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My accord is about a year old but is always parked in the garage. I've had other Hondas in the past and tree sap has never did this. I was told by a body shop guy that my paint is still probably still soft because it's always in the garage; I would like to know if this is true?

I found a local mobile person who would sand a little part of the area, paint and blend it with clear coat for $150

I have touch paint over it now. It's about the size of a pencil eraser
 

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being up that high and mainly out of sight (if you did or can do a good job) then I'd say I wouldn't do it. There's a few really good videos on Youtube about touching up properly. Could possibly save you some money. If it really did etch through the clear and paint, then I'd lay down something like Opti-Coat 2.0 or CQuartz on it
 

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Yeah that's what I keep telling myself. But it irritates me. But now after almost two months, I kind of not care for it as much. I will post another pic of the touch up I did. Not the greatest. I used the tooth pick method and let the paint drip into affected area. I might of over did it.
 

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Funny that you post this, because, I was washing my OBP this weekend and found 4 dots of sap, 2 on the hood, 1 on the trunk lid and 1 in nearly the exact spot as yours. All had etched the clearcoat, but luckily none had taken the paint off. (pebbles on the highway have done a fine job of that...) I did the only thing I knew to do, wash it off, hit it with some rubbing compound and then a coat of Meguiars Gold Class.... I have the simoniz protection plan, so I may take it to the dealer and get them to cover it...
 

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I inspect my car once every 2 weeks or whenever I could within a month before I wash it. At my work parking lot there are a lot of tree with sap so whenever I spot one, I would clean it right away. That's **** dude. Isn't waxing your car suppose to make the sap stick less to the car? On my car, with a little of water, the sap slide right off.
 

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tree sap is brutal... if you catch it early enough i have used goo remover on my daughters' cars; works wonders usually. I stay away from trees at all times (yes i know not always possible)
 

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Pic of it painted with touch up paint, tooth pick method

Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic
 

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Not too terrible. It definitely looks darker than the original paint though. Only you can decide if it's worth $150. Definitely make sure his work will be worth it though
 

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Not too terrible. It definitely looks darker than the original paint though. Only you can decide if it's worth $150. Definitely make sure his work will be worth it though
He says he uses DuPont paint and offers a one yr warranty. They work with four big dealerships. He guarantees I wont even be able to tell where it was at. But then again they all say. That
 

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Lol
 

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I was told by a body shop guy that my paint is still probably still soft because it's always in the garage, which is why the paint is so susceptible to this tree sap damage. he said my paint needs to be out in the sun more...does this make sense ?
 

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I was told by a body shop guy that my paint is still probably still soft because it's always in the garage, which is why the paint is so susceptible to this tree sap damage. he said my paint needs to be out in the sun more...does this make sense ?
That's nonsense. Not only is factory paint sprayed differently than at a body shop but it's also baked at much higher temperatures. By the time the car comes off the assembly line, the paint is already cured.

If for some strange reason it isn't fully cured, there's time for it to do so from the moment it leaves the factory to when someone buys the car off the lot that it has been sitting on for a month to half a year or more.
 

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I was told by a body shop guy that my paint is still probably still soft because it's always in the garage, which is why the paint is so susceptible to this tree sap damage. he said my paint needs to be out in the sun more...does this make sense ?
Don't go to this bodyshop, the guy who told you this story is clueless.
 

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A paint guy recommending the car be out of the garage and in the sun more?! Sounds like he is either a moron or he wants your business when you eventually have to repaint!
 

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what do you all think of this repair?
If I were to attempt this, how would I remove the old touch up paint? acetone?
 

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This touch up paint has been on for almost two months. Will Blob Eliminator from Lankga help smooth and level this out? and After Polish the spot
 
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