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Hey you guys, good day to you! Welcome back! Real short video I Want to talk about towels? And the reason I want to talk about towels is people keep asking why they always see me walking around and I'm holding towel and I guess some other folks on the internet land they do the same thing as well and but those same folks have said that. They've also noticed other mechanical technicians that do not, uh, constantly fiddle and fidget and hang on to a towel. and I guess that's user preference. um I like towels because I'm always kind of wiping stuff off my hands and or gloves.

And the other reason that I am so fond of towels is Once Upon A Time In Another Life I Worked in a kitchen. we made about thirty thousand dollars worth of food every single day. and it was. It was messy back there, a bunch of dudes in a small tight kitchen, a lot of stuff making messes, food flying around, whatnot, so you always had a towel with you just to dry yourself off, wash your hands, wipe things down, clean your knives, clean your spatulas, clean anything.

So I've developed through two trades in my careers a habit of always having a towel with me and I don't know it. just it turned into me constantly keeping a towel in my hand or pocket or wherever. Um, don't know I don't know if everybody does things like that, it's just something I do like I mentioned earlier, there have there's been other YouTubers mentioning that always have a towel in their hand. Maybe it's personal preference? Maybe it's like a brain cork kind of thing.

Who knows. But that is the reason for the towels in the hand. It's uh, it's just lifelong habit of constantly doing things that, uh, it required a towel or needed a towel soon thereafter. So I just got into the habit of constantly keeping towels around.

It's my thing I like blue towels.

98 thoughts on “What s with the blue towels?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M R says:

    Never noticed. Guess I have better things to pay attention to. 😆

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HHDagger says:

    Imagine the look on Yester-Ray’s face if you could travel back in time all those years to tell him one day he’ll make a 2 minute video explaining why he clenches a towel as he works. And that video will garner an audience of 87.5K over a two day period. 😂

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray Shutsa says:

    Shops still use the reusable towels since the 70's mechanics have used a uniform company.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Artillerest 43rd VA says:

    it is good to be ready with the blue shop towels, you never know when you will need to wipe
    something down. plus minimize the “dirt” on your hands.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tpcoachfix says:

    When I was a mechanic I always had a shop towel hanging from my right hand pocket.
    Drives me crazy to have dirty hands.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Albert Mosack says:

    And when you bust your knuckles open towels absorb blood. 🙂

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Libturds Trigger says:

    I always have rags around me, either to clean/wipe car parts/tools or to clean my hands/face

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Gorski says:

    Hey Ray , had to go to your web site to add a photo , blue roll for car stuff , the other 2 for everything else

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gareth Williams says:

    After I left the trade, it took a long while for me to stop reaching for my back pocket shop rag. If it was societally acceptable, I would wear one every day, as they are useful. 🙂

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bobby wanger says:

    👍👍👍🔥

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clive Cooper says:

    I get it, Kitchen and food hygiene, and workshop grease and dirt and we know the fuss Ray makes when he gets a dribble of oil on his hands 😄 I am more confused by his sometimes gloves on and sometimes not 🙃

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sjsz06 says:

    So why ar they blue?

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stealth Mode says:

    Amen always have a towel in the hand. 🚗 .

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gid Hig says:

    Hi Ray, I have been an amateur cook since I was a kid. I always to this day, at 50 now, I have a towel slung over my shoulder when cooking, still. I never pursued that career, however as a mechanic I always had towels on me to clean my hands and any smudge marks made or unexpected leaks that occur at times.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Hoppe says:

    I always have a towel in hand or pocket. Working with oil and fluids more in hand, working on dry and dirty parts more in pocket. some people just like to keep the gunk off more than others.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Porter says:

    Quality mechanic would carry a shop towel to respect the customer, wipe up after touching things or draining fluids.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald Halls says:

    Conviniant, I often am looking for a rag to wipe my hands, saves the jeans, and shirts, all the best to you and your loved ones

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Grease E. Monkey says:

    Not a thing wrong with keeping a towel on you. I do it frequently myself. Ours is definitely not a clean trade. 👍👍

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dhamaratna Thitilerdwong says:

    You be you. Hold your towels.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Neil rush says:

    You're a towel!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jere Bigler says:

    Face it Linus, it's your security blanket! LOL I use one like that too. My Dad was a mechanic and he always had a rag or towel handy. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Henry Skinner says:

    Security Towel!! 10 4

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rhaspun says:

    I don't why someone would question why someone else likes to use towels. Be it cloth or paper towels. I didn't realize or know that there is a correct procedure and protocol for towel use in a shop.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Hill says:

    but why is the dead truck still parked there if that is going to be your new bay?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Flat Rock says:

    Towels or rags come in handy, nothing sucks more than having to get out from under a vehicle to get a towel

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Pistulka says:

    Ray choses to be clean. Others not so much. Pretty obvious.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Walchli says:

    Not only do I have a towel in my hand but I have two stuffed in my right pocket and one stuffed in my left pocket. I don't wear a ball cap everywhere I go, what the hells is that about?

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Big Ragu says:

    It’s a sad state, when you need to answer a question about a towel. Watch old movies, TV shows or anything that may have a mechanic or pump jockey in the background. RED towels were the fashion. Wipe your hands, check the oil (when gas attendants did that) wipe the pizza sauce off your cover-alls. It was a necessity. The BLUE towels took their place. It may also be considered a form of hygiene. A sense that you’re cleaning yourself.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Warren says:

    In my younger years working in a Farm Tractor Equipment dealer, myself and the other mechanics always had a towel in a pocket and usually in one of our hands. If you are just looking or checking out something that you will be working on, you may need to wipe of grime to get a part number or whatever. It was always my experience that when you needed a towel, you didn't have one. Always best to be prepared.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Saer mobile Automotive says:

    how much you paying for you roles we are at 7 bucks a role now up here

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Curren says:

    See page 25 H2G2

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tim Hash says:

    Why does anyone care, these people always have to make a comment about something, maybe he had a runny nose, bfd, who cares?

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vapenhenke says:

    Caught my self screaming ”ANOTHAAAAAAHH” when my break clean went empty 😂😂😂

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terry Mraakovich says:

    Ray you should pay some kid to clean up the main entrance of your shop, get rid of all the junk sitting around, would make the place look more professional. Just my 2 cents

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars navi sanecrab says:

    Don't forget to bring a towel!

    I'm so high man

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Spartan117 says:

    Out of all the questions he asked about why Ray holds a shop towel on his hand. If you truly worked on cars for 16 years why would you ask such a silly question? Probably just another keyboard worrior.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Cahill says:

    I always had a red shop cloth towel in my back pocket when I worked in a garage years ago .

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Gaerisch says:

    Since I was a kid back in the 60s and 70s most mechanics always had a towel in there pocket or in hand.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joshua D says:

    Chef rainman ramsay

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars blackwolf8281 says:

    Ever since I started wrenching I always had a shop wrag or towel on me.. Just so if I needed to wipe something off or like you said, clean my hands.. Just something most of do..
    Have a grrreat day buddy!!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars botto57 says:

    I have blue towels on my workbench. use them all day long.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Enthusiast Mechanic says:

    I'm a tech of 15 years I always keep a rag in my pocket or hands its just second nature to me.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars T J says:

    I’m not a mechanic, but I am a body man. People don’t realize that just any ole rag or towel to wipe down a vehicle before paint is very critical. You can wash a used rag 50 times and it can still have contaminates on it that can ruin a paint job. I always turn to the blue towels with wax and grease remover for a perfect finish, every time.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wicked Nyghtshade says:

    How can I get a Fidget Towel and also be cool?