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Old 05-05-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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Best way too remove pollen?

Is there anything out there to safely remove pollen from your car without scratching the car at all?
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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I would just hose it down with water. Wiping it off with a dry towel might scratch it......

Speaking of that. I washed my car yesterday to only find out after school that my car was covered with pollen.........
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:35 PM   #3
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a bucket wash is the best way, but you can do small sections with quick detailer and a clean microfiber towel, whatever you do, its going to be covered again in a couple of days if not a couple of hours
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:54 PM   #4
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Yea :-/ Ive seen duster looking things at some auto stores. Are those a good idea or no?
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:07 PM   #5
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I don't like them, because it just traps the dirt and dust. Only to rub it back on the paint
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:27 PM   #6
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Safest way is to just wash your car like someone above said. But I'm sure you were looking for a quick way...so, depending on how much pollen is on there, the Quick Detailer spray and a clean microfiber towel would be my suggestion.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:35 PM   #7
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i'll wash it...
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:07 PM   #8
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Wash it and then apply FK1 #425 quick detailer. It cuts down on 80-90% of dust/pollen attraction. Probably my favorite detailing product for my black E46.

http://www.fk1usa.com/products-consumer.htm
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:42 AM   #9
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if the car isn't dirty, i would say just rinse it and wipe it down with a big soft towel (definitely not terry cloth)

after that you should be good to go with a nice spray wax.......

thats what i would do......... or i would just put a tiny little bit a soap in a bucket and do a really quick wash........








i must say tho, the "california duster" does work wonders..... i don't have one but i have used it before, and it doesn't smutch pollen like a microfiber towel would.......... using a microfiber towel you can definitely feel the tiny surface scratches because pollen is so goddamn sticky


when i use the california duster on my black roof it will show if it really works or not
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:58 AM   #10
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No matter how soft of a towel you use simply wiping will do more harm than good. Also just rinsing your car off will lead to water spots and potential water etching. The fastest safe and proper method would be to do an ONR wash. A car like an e46 can be washed in about 40-50 minutes with it, if not quicker. It's quick, easy, safe and relatively inexpensive. I actually use it as my primary wash method on my jet black car when the sun is out. Keeps me from having to fight water spots.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:03 AM   #11
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I also wouldn't recommend those dusters, anytime you are touch the pain you can potentially mar it, this increases greatly with such products as there is no lubrication when the pollen/dirt is rubbed against the paint.
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:40 AM   #12
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i'm seriously considering getting one of these:



http://crspotless.com/

i would use the filtered water this unit provides as my final rinse during a regular wash, filtered water means i can just let the car air dry w/o the worry of water spots - saves time and avoids scratching. but it can also be used to rinse off the pollen and other loose dirt - just rinse the car at night, stick it in the garage and have a non-pollen car in the morning.

there is a group buy over on the detailing bliss forum.

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Old 05-06-2008, 09:04 AM   #13
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if your car is cleaned and waxed then you can wipe off the pollen with a detail cloth....i have a cloth that shines and removes pollen as well...forgot whats its called...it has a picture of a camel and a 5 series on the front of it....works great...if your car is dirty and you have pollen and you want to wipe it off then i would recommend washing it....the dirt on the car can scratch the paint when trying to wipe the pollen off...but pollen being wiped off on a cleaned waxed car with a cloth would not scratch your car.
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never seen that....but damn its kind of pricey...looks awesome though.
I know in home depot you can buy a filter for your entire house...you connect it from the main water pipe coming into the house...this way all the water in the house is filtered...toilet..sink...showers...etc etc...its awesome and cost alot less then that...but im not sure if will guarantee a spotless car wash


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i'm seriously considering getting one of these:



http://crspotless.com/

i would use the filtered water this unit provides as my final rinse during a regular wash, filtered water means i can just let the car air dry w/o the worry of water spots - saves time and avoids scratching. but it can also be used to rinse off the pollen and other loose dirt - just rinse the car at night, stick it in the garage and have a non-pollen car in the morning.

there is a group buy over on the detailing bliss forum.
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just try to keep it indoors as much as possible and, when it gets to the point you have to clean it, do a full wash.... no sense scratching your car permanently to get rid of pollen temporarily
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if your car is cleaned and waxed then you can wipe off the pollen with a detail cloth....i have a cloth that shines and removes pollen as well...forgot whats its called...it has a picture of a camel and a 5 series on the front of it....works great...if your car is dirty and you have pollen and you want to wipe it off then i would recommend washing it....the dirt on the car can scratch the paint when trying to wipe the pollen off...but pollen being wiped off on a cleaned waxed car with a cloth would not scratch your car.
I wouldn't recommend just wiping your car with a dry cloth even if it is waxed, it can still leave scratches, if you are going to wipe it get a bottle of Quick Detailer
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I have one of these, maybe not the same brand, but it looks identical just gray instead. I still dry my car with my microfiber towel, but any water that runs off from cracks will most likely not leave any spots.

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i'm seriously considering getting one of these:



http://crspotless.com/

i would use the filtered water this unit provides as my final rinse during a regular wash, filtered water means i can just let the car air dry w/o the worry of water spots - saves time and avoids scratching. but it can also be used to rinse off the pollen and other loose dirt - just rinse the car at night, stick it in the garage and have a non-pollen car in the morning.

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Old 05-06-2008, 06:54 PM   #18
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The CRSpotless system is an outstanding way to wash your vehicle safely when pollen builds up. It's filtered water that won't leave watermarks on the surface. Therefore you can rinse the vehicle off and walk away and you're all set. They are also great for washing windows. It's certainly not cheap but anyone who uses one will swear by the results. There is a wall mounted unit and one that comes with a set of wheels. If anyone has any questions about these units please let me know.

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Old 05-13-2008, 07:57 PM   #19
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Living in the Evergreen State I know the complications of pollen. I hate swirling marks so I usually wash my car instead of using a 'dry' towel, no matter how much or how little pollen accumulates on the car. Spend the time and do it right.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:47 PM   #20
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I use a California Duster in between car washes, it works really well. Helps me cut back on the frequency of all out car washes.
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