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Old 09-27-2011, 10:52 AM   #15
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Just wait until pine pollen season! You just thought there was a lot of dust on your car. I also live in Florida and have had several black cars/trucks and I doubt I will ever have another. They are so beautiful when clean but so very high maintenance. Good luck, beautiful car.
During pollen season, us black SS owners will have Bumblebees between washes!
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:01 AM   #16
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My IBM looks almost black and looks like liquid glass using adams and following Junkman videos to a tee. Product may not be a must but the technique is a MUST. Enjoy your black car as they are some of the most beautiful on the roads.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:14 PM   #17
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It's just the price you pay with a black car - NOTHING LOOKS BETTER than black when it's clean.

But . . . you're either washing your car or getting ready to wash it - all my neighbors think I'm a nut job.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:22 AM   #18
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Black paint isn't a hobby, its a career. Get used to it
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:26 AM   #19
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so true but it's worth it!
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:09 AM   #20
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Get used to it. Comes with the territory - you need to learn to really savor the day or two that it looks clean after a wash.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:35 PM   #21
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After my black '06 Cobalt LT, I swore up and down I wouldn't do it again but here I am! I couldn't hold out for 2012s to start showing up in IBM (in retrospect, my number 2 color choice). I saw a black 1LT/RS with my name on it and I drove her away.

I'm working my way up to Adams stuff but right now I have Meguiar's Ultimate Polish and Ultimate Wax (and Ultimate Compound from some time ago, not necessary at the moment). I have used the Cali duster with good results. It's just a bit wax-heavy when new so watch that. I dust and cover the car every evening and wash once a week (counting the day after I got it home, that makes 3 times now, lol). My plan is to wax once a quarter and polish probably once a year.


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Old 09-28-2011, 10:44 PM   #22
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If you wash and wax/protect properly it's not that much of a chore. I have swirls, but a dirty car, I do not. It might have a few spots on it, but it doesn't look as abd as some that I've seen, even the 3 or 4 black Camaros on this Army base look bad in comparison. (I wash maybe once a week... sometimes twice depending on weather.)
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:18 AM   #23
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Black paint isn't a hobby, its a career. Get used to it
Im with dylan there i just polished my car and used brilliant glaze followed by americana wax it looked like it could sit on the showroom floor but two days later it had dust settled on it from sitting in the garage i dont use my car cover anymore cause its a chore to take it on and off all the time, i just live with the dust, from far away its not very noticable and when it looks bad i wash it.. i will say the adams products make washing it a lot easier, i used to be a meguiars guy but trust me once you try adams once your sold.... i used to think the hype on here was crazy and overrated til i tried it out for myself its well worth the investment to keep that black car loooking good
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:59 AM   #24
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Thanx Guys!
Lets see...
I have had at least 6 black vehicles and plenty of dark vehicles..
Best advice I can give...
If it does not rain that often where you live, wash your car every two weeks.
Dont worry about dust and pollen. It will be on there hours after you wash.
What I would do, if it rains a day in the week, wash the car after it rains.
If it rains again in the same week,.... wash it again....after it rains..
Keep your eye on the weather... if you know its going to rain...hold off washing until it rains..then wash...
You will find like I did the hard way....
You can let your car go for months with no rain...
but just because it is black the first chance it gets... it WILL rain on it, or worse a bird will see his reflection in it and pooh on it..
This is the reason why I am done with black cars..Nothing prettier but I want to enjoy my life a little without having to keep my car so clean!
If you get long breaks without any rain... every two weeks and it should look fine. And the most important of all of any advice I can give.
Always wash your black car BY HAND.
Never a car wash or even a automated brushless system.
Good luck!
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:25 AM   #25
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I usually go to a local hand held car wash (that the owner keeps in top notch condition) and use plain water under low pressure to rinse off the dust. Then I use the spot free rinse to finish it.

Cheap, safe, fast. My black beauty shines once more.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:16 PM   #26
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If you are dedicated, washing it 2-3 times a week will keep it pretty clean.

Otherwise, every other day you can touch the car up with Waterless Spray Wash to get the dust/dirt off.

I would not use the Waterless Wash if the car is really dirty. Only if it has light surface dust.

Keeping black clean isn't a job, it's a career.
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #27
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The more you wash it the more you are increasing the chances or swirling your paint. Wash less often but do a worthy job. Carry a Cali duster with you and use it properly between washes. That's really all you can do.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:00 PM   #28
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