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In a moment of hangover madness that I cant believe I went to clear on a huge dried on bird poop, with a scratchy back kitchen sponge :eek: It had soap on it and thought they were non scratch ones but after 10 seconds of light rubbing I realised it was one of the green backed ones. It has removed the shine from the paint, I have tried the Colour Magic polish followed by Auto Glym extra gloss protection. Unfortunatley the paint still looks like it been lightly sandpapered :ffs: A friend of mine suggested a light cutting compound but thought this would only remove more shine ?

Any advice on process or products to resolve this would be appreciated +++

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Holy sh1t! Leave well alone. Take it to a bodyshop/paint specialist. Anymore will make it worse. We've all done something similar but now's the time to stop.

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You will need to get it corrected back again.

If you still have enough clear coat left assuming its a metallic you should be able to bet it back to a shine again.

Its not that hard, you can use an orbital sander and a polishing pad, you start with the coarse pad/polish and work up to finer until its like glass. There are loads of pros that can do it for you though and they will assess if there is enough paint to sort it. +++

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The scratching does seem quite light and in some lights/directions you cant see the damage its Dolphin Grey, so I am hoping its not too deep and ideally I could polish out myself but I have only tried the 2 polishes above.

If there isnt a magic cure with some elbow grease and the right products I will take it to a bodyshop.

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Local chip fix van will have the buffer and paste, and if that fails the skills to airbrush on a bit of top coat. Phone them, and see what they say.

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In a moment of hangover madness that I cant believe I went to clear on a huge dried on bird poop, with a scratchy back kitchen sponge :eek: It had soap on it and thought they were non scratch ones but after 10 seconds of light rubbing I realised it was one of the green backed ones. It has removed the shine from the paint, I have tried the Colour Magic polish followed by Auto Glym extra gloss protection. Unfortunatley the paint still looks like it been lightly sandpapered :ffs: A friend of mine suggested a light cutting compound but thought this would only remove more shine ?

Any advice on process or products to resolve this would be appreciated +++

As mentioned above, dont make it worse by having a go at it yourself! Give Robbie at Valet Magic a call, his studio is in Camberley - comes highly recommended, sorted the bonnet on my brothers BMW recently.

Home - Valet Magic

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Very happy to report I resolved the issue with some elbow grease and the amazing Meguiars Ultimate Compound. A guy at work has used it to restore his paintwork removing swirl marks and key scratches around the handles. £10 very well spent and lesson learnt don't clean a car hungover lol

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One of my branch managers did exactly the same thing many years ago, on his brand new company Vectra, only he used a brillo pad which I believe are made of metal.

He managed to get most of the scratches out but the paint always looked dull and lifeless afterwards, I dare say he could have sorted it properly with a bit of effort though.

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