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Old 09-19-2012, 05:30 PM
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I have been trying to find something that will quickly remove settled dust on my truck without the risk of scratching the paint finish, other than spending an hour or two washing the beast...

Since my truck sleeps in the garage/workshop/storage, you can imagine the fine particles of wood dust that settles on my baby

I do not want to cover it with an automotive tarp as this would be too inconvenient to remove alone and would risk scratching the surface even more IMO. It also doesn't help that I am on the short side so reaching the top of the cab is difficult at best.

Last week, I discovered the "famous" California Car Duster which looks like a mop with red waxy coated fibers. It is very soft and works quite well lifting the dust off the truck but it leaves behind sticky, waxy little red fibers!!! So not that impressed with it, even after shaking the hell out of it, the little fibers still come off. I am assuming it is because it is new but not acceptable so I am more than likely returning it. (I called the company today and they will get back to me).

So, what else to do? Is there a miracle product I havent' heard about?? Or I guess I have to resort to washing which takes forever with all the chrome I have (I can't stand spots)!

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I was going to recommend a California duster lol. Mine doesn't do what you were describing. Look up adams waterless wash and the correct towels. I use it and it works great.
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could just use an air compressor
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If it's just touch up or getting a light coating off then try using a detailer spray and microfiber cloth. I would keep using the california duster, you'll knock off the lint in a few weeks and it'll be great. I use one for shows and I had the same gripe, but the local club told me to stick it out and it's been great.
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Definitely keep using the Cal Duster. It's dropping particles because it's still new. It WILL stop doing that after a few uses. If you want to eliminate the issue immediately, put some low PSI of compressed air through it.

Remember to NOT press down with it but rather glide across the surface with maybe one-half of an inch of the strands rubbing across the paint....otherwise it WILL create brilliant microscopic scratches. It's a brilliant product BUT one of the most misused care care products on the market.

A quality waterless wash spray will also do the trick, thought it is a little more cumbersome. I use Adam's Premium Care Care Waterless Wash with a QUALITY microfiber towel followed by their Detailing Spray.

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Thx everyone! great info and suggestions.

I was hoping the California Duster would stop loosing it's fibers after a short while...I love the thing, works great and the dust disappears instantly and is not swirled/displaced around due to surface tension from static.

I agree to let it lightly flutter accross the surface ...still grabs the dust and magically lifts it right off.

Now to find a way to get rid of those little sticky red fibers...grrr.
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I will first admit that I do not have a Cal duster nor have I ever used one but I have read some articles about them when I was thinking about purchasing one. Most people say that when they are new you should wrap them up in newspaper and let them sit for a few days and this will allow the excess oily substance on the duster to transfer to the paper and then duster will not leave any oily residue on your vehicle. I don't know if this will stop them from "shedding" or not. Some people swear by them others hate them, but they have been in business for a long long time so evidently some people like them. I like the idea of using either a blower or air to blow what dust/sawdust off that you can then use a spray detailer, however remember that everytime you rub on your paint you run the risk of putting small scratches in the paint. If it were my truck----I'd just wash it--sorry.
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If you ever walk around a car show, when the cars are arriving
You see so many california Dusters being used, you know why they are still in business

lately i see many imitations at the swap meets & in many chain stores, you know that they are also hoping to cash in
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If that remark was for me, I have in fact seen many car shows, entered many car shows and have even won a few and yes I have seen people using their Cal Dusters , but from now on I will take special note of the number of people using them so I can in fact know for sure why they are still in business! Thanks for the tip--
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id vote for the wash too...too much risk instilling scratches IMO.

if you dont want to break out the hoses, try a good waterless wash, but lets be honest, it is alot of work too...

have you thought about a cover??
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