How to Fix Auto Paint That Is Discolored in Spots

by Jenny Carver

Auto paint is exposed to harsh UV rays and other elements that can cause harm to the color and finish of the painted surface. Spots on the car may become discolored for many reasons. The cost of a complete paint job may not be in your budget, but that doesn't mean your car has to stay covered in spots. Fix auto paint that is discolored in spots by following some simple steps that almost anyone can do in just a few hours.

Wash the entire car with car wash soap and a sponge. Rinse the car and allow it to dry completely. Washing the car before restoring the color lets you begin with a clean surface. Rubbing dirt into the car's surface can cause scratches.

Pour liquid rubbing compound onto a cotton towel. Use a small amount and add more as needed. Rub the compound directly onto the discolored spots, using small, circular motions and force against the surface. The discoloration should disappear as the original color shows up in its place. Rub until the compound is no longer visible. The abrasives in the rubbing compound strip away any oxidation on the surface that can cause discoloration.

Apply a small amount of car polish to a clean cotton towel and polish each area that was rubbed with compound. Use small circular motions to buff the spot. The car polish may be applied to the entire car to shine the entire surface. This will make all of the auto paint blend together and look even.

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About the Author

Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including lovetoknow.com, autotropolis.com, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.