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Hey, can use some of your help. My new Q3 is black, which is both a blessing and a curse, looks beautiful but shows the dust like crazy. Unfortunately, I have a hand injury and will have limited use of one hand for a while, but thankfully can still drive.
Are there any easy tips to offer that I might be able to follow to keep it looking good.
I saw some comments about a California Duster which I am ordering.
Need some easy care tips for the daily driver please.
 

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I've had a few California Dusters over the years and LOVE them. They work great and only when they get old (4-5 years), do I replace them...but get the real thing, there's a BIG difference.
 

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I washed and waxed my Q3 yesterday and it looked FANTASTIC. This morning it is covered in pollen. I think I am going to order a duster.

I guess I should not complain. I would rather have it covered in pollen than salt and slush.
 

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I've had a few California Dusters over the years and LOVE them. They work great and only when they get old (4-5 years), do I replace them...but get the real thing, there's a BIG difference.




I have a mythos black Q3. Bought the Duster when it was referred to on another post.


Love it to death!!! Even bought his and hers. But for some reason only the HIS is being used.


Neighbors think, I mean they know, I am not normal! Dusting the car 2-3 times a day.
 

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I have a mythos black Q3. Bought the Duster when it was referred to on another post.


Love it to death!!! Even bought his and hers. But for some reason only the HIS is being used.


Neighbors think, I mean they know, I am not normal! Dusting the car 2-3 times a day.
Yeah, you have issues.
 

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Optimum No Rinse wash and shine or wash and wax?

Has anyone tried the Optimum No rinse Wash and Shine or Wash and Wax? I'm still looking for other easy products that might save me (and my hand) some steps.
 

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with all my new vehicles i get them taken to a detailer to have some permanent paint protection applied, after that washing it myself is easy.
you can even get wax applies on top of the permanent protection.

setting an ideal foundation is key.
 

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Heard of them as well, they're one of the best brands around for that stuff.

A lot of guys I know into detailing always talk about it.
 

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Hey, can use some of your help. My new Q3 is black, which is both a blessing and a curse, looks beautiful but shows the dust like crazy. Unfortunately, I have a hand injury and will have limited use of one hand for a while, but thankfully can still drive.
Are there any easy tips to offer that I might be able to follow to keep it looking good.
I saw some comments about a California Duster which I am ordering.
Need some easy care tips for the daily driver please.
California duster is for the lazy fella. You can use ti for light dust but if there is sand or rock dust from construction sites just give it a wash. The duster is easy to use but over time you'll be micro marring your paint. It does remove the dust but at the same time its dragging whatever is on there across the surface.

Trust me, keeping a black car clean is a part time job... :D
 

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Has anyone tried the Optimum No rinse Wash and Shine or Wash and Wax? I'm still looking for other easy products that might save me (and my hand) some steps.
I used Opt NR when I lived in a condo building where a source of water was an issue. So I would just bring down 2 buckets full of water and 4-5 10" microfiber towels. High lubricity from the wax/carnuba to pull away the dirt without scratching, and left a nice shine after not to mention how great the is. Just be sure not to over use the microfiber towels and switch to a new one for each panel.
 

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Maybe its an age thing but I try to make the wash a ritual or maybe more of a Zen thing. Use the 2 bucket method and take the time to actually go over the car by hand look for stuck tar, keep an eye out for those dreaded paint chips on the front end, hood and wheels, take a peek under the hood and clean under there too... Just make the time and enjoy it, go over interior, exterior, tires, wheels. Put on some tunes, grab a beer or two and appreciate life...

Many times I dont have the extra time to spend a morning just to do the cars but when I do I really do appreciate and enjoy it. Just trying to find the fastest way to get it done doesnt do yourself or you car any favors....
 
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Yup it's an age thing - therapy for me too, perhaps not quite Zen (I'm even too old for that) but therapy for sure ...
 

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One way to keep the dust off of your car longer so you don't have to wash it as much is buying a car cover for when you are parked in your driveway at home.
 

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One way to keep the dust off of your car longer so you don't have to wash it as much is buying a car cover for when you are parked in your driveway at home.
That does indeed help.

Just have to ensure you don't cheap out and get one of those universal covers with horrible material that touches the paint.

Also should be something Q3 specific, so much easier to install and remove.
 
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