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      02-22-2006, 08:00 PM   #1
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Is there a proper way to dry dust your car?

I just washed and waxed my car (Zaino) but at work, in some parking spaces, the parking garage can get my car very dusty (not dirty, just very fine dust). What's the best way to dust it off without creating any swirl marks? I'm not the type to wash my car every weekend.

I've used the California car duster on other cars and there's no way I'll bring that thing near my E90. Would a quick wipe with a soft mf towel be okay? I don't want to be spending 20 minutes every other day re-detailing my car though.
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How come yo don't like your Cali duster? I have one and think it is great, provided you use it properly (hold the duster over the paint - let the fibres gently glide accross - don't put any pressure on it).

Other than that, I would not advise dusting a dirty car with an MF towel alone, or even with QD. You're asking for swilrs. Just live with the dust until the next time you wash it.
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Ostridge feathers if you must dust dry. If its black, don't even try to dry dust it.
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How come yo don't like your Cali duster? I have one and think it is great, provided you use it properly (hold the duster over the paint - let the fibres gently glide accross - don't put any pressure on it).
You use it, David? Hmm...maybe the new ones are better. The last one I bought was 12 years ago. It left a waxy film over my car, which I thought was great at that time. But after reading all your (great) posts, you guys have me scared that I shouldn't put anything on my Zaino-ed car that isn't Zaino related!

Also, I guess I used to use the duster when my car was slightly dirty so sometimes I could hear small dirt particles scraping on my paint (on my old Dodge). That's why I'm a bit wary of using it again. How good do you think the small Swiffer duster would be? That thing is really light and delicate.
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dont do it. you will just swirl the paint all over, unless you dont care.
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dont do it. you will just swirl the paint all over, unless you dont care.
Are you referring to the California car duster or the Swiffer light duster?

Here's a pic of the swiffer duster that I am talking about.

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Ostridge feathers if you must dust dry.
Where do I get ostridge feathers from? You might find this surprising, but we have a shortage of ostridges here in L.A.
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You use it, David? Hmm...maybe the new ones are better. The last one I bought was 12 years ago. It left a waxy film over my car, which I thought was great at that time. But after reading all your (great) posts, you guys have me scared that I shouldn't put anything on my Zaino-ed car that isn't Zaino related!

Also, I guess I used to use the duster when my car was slightly dirty so sometimes I could hear small dirt particles scraping on my paint (on my old Dodge). That's why I'm a bit wary of using it again. How good do you think the small Swiffer duster would be? That thing is really light and delicate.
You need to wrap the duster in newspapaer for a couple of days. This will soak up the excess paraffin wax in the fibres. The paraffin is what was causing your wax streaking when you used it before.

Also, only use it on a mildly dusty car that has not been rained on. If your car is dusty, but has also been rained on with the dust present, then do not use the duster. The water will turn the dust into hard mud (after it dries) that will scratch your paint. Also, don't use the duster on a dirty car that really needs to be washed.

As for the swiffer, no way. You're better off not doing anything than using that on your car.
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the new ones r fine, i havent had any problems, but then again havent used it on the e90 yet, buy a new one and dust a small area on a part that is unnoticable, if u dont like it, return it. i thought bwm used to sell the california car care stuff, so i would say its safe to use if bwm reccomends
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Okay, thanks guys. Maybe I'll get the small one so that it's not as heavy and doesn't push down that much on my paint. The small one can be used on exteriors too, right? I'll see what my local auto parts store has in stock.
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I believe it can be used on exteriors, but it so small that it will build up with a lot of dirt very fast, and you may end up causing swirls, lol. I know, everything can be bad for your paint. I'd recco just buying a full size one and use it as I described. Its not heavy and should be easy to use the way I outlined.
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Okay, I'll give it a shot, holding it as lightly as possible. I'll try the newspaper trick to get the wax out of the strands. Thanks.
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Would compress air be good on dusting?
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^^^^ yea thats a possiblility, but it doesnt get all of the dust off
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