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Old 09-22-2013, 01:17 AM
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I was polishing my hood today and discovered a small speck by the left washer nozzle aproximately 3/16". Upon closer inspection I confirmed it to be a bird dropping that had etched into the paint. I wet sanded with 2000 grit paper and polished it out, however it is still noticable. I was really bummed considering I only have 181 miles on it. It's not a warranty issue since airborne contaminates are not covered (acid rain, droppings, etc.) The paint is most likely waterborne and not as durable as thinner based paints. Has anybody found the durability of the paint on their trucks to be less than acceptable?
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That sucks that your truck only has 181 miles on it and its bad already. I don't think the paint on my black truck is great either. I just washed it and when you really look at it you can see dirt in the paint all over.

I had my truck opti-guarded to protect from bird crap and other stuff. Well worth the money IMO. Once you get your paint fixed you should really consider having it opti-guarded.
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I have noticed dust nibs in the paint also; quite a bit in the door jambs, along with orange peel. Mine is Flame Red, and overall has a nice finish. As for the etched spot; I do not plan on doing any more to it. The only real fix is to paint the hood, and I wont do that. The spot is crazed and would have to be sanded / feathered, spot painted (and hope it matches) and than the hood would have to be cleared. I've heard of Opti Coat and will look into it.
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I had the same thing happen to me. they noticed the spot on the roof when they were getting truck ready for delivery.......they figured that it was bird droppings.....they made it right
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I was polishing my hood today and discovered a small speck by the left washer nozzle aproximately 3/16". Upon closer inspection I confirmed it to be a bird dropping that had etched into the paint. I wet sanded with 2000 grit paper and polished it out, however it is still noticable. I was really bummed considering I only have 181 miles on it. It's not a warranty issue since airborne contaminates are not covered (acid rain, droppings, etc.) The paint is most likely waterborne and not as durable as thinner based paints. Has anybody found the durability of the paint on their trucks to be less than acceptable?
That's surprising to hear with a factory paint job.
My gut tells me maybe your hood was repaired/repainted at some point as this is very uncommon, unless the birds out your way have more toxic crap?

The best wax I have found for protection is the Collinite's 845 Insulator wax, it protects against bird droppings, amongst other things and lasts a long time.
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That was a large spot. Mine is only about 3/16" and most would probably not notice it. If mine were as large as yours was I would definately have it fixed. Did they have to spray the entire roof?
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Irv - It seems the droppings here are very caustic. I had a similar experience with my last truck (Avalanche). I was out having lunch and when I got into the truck noticed a dropping on the center of the hood. I should have wiped it off, but waited until I got home; too late. It had etched into the clear. I wet sanded with 2000 grit and polished to perfection. About a year later I noticed the etching had returned slightly; I could'nt believe it. I figured the acids were still working, so I neutralized the area with baking soda and lightly wet sanded / polished again. This time is did dot return. My Ram most likely was on the Dealers lot since last fall, exposed to the elements. Since the spot is so small, it's best left alone. I will soon get over it; I hope
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As a former painter and bodyman, I recommend to all reading this that if you DO in fact get the spot repaired, small as it may be, it is imperative that you spot repair and then make sure the whole affected panel is cleared from edge to edge. This means if it was your hood, the whole hood needs cleared.

All too often, hack shops or lot lizard touch up artists will say they can fix it and then "burn" the clear in. 6 months later and that clear coat will be coming right back off, guarantee it.
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Yes....they repainted the whole roof. I was a little nervous because of the color..(Max. Steel) but service king did a hell of a job and you cant even tell.
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Same thing happended to my last burb. Seagull left a huge dropping on the rear quarter at the airport while I was on business. It was 6" long down the side above the rear wheel and 1" wide. Got back, washed it and it was permanent. Tried everything but it was fully etched down to the base coat. That stuff is like acid!

The first weekend with my new Ram I waxed it. I will give it a second coat next weekend. Supposedly, this will create a barrier against it. I used good old NuFinish. The paint was smooth as glass and slippery after applying the first coat.

Unfortunatley learned about Opticoat after doing this, so I am going to stay with Nufinish. Just don't get it on black plastic. Its a pain to get off.

Good luck, I think any good wax will help prevent further issues.
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