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post #1 of 16 Old 08-08-2018, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Brand new, stains in clear coat?

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Just signed up, just got a new Accord 2.0T in white. Only had it about a week so far (150 miles as of day), and I noticed I already had some brown spots kicked up on the rear bumper from my wheels. I thought it was just dirt, but as I was trying to wash it away yesterday, it seems like they did fade off a little, but the spots still remain, and they're very noticeable. Tried running my finger on them to see if it was just really stuck on dirt, but cannot feel anything to grab, and my nail isn't scraping any of it off. I bought a bottle of Turtle Wax Bug/Tar remover and tried that today, and that didn't work either.

My question is, does anyone know any other options to try cleaning the stains off? Is it possible that my clearcoat is now stained somehow? Defective paint/clear coat on the bumper?

I'm even more curious if anyone else who has the platinum white pearl model has run into this same issue, where splashes are not cleaning off very well.

I've attached pictures of one of the rear bumpers to show the spots. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I have same color but no issues. I have 4K mikes on mine. I would take it in.

I have not experienced any problems with bugs staining my paint. They wipe right off with a wet rag or car wash.

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That looks like tire shine applied by the dealer mixed with brake dust and flung off the tire and stained the paint.

I've also noticed that bugs and birds easily leave yellow/orange/brown stains that don't wash off on my Platinum White Pearl paint. Fortunately, these stains seem to disappear on their own in the hot sun during the week between hand washes.

I'd notify the dealer right away so it's on record then hope it fades away on its own. If not, I wish you the best of luck.

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Try some rubbing compound and a microfiber towel. If that doesn't work it may be a defect in the paint and I'd take it to the dealer.
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Agree ^^^ see the dealer. I can recommend 3M Clear Bra once you get it cleaned up. It deflects road rash, bird droppings, rock chips etc.

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Spoke to the dealer, they said it was tree sap baked into the clear coat. They offered to schedule an appointment to try to buff it out, or send out the car to get the bumper repainted. The car only has 200 miles on it, but I wouldn't think I'd need to get it repainted so soon. Anyone ever have similar brown spots on a car due to tree sap? If so, I'd love to hear if there are any solutions to that, or if it's just permanently fused to the clear coat now.

I tried a claybar earlier, didn't really work. Might give it some more soaks with the bug/tar remover from Turtle Wax, but I don't know if that will help much.
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Tree sap? Inside the wheel wells??

Did someone drive it through a farm over a bunch of felled Christmas trees while chasing Rudolph???

I hate to point out the obvious, but tree sap falls from trees onto mostly horizontal surfaces (hood, roof, trunk) - not sideways or from below onto the bottoms of fenders or inside wheel wells.
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Tree sap? Inside the wheel wells??

Did someone drive it through a farm over a bunch of felled Christmas trees while chasing Rudolph???

I hate to point out the obvious, but tree sap falls from trees onto mostly horizontal surfaces (hood, roof, trunk) - not sideways or from below onto
the bottoms of fenders or inside wheel wells.
Lo! Isn’t it great to know Honda hires tree experts in order to problem solve these situations? No wonder why I paid a premium for my Accord!!!
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I agree, it's a strange thing to claim since only the rear wheels seemingly rolled into whatever it is. I barely have any (if any) spots behind the front wheels. However, I don't find any other ideas as to what it could be, since bug/tar remover didn't fix it, I can't scrape it off with my nail, and it is definitely embedded into the clear coat since no other options have worked so far, clay bar included. I don't think tire wet turns brown, unless the wheels were really dirty, but that would surely take more than a week or two to justify that idea. So, I have no other ideas as to what it could be that splashed on, and then stained the clear coat.
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New York, Long Island to be more specific.
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If it really is tree sap (which I highly doubt), then some Goo Gone will remove it. Anyway, try some Goo Gone. Let it soak for a minute or so before wiping it off. But if you already tried rubbing compound and it didn't come off, then the imperfection has etched into the paint. If so, then wetsanding with 2000 grit and then buffing/polishing would be the only option short of a repaint.

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Probably dirty when it was painted and clear coated, IMO. It happens, and should be repainted.
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Spoke to the dealer, they said it was tree sap baked into the clear coat. They offered to schedule an appointment to try to buff it out, or send out the car to get the bumper repainted. The car only has 200 miles on it, but I wouldn't think I'd need to get it repainted so soon. Anyone ever have similar brown spots on a car due to tree sap? If so, I'd love to hear if there are any solutions to that, or if it's just permanently fused to the clear coat now.

I tried a claybar earlier, didn't really work. Might give it some more soaks with the bug/tar remover from Turtle Wax, but I don't know if that will help much.
So, it's been over three months since your last post. What did you have done or did you decide to live with it?


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