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Are white over the surface markings revovable?

Are white over the surface markings removable? I have a green armada and a side in the rear back it has a white marking about 1/4 thick 6 inches long and I would like to remove it. It is over the surface because when you feel it its not carved in. Is there any way to remove this without an expensive method? re painting that part isnt an option im kinda low on monney... Is there any Liquid or anything like that that I can use with out damaging the paint?
 

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I would try a clay bar cleaning system....most good car parts stores will have them in hte cleaner and polish isle. It's amazing how much stuff that little clay bar will remove from the paint surface. I live in SW florida and use the clay bar during love bug season to get all that crap off of my car...It works great.

It's worth a try and should only cost about $15-20. depending on brand name used.


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Can you take a picture for us? Do you mean someone scratched it and left a long white mark over the clearcoat? I would also say claybar "claymagic" would and some wax would clean it up. You'll notice it less but it'll still be there depending on how deep the scratch is.
 

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Clay

I just clay barred my Armada for the 1st time, and it is amazing the amount of stuff that is on the paint. It works great!
 

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I dont have a camara I really dont know what my dad ran into but im pretty sure the marking is over the surface because you cant feel it , its not carved in. its not thin not long scratch so its not something that couldnt of been done on purpose with a key or something. Thanks guys I will try that clabar thing
 

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Will this clay bar take off tree sap and paint overspray? does it scratch the paint at all?
 

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Yep

The claybar is designed to take off just such things. Tree sap, tar, etc. If you follow the directions and never, ever drop it on the ground (because it's ruined at that point) it won't scratch your paint. I just bought a clay kit from mother's which includes some detailing spray. Worked great!

I had a ton of little tar spots and the clay bar took them right off. Not a spec on the beast now. :)
 

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it also gets rid of those little red rusty spots that people are getting from weather fallout or whaver it's called. Claybar is great! It makes your paint all smooth again! :)
 

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Oh yeah

Oh yeah.

Speaking of wax, any zaino testimonials out there? What about Meguiar's NXT?
 

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adjmcloon said:
Oh yeah.

Speaking of wax, any zaino testimonials out there? What about Meguiar's NXT?
You already know my zaino warm fuzzy :rrg:....got a new batch in the mail yesterday so I hope to put a couple more coats this weekend....I got to be getting close to 20 by now:)

I bought it based on testimony from this section of freshalloy. A search for zaino will probably turn up more hits than you care to read.http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=UBB16
 

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since the weekend is coming up im going to try tommorrow oh and since you said it also removes tar thats a good thing because mynes got these small black lines in the front from when I drove thrue a newly paved road thanks guys..One more question... what happens when you use the cleaner and not wax the truck? does the some damage the paint or what? and one more question is the wax that comes with the kit any good? :clueless:
 

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Strip

Well, let me break it down for you as I've read it, with the caveat that I'm no expert like the guys at http://autopia.org/

Wash your ride with plain old Dawn dishwashing liquid, as it will help degrease and get rid of any old wax on the paint surface. Clean the vehicle well (and always use something soft like one of those soft mitts or 100% cotton rag). You then use the detailing spray and claybar (Mother's has a kit at most auto stores) and spray a square foot or two at a time. Run the clay bar over the section in overlapping, straight lines carefully. There's no need to press down hard on the clay, just work things patiently and re-roll and flatten the clay in your hand often. You'll be able to see it picking up the various contaminates from the paint surface. Stubborn things like tar might take a few passes. Be sure to lubricate the surface well with the spray.

Since you're essentially stripping the paint down and creating an ultra-clean, but unprotected, surface you'll definitely want to wax it to protect the finish (and your hard work). I'd actually recommend a couple of coats if you want to do it right.
 

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To add to adjmcloon post you only want to use dawn the first time. It removes oil AND wax...so if you wax don't wash again with dish soap or you will be washing off your wax too.
 
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