A time of love and hate. Green scenery is on its way, a time of new life and opportunity. Yellow dust is also on its way, a time of allergies and pharmacy trips. This dust also causes a major headache for enthusiast and civilians alike.
How do you take care of pollen? Just wipe it off? Rinse it off and walk away? Blow it off with a leaf blower? None of these methods are effective nor safe. Let's dive in.
1.) "I just wipe pollen off"
No. No no no. This is a very popular response to seeing a blanket of yellow dust on your vehicle. Here's the issue. If you've driven your vehicle since the last wash, you will rub that dirt and road film into the paint while trying to remove the pollen. There will also likely be leaves, twigs, and other falling debris on the paint, so try to avoid this method at all cost.
2.) "I just rinse the pollen off"
This one is even more popular. You'll even see it if you take a Sunday drive through a neighborhood, People satisfyingly rinsing away the sheet of yellow dust to reveal the original paint color and walking away. Heres the issue(s). The first is water spots. Leaving this water on the paint will undoubtedly leave water spots that is a much bigger problem than pollen. The second is drying the paint with a towel. Thinking that the vehicle is clean since you just rinses a sea of yellow of the paint may seem logical, but to is anything but. The road film and dirt is likely still present on the paint, and when you go to dry the vehicle you will cause damage to the paint by scrubbing that dirt around.
3.) "I just blow it off with a leaf blower"
The best and safest choice of the three by far. This technique will likely cause issues though. Pollen, as shown by the picture above, is a very jagged and pointy particle. It can stick to paint that even has a wax or something equivalent on it. Blowing pollen isn't always effective in 70% of cases. This leads back to number one on this list. Wiping.
Well, what should I do?
A good rule of thumb is to just let it sit until you have time to do a full wash, whether that is a rinse less wash or a foamy soap and water wash. This allows for the ability to remove the pollen and ensure you are not causing scratching and marring from the other dirt and grime. You can blow the car off in between washes, but do not touch the car with pollen on it or leave standing water on the vehicle.
Can I put anything on my paint to repel pollen?
No. However, you can minimize how well pollen can stick to the paint. You can do so by using a very slick sealant, spray, or ceramic coating. I recommend one of our Ceramic Coatings that features a very high contact angle, which allows for air pressure or water to easily carry the pollen away. This high contact angle also allows for very tight water beading and self-cleaning abilities, which all aid in the removal of pollen and debris from the rain or wash process.
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