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jrodriq
Oct 27th, 2005, 07:23 AM
I JUST HAD A CUSTOMER ASK WHAT WERE THESE SEED POD LOOKING THINGS THAT CLING ONTO PAINT AND WINDOWS OF HER CAR. I FOUND OUT THAT THEY ARE AMBER TREE SEED PODS A LITTLE SMALLER THAT THIS (O). THEY ARE BROWN IN COLOR AND CAN BE TAKEN OFF BUT HARD TO GET THE RESIDUE OF IT OFF. WHAT DO YALL THINK I CAN DO TO GET THESE OFF AND HELP TO KEEP THEM FROM CLINGING ON TO MY CUSTOMERS CARS.THANKS

Mike Phillips
Oct 27th, 2005, 08:18 AM
Hi jrodriq,

Welcome to Meguiar's Online! :wavey

Never heard of this one before?

First, do they come off when you wash the car? That would be the first thing to try.

Second, if not can you pick them off with your finger/fingernail?

Can you post a picture of this?

jrodriq
Oct 27th, 2005, 09:44 AM
i dont have a picture, but it can be taken off with a finger nail, but it leaves a spot almost like a stain. i am thinking that maybe using a clay bar before waxing. but i am not 100% sure if that will work or not.:(

Murr1525
Oct 27th, 2005, 09:49 AM
Well, always start with the mildest thing, so certainly claying is a good place to start.

Can you tell if it is a stain/gunk on the paint, or is it etching down into the paint like a hard water spot?

ebpcivicsi
Oct 27th, 2005, 10:04 AM
I know *exactly* what you are talking about. If you see them before they dry, they are a burgundy looking drop of goo (tiny). As they dry, they become hard brown dots, on a dark colored car one might over look them until the drying process.

Here is how I have delt with them. While the clay will remove them with repeated passes, the dot then becomes lodged in the clay, this will mar the paint. I *very* carefully scratch the top off of them with a clean fingernail (light touch, try not to touch the paint). I then clay the area, then continue to polish, then seal.

They are a real pain and very difficult to remove.

Mike Phillips
Oct 27th, 2005, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by ebpcivicsi
I know *exactly* what you are talking about. If you see them before they dry, they are a burgundy looking drop of goo (tiny). As they dry, they become hard brown dots, on a dark colored car one might over look them until the drying process.

Here is how I have dealt with them. While the clay will remove them with repeated passes, the dot then becomes lodged in the clay, this will mar the paint. I *very* carefully scratch the top off of them with a clean fingernail (light touch, try not to touch the paint). I then clay the area, then continue to polish, then seal.

They are a real pain and very difficult to remove.


This sounds like a very good way to address the situation.

After claying, use either paint cleaner like ScratchX or a cleaner/wax like ColorX to remove any residual stain or imperfection in the paint and then apply to coats of wax.

Best of luck...

jrodriq
Oct 31st, 2005, 03:29 AM
hey thanks for the feed back yall, i had to deal with it before i had a chance to read the replies, but it worked like i thought. i used a clay bar and it took it right up leaving a couple scratches, leaving me like " oh s#%@!". then i used scratch x / buffed- then another application of premium wax let it cure, it worked like a charm. it came out so good, even i was impressed. again thanks for the feedback.:xyxthumbs

1BadMach1
Oct 31st, 2005, 10:20 AM
I get these things all over my car also. I remove the bulk of the little buggers with my finger nail. I then take a little bug and tar remover on a MF towell and just dab a little on each of the remaining spots. I let it sit for a few seconds and just wipe them off. Seems to work pretty well.

jrodriq
Nov 1st, 2005, 03:37 AM
humm, i will try that next time, sounds alot easier