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Old 10-19-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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What's this cloudy spot?

I just noticed this after washing the car. I have another spot like this but I think that's because I used too much scratch remover. Is there anything I can do to get them out? Will buffing help?
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:25 PM   #2
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Looks like the clear coat is peeling off... buffing is essentially removing a very thin layer of the clear coat so if you used too much of the scratch remover I would definitely proceed with caution, because it might only make it worse. Where is that? It looks pretty beat up.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:27 PM   #3
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No no that peeling off thing you see is water I didn't dry. Look at where the door, panel, and side skirt meet, see the cloud?
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Looks like paint overspray to me. Does it make a scratchy noise when you run your fingers across it?

If it is, you can get it off with clay and buff
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Not scratchy I don't think but it is "smoother"
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:36 PM   #7
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Oxidation?
The people that frequent the forum I linked you to know a lot more about paint than I, try posting there.
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ya, that looks like overspray. is it smooth feeling or rough?
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I just noticed this after washing the car. I have another spot like this but I think that's because I used too much scratch remover. Is there anything I can do to get them out? Will buffing help?
Yes - you need to claybar the area and see if it helps, or machine polish with a medium to fine finishing glaze.

If you don't have a machine, Autoglym SRP is quite good too if you put in the elbow grease.
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lol this thread's a bit old but i just got back to it after looking at my car close up for the first time in months, and it's smooth. My friends said the clearcoat is missing? I doubt it. It still shines and you can see there is metallic paint underneath. So i can get it off with a clay bar?
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Update: I used a clay bar and it came right off!

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