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Old 05-16-2007, 10:22 AM
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'05 F350 Paint Failure

Hi,

I have an '05 F350 SRW that has dealt me great fits with the paint. I want to know if anyone else had seen or had issues like this.

The truck has severe acid rain etching on all surfaces that hold water. Mainly the hood, front bumper cover and down the body side break. The hood was wetsanded/buffed on one side, but still didn't hold up.

The truck gets a normal once a week (no more than 2) hand wash with a sheepskin mitt and Meguiar's soap. Mainly waxed with Meg's #26 or 16 depending on time available to me. I've never had durability issues with either of these waxes.

Don't tell me its normal. I've got an '04 150 in the same color that will clearly prove otherwise. The trucks sit together and get the same treatment.

As I wetsanded you could see the etching/pitting get cut away. It looked "pitted" too, not just a "stain line".

Pics below speak for themselves. If ANYONE has seen anything like this on their truck, please speak up.

Link here: http://www.biggmatt.photosite.com/Album4/



Just for fun, this is the hood of the 150...

I know its not a straight sun shot, but its representative in total because there is nearly NOTHING in terms of water spots on it...

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:33 PM
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my brothers f350 2002 Blue had the same problem when he bought it. I'm a huge maguires fan and got out my speed glaze 80 with my buffer and got it all out. You may try the 3m cutting compound. Any good detailer can get those out also. Good luck
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:46 PM
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that is only after rain? do you dry after every wash or let it air dry? i had spots like that but i started drying right after i wash and i got rid of them. take it to a reputable detailer and have it buffed then make sure you keep it dry when you can.
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visit autogeek.com forum there great over there they will help you figure what the problem is. im allways on there site
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try goin without waxin it a much and see if that doent fix it. it looks like hard water or acid rain stains in the wax coat not the clear coat
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:04 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.

I'm a longtime member of Autopia/etc. All normal courses of action do not work.

Compounds, cleaner waxes, Poorboy's SSR line, etc. I did a vinegar bath and even bought the FK1-USA decontamination kit and tried clay barring as well. None help remove the spots.

The ONLY thing that actually removes them is wetsanding a little and then buffing accordingly. The problem is that they have REAPPEARED on the part of the hood that I did sand on; though to a little lesser extent; but still much too excessive.

I always wash with Meg's Hyper Wash and dry with quality microfiber waffle weave towels. These spots didn't appear one by one; they appeared all at once after the truck sat out on a dealer lot for service. I had always noticed that the truck was spot-prone, but I could always get them out.

These actually have a rutted/pitted appearance as you sand through them. Like etching, rather than just on the surface.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:15 PM
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this is from personal experience talkin here(i work at my dad's body shop) i would not wet sand and buff any more than i had to because there is a limited amount of clear coat on these newer vehicles and it takes only a lil swipe too much and then u got ur self a costly repair
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you try claying the truck??
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you try claying the truck??
Yes, please refer to post #6 by me.
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Yes, please refer to post #6 by me.
sorry my bad missed that one
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