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    Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    Hello everyone. This is my first post so bare with me. I'm new to car detailing and have only waxed my car once in my many years of owning a car. That experience alone stopped me from any further detailing activities to my newer cars since it didnt turn out so well.

    The car I detailed was a 1991 Honda Accord LX. I cant even remember the year I tried waxing, but i jumped right into it and used a product by Meguiars called "Cleaner Wax" which came in a tub. It tried it and I'm not sure if i damaged the paint. The hood still looks very shiny, but the roof, and the two rear door look cloudy and doesn't really give a nice reflection anymore.

    Below are some pictures. Did i do damage to the paint/clear coat or is this just oxidization? Is this salvageable? How do i go about restoring the finish to my car? thanks.













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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    That looks to just be oxidation.

    Do you know if some of the car or panels were repainted at some point in their lifetime? Kind of weird for some panels to fade and not others.

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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    the rear drivers side of the car except the drivers door looks like it is fairly oxidized
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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    To my Eyes it looks like oxidation.
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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    It appears that several panels have been repainted. You can't hurt much of anything with the Cleaner/Wax.

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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    So you cleaner/waxed the car several years ago, and now this is showing up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan L. View Post
    Do you know if some of the car or panels were repainted at some point in their lifetime? Kind of weird for some panels to fade and not others.
    Only the left fender has been repainted. Everything else is original paint.

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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Murr1525 View Post
    So you cleaner/waxed the car several years ago, and now this is showing up?
    I'm not saying this just happened. It just the first time I'm trying to remedy it. I used that cleaner wax on the whole car and it is weird how the back end and top of the car has oxidized.

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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    Well now that we have determined it is oxidation, what's the best way to go about it?

    I will be doing everything by hand only so can I just use the wash->colorx->NXT2 method?

    Or do I have to clay it before colorX?

    thanks for the responses.

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    Re: Is this Oxidation? or Did i ruin my clear coat?

    if I were you I'd get some terry cloths and give it good rubbing with the new ultimate compound, then follow up with the new swirl-x with a foam applicator pad to refine the shine and top with a good wax like NXT

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