, and most importantly c) have a power cord that needs to be plugged in to an outlet. Battery-powered electric leaf blowers are entirely cordless and provide full freedom and mobility to easily move around your vehicle while drying it. They’re also a more versatile tool to use around the house and can be used for their original purpose of, you guessed it, blowing leaves!