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Strange Mark on Paintwork

Discussion in 'Leon Mk3 (2012-2020)' started by almas09, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. almas09

    almas09 Active Member

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    Hi All,

    Just washed my Cupra over the weekend and came across a mark near the rear passenger side door. Tried to wipe it off with Meg's quick detailer after the wash but wouldn't clear at all. Any ideas on what it might be?

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  2. nokiauk

    nokiauk Full Member

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    Looks like some kind of etching, I’d try a clay bar or perhaps a light paint restorer and see if that works.
     
  3. paddy6789

    paddy6789 Mk3 Cupra R
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    Could it be a very acidic bird dump that was there before the wash?

    I’ve seen it before where if left on the paint for a fair while, it can cause some marks like you’ve got


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  4. almas09

    almas09 Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies, I will try the clay bar.
    Hope it cleans off :cry:
     
  5. SRGTD

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    It does look like severe etching of the lacquer coat caused by bird poo.

    I doubt that claying will improve it - claying will remove embedded contaminants, but if it’s the lacquered surface that’s etched, there’s nothing embedded to remove.

    Machine polishing with an appropriate combination of pad and polish should remove it - that’s assuming you are dealing with etching. I’ve successfully corrected quite a large area of etching caused by a pigeon using my car for target practice on a very hot sunny day. The pigeon poo baked hard on the car (was only on the car for no more than a 1/2 hour), and after soaking it and carefully removing it, there was some serious etching. After 15-20 minutes with my DA polisher, all signs of etching were removed.
     
  6. Trout

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    As SRGTD says and my own experience suggests, machine polishing is probably the only way you'll remove the etching.
     
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