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How do i remove small areas of flat paint?

Hi Guys, i have noticed a couple of flat spots on the top of the front wing, around the offside door handle and below the offside drivers window. Compound or clay to remove?
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Hi,

If it's rough to the touch, then clay bar kit ought to sort it. You may need a couple of passes especially if it ends up being dry tree sap or something. Clay bars can remove so much contamination from bodywork that your paintwork becomes super slippery smooth!

There are plenty of good clay bar kits on the market but I use Meguiars for mine and seems to do a great job
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I'll second the clay suggestion, then follow up with a decent quality polish or ideally a machine correction.
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Thanks guys, i have ordered a medium clay bar, looks like the car has been machined and they have missed edges like these as i have found some more flat paint around the rear lights.
 
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Are you sure it's not had damage repaired and the flat spots aren't lacquer overspray?
The clay should still remove it, that was what it was originally developed for.
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Are you sure it's not had damage repaired and the flat spots aren't lacquer overspray?
The clay should still remove it, that was what it was originally developed for.
i feared damage repaired initially but these spots are where they haven't got a machine into. I got the car from a dealer about a month ago so i am presuming it was machined so they could sell it if the rest of the paintwork was like these missed bits?

I did have a bit of clay left and it is removing the flat spots but i need to do the whole car so i have a nice even finish.
 
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If it's been machined by a dealer I would keep an eye out for buffer trails and holograms too (not easy on white). They usually only take a couple of hours in their valeting bays.
When I machine a car I usually book it in for two days and spend 12hrs+ a day on it.
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If it's been machined by a dealer I would keep an eye out for buffer trails and holograms too (not easy on white). They usually only take a couple of hours in their valeting bays.
When I machine a car I usually book it in for two days and spend 12hrs+ a day on it.
Buffer trails galore, they are really stubborn to remove and any advice on how to remove it from black rubber mate?
 
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A good APC should remove it. Something like Autosmart G101 or AutoBrite Fab.
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How do i remove small areas of flat paint?

For the holograms you'll ideally need to hit it with a finishing pad and appropriate finishing polish.

I'm a big Meguiars fan so their M205 mirror glaze will do the trick nicely.

However looking at the pics you can clearly see the panel is a different shade, I hope this will polish out for you.

As above I'd start with clay bar / cloth , then progressively get more abrasive if it doesn't come out. Ie start with finishing polish and pad and then vary pads / compounds to progressively get more cut if required.

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medium clay barred the whole car and i know megs isn't everyones cup of tea but i used the 3 stage deep crystal products, opinions lads?
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Looks good from here.
The Megs 3-stage system is great for hand jobs.
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Looks good from here.
The Megs 3-stage system is great for hand jobs.
Thanks mate

Can't find any flat bits so i think the clay bar sorted the bits they missed when they machined it at the dealers.

I was surprised how good the 3-stage system was, ok it was 3 different applications but the car needed it tbh.
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The paint cleaner works wonders as a first step.
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Impressive finish.
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The paint cleaner works wonders as a first step.
It really prepped the paintwork nicely and the polish went on so easy
 
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Impressive finish.
its taken a lot of products to finally find one that i like
 
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