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Alternative to California duster

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  1. Husker

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    I have done some experimenting under LED light, and a California duster can in fact scratch clear coat. I changed to this product - it was 15 bucks and it does a great job. If you use it once a week, you buy another one in a year.

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  2. KC360 FL

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    Never would use a duster. I use my polishing towels once and then they go into the washing machine. Why "dust" your car off to remove surface contamination only to use the same rag, device, etc. over and over again with the darn thing impregnated with all the previous dust and contaminates you removed the last time you used it. Makes no sense to me.

    Probably not the duster that is scratching the clear coat but what is living in it that does.
     
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  3. Eric C

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    I never liked those anyways. It would always leave oily streaks on my cars.
     
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  5. Husker

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    interesting. I've got some "detailer" spray that works well. I wonder if things like Windex are good/bad/neutral on a car finish? Maybe some paint guys can weigh in on this one.
     
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    Funny it was a paint guy that I got that from. Now if your paint is not in great shape wax can help hide some imperfections but over time wax builds up and starts to look hazy. Windex strips wax off, I only use Groits speed wax some times
     
  7. nickorette

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    Full self-healing PPF is the only way to go. Never have to worry about microscratches. With suntek and ceramic coating the car is so slippery most dust that creeps through car cover is gone after spirited drive
     
  8. Husker

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    You might have a look at my other thread “The arduous task of removing 20 year old film”. :D
     
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    I’m thinking that it’s not the duster that is leaving microscratches, it’s the dust itself being wiped across the surface. That dust can contain metal oxide particles, all types of fibers, etc.

    If that holds true, wouldn’t the Zodiac duster leave the same scratches as it wipes particles across the Ferrari soft clear coat?

    I use my jet speed air dryer/blower. I’d love a better alternative if scratches can be avoided.





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  11. Metalguru

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    The safest way to remove dust from your car is with a lubricant, like water.
    If your car is only dusty, I would recommend rinsing it thoroughly and drying it. California dusters or wiping with detailer and a cloth will grind the dust into the paint.
    Here's Larry talking about it:
     
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