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After removing tar spots, what to do?

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I finally got around to removing all the tar spots from my Stromboli Grey 159 yesterday. I had previoulsy removed the main ones from leading edges, but I have now taken all the spots off the cars.
I then re-washed the car, rinsed, dried and started to polish. Unfortunately the rain stopped play, so now I have a car with lovely beading on the bonnet and wings!

As I have used Autoglym Tar Remover with a soft toothbrush, which worked a treat and left no visible marks, do I need to apply something to these areas? Have I taken a layer of finish off in doing this?

It looks great without polish, but don't want to leave it open to the elements.

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A few layers of quick detail will be fine 'til you get time/weather to prep her properly. Personally I would clay the whole car if you had to remove tar and then get a layer of paint sealant down.
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Thanks for the reply.
I think I am about to enter a whole new world of effort and cost with this one!
Could you possibly explain " a few layers of quick detail"? I'm not sure what you mean, polish, wax or something else?
I have clayed a few times before, my black Saab, and it worked a treat, could see and feel the difference. This one has a slight grit feel, but will leave claying until after the winter. Or is it worth while doing now?

Am confused!

And paint sealer, what is this and what does it do, apart from sealing paint of course!

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I've recently started using this http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/dodo-juice/dodo-juice-red-mist-tropical-250ml/prod_540.html[/URL]as my quick detailer i.e it's not as protective as wax but can be used on it's own or on top of wax (it won't strip any previous wax) but only takes 10 minutes to do.Paint sealant is a man made substance as opposed to natural wax and is normally cheaper and easier to work with and personally I reckon offers more protection.
As for claying, if you're going to wax or sealant then personally I wouldn't go to the time and effort without claying the car first.Then you just have to maintain a good washing routine (no fairy liquid or jet washes - they often use caustic soap which will leave your car clean but strip off your hard work!) and top it off each time with a quick detailer.

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Claying doesn't take that long really. I did my wife's car on saturday. Only took me a couple of hours and her car was filthy, it had never been clayed, polished waxed and barely even washed before so I'd give it a go before it the weather gets really horrible.
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Thanks both, will check the paintwork over when the car is dry and I get home when it is light! So that means Saturday.
Think I will find a web site specialising in this kind of thing and order some bits and pieces.

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