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I washed my Brilliant Silver Metallic Metris yesterday at the local "No touch Carwash" and as I was drying it with a chamois I noticed a bunch (50+) little tiny orange marks the size of a mechanical pencil lead tip on the rear doors and passenger, driver side rear panels. I called the dealer to ask if this is normal and the service guy said that it's from the metal particles in the air and the moisture from the snow is causing it to rust.

My 1995 chevy did this and they called it Rail Dust from transport on a train. Is the Metris being transported on a train and if so why aren't they covering them.

I bought the Metris from a dealer in central Mass, who drove it to Maine.

This van is only 6 months old. Anybody else experiencing this?
 

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I have a white Metris cargo and it had the same 'paint surface defects'. Thou it is commonly called rail dust, the metal particles can come from many sources. I suspect many new vehicle owners would find these fine specks on their paint service if they inspected closely. They are easier to see on white and lighter colors.

I was a professional auto detailer long ago so I know the work involved in keeping paint to look it's best.

The best way to remove it is with a Dual-Action (DA) Polisher, like the PORTER-CABLE 7424XP, proper 'clay' pad w/velcro backing pad, lube spray.
Another option is the popular auto clay bar kits. Definitely more elbow grease and the cons of a 'clump of clay'.

Or call your local pro detailer.

Any questions along this line or polishing/waxing with professional results, let me know.
 

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Sounds made up to me. It's more likely the rail rust. Should be covered under warranty. Call the Mass. dealer and ask about the rust spots too. Call the US MBvan number if the dealers won't help you out.
 

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Rail dust and as said above claybar will remove it. Probably not prepped thoroughly at the dealer.
 

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I'd like to add there's a difference between rail dust and these metal particles that CAN be embedded on the clear coat surface from a number of sources. Another product you may want to try is a good "iron remover". I'll post a few links. Though I would advise ALL new vehicle owners to 'clay' their vehicle once you get it. There's many invisible-to-the-eye contaminants that sit on a new vehicle paint surface. Do the baggie test. Put a sandwich baggie or any thin plastic on your hand and rub it across the surface. Any 'grit' feeling and you have a contaminated surface.

Iron removers:
https://www.amazon.com/Carpro-Iron-Remover-500-Sprayer/dp/B004UM6DLE more info http://www.autogeek.net/carpro-iron-x-cleaner.html

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-ferrex-iron-remover.html

http://www.chemicalguys.com/DeCon_Pro_Iron_Remover_16_oz_p/spi21516.htm
 
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