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

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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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Sanding motorbike bolts and abs sensor plates?

I want to do some cleaning up on my 2 motorbikes whilst in lockdown. I was just wondering do the manufacturers put any protective coating on bolts, or the abs sensor disc on the wheels? As there is ...
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Protect/seal paintless front bumper?

I have a 2007 impreza wagon that I bought used last year. The paint on the front bumper has been steadily peeling away (tried to stop the growth but it looks like a crap paint job was done before it ...
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Does a cracked paint blister corrode faster than if grinded?

Recently a paint blister cracked open on the roof of my car. It has rust under it, so my guess is it was one of those lazy ass "repairs", where body filler was added over rust just so it could be ...
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Parking damage - scraped wall or car?

I just realized in a public parking garage that my (new) car is pretty badly scratched. To the best of my knowledge, I didn't scratch, scrape or touch a wall/pollard or even a car. Is it possible to ...
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Can I apply new layers of cleat coat on top of old and what preparation steps are needed?

I used aerosol painting kit purchased on automotivetouchup.com, and while base color matched well, their "Aerosol High Gloss Clear Coat" does not seemed to be of the highest quality, it does not make ...
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Rust bubbles on paint

On my 2011 Camry, the paint on my front left fender along the wheel well is bubbling up, with what I assume is rust underneath. This fender was replaced a number of years ago after a fender bender. ...
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How major are these paintwork & rust problems?

I have a 10 year old Honda Jazz (=Honda Fit in the US – I live in the UK). I'd like to keep the car going for as long as reasonably possible: hoping for another 5-10 years? It has a variety of ...
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Painting exhaust on motorcycle

I recently purchase an 07 Honda shadow spirit and it has chrome exhaust, could anyone tell me how I could paint them black, thank you
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Can stickers and metal badges be removed without damaging paint?

I see a lot of people who has stickers and metallic badges on their car paints and I really want to put some on my car too. But I fear I might damage the car paint when I have to remove them one day ...
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Cannot find the paint color on Ford Focus 2003

I'm searching for paint to paint my replacement bumper on my European 2003 Ford Focus 4 door Berline and I cannot find the paint code in any list online This is the plaque that was under the hood (was ...
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Will it be effective/is it safe to run an ozone generator when you have leaks like this? [duplicate]

This is not a duplicate. Other questions ask about the effectiveness of cheap ozone generator - nothing about leaks. This question asks if leaks affect safe usage of ozone as well as reduce its ...
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Need Help fixing touch up paint

I recently got my fender fixed and painted by touch up paint. but now how do i blend the new paint with the factory paint? or at least make it look shiny.
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How to do an amateur repair of a tiny ding on my almost new car?

I recently bought an almost new car, a dealer demo with 5,500 miles on it. It was pristine when I got it. However, the car being unfamiliar to me, I lightly made contact with a bench at the edge of ...
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What color paint fades the least?

I have noticed on older cars that some color paint (especially enamel paint) seem to fade and loose its luster faster then other colors. What colors other then white gets the least hot from the Sun ...
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326 Artic White Spray Paint

I have a Nissan Leaf 2018, my paint colour code is 326 (inner door code) my receipt for the car states it's a "special solid - artic white". The dealer has checked and has confirmed it's a 326 colour ...
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Protecting the paint using a carport for winter storage

I'm considering buying a summer vehicle that I would like to store for winter, but I don't have an optimal storage solution. There's no climate-controlled storage facility nearby. What I do have is ...
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Paint job gone wrong

In the past I bumped my car against a garage shelf and fixed a deep scratch by removing the clear coat of the area, sanding, masking, priming and then coats of paint and clear coat. It worked great. ...
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What are these black tiny dots on the roof of the car?

The car is a white Toyota Camry 2012. As you can see there are many tiny black dots on the roof. I can't remove them by scratching by hand or with a high water pressure cleaner. What caused these ...
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Do I have to prime plastic bumper?

This is my first time painting my car's plastic bumper and of course I made a mistake. I forgot to put on a layer of primer before the base coat. Now the base coat is already on, should I sand it off ...
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Bit of a disaster with a paint job

Basically had a bit of an dent in my car when i brought it and I wanted to fix it up. I filled the body in with filler which worked well and had brilliant results, but when it came to painting it, it ...
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Can antifreeze damage exterior paint?

For some background, I was driving my 2010 Mustang behind a pickup truck and all of a sudden there was a TON of smoke and liquid on my windshield/hood. I was lucky to not crash. My best guess is his ...
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VW Rabbit MK5 - Paint Peel On Bumper, Easy Fix?

Some paint is peeling on the front bumper of my 2007 VW Rabbit. Are there any fixes that can be done without replacing the full bumper or taking it into a body shop?
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Goof off or WD 40 to remove paint transfer on car bumper?

Some idiot rubbed against my bumper in parking and it appears that there is a paint transfer on my bumper. I have read certain threads on how to remove such transfers. Some people recommend Goof Off, ...
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Paint cracked lines

Hello someone’s painted my roof black and it’s gone like this how would I remove the black paint so it’s back to silver again
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Painting Carbon Fiber Parts

I have access to a compressor and paintwork tools, nozzles, etc... but I have no experience doing this, what I have is time and willingness to learn. I have these UD carbon fiber parts that I have ...
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Preventing Rust

Someone ran into my car awhile ago. After the claim went through, I had minimal repair done to my car because I’m getting a new truck in less than a year. As pictured below, there is a slight bit of ...
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Can I spray paint a engine's heat shield?

While planning some tasks for "restoring" my engine bay, I noticed one of the things that significantly affect the way it looks is the heat shield. It's rusty, since the corrosion was probably much ...
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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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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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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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