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Old 06-16-2009, 07:02 PM   #1
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Etch Marks

I found an etch mark on my car after bird shit sat on it for less than 8 hours.. I washed it and put 2 coats of wax on it to prevent it from happening again. Didn't work. I have cleaned off at least another 7 loads, 6 of which left marks in the clear coat AFTER 2 wax jobs. I have had two black f-bodies prior that did not have any issue like this. I find this a bit unacceptable.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:22 PM   #3
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If you can't get those spots out with polish try claying it, Bird shat is some unforgiving shtuff, search Zaino, or get some maguires clay and polish and put a few coats of polish on then hit it with a their best wax NXT I think it is.
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I found an etch mark on my car after bird shit sat on it for less than 8 hours.. I washed it and put 2 coats of wax on it to prevent it from happening again. Didn't work. I have cleaned off at least another 7 loads, 6 of which left marks in the clear coat AFTER 2 wax jobs. I have had two black f-bodies prior that did not have any issue like this. I find this a bit unacceptable.
did you use polish or wax?
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did you use polish or wax?
Wax. Two coats of Adam's Polishes Butter Wax. Would a coat of polish before the wax add protection?
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Wax. Two coats of Adam's Polishes Butter Wax. Would a coat of polish before the wax add protection?
It should get rid of the etch marks.Then you can use a sealer wax.
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Somebody correct me if im wrong. But unless it has a wax in it there is no sealing in it in polish. Polish has abrasives in that for the most part sand out and blend things together. Now if it were me I would wash it with Dawn soap and then clay bar it then use a clean wax this should do it.
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Somebody correct me if im wrong. But unless it has a wax in it there is no sealing in it in polish. Polish has abrasives in that for the most part sand out and blend things together. Now if it were me I would wash it with Dawn soap and then clay bar it then use a clean wax this should do it.
Hence getting rid of the etching with polish,THEN using a sealer wax.Clay bar is prep for polish.
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Here's my take on this matter:

Option #1 is wetsanding and then compounding with a Rotary polisher.

Option #2 is to remove the defect by removing the layer of paint or clear coat that contains the stain or spot. This is best accomplished with a professional circular polisher , a compounding pad and an abrasive polish like a compound. You literally abrade away the top paint or clear coat until the spot or stain is gone. This is the probably only way to remove a stain in the clear coat (minus wetsanding) and the only way to remove an acid-etched pit or spot.

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Here's my take on this matter:

Option #1 is wetsanding and then compounding with a Rotary polisher.

Option #2 is to remove the defect by removing the layer of paint or clear coat that contains the stain or spot. This is best accomplished with a professional circular polisher , a compounding pad and an abrasive polish like a compound. You literally abrade away the top paint or clear coat until the spot or stain is gone. This is the probably only way to remove a stain in the clear coat (minus wetsanding) and the only way to remove an acid-etched pit or spot.

Hopes this helps out.
This is something a professional needs to do.Doing that can turn out to be real bad in the wrong hands.
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Yes, a professional should be the one doing this. But it does work.
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Hence getting rid of the etching with polish,THEN using a sealer wax.Clay bar is prep for polish.
What sealer wax would you recommend?
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Now my turn........ What " crap " did they paint these cars with?

I have never seen paint disappear like this before. These cars will look like shit in no time at this rate.
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Now my turn........ What " crap " did they paint these cars with?

I have never seen paint disappear like this before. These cars will look like shit in no time at this rate.
Specifically, what types of issues are you having?
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One bird poop and the clear coat is etched . This did not happen on my Silverado!
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:07 AM   #17
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Wax. Two coats of Adam's Polishes Butter Wax. Would a coat of polish before the wax add protection?
Applying just the wax over it just sealed it and that is why you still see the spot.

I use strictly Adams products on my cars and I can tell you, this is what I would have done.

Wash the spot, clay bar, swirl remover, polish, then wax. I have a Porter Cable DA polisher I got from Adams so stuff like this, swirls and minor scratches don't stand a chance.
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Try some Meguiars Scratch-X or ultimate compound both are sold at your local Wal-Mart. With the last '10 SS we detailed we had to remove a bird etching as well. It seems these vehicles have a soft clear coat.
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Birds can eat stuff that we can't. That's why bird crap is so caustic sometimes. I'm surprised they don't burst into flames when they go!
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Try putting a fake stuffed cat in the window
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