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Questions tagged [paint]

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

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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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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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Did I just screw up my paint, or is it just dried polish?

I have some pretty jacked up looking paint on the roof of my 2000 Honda Civic, and decided I would try to hand polish it a little. So I got out a very soft white hex logic pad, and some extra fine ...
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Sealant plus wax, or just sealant?

I was reading in The Haynes Automotive Body Repair & Painting Manual ( 1989 ) that after polishing, you can put a sealant on before you wax in order to give better, longer lasting protection to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Using a Paint Thinkness Gauge to Detect Collision Damage

I recently bought a CM8801-FN Paint Thickness Gauge, and would like to use it to determine if a car has had body damage. Basically, according to what I've read average factory paint thickness on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...