Bought the wife a new (to us) 2013 a couple of weeks ago. Metallic white.
Car looks just fine. Shiny clearcoat, does not even have any noticeable swirls.
Washed it this weekend, water beads a bit on the sides, but on top surfaces, water stays on as a sheet. I decided that I would wax it, but I figured I should use 3M Hand Glaze to polish it before waxing.
Paint surface feels like 1000 grit sandpaper. Amazing since it looks so shiny.
I first noticed roughness on the windshield when I cleaned that the other evening. The glass looks clear but is surprisingly rough when you wipe a paper towel over it.
I hoped that the 3M Hand Glaze might take the roughness off the paint, but it has no effect. Also, I found that I cannot use microfiber cloth to polish the hand glaze. A microfiber cloth will not slide across this surface. The cloth just wads under my hand like a sheet of rubber. I had to use an old cotton T-shirt to polish off the Hand Glaze.
Could this stuff be some sort of spray-on wax from a car wash? Sap from some plant? (Northern California car) The fact that it is far more pronounced on top surfaces than sides pulls my suspicion more toward plant-based culprits. I don’t think that it is water spots because those would be visible and would not look shiny. The car has a few water spots on the passenger side, probably from a lawn sprinkler. Those spots look dull.
How to remove without marking or thinning the clearcoat? Any chance this stuff is attacking the clearcoat?