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03-13-2004, 02:57 PM
What would be the best way to clean the stuck-on-dirt on the body of my car. I believe this is a result of the Alaskan soil type, and the chemical used on our roads for snow. It does not get washed by the drive-throug lasser wash, and I do not want to scrub it out since this would affect the finish. It feels hard when I run my finger over it.

What can I use to spray on it, to soak, then, hand wash it out?

Alaskan '85 735i

03-13-2004, 04:00 PM
You'll need to use a cutting compound or equivilent (there are also clay pads on the market that do the same thing). Don't use a rubbing compound, not the same thing. A cutting compound is safe for clear coat, etc.. Takes a LOT of elbow grease to doa whole car, but the end results after using a cutting compound and then a good wax are worth the effort.

'80 733i, '71 Super Beetle

03-13-2004, 11:54 PM
Compound and clay will not help. From the sounds of it the last thing you want to do is rub. It may start to disperse and you'll be doing some serious scratching.

Can you pick it off with your fingernail? What happens if you soak it with water? Try soaking it by leaving a warm soapy towell on it for a few minutes to see if it softens. If water does not penetrate I would try Xenit (made by Stoner, It is a citrus based cleaner. Check a spot on your paint somewhere first however. I have used it countless times and have not encountered problems but do check to be safe.

Check back after you have tried these things. Feel free to e-mail.

Bryan in DE

03-14-2004, 01:25 AM
ask the state what they use on the roads. Bryan in DE is an interior restorations guy and has done detailing and body work, so his recommendations are correct. That Xenit is good stuff.

Knowing what it is will help find the correct removal solvent.
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