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I have an Ibis white A5. Nearly 4 months old. Looks lovely when it's clean.....not easy that at this time of year!! Problem is though, I've noticed that on the paintwork around the grille, there's a grey staining developing and no amount of elbow grease will shift it. I'm using Autoglym shampoo. Other than T-cutting :eek: Any advice would be gratefully received.
 

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Could be all that Stainless steel up there Steve. At least you are not in Bakewell!!

Seriously, this is fairly common with non-laacquered Solid Colours... used to use a bit of T Cut occaisionally when I had white cars in the 70's (Opel Manta & Ford Crapi)
 

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Cheers RG....tho not much steel of any kind made up here now!!!
Since posting the thread, I did a search using "paintwork" as the keyword.
Some interesting posts by "Spinner". Worth a read, but looks like he spends all his quality time cleaning his motor.
I'm overseas alot sop can't dedicate that much time and effort and my missus wouldn't dream of washing my (or hers) car after she's used it - and use it she bloody well does!
 

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I won't T-cut anything. Start by using a Clay bar, or a light polish but nothing as aggresive as T-cut.

Simon
 

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I won't T-cut anything. Start by using a Clay bar, or a light polish but nothing as aggresive as T-cut.

Simon
Agreed don't touch this paintwork with T-cut. To be honest even if you did it's unlikely to have the desired affect as T-Cut isn't really designed to work on lacquered paint. The lacquer on Audi paintwork is extremley hard and stubborn that even the detailer I use complains about. If it's contamination on the paintwork then use of a claybar will almost certainly remove these marks.

You'll find all the detail you need on how to clay here http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=4829&highlight=clay and here http://www.bilthamber.com/autoclayhowto.html

Claying is a simple job you just need to remember to always use lots of lubrication so not to burn the paint (treat her like a lady and you'll be fine ;))When finished don't forget to add protection as just like T-Cut claying removes all waxes and protection from the paintwork.

Bilt Hamber supply well priced and user friendly products that IMO will give fantastic results for a job like this. You can buy their products directly off their own site. Personally as well as their clays I use their Auto Balm for paint protection instead of wax, I put Ess5ive onto this product and if you search this forum he's posted some pictures of the fantastic results he got. There is also a Bilt Hamber section on the Detailing World forum for further info.

Time scale wise for the area mentioned you're talking no more than half an hour to complete. I personally now use a detailer 3 times a year and top up the autobalm protection myself claying any small areas that require it but as the car is garaged it rarely needs any other attention.

Of cause if you don't want to do it yourself or haven't go the time there's always a detailer lurking on the Detailing World forum willing to take your money.

Just don't use that T-Cut if you value your car!
 

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Thanks for the extremely detailled response spinner.

I'll be taking your advice regarding the T-Cut (not to use) and will spend some time over the holidays giving the car some TLC.

Thanks all and Merry Xmas.
 
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