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How to Keep Your Car's Paint Dust-Free

by Ron Cogan

While there's no substitute for a good wash and wax to keep a car looking new, in between you might just need a good dusting to gently remove dirt and keep your paint shiny. Special car dusters do the job in minutes with no environmental impact.

How to Keep Your Car's Paint Dust-Free

Assess how dirty your car really is. If it's just a light dusting of dirt without caked on mud or bird droppings, it's a good candidate for a duster.

Use a duster made of soft cotton yarn with baked-in paraffin wax. This will gently lift dust and pollution from your car's surfaces.

While it's not required like washing, when you want dirt and water to flow downward, it's still a good idea to start high and work low. Begin dusting at the roof, then do the hood, trunklid, and sides.

It isn't necessary to press down hard as you move the duster along your car's paint. This kind of brush does its work amazingly well with a very light touch.

Store your car duster in its soft case when not in use so it doesn't collect dust while just being stored.


  • Use the car duster regularly and you'll save time, money, and precious water because you will need fewer car washes.


  • Don't press down hard with the car duster because that could potentially grind dirt into the surface.

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About the Author

Ron Cogan is a general manager of, the leading source of information on “green” cars on the Web. He is also the publisher of the award-winning Green Car Journal magazine and chief executive of the Green Car Group, an organization that specializes in the interaction of automobiles and the environment. A former Motor Trend feature editor, he has been quoted as an expert source by international publications and has appeared on major network news programs and Good Morning America.

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