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Questions tagged [paint]

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

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I need help figuring out a paint color in a picture

I need professionals help please. I am changing the paint job of my car. There is a color I love, I found a picture of on the internet. I sent to the paint-shop and they are finding it difficult to ...
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Fixing a Tesla Model S Paint Protection Film with Edge of Film Peeling. Bought used in NYC back in 2016

I bought a used Tesla Model S awhile back with the paint protection film already installed here in NYC. Recently the edges of the paint protection film on the rear bumper is coming off and I can see ...
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Expedient way to stop rust on body panel

My 2007 Mazda 6 appears to be rusting at two points, one in each rear wheel well: (Rust in exactly these spots seems to be a common problem with this generation of Mazda, but dealers say it isn't ...
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Best Tools for Cleaning Small Rust Spots?

The car has chipped paint and surface rust less than an inch in diameter. Normally I would sand this with sandpaper by hand. However, that's time consuming and tends to be very difficult for small ...
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How to decode paint colour codes

As the title suggests, how does one make sense of the colour code displayed on the card in your engine bay (or wherever)? E.g. my car's colour is 51E. Another one of my cars had colour code 3KU. How ...
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Neighbor uses cans of spray paint on his car - can it travel to my car?

I have a crazy neighbor in my apartment complex that spray paints his car instead of washing it. I have a 2013 car with a nice paint job from factory when I bought it new. It has a nice clear shiny ...
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Is it safe to paint my own car?

I have been helping my father in law with all kinds of work on his 68 Chevelle SS including some help with body putty which I am not accustomed to. He has a friend that used to work in a body shop ...
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Car touch-up paint… HELP!

I've tried to fix some chipping paint and a tiny rust spot... and created myself a bigger problem: https://photos.app.goo.gl/yZCFZb1YmR8JGkZa6 I back-taped everything carefully... and still got ...
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Is there a way to regain the clearcoat lost by polishing?

So my understanding is that polishing a car removes some amount of clear coat. It follows then that after a certain number of polishes, a car will eventually lose all of its clearcoat. This seems ...
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How much to make these subtle scratches disappear?

I'm considering purchasing a car but it has rather subtle scratches on two spots: I don't have extra money to fix the scratches now but in the future, can these be fixed, how and more importantly at ...
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Stainless steel spray coating

I'm using spray gun with automatic reciprocator system to coloring stainless steel sheet with some translucent lacquer. However, I found the color is unevenly sprayed and can't figure why is it uneven....
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Proper paint repair from bird droppings?

If bird droppings were left untreated so long that paint has already been damaged (like even after washing you can still see the dropping marks/shades), what is the proper way to fix the paint? Is it ...
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Re-trim steering wheel with paint

I have an STi steering wheel which I'd like to keep. I took off the leather that was covering it, and I'm left with the moulded rubber undearneath which forms the steering wheel. I've sanded it down ...
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Stupid orange barrels left my car scuffed to hell

I hit one of those stupid orange barrels on the interstate and it left possibly deep black scuffs on the side of my car...what are some good methods or something I can buy that doesn’t cost an arm and ...
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Why do we continue to paint cars with plastics?

Why do we continue to paint cars with oil based compounds; plastics, solvents, resins, etc? It's surely the least (or at least, not the most) efficient method for preserving ferrous metals. Just +10....
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What kind of damage / body is this?

We purchased 72 Karmann Ghia to restore. Other than this damage, the body is in relatively good condition. I've got very little experience but everyone has to start somewhere, and this is my first ...
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Rub marks in paint

I was removing dead bugs from my car, they were so bad the car wash and pressure cleaner could not rid them. I used a light compound on them and they are now gone but now I see every mark on the car ...
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Best way to tint headlights/taillights

I am considering tinting my tail lights, and possibly my headlights, and am looking for tips, and different options. I don't want them blacked out like most tint jobs you see online, but merely ...
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Why has paint started scraping off, how can I prevent it?

Here is a before and after I did of some damage to car. All I did was spray it black, I didn't apply primer before, no clear coat, polish or wax. I was scrubbing it in self car wash today with a big ...
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Grit Needed for Sanding Bumper

I am trying to remove the paint off of my front bumper, and just leave it the matte black plastic color that it was originally before painting. I have already tried with minimal success using paint ...
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What could possibly attack the paint like this?

All of a sudden, after I took my 2009 VW Golf to a car wash, I noticed some places where the paint started going off... I doubt it is from the washing. I suspect that gum from the apricot tree from ...
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Hey so I’m spray painting my car

My car is a metallic paint and after priming, and painting it has caused a cut off line on my bonnet, how Can I get rid of it ? And also on my bumper it looks very off, I have attached photos as I am ...
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What damages are these and is my idea of painting to repair correct?

1) As you can see from pics, there are white parts(I think thats the underlying plastic), non glossy black parts(I think thats the base coat of paint, is this correct? 2) Im considering doing a quick ...
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Is there a special way to repait fiberglass bumper?

My fiberglass bumper has cracks and is white. This cars value is not much and I dont need it to be perfect. Im quite happy to just get it back to black with all the cracks and leave it at that. ...
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Why does rust need to be removed?

I previously asked this question: Is this rust or not, will it spread, how should I repair it? People are saying one needs to sand down to bare metal then paint over to prevent rust from spreading. ...
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Is this rust or not, will it spread, how should I repair it?

Hit a concrete pole and damaged my Hyundai coupe 2006. This is side view of car just under door where damaged has occurred. As you can see paint worked has been pierced and is showing some metal\...
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Can I spray paint threads on a scissor jack?

I have a very old looking scissor jack for my vehicle. I want it to look at least half decent so I'm spraypainting it black. Does it matter at all if I paint the threads? I don't really care if the ...
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Something's peeling off from around my rear wheel well. Is this clear coat failing?

It started off as an air bubble that I thought was something dried on there. When I foolishly tried scraping it off with my fingernail, a thin clear layer started to peel off and this is what it looks ...
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Roof is rusted and pitted - Use Flex Seal?

Will Flex Seal spray work to "fix" a vehicle with a rusty and pitted roof? By "fix", I mean: Keep all water out Keep the rust from spreading
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Any suggestion for car body painting? [duplicate]

My 2011 Toyota Corolla needs to have its bumper cover and front left fender painted White. The price quoted by body shop (US) is insane and unaffordable to me. Therefore, I decided to do it on my own. ...
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Paint codes, is water based Metallic the same thing as “Pearl + Varnish”?

In a guide to parsing Volvo paint codes, it says the following: The fifth digit stands for: 1 = solvent based 2 = water based Metallic/Pearl + Varnish 3 = water based Solid + Varnish 4 = solvent ...
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my question is about Meguiars cleaners wax

for cleaners wax should I put another coat of wax after I finish? also is there anything I should do to the wax after I finish?
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How do I apply wax on a vehicle?

So I just got Meguiar's Cleaners Wax and it's my first time waxing. I'm going to completely hand-wax my car myself. Should I wipe the wax on in a circular motion or back and forth? Any other tips?
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Problem with paint job

So I did a paint job on a 1985 ford pick up and It was my first time doing it, I sanded down the truck and primered it and then painted it like you should, after that I put 5 layers of clear coat on ...
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DIY paint touch-up on rusted fender: paint touch-up kit includes primer, color, and clear coat

We have some rust on the fender of our 2005 car. I'd like to try to touch it up by removing the loose paint, sanding the rust off, priming, painting, and clear-coating, using one of the kits that can ...
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fixing a hole in a bumper cover

I have a crack in the bumper cover of my car (photo below) that I would like to fix myself. This is my first car, and I have no prior experience of car body work. Because of this and financial ...
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Can a car body get rusted?

I have a Toyota Etios Liva Viera Limited Edition car, which is going to be three years old next year January. It has run for about 3711km. Today, I noticed these spots on the car body: I tried ...
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removing excess paint on a nick touchup

i dropped a spark plug on the fender of an $8000.00 paint job. i touched up the 2 nicks ,but have a little excess paint outside of nicks. any suggestions on how to remove the excess? i used a product ...
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Can I use cutting compound to take graffiti off my car?

Can I use cutting compound to remove graffiti sprayed on my car?
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Cladding color of a two tone Lexus ES 300

My ES300, like most models has a two tone paint job. After doing some research on Lexus paint codes, I found that the driver side door has a label specifying the exact color - for the paint on the top ...
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How to make touch up paint less visible on gray car?

I used to have a red car and whenever I had small scratches, I could paint over it and it would be nearly invisible. Now I've got a gray car and when I paint over a scratch it's much more visible ...
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Removing scratches just using toothpaste?

I heard someone back in the bus said its possible to remove scratches in the body of vehicle just using the toothpaste.Is that true?
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Why did my sprayed-on paint job look like it was rolled on?

I repainted a back portion of my car after hitting something and it turned out pretty good, however the paint has a strange texture. It feels smooth, but it looks similar to a rolled on paint job. It ...
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What's the best way to re-paint only a corner section of a bumper?

I've got a bit of damage in the corner of my car's bumper I need to repaint. Would you repaint the whole bumper, or is there some way to 'fade off' the spray effectively?
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How do you fix spray paint marks on car hood?

I had quite a bit of scratches and a tad bit of dust on my hood and wanted to fix that. I've spray painted cars before but only small areas, nothing as large as the hood. Sanded the affected areas, ...
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can a car be painted in a small area where there are some scratched? or we have to paint the whole side

Some paint is lost as my car slid into a post recently. Can I paint the definite portion where paint is lost, or do I have to paint the whole side?
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How can I remove black scuff marks from paint work?

I have an '08 Silverado, I recently had to haul a load of furniture a little over a thousand miles, using a tarp to keep it dry, and with the way my bed is laid out I have no tie down points. I ...
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How dye a clear coat?

I am painting some motorcycle parts, and I used Rustoleum spray cans. Primer then gloss black. Now I want to add a candy coat. All I can find is Lacquer, and I read that lacquer over enamel will ruin ...
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Paint of the door is peeling right after paint repair?

Just got my car from paint shop, driver and passenger doors were painted because of car accident. What could cause what can be seen on photos below? Poorly done work? I want to take car back to them, ...
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Could heat from a dryer vent damage the paint of a car? [closed]

Excessive heat can damage paint and loosen decals on a car. Automotive paint is extremely durable, designed to withstand a lot of punishment. However, like any substance, it has limits. Let us say a ...