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Old 06-25-2012, 12:39 AM   #1
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Have a white 05 sti and on the front bumper is some paint smear where the previous owner rubbed against a black car. What can I use to get it off? Will a heavy cut work?
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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I'd use a very high grit sandpaper and wet sand it. Start with 3000, if that doesn't work go to 2500, etc. You'll definitely have to polish it after though.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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Normally a heavy compound will work just fine. If not, wet sand with some 2000.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:53 PM   #4
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Normally a heavy compound will work just fine. If not, wet sand with some 2000.
Ok thank you! Can you recommend a heavy compound?
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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I'd use a very high grit sandpaper and wet sand it. Start with 3000, if that doesn't work go to 2500, etc. You'll definitely have to polish it after though.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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Try Meguiar's M105 or Menzerna SI 1500
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Try Meguiar's M105 or Menzerna SI 1500
If that doesn't work...Menzerna Power Gloss compound. But you do realize that you will have to go to less and less abrasive compounds after polishing with such an abrasive compound like Menzerna PG to prevent swirl marks and other imperfections. The finish just comes out much better if you go from Menzerna PG to SI (super intensive) to SF (super finish), all with the proper pads of course. And don't forget to use paint sealant and wax after. Like someone said before...you could wet sand as well which is really fast. In that case, you would wet sand, but then you would still need to polish and follow the procedure I previously outlined. Hope that helps!
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:39 AM   #8
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Wow you guys dont screw around first step of heavy cut? damn!

While the heavy cut polishes mentioned above will for sure work im not a fan of going to heavy cut first thing. I like to start with a less aggressive combo before i break out the big guns.

A few years back i was driving my wifes car a car in front of me lost his bumper and we hit it. Left a lot of paint transfer on the bumper.

Here is the product i used with a few MF by hand no polishers.

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Old 06-28-2012, 07:33 AM   #9
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^^^This, which is why I recommended starting with a 3000 grit sandpaper since that usually takes all traded paint off immediately; that, followed with a lower cut polish such as the one pictured.

It's hilarious, I see other cars with traded paint on them and wonder, do they like having someone's paint on their car or do they think it's expensive to remove? XD
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I would just start with a wash, clay bar, then a finishing polish. It should be enough to remove most surface paint transfer.
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you'd be a brave soul to take sandpaper to that "thick" subaru paint.
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^Nahhhh. lol
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All day, it's not as bad as everyone says.
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^Right, I've been doing it for a while now on a bunch of Subarus and other cars.
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^Right, I've been doing it for a while now on a bunch of Subarus and other cars.

Its not whether you have been doing it for a while or not.. but rather if the situation calls for that level of aggressiveness or not.
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I would just start with a wash, clay bar, then a finishing polish. It should be enough to remove most surface paint transfer.
Already tried this.
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Then try the next step polish. Several passes.
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Thanks for all the advice. I tried the Meguires but it didn't work. Ended up having to wet sand. Thanks again.
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