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Pure Freakin’ Magic? We’ll See About That…

Pure Freakin’ Magic? We’ll See About That…

We purchased all of the products mentioned in this post at full price, and did not receive any sort of discount in exchange for a review. We’re providing our honest review of products we use in our everyday life.

One of the most frustrating parts of washing a car is the drying process.

For one, it’s rife with danger. If you choose to towel dry your car, then every time you wipe the towel over the paint you run the risk of picking up residual dirt leftover from the wash and dragging it across the surface. This can lead to undesirable scratches in the clear coat, or worse, the paint itself.

To avoid this, you can always try going with a touch-free method of washing and drying your car. One example of this is a snow foam car wash, which we highlighted in an earlier post.

But, if you’re unable or unwilling to go with such a method then you’re left with the good old fashioned hand wash and dry.

When it comes to drying, every car care nut swears by their favorite type of towel. There are synthetic absorbers like a chamois, plush microfiber towels, and the much lauded waffle weave towels. They all have their pros and cons.

Griot’s Garage thinks they’ve created a towel that combines all of the pros of other types of towels, and leaves out all of the cons. They call it the Extra- Large PFM Edgeless Drying Towel. What does PFM stand for? Pure Freakin’ Magic. That’s right, they’re that confident.

With a gee whiz name like that, I was skeptical – but after using it for five months I can honestly say that it is aptly named. It takes the best parts of all other towels and cranks them up to the max.

It’s made with ultra high pile, long-looped microfiber, and has no hard edge, so it’s beyond safe for your paint finish.

It’s also 29″ by 36″ in size, and weighs in at a whopping 1120 GSM (most detailers recommend a GSM of at least 400 for a microfiber towel to be safe on paint), so it’s extremely plush and hyper absorbent. You can seriously dry off any large car with one towel. No wringing required.

A close up of a gray microfiber towel showing the long loops of microfiber and the edgeless design.
The edgeless design means there are no hard seams, and it is soft on all sides.

Given its heftiness, you don’t even need to apply pressure. Simply drape it over the surface, and lightly pull the towel across to leave a completely dry surface. This also means that if you use a drying aid like a quick detailer or spray wax for added protection (I do, and would recommend it), it will wipe that over the surface as well without leaving any residue.

A .gif of using the Griot's Garage edgeless PFM drying towel to try the driver's half roof of a gray car.

Since the towel can soak up all of the water on a car without having to wring it out, it also speeds up the drying process considerably. Using ordinary plush microfiber towels and applying a drying aid, it used to take me over twice as long to dry a car as it does now.

Not only does this mean that I can move on with the rest of my day faster, but I can also relax knowing that panels won’t air dry and form water spots before I have a chance to get to them.

While that’s all great, there’s definitely a downside – the price. Double G charges $45 for the luxury of owning it. That’s a lofty price for a mere towel, but in my experience if it’s cared for properly then it will last a long time.

Every time I dry a car with it, I throw it in the washing machine by itself on hot, with normal detergent and a microfiber cleaning additive. After air drying, I keep it folded in a 2 gallon zipper bag until the next use. Having used that regimen for the duration of owning it, I still haven’t found any signs of wear or breakdown of the microfiber properties.

The side of a spotless and shiny gray car, in front of some trees.

In total, I’m thoroughly impressed with this product. I was skeptical at first, but it proved that it functions as advertised and lives up to expectations.

What do you think? Would you consider trying something new, or do you already have a favorite drying towel? Let us know!

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