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    Question?

    Hi
    I have a question about removing berry stains from your cars finish.

    Unfortunately where I happen to have to park my car at home, there are these two trees that have been dropping berries on one side of my car. These berries when they break open they leave a sticky red ooze on my car which is hard to remove off the glass and doubly hard to remove off the finish. Problem is I wash the car and they leave behind these grayish stains on the black finish that I cannot get off.

    Can anyone provide me any advice how to remove these stains? I've tried bug,tar and tree sap remover and a compound but nothing seems to work.
    Will I need the assitance of a professional detailer?

    thanks
    Rob

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    Hey Nylo and Welcome to Meguiar's Online!!!

    It sounds as though some of the juice of berry which could be acidic, may have etched into the paint. Can you please post a photo as to what the damage looks like?

    Thanks

    Tim

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    Re: Question?

    Originally posted by nylo
    Can anyone provide me any advice how to remove these stains? I've tried bug,tar and tree sap remover and a compound but nothing seems to work.
    Hi nylo,

    How are you applying the compound?

    You might try this...

    How to remove a defect by hand with ScratchX


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    Re: Question

    Believe it or not, the bird dropping etching in this link Mike posted is pretty much what the stains on my car look like. I will try to post a pic tomorrow

    http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums...&threadid=1516
    Rob

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    Tree berry stains

    Hi Guys
    Here are some pics of the "berry stains" that I've been experiencing that I mentioned on a previous post. Any idea how to remove them?

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...971/Image3.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...1/IMAG0004.jpg




    thanks

    Rob
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    Hi Rob,

    Have you tried the ScratchX product I suggested in your original post?

    Originally posted by Mike Phillips
    Hi nylo,

    How are you applying the compound?

    You might try this...

    How to remove a defect by hand with ScratchX


    Mike

    If you want to remove the defect by hand, this would by my first recommendation. If ScratchX doesn't remove it safely, or at least improve it greatly, then your next option would be to try a product from Meguiar's Professional Line and apply it with either a G-100, (PC), or a rotary buffer.

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    First of all, those look pretty brutal, and the rest of the paint around the spots doesn't look to great, either. Sad to say, from the look of those berry stains, they have eaten through the paint, and you won't be able to do much about them. I have several bird-related spots on my car that are in similar shape.

    If the rest of the finish is in good enough shape to make this worth it, you can try some polishing with something like ScratchX as Mike Phillips suggested, and follow with something like #7 Show Car Glaze to try to fill in the defect and restore some of the refractivity in that area...you'll really need to work that in. I have amazed myself on some not-so-bad bird spots that seemed to disappear after really working the #7 into them. Then of course follow with a good wax.

    Moral of the story is keep a good layer of protectant on the car, don't park under that tree, use a cover, or clean the berries off as soon as possible (same for bird droppings). I know this stinks but until they make cars out of ****** frying pans we have to live with this.
    Mike

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    Hey nylo,

    I have merged your two threads together in order to avoid double posting.

    Your pictures look as if the acidic juice has indeed etched the paint. Please follow Mike's advice about trying the ScratchX and see if that helps. It may take several applications. Some of the marks may be too deep and may not come out.

    Good luck and please keep us posted!

    Tim

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    Re: Tree berry stains

    I'll take a try with the Scratch X.

    Believe it or not, the paint is in good shape other than those "stains". I know those pics looks terrible but that is cause I use a cheap digital camera...

    thanks for all your help
    Rob

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    Another option is to try Medallion Premium Paint Cleaner on the berry juice spots.

    As to Setec Astronomy mentioning your paint not looking great. I tend to agree, as the picture there appears to be cobweb swirls and car wash swirls. I guess it may not be up to some people obsessive level. Deal with one thing at a time, so lets take car of the berry juice first.

    How long have the trees been dropping berries on the car?
    How old are the spots?
    What kind of vehicle?
    Does it feel like anything sticky is left on the surface after washing?

    Eric

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