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Dust - the enemy of car cleanliness

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

The introductory illustrative image of this post is not a result of the car owner's failure to maintain. This is the fall of fly volcanic ash in Manila, in connection with the activity of the Taal volcano (year 2020) in the Philippines near the capital.

However, today's article is not about volcanic ash, but mainly about everyday dust that is ubiquitous anywhere in the world. Dust arises from many natural processes. One of them is soil dust and pollen particles. Another example is the sand of the Sahara desert, which rises high into the air as a result of a storm and later falls to more than 3000 km distant cities of Europe. The same phenomenon can happen anywhere on earth.

But most often we encounter unpleasant dust in big cities as a result of human activity. Construction and combustion of fossil fuels contribute most to dust generation. Such dust is called pollution.

More information about dust: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust


Pollution annoys our airways, our households, but also our iron pets - cars. Pollution and dust falling on our car can make it dirty in a very short time, even if we have not traveled anywhere. In addition, the dust adheres to the vehicle surface and cannot be blown off easily. And in such a case there is no choice but to wash the car and possibly wax it. We can wash our car by ourselves or have it cleaned by a specialist company.

Dust and pollution on white car surface
Dust and pollution after one week (white car surface)


If you decide to wash your car yourself, never use a dry sponge, duster or fabric to remove dust from the car. Surely you will irreversibly scratch the surface of the vehicle (swirl marks). Even if you try to remove dust and dirt very gently, there is always a high risk of developing swirl marks and scratches.

Swirl marks and scratches caused by wrong cleaning way
Swirl marks and scratches caused by wrong cleaning way

Never wash the car with water without detergent. Even in this case, you can be sure that you will irreversibly scratch the surface of the vehicle and lose the original shine of the car surface forever. The only possible way to wash a car with a low risk of scratches and swirl marks is to do a wet wash with sufficient detergent. The detergent will create a foam that will encapsulate the dust and dirt particles, preventing them from damaging the car surface. Coated dust particles glide on the car surface and do not scratch it. However, even this is not a way in which we can completely avoid scratching the car, since any contact with the car will always cause microscopic damage that cannot be prevented in the event of contact car washing.

Volcanich ash, pollen, salt and soot under microscope
Volcanich ash, pollen, salt and soot under microscope. Source: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov

Various common dust and dirt particles under the microscope show us that they are objects with sharp corners and other shapes that can easily damage the car's paint. This is the reason why scratches occur on cars as a result of contact washing (using sponge, textiles and other aids). It follows that the only safe way to wash cars without scratches is the contactless method of cleaning vehicles.

The longer the sponge and fabric are used, the more dust and pollution particles gets stuck in them and causes more damage
The longer the sponge and fabric are used, the more dust and pollution particles gets stuck in them and causes more damage


Unfortunately, it is not possible to prevent dust falling on the vehicle surface other than by covering the vehicle with a car cover. Parking in covered and underground garages will only help partially, because of course it is also dusty environment. We can only prevent the adhesion of dust by using high-quality polymer wax of the latest generation. This creates a thin layer on the surface of the car that protects the car from many different undesirable effects, not just from dust.

Paradoxically, the greatest enemy of applied wax is not rain but sunshine. The sun melts the wax, which literally runs off the surface of the car away. In addition, the application of wax by the contact method using sponge and textiles causes the same problem mentioned in the article above (formation of unwanted swirl marks and scratches).


Technological process has been developed which prevents rapid degradation of the applied wax by the sun, but also prevents unwanted scratches in the wax application process.

It is a process called contactless hot wax application, which flows deep into micro scratches and swirl marks. Before doing so, it is necessary to clean all dirt from micro scratches. This is made possible by high-pressure contactless washing technology, which uses special cleaning agents mixed with warm and specially treated water. A sponge or fabric to a depth of micro scratches can never reach to clean it (it is not physically possible, see picture below).

The sponge and fabric will not reach the bottom of the scratches, which are very narrow and deep.
The sponge and fabric will not reach the bottom of the scratches, which are very narrow and deep.

After contactless washing of the car, the latest generation of hot polymer wax is applied to the car's surface and then cooled rapidly to cure. Finally, a special polishing agent is applied to the surface of the applied wax to further enhance the gloss and quality of the applied polymer layer. The whole process of wax application does not take more than 1 minute and technological curing of the wax will take another less than a minute (car sedan size). Then the wax on the car lasts up to 10 - 14 days and protects its surface from many negative influences (chemicals, sun, impact of small stones, scratches, etc.).

And the result is that even an older car looks like it just came out of the factory. The surface of the vehicle shines perfectly. The washing and waxing process was carried out using the non-contact method, so that no damage to the vehicle coating was caused. The car is wax-preserved and protected against the adherence of unpleasant dust and air pollution.



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