White spots on lights?!? Paint?

Tom V

Registered User
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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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?
 

kcpism

Registered User
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.
 

Tom V

Registered User
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.

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

What’s best to clean it off the lights?

Someone at work recommended WD40?
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
Diluted ipa
 

Scotty75

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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.
+1

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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kcpism

Registered User
Someone at work recommended WD40?

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.
 

S32B

Registered User
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.
 

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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