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HELP - Speckled pain on the S3

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by macdoug, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. macdoug
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    [Oct 25, 2007]
    Hi

    Pretty much as the above says - I have a Ming blue S3, about a week ago i washed the car and found that it was covered in speckles. Over the paint, trims, wheels, everything.

    At first i thought it could be concrete/cement dust or paint overspray. But it is on all sides of the car which would suggest otherwise. Now really clutching at straws - I left the car at airport parking (ajacent to the runway boundary) for a few days. Could the fuel or something in the air leave a deposit on the car?

    If i run my hand over the paint i can just feel the speckles but they do not polish off (Autoglym polish). Could i use "T-cut" or similar without dmage?

    I know this probably hard to answer but any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Iain
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Hi Iain, nope, it's easy to answer, and fear not, the solution isn't difficult. To remove bonded surface contaminants (whether overspray, tree sap, fallout, etc) requires the use of a clay bar and lubricant. The clay bar is effectively an applicator pad full of polishing particles - as you glide it over the paint these particles are able to cut away any particles sitting proud, while the underlying paint is left untouched. In a sense it is selective polishing of the contaminants, as opposed to the whole mass of paint - hence why normal polishing doesn't fix this type of problem. Here is a guide about how to clay your car safely and effectively...

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/guides_clean.html#

    ...and if you are a novice to claying, I recommend you start out with this clay, as it is mild and safe to use, yet very effective against most types of contaminant...

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb100clean.html

    Hope that helps, let us know if you need further advice.

    :)
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    [Oct 25, 2007]
    Thanks Rich

    Those links are handy. I am a clay novice so i will probably go for the product shown.

    I do have a couple more questions - would one bar be sufficient and could i use it on the trims?

    Thanks again

    Iain
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    Clark@Polishedbliss Professional Detailer

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    One bar should be fine. Break it into 2 or 3 bits as you will more than likely drop a bit (if or when you do make sure you chuck it in the bin). One bar does us dozens of cars, just keep kneeding it over into a clean area :)

    It doesnt work that well on plastics, although some are ok - a pencil eraser is a good trick though (just make sure you do a test section first ;))

    Hope that helps :)
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