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White spots on lights?!? Paint?

Tom V May 4, 2019

  1. Tom V

    Tom V Registered User

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    Good morning

    Cleaned my A3 for the first time and noticed that both sets of rear lights have white spots on them.

    I have only had the car a week (used) so have only just noticed it!

    I assume it may be paint? But not sure why or how.

    Any advice of how to remove it? Without damaging the lights.
     

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  3. AllanG

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    I would use white spirit, but try just a little in a small inconspicuous area first.

    The main problem I think, is that if your lights have these white paint spots, then I wouldn’t be surprised if some of this paint will also be covering your body paint......what colour is your car?
     
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  4. Tom V

    Tom V Registered User

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    Thanks

    Luckily it’s white
     
  5. kcpism

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    It could be paint, it could also be compound/polish from a rotary if you haven’t had it for that long but most likely paint.
     
  6. Tom V

    Tom V Registered User

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    Yeah I’m thinking it’s paint too :confounded:

    What’s best to clean it off the lights?

    Someone at work recommended WD40?
     
  7. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    Diluted ipa
     
  8. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Either is compound or paint overspray. Could use IPA Panel wipe, WD40, white spirit and in the last instance some rag soaked with a little petrol. Works wonders of needed . No smoking though

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  9. kcpism

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    Start with that as you probably have some already, then try IPA, if you don’t have any of that you could use some old aftershave/perfume.

    Don’t forget to use something soft like a micro fibre cloth or cotton wool.
     
  10. A4A4

    A4A4 Owner of a Shiny Daytona

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    Failing the above, a whole lot of patience, a damp MF cloth and strong picking finger nails.
     
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  11. S32B

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    Looks like they have done a repair somewhere on the back of your car and the overspray has got on the lights, it will probably be on your paint as well! Clay & lube should get it off easily enough.
     
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  13. AlexA4Avant

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    Have you tried a little lube and clay. Wouldn't use white spirit on new paint may cause a reaction. then you might need a full bumper respray. Start the least aggressive removal method and work up. Chemicals are usually quite harsh straight out the bottle

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  14. winrya

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    As above. Used clay to remove overspray before and works very well
     
  15. FranA3

    FranA3 FMDETAILING Site Sponsor Gold Supporter

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    I’d steer clear of using ipa on tail lights, it can cause then to crack, try using clay first


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  16. Scotty75

    Scotty75 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter

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    Top advice @FranA3 , never knew that . Can't beat the pros eh

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  17. FranA3

    FranA3 FMDETAILING Site Sponsor Gold Supporter

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    I’ve seen it happen especially if the unit is warm or hot, it’s happened to me and I’ve had to replace a tail light on a car before at my cost lol


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