How to Remove Oxidation from Paint

Remove Oxidation from Paint
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Car owners often become frustrated when they see those familiar white, cloudy spots show up on their vehicle's paint job. This is because these spots, called oxidation, have become infamous for being difficult to remove. When you are faced with this situation, use the same method that paint and body shop professionals use.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow foam compounding pad
  • 3M fine cut compound
  • Circular polisher
  • Spray bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Microfiber cloths
  • White foam polishing pad
  • 3M Perfect-It Swirl Mark Remover
  • Car wax

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Apply the fine cut compound to the oxidized area and rub it in by hand with the yellow foam compounding pad, saturating the pad while you do it.

Attach the yellow pad to the polisher, set the pad against the oxidized area and turn on the polisher, using a maximum of 1,000 rpm.

Work the polisher over the area several times in a figure-8 pattern.

Pour equal parts of water and alcohol into a spray bottle and use it to clean the area with a microfiber cloth. Look for any remaining oxidation and repeat step 3 as necessary.

Apply the 3M Perfect-It Swirl Mark Remover directly to the area being worked on. Put the white foam polishing pad on the polisher, dampen it with water and polish in the same figure 8 manner as before, then wipe clean with a dry microfiber cloth.

Apply your preferred car wax to the surface and polish by hand, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use a circular polisher for finishing or applying wax or paint sealants.


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