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Old 04-15-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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What is this.

May be in the wrong section but I'm growing irritated and worried kinda.

What is this? This is all over my hood in certain lights. How do I get rid of it, and is it heat causing it? It's freshly cleaned and I've always washed outside then cleaned inside our garage but since I moved out its all done outside, does this affect it?
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Does it seem like a small dark stain? If so, it's usually an oil. Using a spray wax and a little elbow time will take it off. But so will washing throughly with a wash mitt. I get this mostly from road crap or crappy wash water. I usually have to use spray wax and elbow grease to get it off.
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Does it seem like a small dark stain? If so, it's usually an oil. Using a spray wax and a little elbow time will take it off. But so will washing throughly with a wash mitt. I get this mostly from road crap or crappy wash water. I usually have to use spray wax and elbow grease to get it off.
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After you're done waxing or quick spray wax go over the entire vehicle with a real smooth clean cloth. You'll see those marks disappear.
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Looks like ghosting from a waxing that wasn't buffed out, like they said get a detailer like Meguires or Ice and a microfiber buffing rag, it will come right out and look sick!
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All I see is a dark hood, and a shadow of a person snapping a picture. Maybe a ghost?
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Are you doing a 2 bucket wash? Crappy wash water is a no,no! Rinse your mitt in a seperate
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Are you doing a 2 bucket wash? Crappy wash water is a no,no! Rinse your mitt in a seperate
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And wash from the top of the vehicle down. And avoid direct sunlight if possible.

Has the OP tried using a clay bar?
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Are you doing a 2 bucket wash? Crappy wash water is a no,no! Rinse your mitt in a seperate
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Figured I would elaborate on my "crappy water" I mean it's hard water and can leave spots or deposits the are dissolved in the water. Those can lead to smudges like this once you do a quick job of waxing. The fix is the same as stated above.
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Looks like ghosting from a waxing that wasn't buffed out, like they said get a detailer like Meguires or Ice and a microfiber buffing rag, it will come right out and look sick!
I use McGuires btw and have waxed it about a month ago. Could it be the city water is different from the country water I'm used to

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And wash from the top of the vehicle down. And avoid direct sunlight if possible.

Has the OP tried using a clay bar?
Never used one. This is brand new from the metal up black on my white

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But if its the city water, how do I fix that?
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But if its the city water, how do I fix that?
Use a garden hose filter.
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You just need to put the elbow grease into removing the marks from the car. Unless you start using a distilled water to rise with, you're not gonna see much change by using hose filter as the deposits are dissolved in the water.
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Filters can filter dissolved materials too. It all depends on how fine the filter is and what it's meant to remove. Anyway, check it out. I need to get one myself soon.
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So a filter, idk where to get them,

2 buckets

Clay bar?

New mitt

What else?
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So a filter, idk where to get them,

2 buckets

Clay bar?

New mitt

What else?
Grit guard. Automotive soap I use a couple mitts. A microfiber mitt with the little finger things on it, a bug and tar mitt) kinda a jersey feeling material), and a big fluffy mitt.
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Grit guard. Automotive soap I use a couple mitts. A microfiber mitt with the little finger things on it, a bug and tar mitt) kinda a jersey feeling material), and a big fluffy mitt.
I have a blue one with the finger stuff, other side is a yellow mesh. From Walmart and I use blue coral because its cheap and it doesn't strip away my wax job as fast. I feel as if I've ruined my black beautiful paint forever
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Btw, I learned a nice trick to removing bugs no matter how caked on. Simple green or simple green max, microfiber rag will take it smoothe off no scrubbing!
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Btw, I learned a nice trick to removing bugs no matter how caked on. Simple green or simple green max, microfiber rag will take it smoothe off no scrubbing!
Wish I knew that yesterday too though. Almost scratched my white bumper trying to get them off
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Wish I knew that yesterday too though. Almost scratched my white bumper trying to get them off
I got lucky, two of my friends are car buffs and after washing it a few times and seeing a bugs life still on my bumper I asked them. I gave it a try and my jaw hit the floor. Make sure you spray them, let it sit for like 5-10 secs and then wipe off. The simple green will remove your wax too so you're gonna have to go over your bumper and hood again. I keep a bottle of ICE wipe on wax in the trunk for that reason.
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Simple green will strip your wax though, it's a degreaser. Fair warning, you'll need to rewax it there.
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I've used it on my 70 and it stripped the intake paint.

This is rand new paint. I want a safe method
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Presoak is your friend for bugs and bird droppings. I've never had one stuck as bad as you, but if I did, I'd get a bucket of really hot, soapy water and go over the area a few times, trying to keep it wet and let the heat do its thing. Same concept as soaking dishes to soften the hard stuff.

Might be worth it to hit up a car wash with a pressure washer first. They can get off a lot of things before you ever hand wash. Just be sure to get the car completely wet before you start trying to blast the bugs off, same presoak concept.
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Anybody ever hear of the Florida "LOVE BUG ?

We have a curse here in Florida a few times a year called the "LOVE BUG" When they get onto your car they are very hard to get off and if left to long. ( A few hours ) is toooo long. They destroy the paint.

I always used Zaino products and the bugs would not really stick to bad. Zaino gives your paint and chrome a nice slick finish that protects very good. If the "LOVE BUGS" are left on your car to long they will actually eat the paint.

I Found a product that is even better then Zaino from a company called Croftgate inc.>>> Welcome to Croftgate! <<<. I'm pretty sure it would be good for you because you use it on everythhing including the black plastic stuff and it even protects flat black stripes. I use their Project-X but they do have other products available. It would be perfect to protect not only your black hood but the whole car.

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Oh yeah. This is why I washed my car to begin with. Big *** bird.
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Yeah man I wax cars all the time at my work. If you get a micro fiber rag it should come off no problem. If that's doesnt work, buy some wax from Walmart or wherever and just slowly rub it over the spots until it comes out.
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Yeah man I wax cars all the time at my work. If you get a micro fiber rag it should come off no problem. If that's doesnt work, buy some wax from Walmart or wherever and just slowly rub it over the spots until it comes out.
Are we talking bird or the hazed paint?
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I've used it on my 70 and it stripped the intake paint.

This is rand new paint. I want a safe method
I bought my mustang brand new and have been using simple green on the bugs since I got it, no change in the paint. The guys that told me about it have brand new BMW that the use it on. M3 and a turbo 335i, 55,000 cars that germans don't give warranties for, so im pretty sure it's safe, but go with what u are comfortable with.
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