On my 2000 VW Golf it was parked outside last winter and got an accumulation of dirt on its roof. This sat on the roof for about a month. The dirt washed off, but left spots in a section of the clear coat and am unsure how to approach cleaning this. I tried wax, but it did not work and am not sure if I should try rubbing compound, or polishing compound or some other cleaner. Thanks for any help.
I use Meguiars Cleaner Wax.
It does a good job removing light scratches and water spots without damage. You have to be careful with rubbing compound on clearcoat finishes. If you need to use a compound, get the white compound, the red is too abrasive.
I miss the edit button. Select the Car Waxes, Liquid Car Waxes link on the left side of the screen to open the correct window.