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All of a sudden, after I took my 2009 VW Golf to a car wash, I noticed some places where the paint started going off... I doubt it is from the washing. I suspect that gum from the apricot tree from above my parking spot might be guilty for this, although I'm not sure. Could it also be from bird poop? Or just the age of the paint + heat/cold?

And is there any way I can extra protect the paint? Other than changing the parking place, perhaps...

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    In the future, it works a lot easier to actually upload the image to Stack Exchange. We can see it without having to go out to other sources and it may help someone else in the future if you ever kill the images from Google or what have you. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 May 22 '18 at 12:39
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    Exactly, I can't see the pictures from where I am. If you use the edit tool, you should be able to include the pictures directly. – Bob Cross May 22 '18 at 12:46
  • I am aware of that, but the images were larger than 2 MB and I couldn't upload them. I first tried to post them, and when I couldn't, I choose to provide the links to Google Drive. – Sorin Adrian Carbunaru May 22 '18 at 15:03
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    @SorinAdrianCarbunaru embedded them for you. – Moab May 22 '18 at 19:32
  • @SorinAdrianCarbunaru Looks like to me that the clear coat is failing due to age. UV is hell after almost a decade of exposure. – Moab May 22 '18 at 19:35
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I suspect it is a not so good repaint of a panel. This would be likely if it is all on a couple body panels. Or if the whole car was repainted.

  • I am the second ownet of the car. I personally haven't repainted it. I cannot guarantee that the previous owner didn't do it, but I doubt... – Sorin Adrian Carbunaru May 23 '18 at 5:34
  • You could lend a paint thickness checker and check for yourself. – Kromster May 23 '18 at 6:44

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