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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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Does "Dupli-Color" have any match for Toyota 3Q3 color?

I am looking to find the best spray color for Toyota salsa red with 3Q3/FA40 color code. I found it out that seems Dupli color has quality sprays for cars but it seems they only have Super red || for ...
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What is one level lighter and darker that 3Q3 red color?

I got a Toyota highlander with 3Q3/FA40 red color. It has some scratches and color damages that I want to fix it myself. First of all, I like to know if I want to get one level lighter or darker color ...
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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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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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