help...water spots etched into paint...clay bar, pollishing compound, wax... no help

Discussion in 'Mustang Sound & Shine All' started by 2oo3MustangGT, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. when i bought my true blue gt it had water spots on the hood,roof, and trunk lid...all the top surfaces of the vehcile. i thought some good elbow grease and some wax would buff them out. i have tried pollishing compound, claybars, and waxes but i can't get them out. i'm a little scared to do the wet sand thing but i'm getting to the point i think that's my only option. i had a big rock chip on my hood so since it was already messed up i wet sanded a small area just to see how it would work so i think i can wet sand the car but i don't want to if i don't have to.

    any tips to get etched water spots out? or any tips on the do's and don'ts of wetsanding for the first time.
  2. You will have to get aggressive with it. I personally use 3M products. Try the extra cut compound, get the orbital with the wool bonnet. Then go over it with their swirl mark remover with their grey pad. Next use the Perfect it (blue label) fine swirl mark remover with their blue pad. Apply a good quality wax. The paint will be as smooth as a babys' bottom. When using an orbital you need to go over an area about 4 times. Do not use heavy pressure and I work it at about 1200 rpm. You can also do some research on detailing auto forums. Good luck.:nice:
  3. i'll give it a go. thanks
  4. I agree. Those are tough to get out, so 3M's Extra Cut compound will help. It's very aggressive and will not harm the paint. I have gotten those out before with this stuff.
  5. It's possible that you have water etching and you'd need to remove it by wet sanding and extreme buffing and possibly re-clear coating. However, with that said. Always start from the least aggressive to the most aggressive in paint correction.

    The first step would be to do a FULL detail on it. Do you have a rotary? A DA? Have you ever used either of these tools? If not, than I suggest starting with a DA like the Meguiars G100 or G110 or PC 7242 and trying to polish the spots out with a paint corrective polish. As far as what product to use. There are a TON of products out on the market. I like Merzena myself but it is one of the higher end and more expensive polishes. #80 or #83 from Meguiars are both quality products and I use them quite often. Once you correct your paint which is going to take a few times, do a Iso. Alcohol wipe down to see if you really did remove everything. Once everything is removed than go onto glaze, seal, wax, etc.
  6. I agree. It may need to be re-cleared. If the paint overall is nice, and it's just the clear, I'd do it.
    You will have to keep up with polishing to keep them away, which will over time thin out the clear.

    Get an estimate to re-clear the car as an option
  7. thanks for all the help, i tried buffing it out by hand but i don't have much elbow grease so that didn't work, i have a buddy that works at a mechanic and they have some professional detailers that rent out a part of the shop so he said to bring it by and he would "get wild" on it and see if he could reverse the damage. the paint looks great but when you get close my ocd kicks in and i can see spots... i hate being ocd