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Has anyone used the "California Carduster"? It is one of those dust mop looking things that you use to remove the dust and dirt from your car between washings. I looked at one recently at WalMart and it said that the carduster has its strands coated with a parifin that removes the dust.

My Black MDX is a real beauty, but it really shows the dirt, so I would like to use something like this between washings.

I am wondering if anyone has used this type of thing, and is there any potential harm in using it?

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The dusters only work on "dust". The finer the dust the better they work.

If there is road grim/oil, tree sap, bugs, or even dew to moisten the dirt -- it won't come off. Not very practical near me.

The other down side is the dirt that gets "attracked" to the duster must be washed out, and with it so too is the parafin that helps pick up the dirt -- so the duster gets less and less effective.

The one thing they are really useful for is taking the fine dry dust that settles on vehicles that are stored in the off season.
 

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I swear by it. It's not a replacement for washing your car but it's great for extending out the time between needed washes. On my Camry, I give it a swipe every time I fill up, and it's lasted me 3 years. My MDX is always in a garage or parking structure so sap and birds are not a problem but dust settles pretty quick in southern california. I find myself wiping it down every other day or so and it still looks great a week and a half after I washed it. The instructions do warn you to be careful the first time you use it in case of parrafin streaks but I havn't had any problems.

The best place to purchase one is at Costco. You get a regular one and a mini one for your dash and interior for under $12. Although for my interior I use a swiffer wipe that I leave in the central console. It's fantastic, it doesn't just push around the dust like most other cloths would but picks it up.
 

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Mike, especially on a black car like you and I have, the dust shows up pretty quickly as you know. The parafin in the duster captures the dust quite well. I make sure, however, that I LIGHTLY dust the X. Pressing too hard imparts the parafin onto the surface of the car. Does not mix with my Zaino.:D

Also, you may want to wrap the duster in newspaper when you first get it to absorb any excessive junk on it. You only need a little parafin to get the results you want.
 

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Thanks for the replys everyone. I decided to purchase the Carduster, for a whopping $9.89 at my local WalMart. The most tramatic experience was trying to park far enough out in the WalMart parking lot to not be hit by roaming shopping carts and people who open their doors into you. I do my dead level best to avoid WalMart at all times. They have great prices, but I hate the size and mass of people that always seem to be in there.

So, it is resting on newspaper for two days to empty out the parifin, we'll give it a shot on Friday to see how it does.

Thanks for the info and tips, I do think it will be a good addition to "The Monster".

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I've had a California duster for several year, and it is still working fine. I mainly use it this time of year to get off the pine pollen that covers everything every few hours. I also use it to clean the dust off my lawn tractor after I mow. As others have mentioned, it doesn't do anything for streaks, bugs, sap, etc., but it takes loose dust off great.
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Yep we have had a ton of rain up here this week. Several counties in this area are practically underwater. Just across the line in Southwest Virginia it is really bad. We've needed rain for a while, but this is crazy.

While out on some calls today I went through an area of particularly heavy rain. While out I turned on a secondary road that had a lot of water coming down it. Nothing bad, just a strong flow of water down the hill I was climbing. The MDX handled it beautifully. No skidding or spinning of the wheels. I could feel it send power to the rear wheels and it was a great feeling of control and confidence I had as I drove. It is a feeling I have never had in a vehicle before. Had I been in my previous two cars an F150 SuperCrew 4x4 or Nissan Pathfinder, there is no doubt that I would have been spinning wheels as I climbed that hill.

I'll be driving through Big D on my way to Austin, Texas on March 31st, if you see another Black Beauty, but one with Tennessee plates, wave to me.

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Are you supposed to wash the duster after each use? Mine looks so dirty, Im afraid to use it again as is?
 

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no - washing is not required - or suggested.

it is supposed to work better as the years roll on.

ive had mine for two years also - and learned this lesson well . .
dont use it when the car is hot from the sun - im still getting those wax trails - and while a shot od two of Z6 takes care of it (as well as provides yet another excuse to zaino) its a pain . . .

remember - tickle it across the surface - no need to wipe it . . .
 

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A bump for an old thread.

Anyone have any signs of scratching after dusting, especially on Black paint.

Found this thread doing a search on "dusting" and found it to be very helpful.
 

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You might also want to check out the California Duster made for your interior. It is smaller and oval shaped. I use it to take dust off the dash, center console, steering column, and many other areas. And the best part is, it takes only seconds. It really works well.

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MIKEinTN said:
Has anyone used the "California Carduster"? It is one of those dust mop looking things that you use to remove the dust and dirt from your car between washings. I looked at one recently at WalMart and it said that the carduster has its strands coated with a parifin that removes the dust.

My Black MDX is a real beauty, but it really shows the dirt, so I would like to use something like this between washings.

I am wondering if anyone has used this type of thing, and is there any potential harm in using it?

Thanks,

MIKEinTN
I have used a CCD for a long time and it is a great product, but there are two kinds on the market now, one a little better than the other one.

The best California car dusters have the wood handle, there is one with a plastic handle sold at WalMart and so forth, the wood handle one has a bigger and fuller mop head than the plastic handle one. I called the Calfornia duster company and asked why they have two kinds, and simply stated they said they just make a cheap version for WalMart to sell cheaply (9 bucks at WalMart) the better one is sold by California Car Cover Company and other "car guy" shops like Summit Racing.
 

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Definitely a handy thing to have! I use one for my other car and keep it in the trunk so that I can dust off before I put my car cover on. I'm going to buy one for the "X" the next time I'm at Costco (and remember to pick one up).
 
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