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Old 25 Apr 2019, 09:08 pm
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Default Milky paint ?

I bought a 07 that was under maintained. It was cheep and I'm going to do any needed work myself. The body is fine, but the paint (blue).....well needs help. I started with Maguire's cleaner wax, and it brought back a shine. The sides look pretty good, but the top and hood seem to have a milky look, kind of like sun fade. The wax did help but its not coming out. I'm not a detailer so I would like any help please. Thanks.
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Old 26 Apr 2019, 12:14 am
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Sounds like the clearcoat is oxidizing. It could be buffed out if its not too severe but will need some type of treatment to prevent oxidation after buffing

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Old 26 Apr 2019, 10:12 am
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I'm not a detailer either, but I would have started with polishing compound and THEN put the wax on it. Bubba may chime in. I THINK he knows about this stuff.

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Old 26 Apr 2019, 05:10 pm
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Even before the polishing compound CLAY BAR THE HOOD!

All that contamination does not need to be rubbed around any further.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 07:16 am
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Oh no....sounds like I made a mistake by rubbing wax first. Can I still use the clay bar, or do I have to get rid of the wax?
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Old 19 Jun 2019, 10:14 pm
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I would wash it using Dawn or dish soap to strip the wax.
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Old 13 Jul 2019, 09:07 am
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Hate to be the source of bad news but sounds like your clear is on it's last legs. UV damage. Only fix is to scrap off the remaining clear, prep the base coat for refinishing, spray new base coat (color) and clear. 12 years ain't bad. After sitting in the sun nonstop for 12 years, you'd look like hell too.
When clears were first used you'd be lucky if you got 5 years. Commonly 3 or so. Shade is your paints friend.
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