Cadillac Detailing and Bodywork - Interior and Exterior including Body and Wheels Discussion, tree sap on black paint and other questions in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; So I tried to wax yesterday and there is small drops of sap or bug poop on the top of ...
So I tried to wax yesterday and there is small drops of sap or bug poop on the top of hood and trunk of the car. what's an easy way to dissolve this? it smeared all over when I tried to wax by hand. the windshield was easy to remove with a blade.
If some of it is really rock hard, you'll have to use some bug and tar remover first, maybe even pick the larger ones off carefully with a fingernail.
If the car's parked/driven in areas where that stuff's getting on it, there's probably plenty of junk on the paint. When it's washed, and you run your fingers across the paint, if it doesn't feel smooth as glass, you should clay bar it. Without going to a body shop supply shop, the Meguiar's kit is good.
FWIW, you make a car shine by making the clear coat extremely smooth. The clear coat is the same weather the car is black, white, or hot metallic pink. The black box is just a cleaner/polish and a wax.
If you're going to polish, clay it first. Otherwise, the polish will clean the paint, and all the crap that was stuck to it stays on the polishing pad and gets scraped all over the rest of the car, instead of trapped in the clay.
I've never clay bar anything yet. so most you do this? I really like my caddy :-)
guess one spot at a time on mine. previous owner also kept the sunroof open lots as when I bought the car it looked like a slurpee had exploded inside. now I see it's the same sap as on outside .
Just did the clay bar for the first time this weekend. Wow, never knew my paint could be so smooth. I have always been a fanatic about keeping my car clean and waxed, but the clay bar takes it to the next level for sure. I used the maguires clay bar kit and the did the turtle wax black polish and wax. It's been a long tough winter around here and the car is officially ready for spring now!
I just washed, clayed, and waxed my black V. And I had sap on it the next morning. Are you talking about fresh sap or stuff that's been sitting on there for an untold amount of time? I've never had sap on my cars that I couldn't just wash off without a second thought.
I've always used professional grade clay, it's always done it's job. I've read/watched several reviews on the Nanoskin product since you mentioned it in another thread, and I'm going to order it to try it for myself. It does sound promising, and something that's cheaper, longer lasting, and that works faster than clay would be nice.