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Old 01-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #41
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I'd get the dealer to look at it before you put effort into cleaning it. You might make it worse and the void the warranty.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:39 AM   #42
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I'd get the dealer to look at it before you put effort into cleaning it. You might make it worse and the void the warranty.

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You are not going to damage the car or affect your warranty with a clay bar. Give it a try, it's hard to mess up if you follow the directions on the box. This is classic rail dust, and it won't be covered under warranty.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:04 AM   #43
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2012 ford focus just flipped 20k miles only 9 months old. I live in ohio which means snow and salt. Car has been pretty dirty for a few weeks so I ran it through a car wash today since the temp has finally climbed above freezing and around both of my rear wheel arches there are small rust spots developing! Has anyone else had this issue?
Should have gotten a rust protection of some kind...I live in Cleveland and I've gotten rust protection on every car I've ever owned. I've never had rust...even after 10+ years. It's almost mandatory up here.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #44
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You might want to pick up some IronX.

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ro-iron-x.html
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:16 AM   #45
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looks like its gonna b a nice day here tomorrow. (low 60's) and sun. hopefully ill get the chance to give it a good cleaning and run the clay bar over it. its been bothering the crap outa me.
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zillon i heard about iron-x just read about it infact. seems like a GREAT product. what is your experience with it? should i still use the clay bar if i use the iron-x product or will the iron-x do everything a clay bar will.
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zillon i heard about iron-x just read about it infact. seems like a GREAT product. what is your experience with it? should i still use the clay bar if i use the iron-x product or will the iron-x do everything a clay bar will.
I don't have any personal experience with it, but it's something that is highly regarded within the automotive detailing community. I see it used time and time again by people in their detailing process.

I'd be more inclined to do the IronX first, and if that doesn't work, go for the clay.

Just make sure you follow up with a good coat of wax.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:50 AM   #48
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E30og stated in the first post I currently have 20k miles, purchased the car in march 2012 I live in ohio which yes there is salt on the roads and I do 90% highway driving. I've owned 4 cars in my past and have need seen rust start to develop after 9 short months or not even make it through one winter.
Its the Salt and the Highway driving, along with the STEEP angle our hoods face the road. After like 6 months of (almost strictly) highway driving with mine, my hood was peppered the entire way up! best solution is protection, but first get those rust spots taken care of. Go to the dealer and blast them....go through the pain and agony of forcing Ford to repaint it (warranty! use it!)

AFTER it is totally taken care of, the only way to prevent it is protection. Get a 3m ClearBra for the entire front end...bumper fenders etc.

Additionally, when you do the hood, get the entire hood covered; the hood is at such an angle that the whole thing is just as exposed as the little strip they usually do in the front end. If the entire hood costs too much, buy the 3m paint protection film off fleaby and do it yourself, or try to pay one of the tint guys under the table to do it. Totally worth it and very important! If you don't do the entire hood (with your driving conditions), plan on repainting it in the future. It is definitely easy enough to be a DIY type of project, but it's just time consuming.
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let me add, DO NOT mess around with a clay bar or doing any junk like that! Put all of your efforts into the dealer right now. Paint is warrantied and that is still BS. Part of the thousands you spent on the car goes into that warranty, use it!
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let me add, DO NOT mess around with a clay bar or doing any junk like that! Put all of your efforts into the dealer right now. Paint is warrantied and that is still BS. Part of the thousands you spent on the car goes into that warranty, use it!
Industrial fallout is not warrantied, and in fact is totally NORMAL. It is not specific to Ford, it occurs on all cars with paint. If you wash your car and then use a clay bar with Meguiar's Quik Exterior Detail as a lubricant, there is virtually NO WAY you can damage your paint with a clay bar. There are no harsh chemicals, and as long as the car is clean you are not going to scratch the paint. Try a clay bar on a small section before you take it to the dealership or do anything else- it is specifically designed for this.

In general, dealerships don't have a clue how to properly treat paint on a car, hence DIS (dealer-installled-swirls) on most lots. The dealership is the last place I would go to address this. If the clay bar doesn't work, which I'm sure it will, I would head to a detailer and have them look at it before having someone from the dealership create new problems for you.
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