Iron filings on paintwork?

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Warrior
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Iron filings on paintwork?

Post by Warrior » Mon 07 Sep, 2015 13:18

Fortunately not the Zed but on a near new VW Polo my daughter has just bought.

Looks immaculate on the drive but giving it it's first wash yesterday revealed 100's of very small iron filings over the roof and bonnet.

I tried claying which works with a bit of elbow grease but have read about various potions - wheel cleaner etc., - that are supposed to work without damaging the paint.

Has anybody had a similar experience and can make some recomendations?

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Re: Iron filings on paintwork?

Post by Southernboy » Tue 08 Sep, 2015 07:24

......... A magnet..?? :D

Sounds like it's been parked in an industrial area where soot or some other emissions have settled on the car. Hopefully it wasn't hot material which will have melted into the paint and stuck there.
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Re: Iron filings on paintwork?

Post by Del » Tue 08 Sep, 2015 09:18

Warrior wrote:I tried claying which works with a bit of elbow grease
Personally, I would stick with the "claying" which is the traditional/recommended route for removing stubborn airborne particles and contaminants which stick to the paint surface.

Glad to see that I'm not the only one who has to slave over daughters' cars :D

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Re: Iron filings on paintwork?

Post by Badman gee » Tue 08 Sep, 2015 09:40

Use this first do not clay till after:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/engine-an ... d_726.html
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Re: Iron filings on paintwork?

Post by bentley-boy » Tue 08 Sep, 2015 20:42

Seen that before, it's the result of someone using an angle grinder or the likes to cut metal nearby. Showers of hot metal dust burn into the paint, only way usually to get rid of it is to wet flat with 2000 grade wet/dry paper and polish back with Farecla G3. You may get lucky and find the metal dust hasn't burnt into the paint. Hope it's a happy outcome.

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Re: Iron filings on paintwork?

Post by Warrior » Wed 09 Sep, 2015 16:38

Thanks all..........

It was bought from a main VW Dealership that has been having a lot of building/steel work carried out so most likely done on site.

They are over an hours drive away we took it to the local main dealer and had their body shop guy look over it who said it would need mopping all over with a possible respray on the bonnet which I think a bit extreme! A scuff on the windscreen pillar that should have been done prior to collection.....£300!

You wouldn't see the particles until up very close, the car looks immaculate on the drive - 3 years old £12,000 miles, but it needs doing all over. We have a 30 day exchange deal and warranty for a year (?) so am hopeful this can be sorted amicably.

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Re: Iron filings on paintwork?

Post by Thesurveyor » Wed 09 Sep, 2015 17:10

Apparently Fiat 500s suffered from a similar problem. My cousin was told that the cars were moved around from the factory on railway carriages and that the dust and rubbish from the train brakes got onto the paint and burnt tiny rusty holes just as described above. Lots of warranty claims allegedly.

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