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What Gets Pollen Off of Cars Without Harming the Paint?

by Jenny Carver

Pollen is as big of a threat to your car's paint as bird droppings. Pollen sticks to your car’s surface even if you keep it clean and slick. The pollen leaves your car with a green or yellow coat that will eventually harm the surface if you leave it on for a long period of time. Unlike bird droppings, pollen is pretty easy to get off of your car without using harsh methods that could harm your paint.


Spray the pollen off of the car with water. Begin on the roof and spray until the pollen is gone, then move to the windshield, windows and rear window. Continue down the car so the pollen is rinsed off of the car completely, not just moved from one area to another. A water hose with a nozzle that has a forceful spray option is best.


Let your car dry or use a cotton towel to dry most of the water. Some water can remain on the car.


Spray quick detailer on the car, concentrating on one body panel at a time. Wipe the detailer off using a microfiber towel. This removes any remaining pollen and creates a slick surface so pollen has a harder time sticking to the car’s surface.


  • Don’t use a duster or towel to wipe the pollen off of your car. Doing this causes the pollen to dig into the surface of your car’s clear coat paint.

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About the Author

Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including,, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.

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