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Old 05-07-2007, 09:24 PM
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I wetsanded through my clearcoat!! (and I have lots of tree sap!)

I bought a car that has several years of rock-hard tree-sap stuck to the paint. It is very hard to remove, I tried a sap/tar remover product and it didn't do a thing. The only thing I had success with was with a scotch-brite scouring pad, but I put lots of serious deep scratches in the clearcoat as you might imagine . I was able to get rid of my scratches in an area by wetsanding it with 1200 grit then 1500 grit and then using rubbing compound, but I went right through the clearcoat in a few places and you can see where it happened. Can I buff this out somehow so its not noticable, or do I need to spray some clear on top and wetsand that down?

I still have lots of tree sap or whatever that stuff is, and I have lots of scratched up spots that I scrubbed so hard to make.

Any advice on how to get the sap off?

Can I fill the scratches with clear and wetsand it down instead of sanding most of my clearcoat off?

THANKS!

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:37 PM
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Once you break through the clear and into the base coat, you have only one solution. That is repaint. Once you get into the base, you can't reclear over it. The base coat will look different through the new clear. And you will have an adhesion problem with the new clear.

Sorry for the bad news.
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ihave found rubbing alchole to work great at takeing tree sap off . you may need to let it soak a bit because yours is old.
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goo gone works wonders
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I have had great luck with purple power on everything I have used it for so I highly recommend it.but do not leave it on the clean paint for a long time cuz it will weaken the clear coat
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