How to remove heavy oxidation from car paint

Oxidation can happen on your car paint if it is exposed to heat and water on a daily basis without taking good care of the car paint. What happens is the heat and oxygen breaks down your car paint’s molecular structure and makes it oxidized. If you see it on time and decide to work on it, you can get the oxidation off but if the oxidation is severe and old, your car might just require a new coat of paint. It is always cheaper and better to keep your car paint maintained rather than getting a whole new coat. Using the following steps, you can know how to remove heavy oxidation from car paint all any yourself!

How to remove heavy oxidation from car paint

How to remove heavy oxidation from car paint - Before

Materials Required:

  • Oxidation remover, Polishing compounds, lint-free cloth, dry towel, washing soap, Polishing pads (microfiber pads, foam pads, or buffing pads)
  • Time required for the removal process:
  • 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the surface area and severity of the oxidized paint.

Step 1: Wash and Dry

Before starting with the polish, wash and dry your car completely to ensure that there is no dirt or dust on the car surface. Once it is washed, make sure it is dried well so that the compounds that you are going to be using do not mix with the water. You can even use dish-cleaning liquid liquid or detergent to wash your car surface to ensure that it is clean and ready to be free of the oxidation.

Step 2: Apply the oxidation remover

Always choose a high rated and trusted oxidation remover. These compounds will ensure that they get rid of all the oxidation, water stains e.t.c. Also, if you are choosing to remove the oxidation without using a machine or automatic polishing brushes, ensure that you select an appropriate product for that. As you apply the oxidation remover, ensure that you keep going smoothly and quickly and at the same time keep a check on whether the oxidation is getting removed. Heavy oxidation would require a thicker coat and more efforts to get rid of it. Try to reach every corner where oxidation can be seen.

A good oxidation remover would slowly break down the oxidation and you would be able to see your car paint smooth and shiny.

Step 3: Polishing the surface

Now if the oxidation is heavy and an oxidation remover is not enough to remove the entire oxidation, you can choose to polish your car. Apply generous amount of polish on the surface and use a lint-free cloth to rub it. Ensure that you take your time. Rub in a circular motion till the point you can see the polish being brushed on to the surface of the car giving it a paint type finish.

For this process, you will need to ensure that your polish is of good quality and is able to cover the surface completely. This step does not mean removing oxidation but only covering it. So you might have to give it a round 2 later when the polish wears off. Choosing a good quality polish will ensure that the coverage lasts for a longer period.

Most of the polishes come in a two-step pack, where there is a mild polish to cover up and a thicker coat to give the final touch. Ensure that you read the instructions of the polish you are using before application to ensure satisfactory results. Also check that you are using the right type of polishing pads for your surface. A micro-fiber pad is always the best and easy to find.

Please note that if the oxidation does not get covered from hand polishing, you might have to get it done by machine as it might require a speedy and uniform polish.

Step 4: Drying off

After the polishing and oxidation removal is done, make sure you leave your car surface to dry off for a bit and protect it from extreme weather condition like heat and rain for at least 2-4 hours so that the polish can settle better.

How to remove heavy oxidation from car paint - After

How to remove heavy oxidation from car paint - After

Prevention is better than cure!

Once you are done with the whole process, try to keep your car covered so that it does not get oxidation again and you do not have to go through the whole process all over again. Polishing compounds and oxidation removers should be chosen carefully as bad quality products can not only damage your car paint but also lead to quick oxidation later which will only lead to double work and cost.


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