Sorry that this is my first thread (besides the intro), but I did some work on my car today before I did the proper research. Live and learn. I think/hope I am OK but I wanted to get opinions of the experts here on this forum. Here is the situation:
Went to a local store for Meguiars Ultimate Paste wax (which was recommended and I saw some good reviews), and I was thinking of something to help get rid of brake dust rust off my white 2013 Elantra GT. I saw the Meguiars Ultimate Compound, read the instructions, and saw that it might do the job.
Did not think more of it afterwards until I got home and some neurons started firing. Then I found some horror stories on here of folks doing something similar to what I did...
Here is what I did, vs what I now read I should have done:
1. Cleaned and dried my car using a coin-operated car wash.
2. I used the Ultimate Compound, with the following technique (which after seeing a few videos, I know was wrong):
- I did a whole panel all at once (ie. entire hood, entire door, etc). (vs the proper technique of a section of a panel at a time)
- Applied to the panel, and some of it did dry on by the time I got it off. (vs the proper technique of not letting it dry)
- Applied with a terry-cloth covered sponge, but I did use finger pressure at times (vs the proper technique of even pressure over the whole hand)
- Applied in a shade, but a very hot day (33c outside)
- used circular motion
- for the brake dust rust spots, I rubbed pretty hard in that one spot. (vs the proper technique of even pressure all over the area).
- did make sure that all the UC was off before proceeding to the next step. Used a microfibre towel.
- I did not use a clay bar or anything other than the UC to prep the wax(vs the proper technique of starting with the lowest abrasion product like a clay bar, etc).
3. I then used Ultimate Paste Wax (I did not use a detailer, polish, etc....straight from the Ultimate Compound to Ultimate Wax)
- applied to entire car using circular motion
- kept it off the black plastic, rubber, etc. Just used on paint, and I removed it as soon as I touched a porous surface.
- used two passes of wax, and let dry
- applied in the shade, but very warm outside
- Buffed out the wax using the provided microfibre towel. After I thought I got it all out the first time, I did the entore car again (buffed) with a fresh microfibre towel.
I understand that I did not do this properly, and have read a bunch of threads here and I think I could do a much better job the next time. So now I am looking for some 'what to do next' advice.
I cannot see any clear-coat damage or any abrasions on the car (which I did the above work on about 6 hours ago). In fact, I was quite pleased with myself until I decided to research the Ultimate Compound after I did my entire car with it improperly. I have attached pictures of the areas of the car where I know I rubbed too hard.
My two questions I have after providing the above information is:
1. Should I be able to tell by now if I had damaged the paint/clear coat? Its a white car, and based on the other Ultimate Compound threads I have seen the damage itself appears to be white too. I have attached pics of where the damage might be, if I have done any at all.
2. What can I do to 'undo' any damage that might have been done? I am taking a 3-week road trip in three days so any additional work that takes longer than an hour might have to wait until late August. I do have some time to put a 'quick liquid' synthetic wax I have purchased from a competitor (that I have used before) if that might add more protection.
Thanks for any help and advice on what I should do next (if needed). I made the pictures large for zooming in, so apologies if I need to make them smaller (but figured a larger pic might be more useful)