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Ford F-250 Super Duty, Exterior, Truck
#1 of 8 WHITE PAINT PROBLEM
Jul 20, 2003 (4:11 pm)
I have a 2000 F-250 SD Crew Cab. It is a Lariat model with white paint over the gold trim. Just recently I washed and started to apply a coat of wax. I noticed pinpoint sized rust colored specs all over the vertical surfaces. I didn't see any on the hood or roof. The specs will rub out with a lot of manual effort. Has anyone else had this problem or know the cause?
#2 of 8 White Paint Problem
Jul 20, 2003 (4:58 pm)
The problem you have is what's commonly referred to as raildust. Tiny flakes of metal attach to the paint as the vehicle is in rail-transit.
The best removal method is by using a clay bar. You can find it at most auto parts stores. The one I use is called Clay Magic and costs around $10.
Simply spray a small section of the vehicle with the soap solution provided in the kit and rub gently with the clay bar. It works wonderfully!
Best of luck!
Jul 20, 2003 (5:25 pm)
From the front disc brake pads too......
Do Ford trucks have rear discs?
I have had/have several white Caddies and never noticed.
All my trucks are black tho...and are a PAIN to keep nice!
#4 of 8 ashewitt
Jul 20, 2003 (6:41 pm)
yes it is rail dust and it will take ALOT of work to get off. my best advice is to bring it back to the dealer and make them buff the entire truck for you.
#5 of 8 re: WHITE PAINT PROBLEM
Jul 21, 2003 (4:49 am)
It's a three year-old truck, unless this is the first time he's waxed his truck and looked closely at the paint I can't imagine that it'd be rail dust just showing up now. I'd tend toward the brakes as source of the dust. (F250 has rear disks too). My Island Blue metallic clearcoat F350 came in with rail dust, it was evident on pre delivery inspection. Dealer was gonna have one of his guys buff it out with rubbing compound. I told them I wouldn't take delivery if they did that, at that point I wanted a replacement truck. They called over their body shop manager and he was the one who suggested "claying" the paint. Had never heard of it up to that point, but a day later, when I came back finish was flawless.
Chris is right though, the clay bar treatment is the way to go to remove the paint imperfections (whatever they are). It takes the surface contaminants off, but doesn't impact the clearcoat and paint. Just be advised, for a crew cab you better block off a whole weekend to if you want to do the entire truck.
#6 of 8 Mine had the same thing show up this winter.
Jul 21, 2003 (5:59 am)
"Dang enter button!!!!!"
Since my truck is a '99, rail dust is not the cause. I thought the same thing about one of my rotors being eaten up. But a thorough check of all four revealed no clues. The vast majority of mine came out with a moderate wax job, I'm sure the rest will when I wax it again. Funny thing about those rust spots, they go away if you don't look too closely! ;p
Jul 21, 2003 (12:27 pm)
Thanks for the feedback. I have waxed before (its been a while) but is there any explanation of the fact that the hood and the top did not show signs of the spots?
#8 of 8 STEEL DUST
Jul 21, 2003 (5:03 pm)
From brake pads. Thats why its only on the sides !