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Hi I have a black x-type estate and as such it shows every bit of dirt and dust. I have had black cars before and know they take some looking after so was sort of ready for it.
I use Autoglym extra gloss protection, and do quick detailing with Autoglym quick detailer (first time user of the instant detailer and really pleased with it, re-shines it really quick.)
However, none of this stops the car getting dirty in the first place. Now I'm not after some miracle cure, and don't expect it to stay pristine all the time, but I would like to know if anyone has any good tips on trying to repel some of the dust in the first place. Particularly fine dust, as it seems to be attracted to my car a LOT!
It doesn't help there is building work going on at work at the moment, yesterday came into work in the morning with a nice shiny car, by the time I went back to it at home time, you could write your name in the dust!
Any tips, advice on dust repellent etc. would be greatly appreciated.
Sealants always fair better than carnauba waxes(tend to be sticky especially when hot) at keeping dust at bay.
One of the most effective is Ultima Paint Guard Plus, which is also one of the quickest to apply. (looks magic on black)
I think the best way to solve this problem would be, as stated before, a car duster. I have a 'California Car Duster' and it works wonders. I keep it in the trunk so I can quickly do a once-over as needed. The best thing about the car dusters is they never need to be washed. The dirtier they look the better they clean. Im not sure how but mine looks really dirty but still cleans great.
Another common problem I would get is water spots even if I meticulously dried the car I would end up with slight water spots either on the chrome bumpers or various other nooks. With a little pressure from the car duster the spots vanish.
The California Duster works very well however, do not use it on hot paint work as the paraffin will streak leaving an attractive surface for dust on the car.
When I lived in the UK I used Autoglym and was very happy. Of late I have noticed that a few of their products have started to creep in to all places "Walmart" here in CA.
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Thanks for the replies. (Sorry long time getting back
I did wonder what people thought of the California type dusters etc., as I know lots of people used to use them in car shows I attended but that was at least 10 years ago.
Although this is my daily driver so I don't expect it to be perfect all the time.
Looks like I'm sticking with the quick detailer type products then.
I am very impressed with the Autoglym one, but might give a cheaper one a go too. Especially as it really does make a difference if the panels are hot.
(Just tried yesterday using the Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine without any Extra Gloss protection to see if it made a difference....it didn't...car covered in a film of dust again today, and that was just from being sat on the drive)
I disagree about dusters being "dangerous". I have judiciously used these for years on various cars and work great if used sensibly. If you have thick layers of dust or other grime, of course washing is the best thing. But for very light dust, the dusters work fine if used lightly.
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