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Question GP white = dingy trunk and engine compartment?

My euro 79SC GP White chassis has a brown dingy tint to it that is not removable - both in the engine compartment and the trunk.

Not the glued areas, either.......

Ideas welcome as to what this is --
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have you tried SimpleGreen? That stuff cleans my GP White like no other.
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Cosmoline. Not sure what is best for removal, but someone here will know!
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Thanks - I tried Simple Green in the engine compartment when the 3.0 was out and we were working on installing the 3.6......it didn't touch it!

hIs this color 'normal' for a GP WHite car?
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Perhaps you can try a polishing compound in an inconspicuous spot. Start with fine grit and work your way up.
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Same But On Metalic Slate Blue

Craig,

Sounds the same as mine. I thought mine was just due to a crappy respray that went on the car at some point, but your post sounds similar. Mine was discolored on the lid and upper rear fenders.

I got a new tail and had it painted the original color. It actually matched the paint pretty well except against the discolored parts of the fenders ...

Oddly enough the fenders look good wet but when it dries out it the "smoked" look reappears. I've tried all sorts of waxes with no joy.

If you find something that cleans it up let me know.

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The bmws recieved the cosmoline too. Its like a vaseline they put on when the cars are coming over on ships. Simple green worked on my bimmer. So I dunno?
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I have heard (but have not tried since I haven't the problem) that Wuths Citrus degreaser will work with it with a stiff bristle brush (not metal) and won't harm the paint. You may have to go over it several times or bathe the area to let it soak in a little bit. The people over at the BMW board always suggest it.

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Could just be built up crap? What about a clay bar? Or the polishing compound suggestion, moving up in grit as you test?
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Mineral spirits should take it right off and not damage the paint. Wipe clean with dry towel when finished.
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Diagnosis is very important but if it in fact is cosmoline ON the paint the Purple Power type of cleaners available at WM WILL remove it. Not sure what effect it wil have on the paint though so check it out carefully.
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Will do guys. It looks like a smoker lived in the trunk....
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If its cosmoline it can be removed with kerosene. Im not sure if kerosene will hurt the paint there but maybe test a small area first. It works great on removing cosmoline on suspension parts to.
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