The Water Sprite chamois was long the reigning champion among professional detailers like myself when it came to a quality drying towel.
That was before the introduction of all things "micro-fiber" which has taken every industry by storm! The world of car care and detailing is no exception as micro fiber has proved itself to anyone who ever lays their hands on this amazing textile!
I was originally introduced to this amazing synthetic chamois at the earliest beginnings of my career as a professional detailer almost 3 decades ago.
Back then you were either using bath towels stolen from home, or the now, non-existent natural chamois of days long gone. But anyone who has gone from a natural chamois to the many synthetic varieties will attest to the superior user experience of a synthetic chamois.
But with the superior nature of micro fiber cloths, is a natural or synthetic chamois still relevant in an era of advanced textiles?
Yup...the infamous answer that really doesn't answer the question at all.
But as I see it; it really does depend on what your expectations of a chamois or a drying towel actually are.
I can lump both sets of people into a single category since car owners and car enthusiasts will typically be working on a single car versus many, many cars like a professional detailer.
"Going from good to great"
So if you are a car owner washing their car at home or a driveway detailer looking for excuses to wash your car more often than less often, I recommend alternatives to the Water Sprite Chamois for (2) specific reasons:
Despite what you have read on this page regarding the Water Sprite Chamois, as a professional detailer who is required to work on loads of cars, I still carry one of these synthetic chamois with me.
I don't use it to dry any of the cars we wash. Just as is often the case in my professional world, I use this in what is called "off-label" use. Meaning I use it in ways that it was not originally designed to be used and not something you will find on any of the labeling.
The explanation for use of the Water Sprite Chamois is going to take more than a bullet point list of benefits.
"The only time I use this chamois is when I am using detailing clay to decontaminate that paint"
It's as simple as that...
(If you are a complete beginner and you don't even know what detailing clay or the clay bar is, then you can read about it at my auto clay bar page.
I have taken the Water Sprite Chamois and tweaked the way it is used so that I use it in a completely different fashion than its intended purpose.
Instead of using clay lube to keep the paint surface lubricated while rubbing the clay bar back and forth across the paint, I use a wet Water Sprite Chamois and place the clay bar underneath it.
The wet chamois resting atop the clay bar will naturally wet the surface areas you are working on and lubricate the areas as you work. This means a few key points:
Are you beginning to see the benefits of this unique synthetic chamois?!
"Darren, could I not use any cloth to do this with instead of having to get a Water Sprite Chamois?"
And I am going to tell you why. The Water Sprite Chamois is unique in its material. Due to the materials used and the way it is constructed, it remains very smooth and slippery when wet. This means your clay bar will not stick to it like any other cloth you could use, and it also means fibers from another type of cloth will not come off and embed into your detailing clay (the clay bar)
Once again, like virtually every area of life, the answers you seek will depend on the specifics of you and your world. So to recap:
My goal has been to help you become you become a more informed car owner and consumer. I hope I have helped.
I wish you much success in your detailing efforts!