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Can't completely clean the rear of my Volt - advice?

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I love my Volt but I find that the rear of the car gets filthy very quickly and easily, and is resistant to cleaning. Maybe it's worse with the car's "white diamond" paint, but I am having a hard time removing all the dirt and grime from the rear surfaces. Anyone else have this problem? How'd you solve it? I'd be interested in hearing what cleaning products (and/or tools) you use that work well for you on this part of the car. Thanks.
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What if I applied Rain-X to the entire rear of the car (not just the lower rear window) -- Any reason not to try that? Might that not help to repel some of the dirt?
When you finish the claybar.....

Start with this: Wolfgang Polish Enhancer

And finish with this: Wolfgang WG-5500 Deep Gloss Paint Sealant

I was amazed at how much less dirt collects on the rear, and overall. I've gone through rain events and not needed a wash afterwards. Makes the paint super slippery.
Yesterday we drove to a bird sanctuary near Los Banos, CA. There are several walking trails, but we chose to do the auto tour on a hard gravel road. The drive was about 6 miles at speeds less than 10 mph, with frequent stops. I noticed a lot of dust kicked up by our Volt. Of course the rear exterior surfaces were covered by silt.
I opened the trunk and was surprised by the amount of fine silt that had collected around the trunk lid [see photo]. There was fine dirt on the 4 door sills. However, the engine compartment appeared to be free of the fine dirt particles. I think the rubber gaskets did their job because I didn’t see any accumulation of dirt inside the Volt.


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We live on an unpaved road, and keeping ahead of the dust accumulations on the heinie is a challenge that we have met with a leaf blower and a California Car Duster. The 2015 was much worse to maintain than the 2017 in terms of quantity of dust accumulation, but the problem is still present.

I got a DeWalt battery-powered blower primarily for this use, and take it with me when I go to the car wash to blow the water out of the nooks and crannies all over the car. Works great!
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