6 May 2014

Griot’s Car Care Tip: Allergy season for cars?

The pollen count is spiking like the stock market during a buying frenzy. While cars don’t have sneezing fits like we do, pitch and pollen wreak havoc on paint. They can be acidic and quite damaging if allowed to build up.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the pollination period in the Northern Hemisphere is March through May, so we’re in the height of the season. Pollen output is usually highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. 

A freshly washed vehicle can be covered with the stuff in a matter of minutes. Those who park in the shade of a tree to keep their interiors cool are asking for even more trouble. They might return to think someone has painted their car a different color!

If you’re a committed detailing enthusiast, a daily mist-and-wipe using a speed detailer will allow you to stay ahead of the game. If you go a day or two between touchups, the pollen dust will likely exceed the capabilities of a quick detailer, and might require a product with greater cleaning/lubricity properties, such as a spray-on car wash (or a traditional bucket-and-hose wash).

Whatever product you choose, use a light hand, as the gritty pollen could introduce scratches or swirls.

Want to take preemptive steps in the pollen battle? Ensure your paint is properly protected with a quality wax or sealant. This will establish a slick barrier, making it harder for the airborne contaminants to stick to your paint in the first place.

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1 Reader Comment

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    Jack Horner Portland, Oregon May 7, 2014 at 17:15
    I have used the old Kozak cloth on my priceless, restored Bug for the last seven years. As long as you use it frequently, sometimes accompanied by a little misting, and renew the cloth when it gets too soiled (after which you can use it on wheels and hubcaps) it does an excellent job.

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