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Auto paint question

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:27 am
by RPD
Attached is a photo of a spot on my new truck's paint. The guy at the car wash says it is bee poop, which will not wash off. Any ideas on how to get rid of it and, more importantly, how to protect the paint from this sort of problem?
(Yeah, I know, this is a House Improvements forum, but you guys seem to know everything.)

Re: Auto paint question

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:24 pm
by A. Spruce
I get little yellow/gold dobs on my truck all the time, no the car wash doesn't take them off very well, a fingernail does though. Run through the car wash, then towel off the vehicle and scrape off the gunk with your fingernail, then buff the spot, you'll never know it was there.

Keeping your vehicle waxed will help to keep such things from sticking so badly, or you can use a product like Rain-X, or you can use a fancier ceramic coating such as the one shown in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuUfTVf_mMU

Re: Auto paint question

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:06 pm
by Shannon
What brand of truck?

Re: Auto paint question

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:21 pm
by A. Spruce
Shannon wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:06 pm
What brand of truck?
Good catch! ;) :lol:

Re: Auto paint question

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:10 am
by Shannon
A. Spruce wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:21 pm
Shannon wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:06 pm
What brand of truck?
Good catch! ;) :lol:
;)

Re: Auto paint question

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:24 am
by Admin
Scrape off the gunk with your fingernail? The horror :D

It would be gentler on your paint to use a clay bar system, it's designed to remove contaminants that sit atop the paint - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M63TQHO/ - I recommend doing the entire vehicle as they work really well at taking off basically every piece of junk that's accumulated on the painted surface.

Then follow up with any quality wax for protection.

Re: Auto paint question

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:03 pm
by Aaron
If it's glass, a single-edge razor works nicely for scraping off dried goobers. For house windows I use it all the time for errant drips of dried spray foam or paint. For the vehicle's body, yeah, use your fingernail if you don't mind possibly having to get your nails done again. :? :lol: Or use a guitar pick or credit card or something to scrape it off.

Solvents you can try are denatured or isopropyl alcohol. Or mineral spirits (paint thinner). Or maybe a few drops just vegetable oil.

I'm not a fan of Rain-X or any sort of synthetic film you are applying to glass. I found that Rain-X over time gets cloudy and smeary with rain and road dust. No, just semi-frequent washes are a good thing, I think.