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Old 07-12-2009, 08:33 PM   #1
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OMG, the dust (the humanity)!

so i got CGM specifically because i knew if i had gotten black i would be out with my car every day making sure she was clean. Well the good news is with the CGM is unless its in the middle of the day and sunny you cant really tell its dirty. the bad news... i know she is dirty because the blue just doesnt pop quite right.

So far the only way i have really gotten her clean is just to wash the car down. I get a buck of water (just water) during sunset, my microfiber mitt, and my towel and go rinse her. I have caught myself starting to do this every other day, and almost did it twice yesterday after doing a hard core clean in the morning. there has to be someway to dust the car without having to wash and dry her, or am i best just sticking to the tried and true method and not worry about it?

I did try just using a dry wash mitt but after about a quarter of the way through it just starts moving the dust around instead of picking it up.
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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California duster is the way to go works great i wash once about every other week, of course its a weekend car for me but like i said cali duster is the way to go been using them for years there 10 bucks at wally.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:08 PM   #3
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I've suffered from this "sickness" too.

You have a couple of options;

1. Cal. Duster. I finally, after considering one for a looonnnggg time, bought one. I've used it once, as I'm "anal"/concerned about its claim to not scratch when used properly.

2. a spray detailer. But, it depends on how dusty/dirty your car is. I'm assuming its a "daily driver"? If you use this when the car is too dirty, you could cause problems. That being said, the next time you wash the car, follow up by wiping it down with a spray detailer (I prefer Zaino Z6) which will help to repell dust.

I know it's tought to learn to live with dust, (I still despair over it at times, and my SS is a "garage queen". ) but consider, each time you're touching/washing the paint surface, its that many more opportunities for causing blemishes, ie; swirl marks.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
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I love Black and CGM, but that is exactly why I got Silver Pearl. I am so OCD that it would drive me insane.

Be careful, remember the more you touch the car, the more fine scratches you put in it, no matter what method you use. The less you rub, wash, california dust, the better the finish will stay.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:21 PM   #5
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I was just researching a car care company I just found, and I noticed this product: http://www.productioncarcare.com/sho...spx?itemid=614 It's supposed to help reduce 30%-70% of dust depending on the place and driving conditions.

Anyway, I've had a black car, and I would wax it once every two weeks, and power wash it in between. I have a CGM on the way, and I was hoping I the dust would stay away from it.

Are California dusters non abrasive?
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:22 PM   #6
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I got Imperial Blue Metallica, and its just as bad.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #7
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:30 PM   #8
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California Duster. I was also skeptical, but after many car shows and watching guys dust off $100k cars, I decided to get one. Love it!!!
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:33 PM   #9
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Yeah I saw a few CGMs and they look like a color that won't get dirty easy, but that dust shows on it when the sun is hitting directly. I'm not gunna kill myself washing my car and stuff, my dealershyp has giving me free carwashes for a year. I'm going to go buy a few Zaino products if my dealershyp doesn't already use em and tell em to only use those products on my car as well as a 'dust repeallant'. Hope me getting a carwash every week or two weeks will be more than what I need to keep it clean.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:37 PM   #10
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You could also rinse your car, don't have to wash with soap. Then use a detailer spray to give it a shiney dust free coat and to elimate the water spots. You could also get one of those special dusters they use for showroom cars.
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:04 PM   #11
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I have the IBM paint, I run into a similar problem with truly seeing the metallic sparkle and the aqua colors with dust on the car. It still looks good, but just not as good. =]

I've had good luck with the Cal. Duster, just be sure to glide it over the surface, never drag it across. I've already used it a few times, but if it rains at all and dries, its not going to work in my experience. Total time to do the entire car is ~5 min. After each panel I run it across my hand as a way to knock off any excess particles & dust. Don't use it on wet bird droppings, for obvious reasons.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:06 PM   #12
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thanks everyone I guess ill end up hunting down this duster thing!

of course as i look outside i see a bird has crapped all over one of the hips to my car DAMN BIRDS DONT THEY RESPECT ANYONE'S PROPERTY.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:59 PM   #13
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thanks everyone I guess ill end up hunting down this duster thing!

of course as i look outside i see a bird has crapped all over one of the hips to my car DAMN BIRDS DONT THEY RESPECT ANYONE'S PROPERTY.


I hear yea man, i just washed/waxed my truck and I guarantee a bird will crap on it tomorrow :(
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:13 PM   #14
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My IOM doesn't show much dust at all, but the black stripes I have painted on show it a lot. lol it sucks.
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:22 PM   #15
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I feel your aggravation. The California Duster works great.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #16
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RJT show dust big time. I absolutley hate it. The color just doesn't POP like it does when clean. It really dulls the finish.
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:19 PM   #17
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California Duster is the way to go!!! Cheap and works great!
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Is the California Duster I see at Wal-Mart the same Duster you guys are talking about? I don't want to run out and by a knock off.
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:53 PM   #19
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My apartment car port is a dust haven...I can wipe the car down with a microfiber cloth...go inside for 5 minutes and come back out and see a light coat of dust...it drives me nuts!

I have bought a California Duster before...but then it started smelling weird...haven't bought one since.
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #20
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Is the California Duster I see at Wal-Mart the same Duster you guys are talking about? I don't want to run out and by a knock off.
I believe so. TARGET also sells them.

Follow their instructions;

_ allow it to airdry for 48 hrs. before using
_ initially it may leave streaks (harmless) which can be removed with spray detailer
_ I allowed mine to sit out, laying on newspaper, in the garage, for a week before its first use

It's worked fine so far.
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California Duster is the way to go!!! Cheap and works great!
Is it SMOG certified!? LOL
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:07 PM   #22
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I believe so. TARGET also sells them.

Follow their instructions;

_ allow it to airdry for 48 hrs. before using
_ initially it may leave streaks (harmless) which can be removed with spray detailer
_ I allowed mine to sit out, laying on newspaper, in the garage, for a week before its first use

It's worked fine so far.
Sweetttt, looks like I'll pick one up today.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:00 PM   #24
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I have RJT. I use a Griot's microfiber duster (I have Calif. dusters also) after I return from a drive. Then a quick lick with Zaino Z-6, then cover. Get yourself a dash duster to use on your wheels and label for wheels only.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:12 PM   #25
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California Duster is the way to go. I have one in all three of my cars. I live in the dust bowl of eastern Washington State and cars are very hard to keep clean. Sport Red, IOM, and Autumn Gold. I believe the gold car is the easyist car to keep clean. Doesn't show the dirt.
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