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removing brake dust film

Annoyingly my car has gained a scratch down the side, I believe from a bush or tree on a country lane. From past experience it will polish out no problem, but I would like to go over the car thoroughly.

One problem I have is gradualy despite washing and polishing, over time a film has built up over the car probably from the brakes. I have tried Autoglym tar remover and it got some but not all off. Can anyone recommend something? My first thoughts are T-Cut but I am hesitant to use the stuff. The car is Alfa red so not metallic or pearlesant.

Your thoughts appreciated.
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You need to Clay your car mate. Or atleast if youre unsure then get somebody to clay it for you as it can be a delicate operation. Heres a few videos.
YouTube - How to Clay Bar
YouTube - Using Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay bar Kit
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Have you tried a clay bar ?

Also this might be useful
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I am very surprised that a tar remover would not take the film off. If, however, it is bonded into the surface then claying the car should remove it. After washing and drying the car you would be able to feel bonded contaminants by gently rubbing your hand over the surface. It will feel rough. T-cut is extreme.

My plan of action would be:

1. Wash the car well, you could even consider using an APC diluted 10:1
2. Clay
3. Wash again
4. Dry
5. Polish
6. Wax
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Thanks guys, some great advice
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Hi Adam - happy for you to pop over to mine - have a clay kit and other items if you want to see what will best remove the build up.
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