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Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?

 
j994k

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11/08/2012 08:36 PM

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Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
I have detailed cars for a living and for fun for over 20 years now. I know paint. I closed my shop last year, but kept 20 or so loyal clients who still have me keep their cars looking good.

I'm in Kansas and for about the last 6 months I have noticed the paint on my clients cars getting etched more and more. None of them work or park by any industrial facilities. We don't see much acid rain here.

Tonight I cleaned my own everyday driver. It's an 08 Hyundai SantaFe. The paint is perfect. I use nothing but the best sealants and waxes on it. I clay the paint once a month, and buff it once a year. It has been rained on twice since I washed it last.

Today after I washed it I noticed the etching on my car. Because of the products I use this has NEVER happened in the 4 years I have owned it. It has been 3 weeks since the last wash and the etching was not in the clear coat then.

Has anyone else noticed anything like this on your vehicle?
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Anonymous Coward
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11/08/2012 08:40 PM
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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
I'm noticing something on my fruits and veggies. The half more exposed to rain is covered in little black spots. I'm kind of scared to eat them.
j994k (OP)

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11/08/2012 08:44 PM

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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
Do the spots wash off?
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11/08/2012 08:49 PM
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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
Do the spots wash off?
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Nope. They're like little black surface burns/discolorations or something. First I noticed them on the grapes, then the tomatoes.. They weren't even all grown in the same part of the country. At this point I'm just peeling the tops off of my veggies, it's become so common that I expect to see it.
j994k (OP)

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11/08/2012 08:53 PM

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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
Odd. I don't know about fruits and veggies, but I know the spots on the cars I am seeing can only be acid etching.
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11/08/2012 09:01 PM
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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
Odd. I don't know about fruits and veggies, but I know the spots on the cars I am seeing can only be acid etching.
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Fallout is acidic.
Seriously.
That I know empirically.

I had the worst possible luck when travelling in March of 2011 and ended up up in Pacific mountains in the middle of the first Fuku cloud. The first sign was that the rain burnt our skin, the second was going inside to find out the Geiger counters were going off. We left after that, but I had smooth burned spots on my exposed skin for a while after. I was also hella sick for ages after, but that's another story.
j994k (OP)

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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
I watched the weather and clouds but it all went north of Kansas. I have no idea what fallout would look like on paint, or how fast it would etch.

I do know that it has to be pretty rough stuff to get through my paint protectant.
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11/08/2012 10:59 PM
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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
It's a learning curve and we're in it. I guess we'll find out one way or another.
ocd much?
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11/08/2012 11:06 PM
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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
A few years ago when i ran my truck through the car wash, I didn't notice anything.
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11/08/2012 11:16 PM

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Re: Anyone else noticing heavy acid rain etching on your car?
A few years ago when i ran my truck through the car wash, I didn't notice anything.
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Haha. Probably not if you do it every couple of years. tounge
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