Turmoil and frustration has often been caused from wind carrying household paint and leaving cars with a not so attractive speckled look. Thinners and compound are the first items reached for but to no avail, and I have come across extreme cases whereby sand paper was used to dreadful effect.
The solution is quiet simple. How many times have you been told that you should always pre sand before painting? This is to allow the fresh paint to get an etch/grip on the old surface. With this in mind it is easier to remove the speckles as opposed to dissolving them.
The ideal product on the market and manufactured by Meguiar’s is called Quik Clay. It is completely non-abrasive, yet has the ability to grab hold of bonded contaminants on your vehicle. It literally pulls them off the finish leaving it as smooth as glass.
Quik Clay contains a spray bottle of Quik Detailer and a clay bar. The Quik Detailer is a gloss enhancer but is used also in this procedure as a lubricant. The instructions to use are as follows.
1) Wash and rinse the area to be treated to remove any grit or dust contaminants on the surface as they will only scratch the paintwork. As always, use loads of water. I cringe when I see people putting a sponge to a dirty car as they are inevitably scratching the dirt onto the surface when not using loads of water and sponging gently.
2) Mist the Quik Detailer onto the surface for lubrication.
3) Rub the clay over the lubricated surface (in straight lines and not circles) until the contaminants are removed. As you proceed, fold and kneed the clay to a clean side. This is to avoid scratching the paintwork with contaminants collected by the clay. Continue to keep the surface wet with the Quik Detailer. Also don’t push too hard, push gently and patiently.
4) Wipe the surface dry with a clean 100% cotton cloth or preferably a micro fibre cloth and evaluate the finish. Repeat the process until the surface is smooth and clear.
5) Wash the car again, dry it and it is now ready for a new layer of wax to protect the paint.
Note: It is always best to work on surfaces when they are cool and in the shade. When using old clothing as cloths please check the label to ensure it is 100% cotton. Synthetic fibres are strands of plastic that will scratch the paintwork.
This blog was created in answer to a distressed lady who contacted me today.