Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Discoloration in paint work

asked by on

My beetle has been in storage for the past 6 months and I now find that the left side of the front bonnet discolored. It is sticky to the touch and feels rough. Before washing I rubbed my finger and my finger turned black and it partially cleared but has lost the glossy shine. I then had it washed by professional car washers but it still looks discolored in a Matt finish way and is not glossy. The car washer also could not help. I am looking for some advice from you regarding what cleaning products can be used to get rid of the discoloration without damaging the paint. Do help thank you in advance

My car has 25000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

You will need to take the car to a body and paint repair shop or the dealer to let them have a look at the damaged paint. It sounds like something was on the car that damaged the paint while the car was in storage. If the damaged paint cannot be cleaned and buffed out to shine again then it may need paint work.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Discoloration in paint work

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Convertible window glass not going up

The most common failure is the window regulator or motor. Most owners with your problem replaced the motor and regulator to repair the window. I recommend you have a mechanic, like the ones from YourMechanic, come by and diagnose the...

Q: Everytime I put car into gear it shuts off the car but idles fine

This sounds like a faulty speed sensor problem. Most cars have two speed sensors (one monitors input shaft and one monitors output shaft) which tell the computer what the gear ratio is of the transmission while in use. If either...

Q: My manual gear shift has 'fallen out'.

The VW Van has a number of plastic bushings and a big ball and socket joint, all of which are subject to breakage. The good news is that your problem is far more likely to be in that linkage than...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...