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Old 07-31-2005, 01:03 PM   #1
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Bugs! And the pits they leave due to my being a bad boy and neglecting my car.

Am i out of luck? Do i have to wet sand it all down and apply a clear coat? i have tried bug and tar remover, "bug off", and others and nothing works.

anyone have a magic cure?
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Sounds like the bug remains ate into your clear coat. You may be able to buff it out with a random orbital buffer and polishing compound.

Post a pic of the damage.
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he may be right but it sounds more like you will have to use a high speed (none r/o) polisher...if you do have to water sand you might be able to polish it to a shine in the same way as long as you dont burn through the clear other wise you will have wasted your time and will have to get it repainted...in the most extreme case mind you. just be care full. of course what i just told you means nothing if you dont have acess to a high speed polisher. and you would be smart to try the above idea first.
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yeah, there are afew that are a bit deep. i am going to have to wet sand it at a minimum and get another layer of black and some clear put on it.
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As a sound practice always use the least abrasive polishing compound first then work up to the most abrasive compound to remove the defect in the clear coat. I would say that wet sanding is the most abrasive process and only go this route if all other polishing compounds fail.

Best of luck removing the bug etchings in the clear coat.
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If you do need to get the bumber repainted you should tell the body shop to use a flexible single stage paint and to apply it in 3 coats instead of 2 (if they dont charge more for it). the reason for this is because a sinle stage paint is more resistant to chiping and if it does chip it will not show the chips very well if at all unless the chip goes through to the primer and if it does you can use a touch-up brush on it allow the touch-up to dry give it a light sanding with 800-1200 grit water sand paper then palish it to a shine..and the same thing can be done if the chip doesnt go through the paint just a light sand and polish ....you would be surprised how easy it is to keep it looking like new if you dont let it get to out of hand.

this is good for all non metalic colors
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