The Big Green Sucker - This cloth really sucks.
Date Posted:24 November 2016
For years, we’ve wanted to have a microfibre drying towel in our range, but we were never able to find the right towel that satisfied our deeper wants and needs. So we set about creating our own version, based on the criteria of being easy to use, a decent size, huge GSM/super absorbent, long lasting and most importantly, be very plush to minimise the chance of grit and grime induced swirls and scratches from ever occurring. What we ended up with is something we are very proud of, which we named The Big Green Sucker.
The Big Green Sucker is a perfect 40cm x 70cm in size with a huge surface area for water to reside in, but also a large contact area as you run over your car. As it's so absorbant, you can pretty much do a whole regular sized car without wringing it out. I can tell you that these attributes make drying a hell of a lot quicker!! Its final size came from much trial and error, as we found there is such a thing as having too much towel. With this final size not being too difficult to handle around the car.
Why does it suck so much?
The Big Green Sucker was specially designed with a thicker, 1000 GSM split microfibre that had the tips of the fibre “flagged" to aid in faster water absorbency. It can hold over 2.5 litres of liquid in the fibres, which is some serious sucking! This high quality material ensures a far better drying experiance than any Waffle Weave drying towel or traditional chamois could hope to give.
So soft and plush
The build quality of The Big Green Sucker also ensures the towel is both extremely strong, yet gentle on your automotive friend, as well. The material is incredibly soft and super plush, to minimise the chance of adding extra swirls and micro scratches when drying your car.
These marks occur if you've missed a section when washing (usually on the doors or sides) and the dirt and grime is still there. The extra "give" in this plush material means you wont be pushing that dirt and grime back into the paint, thus eliminating those swirl marks from ever occurring. Something the chamois and less plush Waffle Weave towels cannot do!
The great "micro-soft" edges and recessed stitching in them further ensure it will never scratch or mark your delicate paint or brightwork.
It's good to be green
The bright green colour is to help you to see any dirt or grime you may pick up in the towel, so you can flip it to a clean side and not wipe it back into the paint, again minimising the chance of further swirls and fine micro scratches occurring.
Using the Sucker
It's important to read our instructions in the packaging, so before the first use, give it a machine wash with our Microfibre Wash and then run it through the tumble dryer. Like any plush towel, it can sometimes initially lint, but the linting stops after this first wash/dry.
First off, sheet the water from the wet car before applying the towel. Simply take the sprayer nozzle off your hose end and with the water on a medium pressure, hold it on an angle close to the surface, so it allows a gentle stream to run over the paint, effectively flooding the panels and sheeting the water from it. This little thing saves you some real time in drying.
When just used by itself, The Big Green Sucker is pretty damn good for drying your vehicle. But you can make it even better with our Boss Gloss used as a drying aid. This great technique is used by many professional detailers to make drying your vehicle easier than ever before. By using the Boss Gloss's hygroscopic (it absorbs water) nature, helping attract and absorb the water into the fibres of The Big Green Sucker, hence cutting drying time as well as adding very important lubrication for further minimising errant dirt and grime ever scratching your paint. Boss Gloss also makes any trailing water evaporate better to stop those annoying little water droplets leaving marks in the paint. Also with this technique, you'll also get a lovely shine to your paint as well.
The technique for using it is easy; drape the Big Green Sucker over your arm with the bulk of the towel hanging down. Holding the Boss Gloss at least 30cm to 40cm from the towel, mist 4-6 sprays of Boss Gloss straight into the towel. Flip the towel over and spray another 4-6 sprays on the other side. Then, grab each end of the towel and starting from the roof, slowly glide it across the wet surface, drying the water as you go. On the lower panels, fold the towel in half, so it cannot ever drop down and touch the ground.
The Big Green Sucker can do bigger cars and vans, even multiple vehicles, one after the other. The technique of sheeting the water off is important as well as having a car with some protection on the surface whether that be Fully Slick, After Glow or another selant or coating to help the water sheeting process. We have found that if you wring the towel out mid way through drying that it's not going to work as well after, as all the material becomes completely drenched and cannot hold anymore water in its plush fibres. If you find you're doing multiple cars it can pay to have a couple of these great towels handy.
Convertible Soft Tops
Soft tops require a different approach that The Big Green Sucker is just awesome for. Don't ever rub it across the convertible roof, as the materials will fight each other. Instead, simply open it up and lie it down on the surface and gently pat the towels surface to "blot" all the water into the towel. Lift it up and turn to the other side of the towel for the next section, and continue this pat and turn method around the roof till all the water is mopped up into it.
Once you’re finished, be sure to machine wash The Big Green Sucker using our Microfibre Wash and then tumble dry it on the cool to warm setting so it comes back nice and fluffy. If you don't have a dryer, use a hair dryer and slowly run your hands through the fibres. You should do this so the plush material doesn't become matted down flat, as it won't work as well next time around. Then store it in a sealed storage container, with your other microfibre, all ready for its next use. If you do not do this each time, the Boss Gloss can slowly make the towel more hydrophobic and repel water, something you don't want. This is why we don't ever recommend using this towel with the more protective and hydrophobic After Glow or Fully Slick as the drying aid. So wash the cloth out after each use so it will keep on sucking for many years to come.
Also be sure you never wash the towel with anything else other than other high quality microfibre cloths and give the machine and dryer a quick wipe inside so there is no lint before you wash, as it will pick up any other fibres in the washing process.
We love this towel and after using it, you may begin to feel like we do at times, in that the chamois is dead... Long live the Sucker!
Love your car,