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Black dust?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Dougman, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Dougman

    Dougman Member

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    I have an arctic white 2.5 sport (#1425). I have noticed that after driving a short distance, a light black dust starts to build up on the rear of the car (and to a lesser extent behind the front wheels). If you drag your finger along the rear fender after driving 20 miles, it will come up black. If I use detailing spray every few days the towels turn black.

    I am assuming that this is the tires wearing away?? Have any of the rest of you seen this, and does it go away? I have the Yoko Advan 07's. It really builds up heavily under the rear clamshell on top of the PEM and Battery.

    Thanks for the continuing advice to a new owner.
     
  2. Nvbob

    Nvbob Roadster 1256

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    We have the same thing occurring here in Tahoe. I believe that it's just road dust (I could be wrong). We take care of it by using a "California Duster" to wipe down the car every day when we get home. We have a buddy with a black corvette who tells me the same thing happens to his car.
    btw - we have a silver 2011 2.5 #1256 (and are loving it!)
     
  3. augkuo

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    Same here - I guess white cars just show the road dust more. My arctic white Roadster and Honda Civic have the same problem.

     
  4. W.Petefish

    W.Petefish Active Member

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    Short distance... more like 2 blocks for me. I think this may have something to do with electrostatic charges building up on the CF body. The current remedy is to wash regularly.
     
  5. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    It happens on blue Roadsters also. When it gets noticeable I prefer a quick spray with the garden hose to wiping the dust/dirt with a cloth (avoids scratching the paint).
     
  6. Jaff

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    Arctic White 2.5 2010 here...running the Yoko AD07's...don't have this problem at all...maybe you're not driving fast enough? :biggrin::wink:

    I wash my car weekly, but do not get the black dust build up on my microfiber cloths that you're describing...I get some, but it's very little...
     
  7. chuckn

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    Tires?

    I've had a few cars with sport tires, and they often had a film of what appeared to be micro particles of tire. It's softer and less gritty than road dust.
     
  8. Dougman

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    Yeah, that seems like it's what's going on. It's incredibly fine. I don't recall having seen this on any of my other cars--although this is the only white one I own... ;-)
     
  9. mpt

    mpt Electrics are back

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    I get the same… I just put it down to the Roadster being the first car that I really wash and wax! I assume it to be road dirt; dust & rubber bound together with oil however I like W.Petefish's theory.
     
  10. hcsharp

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    You guys are lucky you don't have dirt roads.
     
  11. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Or live in an area where they're constantly building new roads and buildings...
     
  12. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    Anyone here work in a lab?

    Tire dust?
    Brake dust?
    Road dust?
     

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