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Why is my car paint not so "shiny"?

I have used black paint and 2K glossy clear coat to spray paint some parts of my car. I was wondering though, that my paint is not exactly the same as other parts of the car. It is "shiny", ...
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My Iwata ALG 7WB TE spray gun is leaking from the nozzle gland. Should there be some kind of seal / thread tape etc?

Today I cleaned my Iwata ALG 7WB TE (might be an older model than the one marketed at present). There was a lot of gunk around the thread on the nozzle gland set (3) where it meets the gun body (5). I ...
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What is an EDP coating and should it be removed?

Didn't see this question asked but after ordering new body components for a restoration project I noticed that many body panels, like an OEM tailgate and fender replacement I ordered indicate it comes ...
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Freshly repainted hood looks blurry

Had my hood repainted due to chipping. The reflection looks fuzzy. They are now supposed to reapply the clear coat. What is the cause?
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How to care for a weathered fiberglas camper roof?

I recently bought an 18-year-old pop-up camper with a fiberglas roof. There are no holes and it's still waterproof, but the paint (if it was ever painted) or resin has weathered and become powdery and ...
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What are these wiggly lines on the car paint and windshield?

I'm looking to identify this occurrence but I'm unsure if this is completely on topic here, since this is not my vehicle, and I'm not exactly looking for repairs. I'd just like to find out what caused ...
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DIY Clear Coat Peeling Fix and Paint Mistake

So I decided to take on the tough project of fixing the clear coat peeling on my car (2007 Civic). Mind you this was my first time doing a project like this (painting car panels) so I didn't expect ...
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Paint that works on galvanized steel and exhaust pipe

I have a homemade outboard motor extension handle similar to this: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07BWXZN2J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The narrow part on the right is ...
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Repairing bumper scratch

I have scratches on both sides of my bumper. They are invisible while standing. Thus, they don't need to be perfect. Can I fix it myself?
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Best way to deal with chipped paint

I bought a Hyundai Tucson 2023 a few months ago. Yesterday, I noticed chipped paint on the car's bonnet (see pictures below). I am not gonna lie; my heart sank. I am not sure what caused the chip but ...
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Why is only fender with surface rust? What to do about it?

I have a 2015 Toyota Yaris. I've owned it since it was new. There is a small amount of surface rust on my left rear fender: The right side, on the other hand, is perfect: Why would there be surface ...
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What happened to the paint on my 2014 Toyota Prius V? Is there a way I can DIY repair it?

Backed into a pole at very low speed, compressed bumper slightly, which caused this tearing in the paint job of a black Toyota 2014 Prius V. I didn't even know that this was possible, but I want to ...
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How to remove spray coating

I used spray coating to protect my car from scratches but now the coating won't come off I applied it generously because it says 'removable' but I can't clean it with standard car soap and sponge. ...
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Can I repair this dent at home?

I got this dent in my 2018 Hyundai Ioniq. It's from backing into a dumpster at work. The car has over 140K miles, so I don't think it's worth the $1000 or so to get it professionally fixed, as I'm ...
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Red 2014 Ford Fiesta clear paint coat starting to peel

My wife's Fiesta's paint has started to peel under the rear window. It is not much (yet) but we would like to stop it getting worse and (if possible) make the already peeling bit look less obvious. I'...
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PDR glue removal taking flecks of paint with it. Any way to avoid?

I've got a 34 year old car. I bought a PDR kit to remove some minor dents. It's working but removing the glue is taking a few flecks of paint with it. Is this to do with the age of the car? Or is ...
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Paint codes are approximate?

I recently took my 2019 F-150 to a detailer to have a scratch touched up. The truck is plain white. When it comes back the place where the scratch was is clearly visible because the paint used by the ...
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Why is the exterior paint of my truck not coming out matte rather than shiny after buffing it with a buffer

Why is my truck not coming out shiny after buffing it with a buffer Instead it looks door or like a matte finish
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Can I wax these specific blue parts of my motorcycle?

So I got overwhelmed by many doubts regarding waxing. I'm new to riding and maintenance. This is my first motorcycle. It has a metal fuel tank with glossy blue metallic paint. The non metal parts (...
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What (paint)care can I provide to a brand new car before driving off the dealership?

I was looking to walk in with a Ceramic Spray Wax and spray it on the white car before driving it off the lot. But the ceramic spray wax needs water to start working - can't really hose it off at the ...
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Paint on the bumper

I've done a touch-up of some scratches on my paint, and a couple of drips went on the matt black bumper. I tried to wipe it off but there is still some residue. Tried WD40 on a microfibre cloth, to ...
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Removing Running/Melting Substance From Car

I bought an '07 stang a year ago. The previous owner had just had it repainted and it looked great, but I am fairly confident it was a cheap $$$ Maaco paint job. I don't have a garage and ...
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Is it harm to the car paint if I wash & wax my car 3 times per week?

I usually clean my car 3 times a week using water and a sponge. Today I bought this product which is a wax and shampoo at the same time @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2RGch4dgoA . So my question ...
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Remove coating from chrome headlights

I'm restoring an old moped. It's a 1964 NSU Quickly N23. One of the next steps on my restoration project is to work on the paint and chrome parts. My headlights are covered with a layer of paint. I'm ...
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Should you spray onto Adhesion Promoter quickly?

I picked up a can of Adhesion Promoter from Halfords. The directions say to apply two coats waiting 10-15 minutes between each, then allow to dry for at least one hour before applying primer/lacquer. ...
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In what medium can I store a 2 component clear coat (unmixed)

I just bought some 2 component clear coat: MIPA 2K HS Klarlack CS 85 I bought it together with a hardener and some thinner both of which have caps that can be screwed on and off. However, the clear ...
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Can auto-paint be left in a sealed spray gun reservoir?

Background I've decided to try my hand at repainting the damaged area on my ground effects, mostly just to be able to learn something fun and new. That means lots of mistakes incoming, but I'm trying ...
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What to mix to paint a car detail

I've decided to replace one of my fenders of my car since it has rust. I bought a second hand one and i have to change its color. I went to a paint store and the person there checked the paint mixed ...
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Painting a Front Catalytic Converter — Bad Idea or Not?

I need to replace the front catalytic converter on my 2006 Suzuki Aerio. The part came in bare metal, no paint or any coating is visible or possible to feel on the surface. Should I not paint it to ...
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Will a paint gun with NPS threads work with an NPT air plug?

I'm researching paint guns and came across the DeVilbiss 802342 kit. I noticed though that it has 1/4" NPS threads, even though I've only ever seen NPT used for air plugs. A quick search ...
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Can I apply clear coat a week after the base coat

So I’m currently painting my car and I used crappy clear coat on my fender and it’s just not cutting it. So I ordered some 2k clear and I just finished spraying my final layer of my base coat on the ...
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Clear Coat too thin

Painted car hood. Applied Clearcoat from a spray can. The clear coat was applied too thin, not applied wet. Can I apply more clear coat? Do I need to sand? The last application of clear was two weeks ...
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Painting a Car, With small Air Compressor

I want to paint my car but I only have a air compressor that is 8 gallons and produces 13.9 CFM. My air gun requires 12 CFM. Is it possible to use this air compressor and paint gun to paint my car? ...
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Paint falling into engine?

I removed engine oil cap and noticed the paint is peeling off the thread and will probably fall into the driv train/may already have. If you zoom into the pic you can see paint peel is quite bad. ...
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Is it possible to fix this? Clear coat turned out matte looking

I applied 4 coats of clear, waiting 10 minutes in between, but it came out matte looking and it is not smooth. Is it possible to fix this?
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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

My very lucky teen daughter just got a wonderful honest '08 Mustang GT; the black paint work is fair. One of the old dealers left this hideous sticker on it: It's one of "those" stickers - ...
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Can Maaco do exact/close to exact colors from auto dealers?

I’m looking to get a paint job from Maaco, and I really like the “destroyer grey” dodge offers from 2017-2020, can Maaco match this paint code without being thousands of dollars? They quoted me at $...
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Can i save matte/foggy clear coat?

So I tried to paint the fender on my "beater" car. No requirements for it to look perfect and I did it mostly for learning. So the end result is not the best because there is no shine for ...
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Protecting the Mating Surface between the Catalytic Converter and Header

In the midst of replacing my Catalytic Converter on my 03 Nissan 350z, I have taken off the Catalytic Converter to reveal a pretty rusty mating surface between the two components. My question is what ...
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Which sandpaper grits are needed for bodywork prep?

I've got some stone chips and clearcoat damage on my hood, and want to do a spot repair myself. I'd like to know the proper sandpaper grits to use as I'm not sure. So far I have used 400 and 800 wet ...
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Can warm weather cause cracked car paint?

Can warm weather and sun (25 degrees celsius or 77 degrees fahrenheit) cause cracks like these? More detailed backstory. I sent my car to a company for 3 layer polish. Got it back, left it in a ...
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What would the result be of re-painting a slightly rusting door?

Im going to be getting a Macao paint job inn the coming weeks. they're not doing any primer or anything, the car has its factory paint job, just getting something to match up door paint after ...
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What is the risk of damaging a car when parking it outside for 1 year in a subtropical climate?

I'm living in a Mediterranean climate (subtropical) for 1 year with a 2 year old BMW (black metallic paint, white leather) which I need to park outside (no garage or carport). It will spend perhaps ...
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Spraying using masking tape

All, I’m quite experienced as a classic bike restorer but have never tried painting before. I’ve started the job and am absolutely loving the preparation stage. One problem I foresee, however, is ...
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Do I need to sand old clear coat to apply primer for new paint?

So I did a terrible job trying to match the paint on the doors (the doors had the old paint peeling off) with the rest of the car and I would like to repaint the entire car to have the same color. Wet ...
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2013 Honda Accord - in your opinion what is causing the paint to peeling on front & rear bumper?

I paid close to $1,000 to have an auto body shop to repaint my original manufacturer bumpers for both the front and rear. When I bought it there were no visible issues with the paint but after about 6 ...
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Trunk Lid Rust Removal worth it?

My car's trunk lid has a nasty rust spot. My Dad recently asked me why I don't just sand it down, bondo and paint it and that probably isn't a bad idea. The thing is that from the outside it looks ...
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Best paint to paint windshield wiper arms?

20 year old vehicle, my windshield wiper arms are all faded and paint is starting to wear off. We live in a pretty wet climate (Pacific Northwest). Considering that when painting, the prep is 90% of ...
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Why can't I match car color even after six coats of the same color code paint?

I had many scratches on my Honda and I have decided to paint it myself. I have sanded with 300 then 600 grit and applied a layer of primer. All good. I looked at the color code on the sticker and it ...
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Car spray paint issue Please help | orange peel?

I had some scratches in the side of my car and I tried to fix them by sanding, spraying primer, basecoat colour then a clear coat to add shine. It came out looking like this and it is slightly rough ...
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