I have some pretty jacked up looking paint on the roof of my 2000 Honda Civic, and decided I would try to hand polish it a little. So I got out a very soft white hex logic pad, and some extra fine polish ( real polish ), cleaned a small area on the roof and went at it. It's very hot were I live, so I tried to make sure to polish for just a few seconds and then wipe off any excess polish. I was also using a bit of Optimum No Rinse to moisten everything up.

Well when I wiped away the excess polish I was shocked to see a light dull whiteness seemingly covering my dark navy blue roof. So I went later in the day and got a Nanoskin pad to try and take it off, without much success as can be seen below. I also used the pad to scrub down that whole same side of the roof ( which I had not polished ).

Here's what it looks like now:

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You can see on the right side that the street lamp is reflecting on the roof where I used the nanoskin pad, yet the spot where I polished has a distint whitish appearance. You can see in this pick of the left side what it looked like before and how the lamp doesn't reflect almost at all:

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Anyways, am I up a creek, or do I have some hope that this is just dried polish that I can somehow remove?


Just to make it more clear, I'm talking about actual abrasive polish, not wax.

This is the product I was using, IMPA Phase 1 Rubbing Cream.

  • Do you have any products like Prep-All in your neck of the woods? This should take it off, but I'm worried about the heat there which may still cause you issues. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 11 '16 at 20:00
  • Not sure. There's really only one shop in my city that carries auto paint supplies. Regarding the heat, I can just do it early in the morning or late at night. How about using IPA? – Robert S. Barnes Sep 11 '16 at 20:30
  • Not sure, but possibly. Really, as it stands, you have nothing to lose, right? I don't think IPA will bring it off, though. The Prep-All can be found at most stores like Walmart here. I don't know what you have there. It would do the best job of getting it off, though. Yah, whatever you do, do it as early in the morning as possible. If the paint is completely cool (or at least at a reasonable temp), you may even try more wax and see if that would do the trick ... I really don't know, though. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 11 '16 at 20:39
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 But you're pretty sure that's just dried on polish? I mean actual abrasive polish, it's not wax. – Robert S. Barnes Sep 11 '16 at 20:49
  • You haven't polished you lacquer (clear coat) off, have you? – HandyHowie Sep 11 '16 at 20:53

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