Originally Posted by ryan3326
The top and shoulders of our AS have what looks like oxidation - can I buff this away?
We have spent time removing old adhesive residue and now just want to try to get a uniform clean look to the exterior - any suggestions?
You're right, the "sunburn" look on the top & shoulders is where the clearcoat has failed and the aluminum has started to oxidize at various rates. Unfortuantely, it doesn't fail evenly - thus the splotchy look.
The shiney areas, usually down lower on the sides are where the clearcoat hasn't yet failed. These areas can also sometimes look "milky" as it begins to fail. You can just strip the remaining clearcoat and get a better overall appearance until you decide to polish. This will keep the remaining areas from oxidizing randomly and let it do so more evenly without the interference of the failing clearcoat exposing the aluminum in layers.
Ultimately you have to strip everything anyways prior to polishing no matter what products you decide to use. If you don't strip first, you will just create a bigger mess and more work - trying to polish through
the remaining clearcoat.