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Old 12-30-2012, 07:04 PM
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If you claybar the truck in the winter will these spots come back? My 2012 white Ram is doing the same but its on the lower doors, the bumper, and tailgate. They only appeared in the winter here. Guessing it's from all the salt on the roads?
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Ever since I've owned white trucks (is there any other colour?? ) I've had issues with small orange rust spots showing up on the paint...all over the vehicle. I'm sure it's there on all vehicles regardless of colour...it's just that it really shows up big time on white

I've heard everything from rail dust to environmental fallout as the culprit. Personally I think it's got something to do with all the salt, sand & chemicals used on our roads in the winter up here in the north. Reason being it seems the rust spots only rear their ugly little heads in the winter time. They're mostly concentrated on the sides (more toward the rear) and tailgate, but find them all over...even non metal surfaces such as bumpers, fiberglass tonneau cover, etc.

With some "elbow grease" & scrubbing they do come off but it's a real PITA . Early this winter, I figured I'd try some preventative maintenance...I had the truck professionally buffed completely & waxed. Much to my despair, 2 weeks later and the rust spots were back all over.

Now what? As mentioned, I've dealt with this for years (7 or 8 white trucks plus numerous white cars) but have really just about had enough of the continuous scrubbing. Not quite ready to give up on the white colour either though. I can't imagine I'm the only one here...anyone experience this as well with a solution?

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I've noticed those spots also on vehicles I have owned. It's not rust. It's residue left when your tires throw small bits of asphalt. Every piece that hits your vehicle leave a brownish spot that looks like small rust spot. I get them on my silver bottom on my truck. My wife has a silver jeep which gets full of them. Mostly, it's a problem in the summer, but they show up in the winter too.
Use a bug and tar remover to get rid of them and then wash and wax your baby!

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I've had the same problem along with others. The clay bar works also there is some spray to put on that cleans it off that the G/F's dad told me about. As far as what caues it, at first I thought it was the metallic fleck in the paint but the general consensus is that it's the rail dust from the trains when they get transported. It probably will continue to happen cause, I think, the clay bar only removes the rust stains not the particles of metal.
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The Clay bar should remove the iron particles that are embedded in the surface. Then wax the truck. The spray you are referring to I believe is Oxalic acid (diluted). As with any corrosive product care must be taken when using it. Clay bar is the safest!

And for all you white vehicle lovers, we have a saying in the collision repair industry... White is right! It usually hides most imperfections...
It is rail dust as well as other metallic particles in the air such as break dust. As people have stated before clay bar will remove this.


As for the spray you guys are speaking of, it's called Iron X. It's made to be sprayed on cars and wheels, turns purple as it eats away the iron. Check out auto geek dot net.
I have used this before using clay and cuts a lot of the hard work out since the metal deposits have been taken away by the Iron X. After wash/rinse real well, then continue with polish, wax, and sealant.
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You will see these rust specks on any light colored vehicle, I live in NE Canada as well and you'll see it more in the winter as these metallic particles (brake dust or whatever it is) oxidize a lot faster with the coating of salt all over our vehicles. If you get real close dark vehicles will have them also, just a lot less noticeable. Clay bar works, but I'd do it in the spring. A good coat of wax in the fall and regular washes is the best way to prevent these spots from becoming stubborn

I wanted a white ram sport real bad but went with mineral grey for this reason alone, I'll have my ram for 10 years likely and I simply couldn't live with this, I'm too OCD!

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This clay bar seems to be quite good stuff, but what is "clay bar"
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This clay bar seems to be quite good stuff, but what is "clay bar"
its what its called, a bar of clay, its is used to remove everything off your car paint, best way to use one is:

1) Wash your truck, a-z, do not do this in the sun, you are removing everything off the paint, all wax, tar, bugs, grit, everything, the paint will not have any protection at this point.
2) get a spray bottle and fill it with water, then add 8 drops of "dawn" dish soap, no more than 8 drops or it will be pretty strong.
3) spray small area at a time with the soap mixture and rub clay bar on paint.
4) constantly change turn the clay bar over as you progress on the truck
5) fully rinse your truck
6) Fully wax your truck, 2 coats is the best, 3 even better.
7) step back and love what you see.
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Or use quick detailed spray. Most clay bar kits come with a detailer spray that I've seen/used
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its what its called, a bar of clay, its is used to remove everything off your car paint, best way to use one is:

1) Wash your truck, a-z, do not do this in the sun, you are removing everything off the paint, all wax, tar, bugs, grit, everything, the paint will not have any protection at this point.
2) get a spray bottle and fill it with water, then add 8 drops of "dawn" dish soap, no more than 8 drops or it will be pretty strong.
3) spray small area at a time with the soap mixture and rub clay bar on paint.
4) constantly change turn the clay bar over as you progress on the truck
5) fully rinse your truck
6) Fully wax your truck, 2 coats is the best, 3 even better.
7) step back and love what you see.

Ask a silly question i've never heard of it before i thought it was some sort of brand name to a cleaner. i'll ask around
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When i used to have my detailing shop I would have to deal with this all the time. I would usually claybar the vechicle. On contractors trucks that cared enough to pay the extra to remove the rust spots i would use a fall out remover i would get from supplier. Just spray onto a wet vechicle let it sit and sometimes you might have to work it in if really bad and then just rinse off.
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