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Acura TL Paint and Exterior Care

tomzieglertomziegler Posts: 14
edited April 5 in Acura
I bought an Acura 2006 3 months ago. The exterior color is black. Very nice looking car.

The problem is that I had some bird droppings on the hood of the car. I washed it like a day or two later and I got this haze of the bird dropping that looks like it is under the clear coat. I tried bug/tar remover. I tried a scratchy sponge (bad idea), polishing compound. I can still see a faint outline of the bug droppings now I have scratches.

I tried scratch remover and I can still see scratchs...very frustrating.

I purchased Zaino Z5 for the scratches...but haven't used it yet.

Does anyone have any ideas to get the faint (looks cloudy remains) of the bird dropping stain and to remove the scratches?

Thank you so much. I am very frustrated!


  • hkyhky Posts: 71
    I'm not sure how bad is your case, couple of weeks ago, there's a scratch on my fender due to bouncing stone, I used the megauiar scratch remover but still see a little scratch, then someone helped me sand down a little on the clear coat (2000 grit) and then bluff it back with 3M finesse; now it likes new and I just wax it over the weekend. (mine is royal blue, so quite easy to see scratches)

    You may want to check out this link:
  • tomzieglertomziegler Posts: 14
    Thank you very much for the link and help. Can you give me more details on this 3M finesse? There are many types out there from a machine version to a finishing material..which one did you use and should I get? Do you apply it by hand and have to buff it out with a buffer? Thanks again!
  • hkyhky Posts: 71
    It is finesse-it II finish material, I think they are just different sizes. Since my scratch was wet sanded, it can only be buffed back using the machine polisher. You may want to check with some local shop who do auto detailing or paintless dent repair, they may be able to help you for a small fee.
  • I have a 2005 Acura TL, NightHawk Black Pearl exterior (purchased April 2005). I got the Simoniz option on the exterior. A few months after I had my TL I noticed 2 spots on my hood about the size of a quarter, and 1 spot on my rear deck/trunk lid. These spots look like stains on the paint surface kinda like marks left by water...a clear noticable spot. This really ticked me off b/c I regularly wash my car and never "let it go" The Simoniz comes w/5 year warranty so the dealership repaired these 3 spots for me at no charge. Well, here it is about a year or so later and I have another one of these spots on my hood, my rear deck/trunk lid, and below each headlight (multiple spots/blotches below each headlight!)
    I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem????
    I am thinking it's an application issue, rather than a malfunction on Simoniz's part because my Dad spoke w/the Vice-President of Simoniz. The place where my dad works p/t supplies car wash products to car washes throughout the U.S. (Kleen-Rite Corp. in Columbia, PA) and from time to time the V.P. of Simoniz stops at Kleen-Rite. My Dad spoke to him about my problem approx. 2 weeks ago and he said that it sounds like the bodyshop did not clean/prep my car surface properly before applying the Simoniz!
    Anyway, I have to get these spots repaired. I would appreciate any feedback...Thanks!
  • tomziegler: You have my sympathy over bird droppings. I have had the same problem, and the only thing that has improved the condition (partially) has been repeated applications of Zaino. Use both the polish and the wash additive. After six months, I still have a faint residual shadow, but it seems to be disappearing gradually. Caution: avoid using abrasives of any sort; they usually create more problems than they solve.

  • I have the same problem. I have not had any simonizing. I believe it is a defect in the paint, but Acura is telling me that it is from bird droppings.

    I also have the same problem on Honda civic wuith the same paint Black Pearl
  • I purchased in October 2005. Since march I have had the paint bubble and repaired twice. At the first time of the paint bubbling a repeatly told the dealer that this car has been in an accident. nothing was said by the dealer. Now, more issues how happened and they have said to me "this car has been in an accident". The issue have to do with Subframe. What are my rights? I no longer want the car. I would have never have purchased this car if I had known it was in an accident. Do I have a right to a full refund?
    Thank you
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Sounds silly, but call your local Attorney General's office

    They'll be able to answer that question and advice you on what steps to take next.

    Good luck
  • Anyone had any mobile detailing done in San Diego and willing to refer me to them? Gotta be good and thorough.
  • dofferdoffer Posts: 16
    I have a 2006 TL (pearl white) that I purchased in March 2006. I recently noticed a small paint chip and two paint blisters above the passenger side rear bumper (above the tailpipe). The paint chip is about a half inch long and narrow. The paint blisters are the size of an eraser head and looks like its starting to crack. If i bring it in to the dealer, I'm hoping that they handle this under the warranty--would they have to repaint the whole bumper or simply repaint the area where the crack and paint blister appeared? I'm a little concerned that if I do nothing, it will get worse. Any suggestions? thanks
  • ecnirpecnirp Posts: 20
    Recently purchased an 06 Acura TL with about 6K miles. Just finished waxing and the paint is not as smooth as normal for a new wax. It has a gritty feel to it. It's silver in color and looks fine but just doesn't feel like its' just been waxed. Could it be the polish/wax I used? It's never given me problems on Fords/Chrysler/Toyota. It's Mequier's.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    "Recently purchased an 06 Acura TL with about 6K miles. Just finished waxing and the paint is not as smooth as normal for a new wax. It has a gritty feel to it. It's silver in color and looks fine but just doesn't feel like its' just been waxed. Could it be the polish/wax I used? It's never given me problems on Fords/Chrysler/Toyota. It's Mequier's."

    Your finish should not feel gritty at all.
    There's obviously a contaminant causing that gritty feel.
    This can be caused by many things... tree sap, rail and/or brake dust, rain, droppings, believe it or not... bark mulch spores...the list goes on and on.

    Here's what you need to do.
    Wash the car. Wash it using Dawn or Palmolive dish soap.
    This will remove any wax/polish from the car.
    Next, you will need to clay the vehicle. If you've never done it before, it's not any where near and daunting as it sounds. You can pick up a clay/lubricant kit at most car supply stores, and yes, Mequiar's makes one as well.

    Follow the directions and when you are done with the entire vehicle, wash it again.
    You can use any car wash you wish, but I personally suggest something that is ph balanced.
    I'm liking the new Mequair's NXT car wash.

    Once the car has been cleaned, clayed and then cleaned again, it's time for your wax.
    Once done, and if done correctly, you will have no more gritty feel.
    The clay bar is designed to remove any contaminants from the finish and will leave you with an amazingly smooth feel.
    You should clay the car at least once a year.

    Follow the directions, and be sure to knead the bar as you use it, keeping a clean surface as you work.

    Good luck. :)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Let me just add two points to your excellently described procedure: (1)non-abrasive clay needs to be used (abrasive clay also exists and should never be used in this situation) and (2) If you ever drop the piece of clay you are using, THROW IT AWAY. It has now become abrasive and you don't want to take the chance of scratching your finish. I know you know this, but others might not. ;)
  • Meguairs also sells car cleaner wax, then wax, then polish. Basically 3 steps. :) My brother has a black Honda Pilot 4 years old and looks new. He has everything! :)
  • I just bought a new 06 TL yesterday, wife & I drove to the beach. Just LOVE it !!! So quiet, smooth, powerful and got 26 MPG on the first tank of gas. Anyway, need some ideas as to when I should first wax the car. So many brands out there.....which is a good one to use ? How about treating the dash and leather seats for the first time ? When ? I will appreciate any help.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Congrats on the new TL, what color did you get? I get my interior professionally detailed. I also have the details guys wash it, know what they are doing - I don't. :blush:
  • Got the black on black.....great color w/a blue underneath.

    I usually like to do the cleaning myself.
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    I would suggest waiting on applying that first coat of wax.

    Dash- is yours faded or blotchy? If so, Acura sells a specific protectant for that problem.

    I use Lexol for dash and leather.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,487
    Congrats on the TL! I recommend you review:

    Fabulous stuff, especially on a black TL (mine is an '05 Abyss Blue). There are forums here dedicated to Zaino...

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Black is very nice! I have a bad back, so I can't was it myself or I would. I could was the roof and hood fine, but any bending is out of the question. :cry:
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