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Old 05-11-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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California Duster?

Anyone use this? Any pros or cons to them? I was contemplating on getting one and wondered anyone else's experience with it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #2
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As with anything they're fine as long as they're used properly... but use them incorrectly (as you see 99% of people at car shows grinding them into their paint) and they'll cause damage.

Allow the fibers to only lightly touch the finish, they should dangle full length with the tips just barely touching.

Work from one end of a panel to the end, shake out, repeat. Don't do back forth or anything else.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:03 PM   #4
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I use the mini for my interior. Works great.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:09 PM   #5
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Should only be used for pollen and light dirt as Adam described, and thats it. But for those things, very useful.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:12 PM   #6
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ZERO pressuse. Like it's not touching... You're DUSTING not sanding. I've used them for years with great results as long as it's just light dust.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:17 PM   #7
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Clean it after a few dustings.
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:47 AM   #8
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I use it all the time, but do it properly or you'll cause damage as dylan stated.

I hardly have the need to wash because of it.

Does anyone know the proper way to clean the CD?
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:21 AM   #9
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Clean it after a few dustings.
I've been using the same California Duster for the last nine years over multiple cars. I've never cleaned it. Works like a champ. Just like everybody has said. Use it properly and you won't scratch anything.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:56 AM   #10
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I've always used one on the cars I've bought with no problem. And as cheap as they are when after a few years its feeling really heavy and I think its just got to be to dirty I don't clean it I just throw it away and buy another one.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:59 AM   #11
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Cool

The ones with the wooden handle seem to be better
than the plastic handled ones....
The mop head is thicker...
watch for streaking when you first use it .
They claim the dirtier it gets , the better it works ~
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:28 AM   #12
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YES, I have one, had one for MANY years.....if used PROPERLY, they are gerat. even The Junkman has and uses one, and if you look for it, he has a vid of how to properly use it.
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I've been using the same California Duster for the last nine years over multiple cars. I've never cleaned it. Works like a champ. Just like everybody has said. Use it properly and you won't scratch anything.
It's funny because they say it actually works BETTER as it gets dirtier.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:21 AM   #14
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The ones with the wooden handle seem to be better
than the plastic handled ones....
The mop head is thicker...
watch for streaking when you first use it .
They claim the dirtier it gets , the better it works ~
Also read the instructions when buying it new, it says to place the duster on a newspaper for 24 hrs so as to get the oils out of it. I had a friend who used it after he got it and had oil streaks all over his car. It's really great for pine pollen and light dirt.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:28 PM   #15
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I've been using one the past year on my SS. Just got to get the wax out of it by placing it on several changes of newspaper over the course of a few days and then go at it. Like everyone says, let the fibers dangle down full length barely touching the car then go from one end of a panel to another. Only use it on a clean (washed and hasn't been hit by rain/water) car with light dust/pollen. Anything heavier than this you're better off washing. I usually wash every 2 weeks and take the duster to the car once or twice between washes. Worth it. Good luck!
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Oops! I've been doing it wrong! Thanks for the tips fellas!
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I love mine! I use it in between washings to get the pollen and light dirt off. Like everyone has said, you have to use it correctly tho. I clean the car in sections. I wipe over the drivers side roof, shake. Trunk, shake. hood, shake. and repeat on the passenger side. then I do the fender, shake. door, shake. quarter panel, shake. You get the point
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Works great. Had one on my '69 and now on this one.
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