: Paint problem, need advice



JimmyH
07-02-11, 09:22 PM
so, a few a weeks back, my daughter decided to "clean" mommy's car by spraying bubble soap (you know, those jars of detergent they sell with wands, so kids can blow bubbles) all over the hood. I guess neither of us thought much about it.

But I cleaned her car today, and noticed that there was this dull patch all over the hood. I took some goo-gone, and that did nothing. It seems as though the detergent actually reacted with the clear coat and made it dull.

Is there any chemical I can use to restore it? Or will it have to be buffed out? Or, gasp, will it have to be repainted?

Ranger
07-02-11, 09:51 PM
Try some white polishing compound Jimmy (NOT the orange rubbing compound).

jayoldschool
07-02-11, 10:10 PM
Don't use polishing compound. Get Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. The best consumer grade stuff you can buy.

http://www.cartuningparts.co.uk/img/meguiars-ultimate-compound_638562_500.jpg

Stingroo
07-02-11, 11:17 PM
Jay hath spoken!


P.S. You mean "advice".

Jesda
07-02-11, 11:25 PM
I'm a big fan of TR3 "Blue Magic". Find it on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Magic-TR-3-Resin-Glaze/dp/B000BOKO4W

I used it to restore a car that had gone completely dull.

JimmyH
07-03-11, 09:38 PM
Is all the above compiounds to be done by hand? Or do I use an orbital buffer?

thebigjimsho
07-03-11, 10:04 PM
You know you want to use teh buffer...

Destroyer
07-03-11, 11:24 PM
Is all the above compiounds to be done by hand? Or do I use an orbital buffer?A high speed adjustable buffer is preferable, not an orbital although that may work to a degree. I would do this with a high speed buffer @ 2200-3000 rpm using a 3M compound but thats me. A hand job or orbital may work but it won't be near as good. Don't worry, you do not need a paint job. This is repairable simply.

Jesda
07-04-11, 12:17 AM
I did TR3 by hand. I think you're supposed to avoid getting it too hot or something.

JimmyH
07-04-11, 12:29 AM
Thanks for the advice fellas. Glad I don't need an orbital. I have bought two in my life. Loaned out both, and never saw either again. I do have a rotary sander that I have used in the past for waxing, and it worked well. I just make sure I use very little pressure.

gdwriter
07-04-11, 02:30 AM
A hand job or orbital may work but it won't be near as good.Hmmm...:jerkit:



















You knew somebody would bring it up eventually, right? :lol:

thebigjimsho
07-04-11, 09:43 AM
Hmmm...:jerkit:



















You knew somebody would bring it up eventually, right? :lol:Gary's filthy mind.























































damn, beat me to it...

Ranger
07-04-11, 11:54 AM
How big of a spot are you talking about Jim? I thought it was small enough that just getting out a buffer would be more work than doing the job itself. If it's big enough to need a buffer, call me and bring it over.

JimmyH
07-04-11, 02:47 PM
it's several square feet I would say. My daughter filled one of those squirt gun tubes with bubble soap, and sprayed down her hood.

chatsworth
07-04-11, 02:54 PM
Wow, glad to know that bubble soap can be so damaging to a paint job. That sounds like something I wouldn't think twice about having sit on my car for a while before washing it off. Thanks for the heads up.

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jayoldschool
07-04-11, 09:03 PM
Ultimate Compound can be used by hand. It is not for a rotary, but is very good with a DA orbital polisher. I use the PC7424XP with Lake Country 5.5" cutting/polishing pads.

http://www.detailsupplyonline.com/images/PC7424XP.jpg

Maybe I should start a detailing thread...

ben.gators
07-04-11, 11:33 PM
^
Yes for detailing thread!

JimmyH
08-21-11, 07:18 PM
Don't use polishing compound. Get Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. The best consumer grade stuff you can buy.

http://www.cartuningparts.co.uk/img/meguiars-ultimate-compound_638562_500.jpg



Ok, you are da man Jay.

I bought some of this stuff today. Applied by hand using a foam polishing pad and some elbow grease. I rubbed it on until it started to wipe off. Then I took it off with a terry towel.

You can't even tell the paint was damaged. I might do the rest of the car because the hood outshines every other panel on the car now.

Awesome :thumbsup:

jayoldschool
08-22-11, 01:33 PM
Glad to help. Don't forget to wax it!

JimmyH
08-22-11, 05:37 PM
yeah, gotta do that before winter. salt doesn't seem to adhere as bad to a freshly waxed car.