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tiny g*****n pollen dots

Clint Beastwood

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White 2017 - since my FiST doesn't have a slot in the garage until I unload another project I am stuck outside. The trees around my place are constantly leaving little yellow dots of pollen on my paint and they're absurdly difficult to remove. I've been using chemical guys' soap, a pressure washer and foam lance, and a chemical guys wash mitt and it still takes several minutes of concentrated scrubbing on a small area to remove the pollen. Is this par for the course, or is there a smarter way? Most of my stuff gets sent out for cleaning but I want to do the FiST myself - it was *supposed* to be therapeutic and relaxing. Any thoughts? With my previous car (500 abarth) the pollen was easy to wipe off (but to be fair, so was the paint).
 


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White 2017 - since my FiST doesn't have a slot in the garage until I unload another project I am stuck outside. The trees around my place are constantly leaving little yellow dots of pollen on my paint and they're absurdly difficult to remove. I've been using chemical guys' soap, a pressure washer and foam lance, and a chemical guys wash mitt and it still takes several minutes of concentrated scrubbing on a small area to remove the pollen. Is this par for the course, or is there a smarter way? Most of my stuff gets sent out for cleaning but I want to do the FiST myself - it was *supposed* to be therapeutic and relaxing. Any thoughts? With my previous car (500 abarth) the pollen was easy to wipe off (but to be fair, so was the paint).
Car cover?


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Maybe I just need a good one then, because the one I have leaves the car all dusty.
So, there's not a miracle product that makes these pollen dots easier to remove? I swear NASA could harvest the technology to use for holding things together during the stresses of orbital launches. The car was waxed with butter wet wax but the pollen still sticks. Other cars it doesn't seem to "stick" so badly.
 


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I don't have any personal experience with this but, I've heard clay bars might work to remove some of it? Hopefully someone else can chime in on if this actually works...

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Clay bars are fantastic. Make sure you use a good clay lube. Give your car the clay bar treatment and you'll be amazed at the mirror-like shine and smooth surface of your clearcoat. Then follow the clay bar treatment with a high quality wax or ceramic coating!
Clay bars mar the clear coat slightly and removes all wax. Any thing that can remove that much crap is hard on the clear. Wax after to protect the clear and paint. Never "just clay" they are fantastic. Dont buy the mothers one at auto zone or the like. Detail supply or Amazon some clay magic. Get the fine grade for darker colored cars. Rip the bar in half. Use the same half till it starts to break up then the other to extend the life. Or one for paint one for bugs. If ever dropped throw it away. One little grain of sand will ruin your car. A few years as mobile detailer. 170 bucks and up about 14 years ago. Screw that job lol.

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Clay's are the best but when it comes to something like grease or that sticky tar like crap. Dont use the clay. It picks it up. Use lacquer thinner on a towl then wipe with a wet towel right after. Use denatured alcohol for tree sap.

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Yeah, I never recommend just claying a car and leaving it at that, which is why I said to follow it with wax or ceramic. Although I should have also specified that you will want to give your car a thorough wash (no wax) before using a clay bar, which will prep the surface to get the most out of your wax/ceramic. Marring the clearcoat is why clay lube is so important. Without it you're basically rubbing sandpaper on your car.

Do you have any alternatives to clay bars? I'm always open to better solutions!
My Wife got me a chemical guys synthetic clay mitt It is basically a rubber that's sticky and I've tried it now on 2 cars and it works. You still use plenty of lube. You can just wash it off and it stays sticky. I couldn't believe it but it works. I have no idea how long it will last but it's meant to be reused over and over again, you just clean it off in soapy water. No scratches I promise.

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The only thing bad about clay bars....if you drop them....Its Fu$&ed due to contamination from the ground ie Dirt....Sand....etc.. Maguire makes a 2.0 clay bar system that's pretty slick and isn't Dunbar if you drop it!


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Interesting. I'm a big fan of Chemical Guys. I bought one of their rolling wash buckets with the car shampoo and fancy cloths and sponges for my girlfriend's father. He was very pleased!



PROTIP: Don't drop the clay. [biggrin]
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Go get a ceramic coat. They're cheap nowadays around $400 for a nonbrand name one. The dealers actually prefer a lot of brand X ones nowadays compared to opticoat. Just make sure it's a good dealer who will be in business months later if the coat doesn't last.

In addition, don't fret too much if you get staining. Staining will bleach in the sun. And be careful, you don't want to scrub or scratch when getting those dots off. I did that once on my lincoln! Spent like 8 hours scrubbing it to have it just happen again next week. Took it to a detailer - the guy said "you need a better wax" and I could do a polish for instant removal or let them fade which would take some time.
 


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Sonax Fallout Cleaner available on Amazon. Spray it on any organic particles, turn purplish-red in color and sponge it off. Works great on my '14 Oxford White. German product so is pricey but nothing works like it.
 


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Maybe I just need a good one then, because the one I have leaves the car all dusty.
So, there's not a miracle product that makes these pollen dots easier to remove? I swear NASA could harvest the technology to use for holding things together during the stresses of orbital launches. The car was waxed with butter wet wax but the pollen still sticks. Other cars it doesn't seem to "stick" so badly.
i used goo gone
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Goo-Gone...=sem&msclkid=0493a855b0f016679d2df7fb6074c65e
 


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as far as the car cover im in the same boat as you no matter what every time you take the car cover off it leaves a blanket of dust over the car making it look like you never washed the car
 


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I solved the problem by cutting down all the trees. Now to figure out how to get rid of the neighbors trees.
 




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