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I have a black victory vegas . Just had some ghost flames to it and had it reclear coated , which now brings me back to the same problem that ihhad before. Those fine scratches that appear in the clear coat especially on dark colors , and can happen just from normal washing.
Someone recommended the california duster . Its suppose to clean without water to a just washed look with no scratching. But i cant seem to find much info. Anyone have any luck with this product? Thanks
 

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Dave, I have a California duster and it works great on dust
and light dirt and have never had it scratch anything, I would
recommend it, the dirtier it gets the better it seems to work.
I got mine at a bike rally years ago but I think I've seen them
at Wal-mart or any auto parts store.
 

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Go to your local magazine store and look for either Cars and Parts or Hemmings Motor News. They will have a full color page ad with the California Duster in there. Get the 1-800-number and you are good to go. Both mags are great if you decide to buy.
 

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Hey Dave

I have been a hobbiest detailer for 25+ years. The California duster is fantastic but ONLY if you use it correctly. It is just what its name implies a DUSTER.

If you use it as a cleaner you will scratch the paint. Always use it lightly across the surface of the paint. You may have to make a few passes in one spot. Also shake it out OFTEN.

Its not the duster itself that scratches but the debris picked up by the duster that scratches.

I use the small dashboard duster. Its much easier to manuever compared to the car duster.
 

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I will only say that when you drag something dry across paint it will scratch. I think the Cal duster has some type of paraffin wax built in. I would NEVER drag it across black, ever.
 

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Dragging is a good terminology for what a lot of people do with these dusters and end up with scratches.

All of my vehicles have been black. I am very anal about the appearance of my vehicles. The California Duster really is a great product. I've never scratched, not even hairline scratches from using it.
 

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Dragging is a good terminology for what a lot of people do with these dusters and end up with scratches.

All of my vehicles have been black. I am ver anal about the appearance of my vehicles. The California Duster really is a great product. I've never scratched, not even hairline scratches from using it.
Like you, about everything I have ever owned and still own is black. In my youth I used a Cal duster on a daily basis, I also would use a Cal blade for drying. When you look at paint with a light like a 3M Sun Gun I think you would be amazed at what you see. I now use a Metro Air Dryer to dry anything black both my car and bike. I stand by saying I would NEVER use a Cal Duster. They cause scratches.
 

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I use those Swiffer dusters you get at the dollar store. Cheap, disposable and small to get in and around wheels and tight areas.
 

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I actually tried the swifter for the wheels but they didn't pick up as well. I have 2 California Dusters. One for the wheels the other for the tins.
 

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I have a black victory vegas . Just had some ghost flames to it and had it reclear coated , which now brings me back to the same problem that ihhad before. Those fine scratches that appear in the clear coat especially on dark colors , and can happen just from normal washing.
Someone recommended the california duster . Its suppose to clean without water to a just washed look with no scratching. But i cant seem to find much info. Anyone have any luck with this product? Thanks
I have been using one for too many years. They are only good for when your bike or car is only dusty not for the dirty stuff like after a rain. Don't get the ones from Walmart because sometimes they are not the real deal. Check the link below if you want to purchase they from the company that started them.

http://www.calcarcover.com/product_list.aspx?cid=101
 

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I would sugget you goto a website that covers this and detailing motorcycles.

chopperdetailing.com

I would recomend using a micro fiber towel only and after washing it(not with water), use the maguires new nxt liquid wax. takes out alot of the swirlies and gives your bike a deeper rich look.
 

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check out chopper detailing.com for advice on cleaning your bike. I also used the maguires nxt liquid wax and it took out 90% of the swirlies. Do not use water and only use a micro fiber towel on your bike.
 

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Actually the NXT doesn't take out anything. It fills in the swirls. BIG DIFFERENCE.

If you want to literally take out the swirls you have to use a polish.

Waxes, like NXT (which by the way I really like) fill in swirls. They are also great after a thorough polishing!!
 

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I use the NXT too. I've noticed that applying more than once gives the paint a deeper look like another coat of clear has been applied.

Try applying it to just the tank for several days in a row to see if you see a difference.

I've never used it but most car guys seem to think the Zaino system is best for black with the clay and all. I dunno but I have seen their black cars shine better than most when they get done with it. They also say it takes the better part of a day to do it right.

I used the NXT and the California Duster on my Vette and they kept it looking showroom new all the time. It was a pewter color though.
 

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Zaino is great BUT extremely time consuming. Once again Zaino FILLS the swirls. I tried it and the shine it gave me from HOURS of work was not better than the shine I get from Menzerna products.

The Menzerna polish I use REMOVES the swirls.


www.properautocare.com
 
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