Questions about paintwork, including repairing damage, preparation and care for existing paintwork

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How to remove latex over spray from my 89 Honda

I painted my house last year and got some water base Latex paint over spray on my 89 Honda, any ideas how to soften and remove it other than a polisher? The paint on this Honda does not have a clear ...
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What's the best body filler to paint a car

I want to fix some scratches on my car and according to your experience what of the following body fillers from this Canadian Tire's catalog do I need to buy? These are my scratches. Rear bumper ...
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When spraying a part of a car, how do you avoid 'cut off lines'?

The corner of my rear bumper is chipped and cracked. I sanded it down, applied filler, undercoat and paint. It looks fine but I can see a little line where I masked off the area. Are there any tips ...
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Cheap way to fix peeling clear coat?

The coat on my car is peeling away something like as shown in following picture which I just pulled up from google as an example: This is my first car and I have never done any car work myself ...
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What are these dots on my roof?

I'm currently in the process of restoring an older car (a 1988 BMW M5, in particular) after it sat in a driveway in the Pacific Northwest for ten years, waiting on an engine rebuild. My paint ...
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Suggestions for refinishing suspension springs

Can anyone suggest a tried and tested method for refinishing suspension springs. The springs I have at the moment have shed their protective coating which I assume was some sort of powder coating? ...
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What should I use to remove spray paint

Some people, presumably kids, spray painted my windows and other parts of my car the other weekend. I took the critical area's (the windows) off with a razor blade paint scraper. How can I get the ...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

We have a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood and they possess an uncanny ability to know when a car has been cleaned for them to sit on and enjoy. Needless to say, the dirty, dusty paw marks they ...
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Is a PlastiDip paint job a viable alternative for a real paint job?

Call me late, but I just found out about this whole 'PlastiDip' thing last night, even after doing some diligent research on diy car painting a while back. It seems there's a significant following of ...
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Do cars and passenger airplanes use the same type of exterior paint?

Can you apply a paint used for the exterior of car to the body and wings of a passenger airplane? If no, please explain why? How do the paints used differ?
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Using Sprayway glass cleaner as waterless wash?

I bought a four pack of Sprayway glass cleaner at Costco today, and it's amazing. I tried it out on my car, and it makes it so shinny, it looks like it has just been waxed. However, I want to make ...
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How to remove tank pad glue?

I had an old and worn out motorcycle tank pad (protector) and I want to replace it with a new one. It's too late to remove it together with the glue by heating it, so now I need to find a way to ...
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What is Neo-Chrome?

Is anyone familiar with the process of neo-chrome plating and how it works? It is a different finish than burnt titanium, but seems to involve a heating method in some way to give it the rainbow ...
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Cut and Polish: Looking for help on how to do my car

I am looking to do a cut and polish on my Australian made Holden Calais VT commodore (98 model). I am very new to doing cut and polishes and was hoping someone could point me out to what products ...
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What kind of sealer should go over bondo and primer?

I have some deep scratches on my fender that I filled in with Bondo glazing putty. Feels pretty smooth. I'm planning to spray on a filler primer and sand it down this weekend before spraying the ...
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How to tell what color your car is (not in door jamb)

I bought my car used, it is a 2006 Scion tC. The original color of the car is silver, as I gleaned from looking at my door jamb. However, I believe the previous owner painted the top half of the car ...
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Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on

I sanded and filled a dent in my cars plastic/foam bumper, applied primer and factory matched auto paint. This worked and look fine for about 6 months. Today I noticed the paint around where the ...
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I scraped my car against my moms and i need to remove the white scratches

This morning, I scraped my car against my mom's car by accident. I noticed a white scuff above her rear driver tire as well on the front of my Suzuki xl7 with a dent. Can I get it out without taking ...
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Improving ugly rims

The rims on my 92 Civic are really ugly (discolored/rusted) and I'm wondering how to best make them look nicer without a lot of work or replacing them, especially since I'm about to get the tires ...
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How does one fix peeling paint on a car? [closed]

Do i need to repaint it? Its peeled to the black with silver paint.
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Is it important to fix paint deterioration?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic, and the paint on the roof is beginning to deteriorate. It looks as though maybe the top coat is discoloring and coming off, revealing the coat underneath, which seems to ...
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When doing body paint, do you cover up bolt holes?

I'm about to Herculine some body parts on a Jeep, and I'm wondering if you normally when doing body work cover up threaded bolt holes or paint over them? Is it difficult to put in a bolt if there is ...
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Quick paint job now, or wait until I can do it right?

My question is similar this question but my focus is a little different. I have a 1982 Porsche 911 that has collected quite a number of chips and scratches on the front, mostly from rocks bouncing ...
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Is there is a way to repair the paint as the new car? [duplicate]

Hi I own Renault Megane Mk3 for while and car's paint is almost full with small scratches due to hard cleaning, I know its stupid thing to make but it wasn't my fault. You will get how scratches look ...
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Paint light scratches repair

Hi I own Renault Megane Mk3 for while and car's paint is almost full with small scratches due to hard cleaning( car was cleaned by a hard surface ), I know its stupid thing to make but it wasn't my ...
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How to remove Duct Tape residue?

I recently had my window get stuck only after having it rolled all the way down. So I had to put a trash bag in its place temporarily, to keep rain from damaging the interior of my vehicle, and it was ...
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Where can I find out the colour for the alloys of a Nissan Micra K12 sport+ 2005?

I want to refurbish my alloys and I'm looking for the spray paint colour for my alloys. Can anyone recommend a way to find this out?
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What are the properties of a car painted using electrostatic coating?

When I was younger, I had a bike that I was told was chromed with electrostatic coating, and was very scratch resistant. So, I used a razor blade to scrape the stickers off of the bike. I didn't ...
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should scratches on a new bumper be painted over?

I bought a 2013 car last year and got a small scratch on the bumper. I think someone may have hit it ever so slightly when trying to back in or something I'm not sure. Anyway, personally, I'm ...
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What does paint failure look like?

My car's paint looks bad and I'd like to repair it, but I'm not sure what it is called. I know there are different types of paint failure, what do they look like and what are they called?
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Paint is cracking and showing lines, like dried mud

4 years ago, after repainting my 1980 Chrysler LeBaron, I'm seeing many lines appear in the paint. These lines appear all over, but especially around corners, and much more on flat, upright facing ...
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Why should I clean bug and bird debris off my car?

I have a relatively new car with nice clean paint. I've read and been told that cleaning bugs and bird debris off of my car quickly is important because it can damage the paint. Do I really need to ...
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Is Paint Protection worth paying for?

I've just bought myself a new car, and as expected the dealer is trying to sell me extra items. The two options they are trying to push on me are Paint Protection nano technology paint protection ...
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Why would I paint my car engine?

I've been watching Pete's Garage on YouTube and the guy is absolutely amazing and very enlightening on the subject. He has at least one video on engine painting but he mentions it in a number of ...
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Removing stripe or decal glue from exterior paint

I bought a Ford Fiesta Zetec and the previous owner has removed the stripes that run over the middle of the car, which has left a terrible looking mark, as if the glue has not come off when they ...
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What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

3M and other companies make numerous different types of foam pads (links are to 3M products), Compounding Finishing Buffing Polishing What's the difference between these types of pads? How do I ...
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Roof paint peeling badly, with rust — what to do?

I've got a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan that's generally in pretty good shape, but the roof has started peeling badly, and a few spots have accumulated some rust. This is an old car with limited value, so ...
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How do I finish my DIY, single-stage paint job to a gloss?

After driving around with a huge hole in my front bumper cover for two years, I finally decided to replace it myself. I bought a new bumper cover through my local friendly auto body supply store, ...
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What kind of air compressor do I need for a proper auto body point job?

I want to repaint my 2001 Lexus ES300. If I were to buy or rent an air compressor, what kind of specifications do I need for it? I.e. the minimum CFM, HP, etc.
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Do I need to paint my bumper?

I am replacing a rear bumper cover on my 2004 Subaru Impreza, and the cheapest deal I can find is a brand new, unpainted unit. My question is whether it is important to paint it, they way it would be ...
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Paint black bumper in white

Can I buy a black used bumper and paint it in white by a dealer for my white car? Or do I only have to buy a white bumper or plain (without paint) original for further painting?
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Which areas of a car is most susceptible to rock chips?

I'm looking at adding a paint protection film (aka clear bra) and come to realize the areas that requires coverage may depend from car to car (e.g.: Mazda CX-5 vs. Tesla). Different aerodynamics, ...
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Removing material scraped onto car paintwork from plastic wingmirror

What is the quickest way to remove material scraped onto a car's paintwork from another car's plastic wingmirror? Removing even a small amount is so far taking a large amount of elbow grease.
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Where can I get button graphics/decals for car interior (preferably for specific models)?

I have seen around a few threads by the business that created this video. They supply (supplied?) kits to replace the surface of car interior buttons (radio, climate control, etc) that have become ...
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Painting Racing Stripes

I have a couple of small (1-2mm in diameter) rust spots on the roof of my truck. I'm thinking of painting flat black racing stripes over the hood (bonnet to you Brits!) and roof of the truck to cover ...
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How should I remove a paint scuff on my vehicle?

The painted edge of a side mirror on another car recently scraped the side of my vehicle, leaving a scuff of paint about half a meter long. There is no indentation or scratch, but the other vehicle ...
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Minor body rust sanding and repair

I had a minor accident a little over a year ago, the damage from which I did not immediately repair so a paint scratch has corroded over time. Finally, I'm getting the time to fix it. My questions ...
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Reasonable price for getting doors repainted? [closed]

I know this isn't the most on topic question, but I don't know where else to get good advice. I recently got my Jeep's doors stolen. My insurance gave my a check for $2550, so I bought some half ...
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Body parts(auto) spray painting requirements

I have a 24l Fragram compressor, airbrush & gravity feed spraygun. I want to spray small Auto body parts(plastic). Will the compressor maintain?
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Teflon Coating your new car

While buying a new car the dealer suggests Teflon coating your car so that the paint shine lasts longer. I know that Teflon is a substance which does not easily attach to any other substance. So is ...