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    Smack Towel Method (STM)

    The Smack Towel Method.
    http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ml#post1217340


    Quite a while back Mike Phillips put together an article together called the Robert DiTerlizzi Method. This article demonstrates a method started by Robert and shared on AGO via Mike.
    http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...zi-method.html

    The Robert DiTerlizzi Method is a great way to get hands on with your towels to inspect for foreign contaminates that could be present in your towels. I use this method after every towel washing session.

    When they have passed the RDM method, I take it a step further and iron out my towels with a lint roller. This will remove any loose fibers and lint from the towel helping to minimize linting left behind on the surface.

    STM = Smack Towel Method


    Below, I have just completed ironing out the second Chinchilla.




    Notice what the lint roller has picked up from just two towels. BTW, these towels are over 2 years old and not brand new.






    This is after I have completed 6 towels.









    With the STM, this will also ensure that foreign contaminates you can't see or feel with your hand are being removed.


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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    Good idea! Did the lint seem like washer/dryer leftover debris from prior laundry loads? Or was it loose microfiber lint?

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    GREAT idea and pushing out the boundaries of "working clean"!

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    I have done this for years now, but only after I hand pick what I can see off. It's frightening too see what can get caught in the nap of the towel.

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    Quote Originally Posted by Angus View Post
    Good idea! Did the lint seem like washer/dryer leftover debris from prior laundry loads? Or was it loose microfiber lint?
    Thanks.

    I did make sure that the dryer screen was clean before starting the dry cycle. There very well could have been loose lint in the dryer that was attracted to the mf towels.

    However I would say that most of the lint is from the towel linting itself. I have noticed no matter what I do, I can always pull up some lint after a drying cycle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Puckman View Post
    GREAT idea and pushing out the boundaries of "working clean"!
    Thank you! Working clean is paramount to a quality end result!

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hawk View Post
    I have done this for years now, but only after I hand pick what I can see off. It's frightening too see what can get caught in the nap of the towel.
    It is very surprising to see what is removed from the towel via the lint roller.

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    Great idea Mike and thanks for sharing! I'm actually afraid to see what I'll find in my towels haha

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    Not for nothing, but running a lint roller across a towel hardly qualifies as a "technique" needing to be claimed, vouched for, acronymed, or otherwise credited.

    Your contribution to using the Flex with Menzerna products and hybrid pads, that's noteworthy. Time, trial and error, and thought went into it's development.

    This is not one of those things.

    It would be as silly as me lacing my belt into my pants before I put them on being forever known as the "A4S technique", when really it's just come about as a result of me being a lazy, lard butt and finding an easier way to do it.

    Perhaps I'm not in on the inside joke and this is really just a jest and barb at the RDT method of checking your towels for debris. Seriously, what half respectable detailer wouldn't be checking them in the first place?

    Anyway, everyone's entitled to their opinion, now you all have mine. Flamesuit on..

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    Quote Originally Posted by 281 View Post
    Great idea Mike and thanks for sharing! I'm actually afraid to see what I'll find in my towels haha
    Thanks James! Try it and see what you find.... It would benefit you on your black paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by aim4squirrels View Post
    Anyway, everyone's entitled to their opinion, now you all have mine.
    Just as you've said, everyone's entitled to their own opinion.

    Thanks for sharing yours.

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    thanks for sharing that mike

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    Re: Smack Towel Method (STM)

    Added to my "best practices" SOP. Thanks.
    Francesco

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