ok so look man. i work at a street rod shop here in georgia, we build indoor show cars and well just about anything street rod. www.ttcustomsinc.com
. i do all the buffing up here as well as fab and body work. if youve got bad acid rain, nothings gonna help it besides sanding and buffing. all sorts of polishes and junk can make it less noticable and even maybe get the light stuff out. and i dont know what makes people think compund is bad for clear. ITS NOT. dont go buy that turtle wax junk or anything. if youre gonna do it, do it right, go to your local auto paint store and get 3m stuff. so with that said here we go.
now this is just the way i do it, there are diffrent ways to everything keep in mind but we have won best paint at the Detroit Autorama the past 3 years up against foose and all.
if your just trying to get it looking better and not out. get some 3m perfectit III compound and buff with a wool pad or you can use a white foam waffle pad. (i prefer the wool). once you get all that done (which it may not do any good to the spots again without sanding). wipe if off and get a black foam waffle pad and use the same compound on it. (makes the big swirls from the wool pad lighter and doesnt cut the paint as much as a wool pad either). once you do that wipe that off and get another or wash out your black foam pad and get some 3m Foam pad polish and polish it, depending on the color that should make it look TONS better. and if its black i got to another step with 3ms ultrafina blue foam pad (super soft and gets rid of all swirls) and use 3ms ultrafina polish. now if you want to get into sanding and buffing theres a couple of more steps i take in buffing to get a show car finish but i think youd be happy with that above