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Old 02-22-2007
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I need help. My blue Honda accord suffers from heavy oxidation. I've tried cleaner wax, scratch removers, and rubbing compound. I've done everything by hand and nothing works. Attached are pics of the damage. At one point my daughter, who drives the car, was so frustrated, she started to scratch if off the trunk with a piece of metal!

What equipment/tools and product should I use to remove this oxidation?

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Welcome... we're glad to help as much as we can!

Now for the bad news... only a repaint can help that, as it has oxidized so badly that the clearcoat is coming off... wish it wasn't so, but that's the unfortunate reality of not maintaining a finish.
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Unfortunately, that's clear coat failure. As admin indicated, the only fix is a repaint.
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Old 02-23-2007
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I need help. My blue Honda accord suffers from heavy oxidation. I've tried cleaner wax, scratch removers, and rubbing compound. I've done everything by hand and nothing works. Attached are pics of the damage. At one point my daughter, who drives the car, was so frustrated, she started to scratch if off the trunk with a piece of metal!

What equipment/tools and product should I use to remove this oxidation?

Thank you!
Since the clear coat is that bad, you might fire up a Tim Allen - style rotary buffer and go to town. Buff the clear coat off and see what kind of surface you can reveal on the paint itself.
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Ah!

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.....you might fire up a Tim Allen - style rotary buffer and go to town.


I can understand that this might be read as my having a 'go' at you, and that is most definitely not intended in the least, but, as well intended as this might sound, it might also create a problem much worse in the hands of someone with a little less experience than an expert.
The repaint at a recognised shop might be the better advice.

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Since the clear coat is that bad, you might fire up a Tim Allen - style rotary buffer and go to town. Buff the clear coat off and see what kind of surface you can reveal on the paint itself.
It's evident there are some large areas where the clear is completely gone and the basecoat is oxidized and lacking shine. About the only thing additional buffing will do is remove some of the chalky areas and reveal more basecoat. Without a clearcoat, the basecoat won't become shiny.
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Just a general question.
Would exposure to salt air exacerbate this problem. I noticed where Rudy lives, and the Honda probably hasn't been exposed to the harshness of snow in the cold of Winter, so two and two..........

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Orange County, here in California, covers a pretty broad area besides the beach -- but warm temperatures, lots of sun, continued exposure, a little neglect and other possible factors can take their toll on 10-year-old paint.
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Broad brush I know, but I've been reading about how the salt they use in the north on the snow and ice covered roads has an effect on any protection you put on your paint, and I thought that if it has an effect from below, then it could also have an effect from the air, albeit of a very minute abrasiveness, if there is such a word. Also, I suppose that you guys there at Huntington Beach are almost in the same County.

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Huntington Beach is indeed in Orange County... our county is most famous for being the home of Disneyland (in the city of Anaheim) as well as our neighboring Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

Certainly those who live within a mile or so from the ocean are hit hardest by damp nights and salty air, but the entire region does get some nice sunny weather, which can also be hard on paint, especially dark metallics.
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Old 02-26-2007
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You should take it to a body shop and see what they have to say about it.
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Well, I decided to take a crack at it. Used 1000 grit sand paper to take off most of the oxidation. Followed by the 3-step system. All by hand.

I'm resigned to the fact that I will need to have it painted. But for now, at least it has improved.
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Well, I decided to take a crack at it. Used 1000 grit sand paper to take off most of the oxidation. Followed by the 3-step system. All by hand.

I'm resigned to the fact that I will need to have it painted. But for now, at least it has improved.
After its painted, now you'll have all the information to keep it looking that good.
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