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Old 10-02-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Just bought this 05. Paint is really clean but there are some spots with a really stubborn layer of dirt. Suds will not cut it. Anyone have any ideas? My finger nail worked a little but there has to be some sort of a solution that will break it up. Here are some pics.....
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:23 PM   #2
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simple green and q-tip?
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:56 AM   #3
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Isoprophyl Alc and a Q-Tip. Also try loosening it with a bug and tar remover or all purpose exterior cleaner, then hitting it with the alc and q tip.
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:39 AM   #4
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no q-tip necessary... debadge it, it'll look better anyways
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:14 PM   #5
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If you're really OCD like I sometimes get... debadge, clean, rebadge. Otherwise I've had some limited success taking a clay bar and rolling it thin.
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:31 PM   #6
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So far simple green, alcohol, and perfect it rubbing compound have not done anything......

the problem is that pretty much every crack has some of this in it [between the bumper and fender, under fog light covers, atop the doors].... every where that dirt could rest ive got this stuff.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:15 AM   #7
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Alcohol can be hard on your paint, I would be careful trying that.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:28 AM   #8
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P21s total auto and small swissvax brush
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:46 PM   #9
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Alcohol can be hard on your paint, I would be careful trying that.
....IPA will compromise your wax/sealant but it won't harm the paint in the fashion it is being used in this scenario. In fact, many detailers and enthusiasts alike use IPA or something like Prep-Sol to remove polishing oils, etc. from finishes.
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:11 PM   #10
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no q-tip necessary... debadge it, it'll look better anyways
Yep debadge and you'll never have to worry about that dirt again.
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:17 PM   #11
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Debadging will not remedy the dirt thats stuck in the cracks between the bumpers etc....
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:09 AM   #12
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P21S TAW (Total Auto Wash) - soak the area and agitate w/ a light duty boar's hair brush
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