Originally Posted by buddhadog
I was able to save a white van with lettering that imprinted like that but being that yours is black and on a hood it may be more difficult .
If buffing doesnt work you may try colorsanding with a sanding block and then buffing with a rotary again .
maybe just try a little area first so you dont waste a lot of time if it cant be corrected.
Defects are either topical, that is on the top surface, or into the layer of paint itself. Imprints will be like a depression in the paint, I've seen reverse imprints
also where it looks like the paint raised...
Also, one other issue is fading... it's possible the color coat under the clear coat will show different colors, shadowing
from where the sun shined on the color coat and where the sun was blocked
from reaching the color coat.
If there's fading, because the color coat is under the clear coat, there's nothing you can do to fix the problem except repaint.
Do a test section, even tape off over an area and only work on one side of the tape that way you can more accurately gauge your progress or lack thereof...