Okay. I should have expected this, buying a shiny, preciousssss black car. I am the proud human of a lovely black cat named Budapest, who decided he approved of the new MINI and jumped up on the roof to survey the surrounding area for things to kill. (The orange cat, Pumpkin, was nowhere to be seen, no doubt licking his wounds at the demise of his VO MINI in exchange for this annoying black thing).
When Budapuss departed to murder whatever he discovered from up there, I noticed he had left paw prints on the shiny black goodness of the new MINI. Awwww. Then I noticed the skid marks and faceplant marks from his less than graceful attempts to successfully negotiate the climb to the roof across a square meter or so of super slippery Midnight Black Metallic. Doh!
Frantic googling got me a bottle of Detailing In A Can, which works great and eliminated all the pussyprints, plus the booger prints, weird smudges and who knows what else from my clumsy job applying the blackout tape to the MINI's beltline. So disaster averted, for now.
But I live on a dirt road. As much as I want to enjoy the awesome shininess of the new toy, said shininess lasts about 20 feet past the end of my driveway. Being Arizona, I want to safely enclose my MINI in a reflective car cover at work. But before I do that, I need to remove the majority of the 22kg of dust I accumulated this morning before I hit pavement.
I've been using a California Car Duster, but I'm afraid the poor thing resembles a rastafarian with all the former shiny-preserving microfiber goodness caked with a couple of years of AZ sandpaper. So I am seeking alternatives.
One thing I am thinking about is a small portable blower to blast the majority of the dust off the car, followed by a wipe with the latest version of the car duster, followed by the car cover. Hilariously nerdy as that sounds (and I think I can withstand the ribbing from my coworkers driving past me leaf-blowing my car in the company parking lot in the morning), I think that might preserve the shiny finish for a while.
I know this forum is haunted by people who eat, drink and breathe detailing. Before such fine folk bombard me with a panoply of sprays, goops, powders, and Wonder Towels, I'd like to point out that my zeal for detailing drops off rather abruptly after a month or two. As always, I'm primarily concerned with performance over bling. Eventually I will come to terms with the odd cat print and caked on dust. But I'd like to keep the car under cover when the monsoon arrives and it's 750C on a moderate day in Arizona.
So. Any suggestions?