It seems as though as soon as you finish washing a car in the Spring, the pollen that you couldn’t see floating by as you washed and dried has started to lay itself down on your smooth, silky, shiny paint. But believe or not, that really isn’t a problem. Sure, pollen gives black cars a nuclear green glow, and white cars look like yellow, but the pollen just laying there isn’t all that bad. The problem comes after you decide how to best remove it. There are a few ways you could do it, but only one guaranteed to not ruin your paint.
Pollen is something you want to remove as often as you can. While there are many forms of pollen, two popular forms around this time of year are flower (like Morning Glorys) pollen and tree (like pine) pollen. Although it is mighty small, a single pollen grain can cling to the various pores of your paint. Once there, it’s the acidity of the grain that can cause damage. The acidity is often activated in pine pollen (for example) when it rains can cause staining and premature oxidation over time. It uses the prongs to hold on tight to bees, mites, and your car’s paint in hopes of doing its job.
The best way to protect your vehicle and make it super easy to clean… WAX IT!
If you apply wax or sealant the first time you wash it. You will make the secondary washes much easier and you’ll notice the pollen will not stick to the paint surface nearly as much. Once that happens, simply driving will remove a lot of the pollen because the wind will blow it off since it can’t stick very well.