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egruber 05-21-1999 12:02 PM

I have seen people at car shows wipe their dry car free of dust/pollen using a dusting brush..which sort of resembles a soft floor mop on a short stick (like a snow brush). I've seen these for sale at auto parts stores.

I thought that dusting a dry car would scratch the paint. Is this safe to do?

Bill Wood 05-21-1999 12:29 PM

There was a discussion of the California Car Duster back in March. Click on "search" in the upper right hand corner of this page and look for "duster". You should find the thread.

'98 E430

Eddie 05-24-1999 09:37 AM

I have the Califonia car duster and here is my experience. The smaller one for the inside of the car is great. Quick clean up for dust, etc. on dash and into the air vents. The larger one for the outside is great when the car is just washed/waxed and there is only "inside the garage" dust. I unfortunelty have used it on slightly heavier dust and believe it has given my black beauties ('99 ML320 and '99 CLK320) some swirl marks. The swirling is not real bad but will require using the Gold-class swirl reducer every few months when I would do the usual wax job only. I guess it is not that much more work for the 2-step process each time, and it seems that black get the swirls to some extent no matter how caareful you try to be with washing. We get lots of caked on mud around me, so the washing is essential weekly and makes it tough to avoid the swirls (and yes I use three different washing mits and change the water three times during cleaning).


Lee Scheeler 05-24-1999 11:42 PM

What you described with the minor swirling is why I do not use any of those dry dusters. If I have to clean the finish without water/soap/washing then I use either #34 or Slick Stuff and a 100% cotton terry. I have achieved the best results by heavily spraying (almost soaking) the area needing to be cleaned with the SS or #34, then gently gliding the terry over the surface using only the weight of the towel as pressure. I then give it one more spray and wipe gently some more. Repeat above steps until you have de-dusted or de-bird crapped the panel your after. I only use the stuff for "in-between" cleaning if I have to.

Hope this helps...Lee

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