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I also recommmend the clay bar...but after the clay bar, especially with oxidized paint, you will still need to polish the paint.
All the clay bar does is remove surface deposits, such as road grime, tar, plastered-on insects, etc. You will need either a strong arm or a buffer (preferably orbital) and a polishing compound. Remember, when using anything that says "compound", you cannot be careless. What compound actually does is remove thin layers of paint....in your case, oxidized paint. This will let the good layers of paint shine through. I use Turtle Wax Polishing Compound for Clearcoats, it is the safest of the harsh compounds. I haven't messed up a paintjob yet:p
Your next step is to condition your paint. If you have a lot of swirl marks or light scratches in your paint, your best bet is to use a glaze. Like NismoNX2000 said, we use 3m Hand Glaze. After that, feed your paint something to shine more, with a quality polish. I prefer Zymol, but I've heard great things about Zaino products.
Finally, your paint will need lasting protection. For this, any good wax will do the job. Turtle Wax is cheap protection. I use Gliptone wax....it has given me the best results. All of these products I mentioned were purchased from PepBoys.
This will take a lot of time, but its worth it...trust me! Good luck.
Polishing Compound: 5
Zymol Polish: 10
Zaino: soemthing crazy like 20 bucks
Turtle Wax: 5
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