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I went to wash the Z on our first warm day. I noticed on all corners what looked like salt residue or some splatter marks. Thought nothing of it. After washing, they were still there! I tried scraping with a fingernail, nothing. Tried rubbing them hard with a soapy rag (on a non visible tiny section), nothing.

My work parking lot has tons of tiny pebbles left from the snows. Could this be rock damage!? If so, the entire car will have to be repainted. And if it is, who should pay for it?

Here's a narrated video, modem speed, low quality. I'll post a cable speed quality version later tonight.

Vomiting in Virginia,

JC

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Damn, JC...looks like its been sand blasted. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif I would check with the dealer first. Sherylann had a '93 Coupe which I bought her new and it had acid rain marks in the paint. GM repainted the whole car.
 

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JC,
Looks like you were following a salt truck at 100 mph. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_cry.gif
Let us know how you make out.
 

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It is not easy to tell from the pixs or the movie but it looks like high speed sand and rock blasting, I would show it to your dealer but I do not know if they will do anything for you. The Vette paint system as well as many new car paint is very soft, I have seen this on some cars this year and last. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif
 

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JC,
If it's salt residue (can't tell from the pics) try a little vinegar on a hidden spot (inside fenderwell, etc). It'll come off if it's just residue. If the paint is chipped, I'm sure you could feel it...

Luck to ya..../phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif
 

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Try Meguire's Paint Cleaner (Pep Boys, etc). They have a multi-step process (numbered 1, 2, 3...). I've had things on my paint that have only come off with their product. Each number basically has a soft "grit" compound of varying size -- paint cleaner (1) has larger grit, down to the polish (2) and wax (3), which has the smallest size. You can also buy a clay rubbing compound that is supposed to work wonders (from my days in the Impala SS club).

It'll cost you $20 to try out but maybe it will make your day. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

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That sucks!

Not to outdo you Jared, but my situation not only sucks worse, but I'm sick of my C5.

I bought the car 1 year ago, and have had two oil pumps fry, due to the check valve sticking open.

The first time cost me 27 days without a car. The second time with a different dealer cost me 1 month and supossedly a new engine, but wait a minute.

Only 1100 miles later, with the same Mobil 1 installed by the dealer, another dead pump!!!

This occurance happens when I start the car after short trips. Each time, it has been at places like, our shop, the dealer, and then Corvette Mikes today. What would happen if I was on my way to KY?

This is the final straw. The car goes back as a lemon. Too bad, since this motor was the strongest C5 I have driven to date, including all the Z06s I have driven.

Mods that have to come off before I return the car: Halltech Intake, LS6 manifold and RC 30# injectors, titanium exhaust.

What are the odds of this happening three times? 1 in a million. Now you know why I do not skydive.

Jim Hall
 

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Jared,

I just washed my z yesterday and discovered the exact same spots. Must be something on these NVA roads. I will try vinegar or a claybar on it soon. It doesn't appear to be in the clearcoat, it is still smooth to the touch.

Let me know how you attack the problem.
 

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On 2001-04-10 09:30, lazygun spewed forth this drivel:
Jared,

I just washed my z yesterday and discovered the exact same spots. Must be something on these NVA roads. I will try vinegar or a claybar on it soon. It doesn't appear to be in the clearcoat, it is still smooth to the touch.

Let me know how you attack the problem.

<<<< Both my silver coupe and black Z06 look the same--but mine is from sand and rock abrasion,i keep using turtle wax colored wax to fill the holes and cover the primer spots that show thru--i use colored masking tape to cover the areas on the track and blasts across the desert.
 

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You might try 3M Swirl Mark Remover, P/N 39009, if the vinegar and/or clay bar doesn't work. Recommended by Sal Zaino.
 

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Gust traded my Black Z06 2 weeks ago. It had the sand blast effect at all four corners and it was not something external, it was very small chips removed. The new Red one doesn't seem to be getting the chips at all. I still drive the same roads I did with the black one and I am watchig very closely. Just had the feeling the paint on my Black Z was soft or at least not right.
 

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Thank god after 2,500 miles my Red one doesn't have this condition. I don't, however, do much winter driving. Best of luck!
 
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