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Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Coupe, Convertible, Hatchback, Truck, Sedan, Wagon, SUV, Van
#3934 of 3963 Re: hard water spots [stevenyc]
Apr 12, 2008 (7:38 am)
I'm sure I don't have to tell you this but in case someone else reads this and thinks this might do spots on a paintjob, please do NOT apply this to your paint.
Vinegar + paint = BAD! Vinegar actually etches STONE in a matter of seconds.
Just wanted to be clear here...
#3935 of 3963 Re: hard water spots [sincraft]
Apr 12, 2008 (8:48 am)
Actually the paint is a polymer. The acetic acid in the vinegar would not affect the paint. The ability to etch stone is the acid interacting with the various minerals in the stone in a chemical reaction with the ionic minerals.
I would use a mild solution of vinegar, not over 1 in 4, and test on an out-of-the-way area to feel confident at first.
#3936 of 3963 Recommendation for tar removal
Apr 22, 2008 (5:42 am)
Just gave my wife's pinkish-gold Highlander it's first spring bath. Lots of tar-type deposits along the rocker panels. What's the best (or your favortie) solvent to remove those deposits? I don't care if it removes the wax because it will need a new wax job anyway.
#3937 of 3963 Re: Recommendation for tar removal [lmacmil]
Apr 24, 2008 (4:54 am)
Try a clay bar. I was skeptical but they really do take off tar, paint... all kinds of things. Now I use one before I wax every time.
#3938 of 3963 Re: Recommendation for tar removal [lmacmil]
Apr 24, 2008 (6:57 am)
What's the best (or your favortie) solvent to remove those deposits?
I've never had to use anything on my 06 Accord other than clay. I know there are some pretty good tar removers out there but I've never needed them. I've managed to clean most deposits off with my regular car wash. The smaller deposits come off with the clay.
#3939 of 3963 Advice needed
May 19, 2008 (9:23 am)
I have an ancient Mercedes which predates clearcoat paint. The car doesn't seem to shine like it used to, even after I wax it. The paint seems somewhat hazy (it is a medium blue) and it looks shiny from some angles, but in direct sunlight when one looks from overhead, or under a light in a parking garage, it is not. When I last waxed it a couple years ago, I stripped off the old wax with dish soap, used a gentle polish, and put on a couple coats of wax. It didn't seem to help. Should I use a rubbing compound on this? Someone also suggested to me a fine wet sandpaper, but I don't trust this. Or is the paint just old and that's how it is? The car is garaged and is only driven a few days per month. I have owned the car for many years, and it seems the car was shinier in the past.
#3940 of 3963 New into Car Waxing!
May 19, 2008 (9:54 am)
I just picked up a new car about 20 days ago and am really researching into what steps I should take for it to keep the paint in great shape. I know I want to use some sort of very long term paint sealant over wax(preferably something that lasts close to a year) I'm not anal enough about the specific shine to need short term carnuba wax instead.
For a new car, what would you guys recommend for the process? And what are some of the best new long term paint sealants out there?
Also I'm a little clueless about the cleaning process afterward. What do you guys do for basic cleaning/maintenance with the wax already on? Thanks for being patient with me.
#3941 of 3963 Re: Advice needed [fintail]
May 19, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Does a claybar work on smoothing that type of paint?
#3942 of 3963 Re: Advice needed [imidazol97]
May 19, 2008 (12:29 pm)
I don't know. But the paint itself is smooth as a baby's bottom - I have always kept it waxed and I know the car was garaged by the previous owner along with myself, so that goes back over 20 years. The paint just doesn't seem to shine as I want to remember it did when I bought the car, rubbed out the paint, and waxed it. I know it's been well over 10 years since I rubbed it out last. Maybe since my normal cars have clearcoat and they have shined like new, my expectations have been warped a little.
I tried a little spot of rubbing compound on the car when I had it out yesterday....I couldn't really tell a difference once I put some wax back over it. I wonder if compound plus polish plus wax would do it. Or maybe I should bite the bullet and take it to a good detail shop.
#3943 of 3963 Re: New into Car Waxing! [moocow1]
May 20, 2008 (9:21 am)
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You can also review the zaino related thread for info, as well as this one...