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Old 09 Jun 2002, 04:13 pm
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Default help! dulled clearcoat -- bird droppings

UGH! bIRDS SEEM TO REALLY LOVE MY INFERNO RED CRUISER ...anyway, cleaned up another mess today and this time, the droppings had 'stained' the clearcoat ... needed to use some rubbing compound to lighten up the stains, BUT

1) the stains are still visible ... looks like water drops that have dried and etched their way into the paint
2) AND of course, the compound has left buffing marks.

I've tried glazes, waxes etc, but I can't seem to make the stains go away and I can;t seem to make the buffing marks disappear.

Any ideas??? or is this a job for a body shop????

--disgusted in Maybrook, NY

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Old 09 Jun 2002, 07:49 pm
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Unfortunately without more information, I would recommend going to a body shop. IMHO, using a claybar and/or detailer spray to remove bird droppings (and most other things, like tree sap, etc)is preferable. Rubbing compound can be destructive to the clearcoat finish "IF" misused or overdone (one can unintentionally remove the clearcoat with rubbing compund if not careful).

If one waxes regularly (at least once a month) and washes their car regularly, using a detailer spray (or even water) to remove (as soon as possible) the bird droppings, will help protect the paint from damage.

My PT is parked outside at home and I have a car cover to protect it from the birds. Only takes a few minutes to put it on or take it off and I carry a bottle of detailer spray and a rag in the car for quick clean ups.

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Old 09 Jun 2002, 11:54 pm
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Sci-Fi pretty much hit the nail on the head.....STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPOUND!!, I hate to hear of people using compound, its bad stuff, we don't us compounds in the bodyshop, stuff just flat cuts to cool....James

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Old 11 Jun 2002, 06:07 pm
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Hey guys sorry to sound like an idiot but what is detailer spray and what is in it?

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