View Full Version : Repair Paint Etch

06-05-2014, 10:15 AM
I recently detailed my car with clay bar, V38 Optical Polish, Jet Seal and finally a coat of Chemical Guys Carnauba wax. Looking at a 30 degree angle after I had already applied the Jet Seal I noticed that there was some paint etching likely caused by a bird bomb. It is relatively minor from a depth standpoint but is an inch in diameter. The V38 did not do anything for it.

Questions. 1. What would you suggest using to remove the Jet Seal from that local area? 2. What would you recommend I use in order to try to polish out the etch. The car is an Imperial Blue BMW. I was thinking about doing that local area by hand rather than using my Flex DA Polisher.

Chemical Guy's have the best products on the market. I use them exclusively on my 36' Sea Ray and many of the other boaters in the marina also use V38 and Jet Seal combo.

06-05-2014, 04:45 PM
bird bomb etchings are the worse, I've personally would debate whether or not to live with it or you'd have to do some wet-sanding work on that area to remove it. I had worked on a black volvo with 2 gigantic bird etchings on the hood. I had to work the area thoroughly with wet-sanding before I was able to buff out the etched bombs.

06-05-2014, 05:18 PM
Thanks Jake for your reply. I was thinking along the same lines as it is really not noticeable from most angles or lighting. Next time I detail the car I might try V34 instead of V38 or if there is a better product you can suggest to try but I know my limitations and wet sanding this car is beyond my capabilities.

Wed Turner
06-08-2014, 06:28 AM
You could always try V34 and an orange pad. Should give you some decent cutting power but still may not be enough to clean it up completely. It is really up to you to decide what you can live with and what you cannot. After all that work you put in, I would not be in a hurry to undo any of it.

06-10-2014, 04:17 PM
If the v series polishes don't work out try a SMAT polish like FG400 or Wolfgang Uber compound. The abrasives don't diminsh so the amount of cut is based on pad selection.