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Pollen on a black car...

The realities of owning a black car again are sinking in... Any words of wisdom for getting pollen off? I've tried microfiber, terry, dust wands - nothing works.

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throw bees at it

Sounds like a nasty bit of pollen. What type?

I am not sure the best approach but I do know not to rub it into the finish. Typically I just wash it...but sounds like you have a parking area not allowing for protection.

IF so, then using a good wax making it easy to wipe off.

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throw bees at it

Sounds like a nasty bit of pollen. What type?

I am not sure the best approach but I do know not to rub it into the finish. Typically I just wash it...but sounds like you have a parking area not allowing for protection.

IF so, then using a good wax making it easy to wipe off.
Not exactly sure which type of pollen - damned near everything is in bloom! - just tiny green dust. I backed the car out of the garage and was shocked that it made it onto the car on the few occasions the door is up. And when I got back from a nice little ride, the thing looked powder-coated!

It has great wax on it and I can move the pollen around with ease, but then the wave of pollen just stays on the car, i.e., I can't wipe off the last bit of each wipe...

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Try a leaf blower.

Seriously...
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I wouldn't use one of those dusters, really only good for in the showroom and if they duster is damn clean, otherwise you can scratch the paint surface, nothing deep, just micro scratches.

The leaf blower sounds interesting...
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Yes.

the best method is to bring the car to California!
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The leaf blower sounds interesting...
It really does. I own one, but my neighbors have never seen me use it on the lawn - they might really think I'm nuts, now!


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---my neighbors---might really think I'm nuts, now!---

I would not worry.

The squirrels keep calling me.

They think I'm nuts!!!
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It really does. I own one, but my neighbors have never seen me use it on the lawn - they might really think I'm nuts, now!

Same here. I have only used mine for its intended purpose on a few occasions. I use it to dry my cars every time I wash. The neighbors think I'm nuts.
They do a great job of getting H2O out of the nooks and make towel drying with micro fiber towels a snap!
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The leaf blower sounds interesting...
I used mine to blow dry the dog today, why wouldn't I use it on my car.

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Pointless right now to try and get it off----Within minutes it will be covered again. Spray water on it and dry is the best bet to not scratch anything. I have sprayed mine down with my Cr Spotless system and let it dry on it's own.. No spots, no pollen, but 10 minutes later it was covered with pollen again....
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I wouldn't use one of those dusters, really only good for in the showroom and if they duster is damn clean, otherwise you can scratch the paint surface, nothing deep, just micro scratches.

The leaf blower sounds interesting...
Probably not a good idea, considering the velocity and force of the compressed air would most likely result in similar outcome as the aformentioned dusters. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Not sure there is much you can do other than keep it covered when it is in the garage so it does not get coated everytime you open the door.
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Just get her up to about 180. That's probably more fun than using the leaf blower anyway.
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Just get her up to about 180. That's probably more fun than using the leaf blower anyway.
Good call - I just can't risk another ticket!!

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Not sure there is much you can do other than keep it covered when it is in the garage so it does not get coated everytime you open the door.
Very true. As I said, quickly forgetting how easy the silvers and greys were...



p.s. the leaf blower did not work. Blew off the big stuff, but not the little junk that's driving me bonkers.

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Very true. As I said, quickly forgetting how easy the silvers and greys were...



p.s. the leaf blower did not work. Blew off the big stuff, but not the little junk that's driving me bonkers.

well, most Ferrari covers will allow fine bits to get throught. Would have to make a custom one that is air tight and honestly that is not a great soluton either.

You need more bees, telling ya', those little buggers will eat up the pollen and --chaching-- honey to boot. That will help pay for all the new tickets you'll be getting.

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well, most Ferrari covers will allow fine bits to get throught. Would have to make a custom one that is air tight and honestly that is not a great soluton either.

You need more bees, telling ya', those little buggers will eat up the pollen and --chaching-- honey to boot. That will help pay for all the new tickets you'll be getting.
Paper today said it was very high tree pollen and high grass pollen (no pun intended).

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Ha! After a few days of driving the 360 in CA and comparing it to the pollen, traffic, etc. that I now deal with on the East Coast, I think you may be onto something!
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Except that now in CA our vehicle registration costs have skyrocketed! They are up about 40% from last year, and that was no picnic either.

Thank goodness I am now down to 2 cars from 5. I'd really be broke then.
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