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The paint on my '78 Ford Granada (silver metallic) is heavily oxygendized. I have used a quality rubbing compound to remove it; however, after I wipe off the compound, the paint is blotchy, streaked, and dull (I've tried leaving the compound on for various intervals--same result). Thinking that a quality wax would eliminate the flaws, I applied some. All that did was make them even more evident. Finally, I tried spraying water on the "compounded" areas. That eliminated the flaws and turned the water black. So. . .would it be a good idea to wash the car thoroughly after it has been "compounded" and before waxing? I will value and appreciate your help.

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    I used Meguiar's "Ultimate Compound." Is that considered a "polishing compound"?



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Good Evening, after you compound it good, I would tell you meguiars hand polish would be something to work with because it will put the oils back into the paint. That is only something a good polish will do, a good wax will just wax the surface to let the water bead up and come off easier. Hope this is helpful.

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