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Old 10-09-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Acres
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Hey all

Got a 2005 Trailblazer here.

Seems to have small spots (look like rust, but they aren't) showing up in the paint, all over the truck. What would work to take these out of the finish, or am I doomed to a new paint job?
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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Sounds like dirt. What color is the car (white?) and how long has it been sinec you polished the paint?

Next time you wash your car, claybar the paint afterward and see if you can get these spots out. Clay will pull all the contaminants out of the paint that can get into the clearcoat. Next, polish the paint, and then give it a good wax job.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Acres
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It's white. I have never polished the car, for lack of experience and fear of ruining the finish. Guess I will start googling lol
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Old 10-09-2009, 03:19 PM
 
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Wash the car, then get a clay bar kit from Turtle or Meguiars and clay the car - the spots should come out with some rubbing. Then polish if you want, but definitely wax.
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Old 10-09-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Lehigh Acres
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ill give it a shot, thanks fellas
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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If it's heavily along the sides of the car, it's probably brake dust from metallic pads. They get hot, land on the paint, and etch in slightly. Then they rust. It shows up more on light colors. I would first try the Meguiars clay to remove it. A bit of rubbing compound won't hurt, either.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Memphis, Tn ~ U.S.A.
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If it's heavily along the sides of the car, it's probably brake dust from metallic pads. They get hot, land on the paint, and etch in slightly. Then they rust. It shows up more on light colors. I would first try the Meguiars clay to remove it. A bit of rubbing compound won't hurt, either.
I agree^^^ In the Detail Industry we refer to these spots as raildust. On top of the clay, you may wanna try washing the car with a 50/50 mix of APC/Water
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Lehigh Acres
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awesome, thanks folks!
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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If it's heavily along the sides of the car, it's probably brake dust from metallic pads. They get hot, land on the paint, and etch in slightly. Then they rust. It shows up more on light colors. I would first try the Meguiars clay to remove it. A bit of rubbing compound won't hurt, either.
Whoa - careful with rubbing compound! Or did you mean polishing compound?
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Whoa - careful with rubbing compound! Or did you mean polishing compound?
Rubbing compound. It comes in various grits, use one of the finer ones if you're afraid of it. Doing it by hand, you can't do much damage even with the aggressive stuff. Worst that happens is you dull the finish a bit, which you then take care of with a finer grit or with wax.

Polishing compound is for raw metals like aluminum or stainless.
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