Date registered: Feb 2013
Vehicle: 1981 300 CD (sold) 1972 280 SEL 4.5 (sold) 1971 280 114 Coupe (sold) 1988 300 SE 2005 jag XK8
Location: Northern California USA
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It's called "rail dust" comes from metal wheels on metal train tracks during shipping. The metal dust comes up and settles on the car. Its more noticeable on white cars. The way to get it off is to "clay bar" the car. The clay cuts thru the dust without removing any clear coat or paint. Brake dust washes off, rail dust does not. Unless you had the car on a train within the last 3 weeks, you bought it that way. Ask them if they clayed the car to remove the dust during the "detail" Washing it does no further harm. Insurance company will say its pollution and wont cover it. Not really a big deal. Just have the dealer clay it again.