How do I take the oxidation out of car paint?

Can you remove oxidation from car paint? I've noticed some oxidation on my car and would love to get rid of it without damaging the paint.

Answer
“Good news—yes! You don’t have to spend thousands to repaint your car to remove the oxidation.
Frustratingly, oxidation is natural and occurs on car paint due to exposure to heat and oxygen. Follow these steps to remove it:
  • Wet the affected area liberally, then lightly sand it with 1200 grit sandpaper.
  • Wash and dry the area to remove the debris.
  • Apply a thin layer of rubbing compound.
  • Hold an orbital polisher over the affected area until the oxidation is gone (approximately 10-20 seconds).
By removing the oxidation, your paint will retain its shine while also preserving the resale value of your vehicle.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 27, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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