Avoiding the Pollen Swarm

Tree pollen season is starting here in North Carolina and boy do those yellow swarms royally suck for your paint. Besides the new paint color, Pollen can be acidic, sticky, and scratch sensitive on your paint finish. Pollen is starting a early this March and should taper off into May. Everyone who lives in the southeastern region should thank oak, hickory, sycamore, walnut, elm, box elder and ash trees. If you are near the tree & mountain areas, lucky you since allergies should be reduced. So how do you combat the yellow swarm?

Anti Static Quick Detailers: Prevention

Finish Kare Extra Slick Final Body Shine #425 (FK425) $15 for 31 oz.

Usable on paint, glass, chrome, gel coat, fiberglass, and Plexiglas. Removes dust, fingerprints, and smudges. FK 425 is loaded with lubricates and gloss enhancers. It protects the paint with anti-corrosive agents and UV inhibitors held in place by polymer resins. Best of all besides a slick and glossy surface: reduces dust & pollen. Some Detailers like using FK425 on Computer Monitors & LCD’s since its reduces dust and cleans very safely.

Finish Kare Anti Static Poly Wipe Finish Restorer # 146 (FK146) $14 for 31 oz.

FK 146 more cleaners than 425 to remove dust, smudges, light soil, oxidation, hard water spots, and bugs. It still has antistatic properties,polymer resins, anti-corrosive agents, and UV inhibitors. Not as popular as FK425, but another alternative.

Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer (QID) $10 for 17 oz.

Uses fluoropolymers to reduce dirt, dust, oil, and grime. Acts great as a waterless wash-quick detailer hybrid. Not exactly a FK425 alternative QID still does great as a Quick Detailer with antistatic characteristics.

Seal & Clean

At the end of the day Pollen is resilient. Your best bet is to just clean and protect the paint with a paint sealant & wax. To stop the endless wet hose regimen try using Optimum No Rinse. Personally I’ll be testing how much I can use my favorite cleaning quick detailer Poorboy’s Spray & Wipe since it absorbs, lubricates, and encapsulates dirt so well.

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