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Static buildup

Has anyone noticed a large amount of static build up on the panels when removing wax?
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Has anyone noticed a large amount of static build up on the panels when removing wax?
Yep, and the other static effect is that dust loves the 4C, especially when parked outdoors on a cold and breezy day.
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Has anyone noticed a large amount of static build up on the panels when removing wax?
Hmmm, transferring electrons between your polishing cloth/pad and the plastic body panels of the 4C. Neat discovery. Lets call it "triboelectric effect". I bet one could use that process to make minuscule bits of carbon stick to paper, in order to print or copy images!

Yes, the dust attraction of the 4C can be annoying - but I live in the country - ALL of my vehicles get well coated.
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Anyone found a way to deal with that? I’ve tried being bare foot, touching some grounded metal, etc., but the panel still retains the charge. I was wondering if a grounding mat on the panel would help?

It really only happens when I remove wax. A quick detailer doesn’t seem to have the effect. Possibly because it is designed to reduce the friction on the surface.
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Anyone found a way to deal with that? Iíve tried being bare foot, touching some grounded metal, etc., but the panel still retains the charge. I was wondering if a grounding mat on the panel would help?

It really only happens when I remove wax. A quick detailer doesnít seem to have the effect. Possibly because it is designed to reduce the friction on the surface.
Is a good question - you know I was only pulling your chain on my post above..

Let's ask our resident detailers, @mobilejay , @RYUK , and I know there are others whose names elude me - any thoughts?

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I just did ceramic coat (CQ UK3 & Gliss V2), had the same static when wiping off. When did a sealant to get through winter, didn’t experience the static.
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Low humidity also makes that static charge more noticeable. High Humidity helps reduce the effect. Since the body isn't metal you can't ground it. I suppose you could hit it with a blast of water but that defeats the purpose of the polishing ;-)

You may notice that when driving, road dust is sucked up and deposited on the rear bumper area especially in that ledge right below the license plate. Low pressure area is the cause.
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Yeah this happens all the time for us doing this day in and day out. One way we have managed to keep the static charge down while removing waxes/polishes is to lightly mist the panel with a quick detailer or mist the towel before each panel we are wiping down. As @RKBerta mentioned, the higher humidity can play a big role in giving an increase static charge. Painters use a static gun before painting and they also have static wipes to clean panels off. Unfortunately its science and because I was terrible in science class I can't explain why or how it all works but I know it happens haha. These are the ways we work around it. Much like when you have a car cover on the car and pull it off, you create a static charge and the panels become charged causing dust to be attracted to it. A light wipe down with a quick detailer and you should be good.
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Yeah this happens all the time for us doing this day in and day out. One way we have managed to keep the static charge down while removing waxes/polishes is to lightly mist the panel with a quick detailer or mist the towel before each panel we are wiping down. As @RKBerta mentioned, the higher humidity can play a big role in giving an increase static charge. Painters use a static gun before painting and they also have static wipes to clean panels off. Unfortunately its science and because I was terrible in science class I can't explain why or how it all works but I know it happens haha. These are the ways we work around it. Much like when you have a car cover on the car and pull it off, you create a static charge and the panels become charged causing dust to be attracted to it. A light wipe down with a quick detailer and you should be good.
So the problem I have with that is recently I started using Wolfgang Concours Paint Sealant. The application process states that you apply it and wait about 45 min. Then remove it. Specifically stating not to let the car get wet for 12 hours while it cures. Otherwise, I would have done exactly that. I really liked the results of that sealant. Not sure about the durability yet. But if had to have to find another sealant. I guess I just gotta deal with it, or maybe the grounding mat solution is feasible.
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Sure, I understand. With a light mist onto the microfiber you are using to remove I think it will be fine. When I do this I am literally spraying a mist into the air and wafting my microfiber through the mist of detail spray in the air. This is normally just enough product to minimize the static feel I get. Something like this won't have any bad results with the product you are putting on the car as its so fine you aren't taking away from said wax. If Wolfgang has a quick detailer in their line up (I'm sure they do) you can use that to stay in the family. If you go with the grounding mat let us know your experience.

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