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Old 05-11-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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Pollen or water spots?

My car is getting cover in pollen daily. I'm about to give up on washing it for a few weeks. These trees I park next to are brutal...

Would it be better to leave the pollen on my Camaro or could I rinse it off without a full blown wash(no drying)?

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Old 05-11-2011, 01:41 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:43 PM   #3
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Car Cover! if youre on a budget, walmart has some cheap ones for $30ish...
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:45 PM   #4
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I have the same issue right now, black car + pollen coating every day makes for a messy looking car for a few weeks. Before the pollen season really starts for me I make sure to get a good wax base, for me that means Adams Machine superwax followed by some buttery hand wax. After that I just rinse it off at night to get the worst of the pollen off. Problem is, rinising it off without properly drying it (which i wont do if i dont clean it with shampoo etc) leaves me with water spots (black car..). Its a trade off, for the next few weeks my car will have water spots on it, then once the pollen is done ill clay the car to get rid of the waterspots and put on another nice coat of Adams super wax with my PC.

Really wish i had a garage for her right about now though..
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:46 PM   #5
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Why not buy one of those California Dusters (whatever they're called) and give it a quick brush-off before you drive it? It on;y takes a minute and saves you a whole bunch of money. Having a nice layer of wax on it beforehand does help a lot, too - A coat of quick wax after washing but in between giving it the full treatment is useful, too.

Unfortunately pollen season is pollen season, even for nice cars.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:49 PM   #6
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I think a duster would scratch the paint.

A chainsaw might be the right answer. Haha
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:04 PM   #7
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You can safely use the california duster on your paint. Junkman has a video on it, check it out.

I would also suggest waterless wash. Quick wipe down and you're good to go.

I'm in the same boat as you, I have this awesome car that I strive to keep in good condition but have to park it outside and it's my daily driver. You can only do so much. Dust, pollen, bugs, stone chips, all these things will happen.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:49 PM   #8
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Yea we had the problem down here recently. There is nothing you can do but wash it or rinse it off and anyone that tells you differently has never dealt with that level of pollen. You can wash your car dry it off go inside to take a piss and see pollen all over it.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:16 PM   #9
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We went through the peak season of it last month ... I just rinsed it off all three cars at night just to keep the worst of it off. Avoid the dusters and covers, they will cause more damage than it's worth. If you get any tannin stains from the trees flowering, Turtle Wax Ice liquid clay is a cleanser that works great to remove the stains.
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I have used the California Duster many times and it never damages my car. A few things to remember with it though:

Never use it on a wet car
Don't drop it on the ground and pick it up to keep dusting the car. If you pickup a rock or even a few small speks of dirt that will ruin the clear coat and give you bad swirls.

I have really bad pollen to deal with as well and I have decided to just put up with it for a while. I wash when I can and rinse it at night a couple times but other than droping all the trees or getting a garage, there is not much you can do. Car covers are out for me because it rains a lot in WA.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:23 PM   #11
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Keep washing it ...... We should be almost done with the pollen here in South Jersey. I keep mine in the garage and pollen still seems to find its way in. I did not care much for the car cover when I used it on my Chevelle it like to leave fuzzies on the car after a rain.

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Old 05-14-2011, 08:52 PM   #12
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I have used the California Duster many times and it never damages my car. A few things to remember with it though:

Never use it on a wet car
Don't drop it on the ground and pick it up to keep dusting the car. If you pickup a rock or even a few small speks of dirt that will ruin the clear coat and give you bad swirls.

I have really bad pollen to deal with as well and I have decided to just put up with it for a while. I wash when I can and rinse it at night a couple times but other than droping all the trees or getting a garage, there is not much you can do. Car covers are out for me because it rains a lot in WA.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:32 PM   #13
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Buy a California duster, bring it in your house, unfold a newspaper, put the duster on it (with the strings of it spread out as much as possible), leave it there for 2 days. When the duster was new, I used it, and it left a wierd oily residue on the car, so I did the newspaper trick, and it hasn't done that since...and I've heard from others that you'e suppossed to do that. Now, use it as much as you want when the car is "clean" but covered in pollen.

My Camaro is black, we buffed it and waxed it 6 weeks ago, NO swirls on the entire car...I've washed it many times since, and waxed it 1 more time since...and I use the duster on it all the time...it still has NO swirls on it at all. The pollen has been really nuts lately. I mean...wipe the car completely clean, walk away and walk back, and there's pollen on it again...it blows, but what can you do? Just clean it off again lol.
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