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Old 06-09-2011, 03:33 PM   #1
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Not even two weeks and I've made my "mark". And on an unrelated note, soft paint.

So, I tend to have a knack of "marking" every single car I've owned.

Here is the latest one:



It happened when I pulled into the gas station...didn't clear the curb. I can't see it unless if I'm under the car, but I'd like to fix it anyway.

I could either smooth out that area and get it touched up, or just remove the bumper and have it repainted. What do you all advise?

And the second thing...there are now permanent dirt spots near the wheel well of the car that washes and detailing sprays can't remove. Is this a sign of the soft white paint?

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Old 06-09-2011, 03:44 PM   #2
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Ouch, sorry to hear about your incidents. Repainting the entire bumper will probably run you a few shinny pennies. I could get a thing of touch up paint and just do it yourself. Shouldn't be too big of a job, and if you can't see it no worries. Out of sight out of mind right? As for your dirt spots. Have you clayed the area? Clay will get pretty much everything off of your paint. Scratch that, claying does get everything off of your paint. So if you haven't tried that then I would start there.
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That sucks... the price you pay for having a long nosed/low to the ground car.

My first was a 1987 Camaro... seemed I couldn't park anywhere without smacking the nose on something.

As far as the spots near the wheel well, if they're not rock chips then clay should fix it for you no problem:

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Old 06-09-2011, 03:54 PM   #4
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I have a box of unopened clay waiting to be christened...but I remember reading somewhere that the "litmus test" is putting your hand in a plastic bag and running it against the area in question.

Just running my fingers through it feels smooth to the touch but I guess claying wouldn't hurt. Will repost with results!
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:56 PM   #5
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I have a box of unopened clay waiting to be christened...but I remember reading somewhere that the "litmus test" is putting your hand in a plastic bag and running it against the area in question.

Just running my fingers through it feels smooth to the touch but I guess claying wouldn't hurt. Will repost with results!
Try the plastic bag test. Trust me on this. I will be a very large amount of money that your paint does not feel smooth when you use the plastic bag. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:19 PM   #6
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I took the plastic bad against the area and it felt like sandpaper. In fact, a good part of the car feels like sandpaper.

I'm going to clay it later tonight, but I feel like with my luck it will just go over the spots and not pick up anything. Do I apply pressure when running it over the area? (I know I have to spray first).
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:27 PM   #7
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yeah you want to apply a pretty good amount of pressure. Make sure you have plenty of detail spray!

And if you drop your clay bar dont use it anymore. I like using small pieces just incase I do drop it.
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