I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla. Within the last couple of months I have noticed an unusual condition related to the paint surface. A couple of photos:
At first, I thought it was just the paint coming off or fading. But when I look at it now, it looks more like some kind of coating is peeling off. The paint below it seems to be reasonably OK.
So what could this be? For reference, I am in California (US). It has always been parked outdoors. For the last two years I am in a high humidity environment, about 1 mile off from the Pacific Ocean, so there are onshore winds. I have only noticed any problem within the last few months. Before that it looked OK.
My guess would be that it is some kind of protective coating. I have not put anything on the paint but the new car dealer might have.
The big question is, what can I do to clean this up reasonably?
I don't want to further damage the paint?