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BazDen PCGB Member
2020/04/06 09:08:38 (permalink)

Cleaning & Polishing

Hi, Now that I have more time at home, I made a big effort to deal all the stubborn marks on my 2015 Macan S.  Its looking great but I have one area I cannot clean up.  See photo.  this seems to be impossible to clean up and I think its the carbon fibre being chipped by road dirt.   
Has anyone else seen this problem, if so any suggestions to clean / fix would be appreciated?
Right now, Im considering a respray of these inserts at a body shop.
2015 Macans S
2005 997 Carrera 4S


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Re: Cleaning & Polishing 2020/04/06 10:03:47 (permalink) ☼ Best Answerby BazDen 2020/04/06 17:51:44
That's going to be a tricky one. 
If you run your finger over the surface, you will detect some pitting, which is basically damage to the outer clear-coat surface.
This can only be resolved by removing the damaged lacquer and refinishing the whole panel. It might be a specialist procedure presenting a challenge to many regular paint shops - I'm not sure. Maybe someone on here with experience of this can point you in the right direction. Alternatively, you might care to consider wrapping the panel with a C/F pattern film to cover it up.
Either way, it would be helpful to remove the panels from the vehicle, so they can be worked on individually.

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Re: Cleaning & Polishing 2020/04/06 11:42:35 (permalink)
Is that dirt stuck to the surface (on top) or stone chips (below)?

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Re: Cleaning & Polishing 2020/04/06 11:53:49 (permalink)
Looks like the trailing edge of the side blades near the rear wheels.   

My blades are painted but chipped too. In my case it would be a respray and then plastic film to protect.  Not sure what you could do.  Is it chipped lacquer?

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Re: Cleaning & Polishing 2020/04/06 17:56:13 (permalink)
Thank you all for your helpful responses.
Yes, this is the side blades in front of the rear wheels, same issue both sides.
There is no dirt, believe me, I have put in some hard labour to try to wash and polish this out :-)
With a few, normal day-to-day, driving stone chips (no dents) on the front and bonnet, I will probably get the side blades done when getting the front cleaned up.
There's no way I'll be selling the Macan, I love it.  Unless of course funding for a new one appears.
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Re: Cleaning & Polishing 2020/04/07 10:42:39 (permalink)
Thats interesting I had the same problem with mine in the same place but only on one side. I did magange to machine polish some of it out but really does depend on how deep the marks are. Its a very delicate area due to them being plastic and you have to be really careful not to get the panel too hot as it will burn though the paint very easy.
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