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Old 04-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Sigh... marring from clay bar on an opti-coated surface

So... I was plasti-dipping the badge of my camaro just a couple hours ago.... didn't go very well. For some reason the plasti-dip comes out in very thick layer. Maybe I was applying it wrong....

Long story short, I had to remove the plasti-dip and there were thin layers of overspray outside the areas that were not covered with newspaper and what not. I tried to remove them but was a bit difficult to do.

So..... I used a new claybar (white Meguilars) and after completely removing the thin layers of plasti-dip, I see marring (clay smudges) on the car. Theres quite a bit of them. I know I applied enough lubricant on it.

The car is black also... so it's fairly visible. The smudges are transparent like in color but can be seen.

Is there an easy way to remove these without having to polish the vehicle? I have opticoat on it and do not want to polish and end up removing the opti-coat.

I tried IPA but that did not seem to work. I havent tried washing the car yet... perhaps DAWN dishwashing soap will help remove it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I did rinse the car and did an IPA wipedown to remove excess lubricant from claying. I will have to wash the car tomorrow and hope that the marring will get removed. But if that doesnt work... not sure what Im going to do -.-
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:46 PM   #2
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Plastidip overspray are pretty big pieces of contaminants (in terms of clay bar). My guess is that marring occurred because of the plastidip, not the clay, as I've used that clay many many many times without issues.

If the situation ever arises again, try 3M adhesive remover and blue shop towel. That will remove overspray fairly quickly. Or substitute lacquer thinner for 3M adhesive remover.

If you have true marring, you now have a paint defect. I would imagine that you would have to polish to remove it.

Luckily you can probably mildly polish opticoat without getting rid of it.

It sure as hell takes me a long time to polish the opticoat off my car and I'm using M105!
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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Probably just continued agitation with a MF towel or a mild finishing polish if that doesn't work.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:52 PM   #4
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Plastidip overspray are pretty big pieces of contaminants (in terms of clay bar). My guess is that marring occurred because of the plastidip, not the clay, as I've used that clay many many many times without issues.

If the situation ever arises again, try 3M adhesive remover and blue shop towel. That will remove overspray fairly quickly. Or substitute lacquer thinner for 3M adhesive remover.

If you have true marring, you now have a paint defect. I would imagine that you would have to polish to remove it.

Luckily you can probably mildly polish opticoat without getting rid of it.

It sure as hell takes me a long time to polish the opticoat off my car and I'm using M105!
I think it is marring for sure though because I had the same issue when I prep-ed the car for opticoating. But this was removed when I polished the car.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:07 AM   #5
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FYI, I've had wonderful success with removing Plastidip overspray with just a little bit of Goof-Off.
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