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Questions tagged [paint]

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

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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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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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Repairing bumper paint. Use Dr Color Chip in this situation?

I got sideswiped along the back of my truck. Some paint was removed and it looks like I have some paint transfer as well. I plan on using a little compound to remove the transfer and then was ...
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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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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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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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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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When painting a bare shell, why mask it up?

I've seen any number of restorations where somebody strips a car to a bare shell, media blasts it, welds it up then paints it. For some reason, when the shell is in it's final stages of paint, you ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How important is it to clay before polishing and waxing?

I've seen a number of mentions of "claying" before polishing, with some people swearing that it's an absolutely necessary step before polishing, while others seem to get good ( or at least pretty ...
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How can I find out the exact colour for my car? [duplicate]

I have a couple of cars with some paint damage. Neither have custom paint jobs. Is there a website where I can find the exactly colour match based on the stock colours for cars based on make, model ...
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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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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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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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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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How to remove droplets of paint on my car?

I'm not sure if its paint or cement, but my car is covered with droplets of it. I had my car washed, but its still there. Its removable if you scrape it with your nail. Is there any liquid material ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Hit a wall with my car how to remove paint?

Hit a wall with my door handle. What's the best way to remove paint? Thanks
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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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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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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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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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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

A while back I fixed up some rust spots on stone kicks on my hood, and ended up repainting my whole hood to cover them up after grinding/puttying/priming. I got custom matching spray paint made and ...
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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 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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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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Milky cloudy clear coat after rattle can spray

Went to clear coat my headlights after I sanded and removed all the yellow oxidation. Final sanding before applying clear coat was with 3000 grit. The temperature inside the garage was ~59F. ...
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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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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. ...