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Auto paint question - March 5, 2007, 11:56 AM

There a white substance (perhaps lime?) that had leached out of the concrete in my parking garage and dripped onto my wife's car. It will not clean off easily and I don't want to do any damage to the paint. Any auto detailers here with any suggestions? I'm going to need to take it somewhere, but thought I'd see if anyone has dealt with this and knows how much of an issue it might be.
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March 5, 2007, 11:58 AM

What about using a light polish?
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March 5, 2007, 12:04 PM

I know jack squat about car paint and haven't tried anything yet. What kind of polish would you recommend?
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March 5, 2007, 12:07 PM

Dave do you know if its battery acid? oh yeah how old is the paint on car?


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March 5, 2007, 12:09 PM

No, it is dripping from the concrete. Probably because of the jackass washing his S4 in the garage.

The car is a 2002 so the paint is not that old.
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March 5, 2007, 12:19 PM

I would start with a hand glaze (basically wets the finish) and then move to a polish/rubbing compound followed by a swirl remover.

3M makes good versions of all of these and they are available at most parts chains.
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March 5, 2007, 12:37 PM

i've had good luck with dupont rubbing compound for removing oxidation in old classic car paint... should do ok for what you're speaking of. You could try a buffing compound as well


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March 5, 2007, 12:38 PM

I'm concerned about using a rubbing compound on newer paint. Should I be? Clearcoat?
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Ok Dave here is the deal,

you can use a med or fine compound from 3m and then get a hand glaze to get the shine!! If that does not work then you will have to either wet sand with like 1500 grid paper and then rub it off with the compound and then glaze it.
I know that auto zone sales small bottles of this products


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I'm concerned about using a rubbing compound on newer paint. Should I be? Clearcoat?
Dave the paint is like 4 years old and trust me bro. its oxydized and when you rub the hood or where ever the damage is? I would just do the entire area so when you finish it will look the same color !


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March 5, 2007, 01:06 PM

Thanks all. I'll try the hand glaze/polish approach and see how that works. If it is going to involve sanding, I'll leave that to the pros.
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Dave!!!!!!

I dated a girl who had a condo in an Alexandria complex. The jackasses that built her building and garage did it sooo fast that the concrete didnt have time to settle, and at that time were going back to fix places where concrete was breaking, including in the garage.

I hated parking there, there were NUMEROUS spots that had the dripping issue.

I say this b/c i think this is the same thing. It is NOT from some jackass washing a car, it is due to shitty work that was done in the garage. If drainage and/or water pipes were run through the concrete, it is seeping through the shitty build onto your car. IE the LIME that you are seeing.

The managament company is liable for the damage. You are a lawyer, so i seriously suggest you seek damages. My g/f at the time filed with a class action to have many of the cars repaired due to the drip damage.

Just my suggestion before you pay to have it repaired.


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