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    Question What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    I found an issue when I try to correct the paint. Car is 2018 WRX. Just polish the roof to remove some fine swirls and scratches using Meguiar's Ultimate compound and ultimate polish. I am pleased to see 95% of the fine scratches are gone. But I notice there are thousands of speckles or pinholes on the paint, it create a haze look around the reflection. Those speckles are mainly on the horizontal surface like hood, roof and trunk. On vertical surfaces I barely able to find any of those. Since my car's white color are very capable of hiding defect those speckles are only visible under street light or garage's light during night. Although I parked the car outside since I bought it new but I try to avoid parking under any trees. I do two bucket wash regularly and wax every 6 month or so. This is the first time I polish it.

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    Tiny white spot around reflection

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    I captured these images using a magnifying lens

    There are micro craters and also small bumps. Pictures are captured one day after the polish so there are some light dust on it.

    What are those and what might cause defect like these? How deep are they and are they worth to be polished out? Am I running the risk of thinning the clear coat too much by doing so? I thanks in advance!

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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    Possibly slight contamination when the vehicle was cleared.

    Example: Say you were to take and lightly mist of detail spray on your base coat before you cleared it, then you cleared it, wherever those spray particles landed will reject the clear. Literally pushing the clear to the side.

    And no, I would absolutley NOT chase those on a factory paint job
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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    most likely a solvent pop from the factory coatings curing. Polish as normal, and quit micro inspecting (not trying to be rude, but it isnt worth chasing...you will do more harm than good)

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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    You may have factory defect in the paint and being your car is a 2018 and if your concern is great enough bring it to the dealer. However, their approach to repair it may include a commercial rotary polisher user. BTW nice picture but if it's not noticeable to the eye as previously mentioned stop micro detailing. What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surfaceWhat are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    Never, EVER look at your paint with these things on:

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    Eric

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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    I have a head set similar to that but never looked at my car's surface with it. Thanks for the warning !
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    Quote Originally Posted by ejaf View Post
    Never, EVER look at your paint with these things on:

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    Eric
    I did and had to go to therapy.

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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    Quote Originally Posted by Rsurfer View Post
    I did and had to go to therapy.
    ROTFLMAO

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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    It's common in 90% of the factory paint finishes I have seen and worked on. Usually most visible in a non-metallic color. There's no getting it out. Don't OCD over it.
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    Re: What are those speckles/pinholes on my paint surface

    Quote Originally Posted by ejaf View Post
    Never, EVER look at your paint with these things on:

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    Eric
    I build models as a hobby. The proper name for this is "The Strap-On Thingy".
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