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It's on a sticker in the drivers door jam Examples here, here, and here.


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You can, but probably not in the way you're thinking. You can't just go out and buy a can of "red spray paint", unless you are prepared to re-paint the whole car in that color or you really don't care about the results. This is because your car isn't "red" (for example), it's "Sierra Red (L D3V)". However, if you go to a professional paint supply shop you ...


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The clear coat is peeling and there is no cheap do at home product that will yield satisfactory results.The hood needs to be professionally refinished.The minor scratches may come out with a rubbing compound that is applied like regular paste wax.


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If you open the drivers side front door and look at the door jamb area (it may be in the general area) you'll notice a plaque that has all the essential information about the vehicle. Below are a few images showing the location and a couple example of what these plaques look like. Location Examples HONDA FORD### arrow points to paint code


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You can use this method to pull certain types of dents. Here is one method to resolve the dent issue. Dent Pulling glue these plastic ding tabs to the center of the dent. You can find them by googling "plastic ding tab" You will use a hot glue gun and hot glue them to your dent. Use a dent puller slide hammer. The tip should screw into the plastic ...


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It will most certainly be more expensive if you get a professional to repair this bumper for you. However, it will be a safe investment on your trade-in if it is restored professionally. We cannot discuss price on this platform, but, the cost to do this yourself versus taking it to reputable shop will be substantial. If you decide to do this on your own, it ...


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This looks like a badly oxidized clearcoat. The state the paint looks to be in pretty much means that the only cure is a respray. To make matters a bit more interesting, the paint looks like a silver metallic which is much harder to match than a plain colour and will require additional blending in into the surrounding areas like front wings. If you have ...


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If this bumper isn't made of metal, then it won't rust. You can try some paint repair magic kit. If there's a scratch, than you won't be able to get a brand new looking, smooth surface by just painting over. You should repair the scratch properly: sand it, prime it, repaint all or blend in and apply lack, polish.


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tl;dr: It depends on the ding. Try some cleaner wax, though: it won't make the problem worse. Did you scratch down to the primer or just leave some paint behind? If all you did was trade some paint between cars, you're going to need to polish it off. That said, if you're not comfortable with power polishing tools or abrasive polishes, I would counsel a ...


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There are a few ways to resolve this dent issue as the others have indicated. Another Possible Method glue these plastic ding tabs to the dents. You can find them by googling "plastic ding tab" You will use a hot glue gun and hot glue them to your various dents. Use a dent puller slide hammer. The tip should screw into the plastic ding pullers. ...


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tl;dr: if you are new to cut and polishes, I would recommend starting with mild cleaner wax by hand. From looking at your pictures, you don't have major paint damage. More importantly, I don't think anything in those pictures is something that will polish out as such. My recommendation if you are super new to this is to start small and easy. Many vendors ...


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The key to understanding the differences lies in how car detailing and paint restoration works. The key word here is aggression, referring to the "rate of cut" of the pad. Here are the pads rated from most aggressive to least aggressive based on the information provided by 3M. 1. Compounding pad Compounding refers to the process of "levelling" defects ...


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Those scratches cannot be taken out using WD-40. It's a very good cleaner and lubricant, but is not a magic panacea for fixing paint scratches. You may be able to take it to a body shop where they would have to strip the bumper and repaint it (could possibly blend the area through sanding and repaint as well). They'd have to make the call on that. If the ...


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If you want the job done right, then yes: grinding, filling, sanding, priming, and spraying are your best option. There are alternatives out there. Duplicolor makes color matched kits which allows you to paint in the smaller chips (it has an abrasive, color paint brush, then a clear coat to go over the top). I haven't used them, but the product looks like a ...


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A photograph of the scratches would help immensely here are light scratches and damage in the paint can be removed with just abrasives such as T-Cut or Rubbing Compound. The bumper will only rust if it's metal and most modern cars use plastic bumpers. If you were to get the panel professionally painted, the painter would not simply paint over the scratches ...


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Yes, you should try to remove it as soon as possible. When a bug is smashed into the front of your car all of its guts are allowed to mix together. Most bugs will result in an acidic goop that sticks to your car. You can see it on your windshield, but you won't see it very well on your front grille until the damage starts to accumulate. This acid will etch ...


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Light scratches can be polished and buffed out. I won't detail how to do it here, you can find many tutorials online, but be careful - you CAN burn paint by polishing too hard or staying in one spot too long. Deep scratches can only be repaired by painting. Your local dealership will be able to sell you a paint bottle that matches your factory color (...


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You should try buffing the door first to ensure what you see is not just transfer from the stone. Some of the top layer paint might be missing but you also might have some of the stone on the car and that might be what you are seeing here. Pearl is extremely difficult to repair, but good thing is that being on the door and somewhat lower than the top of the ...


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This Automotive Touch Up Video demonstrates how you can take care of scratches in your paint. In addition, I've had good luck with Napa's Rust Permatex Treatment. It turns rust into a gray primer, which might look a little ugly but not as much as a rusted-out car. You could use the Napa Rust Treatment to get rid of the rust and then try the techniques ...


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It's not the application technique, but the material being applied. Chrome plating is a process where actual molecules of chrome metal are attracted to a surface using electrical current. It covers the surface of the parts with a layer of real metal. Of course metal is very hard, and will be difficult to scratch. The strength of paint will be limited to ...


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Consider going to a detailer. It's amazing how much they can do without actually painting anything.


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Fiberglass and Bondo. You will need lots of sand paper and strong arms if you don't have access to a compressor and air sanders.


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The sheet metal on your door isn't terribly strong (which is why is is fairly easy to dent). Here's how I would approach the problem if I were looking for a "good enough" solution: Remove the door's inner panel. This will involve undoing a variety of car-specific screws (e.g., in the door handle), disconnecting some electrical hardware for the power ...


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Wax works, but it's a temporary fix Wax will "fill" in the imperfections in the paint work. However, as the layer of wax wears away (rain, washing) the scratches/dullness/discoloration will return. It's hard to tell if your paint has clearcoat, but assuming it does, if the scratches are not too deep, a more permanent solution would be to use the ...


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This looks like textbook cracking. This is a failure that can be caused by a myriad of sources, from chemical incompatability of paint and clearcoat to improperly applied paint. Your friend's inexperience with painting might be the root cause. Four years is a long time for a poorly applied clearcoat job to start showing issues, it could be something else. ...


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You can use a fine grit rubbing compound and a buffing wheel to smooth out the clear coat, which actually has the scratches. Part of the process of painting many vehicles is to buff out the clear coat once the paint job is complete. The clear coat provides a clear protective layer for the paint and can be scratched lightly and repaired over time by using ...


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If the car is covered in superficial scratches then a good polishing job will work wonders. Take it to a reputable shop and behold how sexy you car has become. You can do it yourself if you have a polishing machine, it will be a huge chore without it. Note that it won't help against deeper scratches, it is hard to tell from the photo how deep they are in ...


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Professional painters prefer to use primers, sealers, color coats and clearcoats all from the same manufacturer and paint family. This ensures compatibility and long paint life. The second layer after the primer is usually an epoxy sealer. This is the layer that is the last defense against corrosion and it is very effective in this roll. Since you already ...


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So it certainly looks like that is an injection molded plastic piece. Its probably ABS, but it could be anything. The good news is that it doesn't look like it will get much movement in that area. You could do sheet metal style bondo (polyester resin) fix, sand and repaint repair. This isn't always wise on parts that have to remain flexible (e.g. a front ...


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You didn't say where you live, so I'm going to use the Finnish insurance system as an example. There is mandatory "traffic insurance" to pay for all damages you have caused with the exception of damage to your own car. There is also optional "car insurance" to pay for damages you have caused to your own car (with the exception of a small sum you have to pay)....



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