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

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Modern cars do not rust faster in coastal locations - Myth or truth?

Someone warned me to never buy a second hand car from the coast because cars rust faster and you cannot always see which hidden parts are rusted. The expectation is that cars from the coast has a ...
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Can cats leave scratch marks on cars?

I live in an apartment complex with some stray cats. I have multiple sets of scratch marks on the side doors of my car. I am unsure if these are from cats or from someone keying my car. Is it possible ...
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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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2005 Corolla paint or coating peeling off

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla. Within the last couple of months I have noticed an unusual condition related to the paint surface. A couple of photos: At first, I thought it was just the paint coming ...
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Why are road test drives of to-be-released vehicles plastered with fabric?

So, every once in a while I will see an article on MSNBC Auto's about a to-be-released car, like this one. As you can see, the pictured car is just plastered with what appears to be some sort of ...
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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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Paint quality of used cars [closed]

A query regarding used cars in general. Most owners don't wash their cars properly - rules such as microfiber towels only, proper shampooing + regular waxing etc. all go amiss. To what extent do ...
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Diaper rash cream on paint

Can't seem to find the answer anywhere... My kid somehow smeared diaper rash cream on the rear quarter panel on our car. The car is grey and you can see a white film. I tried a few products with ...
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Can I paint my entire Class C RV using fluorescent green and how long will the paint job last

I cannot afford to paint my 30 year old RV (in which I rebuilt the engine and plan on going on a Road Trip around the world!) professionaly ... Can I paint my entire Class C RV using Rustoleum ...
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Matting / Discolouration when spray painting car

I have been running into some trouble while spray painting my car. The roof of my 2000 Chevy Cavalier Z24 had some rust on it, so I sanded it down, put on primer, and used black Rustoleum for the ...
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How do I treat aluminium oxidation on body panels?

Like most of us I have dealt with steel rust on many occasions, but how should I deal with aluminium corrosion bubbles under the paint? I have just bought my first aluminium car, which are becoming a ...
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Strange dull areas on paintwork after trip to bodyshop

After a crash I had some work done to my car at an Audi approved bodyshop. This involved some respraying. Since I've got it back I've noticed dull matte marks on one side of the paintwork. They seem ...
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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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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 should I remove paint from calipers?

I have a set of STI brake calipers that I'm interested in refinishing. From the factory, they come with a black finish and white lettering. What is the best way to remove the existing finish so that I ...
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Can polishing compound ruin my car's paint job?

I have my Mitsubishi lancer 2004 (silver) that was painted last year. Today I bought a polishing compound named http://www.abro.com/pc-310.html . I put a small amount of the polish on a cotton cloth,...
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How can I fix the paint in my car?

My car has several types of paint issues that I worry that they might cause me big troubles in the future. I am looking for ways to solve these issues now so that I save some trouble in the future. ...
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Paint Code - LeMans 1988

I have a Pontiac LeMans 1988, and I want repaint my car. I have looked all over my car and I can't find the lower color code for my car. On the label of the service parts identification is only ...
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Recondition clear coat?

The clear coat on my car's finish is getting kind of tired, dull and scratchy. Is there any way to recondition and renew it? I assume I will need to polish the existing clear coat somehow and then ...
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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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Rust From Repaired Chip in Paint Didn't Go Away

Last year, I had a big stone chip with growing rust. I thoroughly sanded it, applied primer, and painted it. It wasn't meant to look good as I just wanted to prevent the rust expansion. However, ...
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Paintless dent removal long term side effects?

I have just got a few dents repaired using paintless dent removal services. While observing the procedure, I've noticed that the repair guy used a plastic rod-like tool to fix some imperfections by ...
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How to remove latex over spray from my 89 Honda

I painted my house last year and got some water base Latex paint over spray on my 89 Honda, any ideas how to soften and remove it other than a polisher? The paint on this Honda does not have a clear ...
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What's the best body filler to paint a car

I want to fix some small scratches on my car can you give me some guidance on how I should proceed? These are my scratches. Rear bumper Door handle Front bumper. Here the plastic has a deep ...
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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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Suggestions for refinishing suspension springs

Can anyone suggest a tried and tested method for refinishing suspension springs. The springs I have at the moment have shed their protective coating which I assume was some sort of powder coating? I'...
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How can I keep stray cats off my car?

We have a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood and they possess an uncanny ability to know when a car has been cleaned for them to sit on and enjoy. Needless to say, the dirty, dusty paw marks they ...
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Do cars and passenger airplanes use the same type of exterior paint?

Can you apply a paint used for the exterior of car to the body and wings of a passenger airplane? If no, please explain why? How do the paints used differ?
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How to remove tank pad glue?

I had an old and worn out motorcycle tank pad (protector) and I want to replace it with a new one. It's too late to remove it together with the glue by heating it, so now I need to find a way to ...
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What are these dots on my roof?

I'm currently in the process of restoring an older car (a 1988 BMW M5, in particular) after it sat in a driveway in the Pacific Northwest for ten years, waiting on an engine rebuild. My paint ...
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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

Some people say they wash the outside car every week as it makes the paint nice etc Are there any benefits of washing the outside of my car? Do I really need to wash the exterior of my car every ...
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Cut and Polish: Looking for help on how to do my car

I am looking to do a cut and polish on my Australian made Holden Calais VT commodore (98 model). I am very new to doing cut and polishes and was hoping someone could point me out to what products ...
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What kind of sealer should go over bondo and primer?

I have some deep scratches on my fender that I filled in with Bondo glazing putty. Feels pretty smooth. I'm planning to spray on a filler primer and sand it down this weekend before spraying the ...
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What is Neo-Chrome?

Is anyone familiar with the process of neo-chrome plating and how it works? It is a different finish than burnt titanium, but seems to involve a heating method in some way to give it the rainbow ...
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I scraped my car against my moms and i need to remove the white scratches

This morning, I scraped my car against my mom's car by accident. I noticed a white scuff above her rear driver tire as well on the front of my Suzuki xl7 with a dent. Can I get it out without taking ...
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How does one fix peeling paint on a car? [closed]

Do i need to repaint it? Its peeled to the black with silver paint.
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How to tell what color your car is (not in door jamb)

I bought my car used, it is a 2006 Scion tC. The original color of the car is silver, as I gleaned from looking at my door jamb. However, I believe the previous owner painted the top half of the car (...
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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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Quick paint job now, or wait until I can do it right?

My question is similar this question but my focus is a little different. I have a 1982 Porsche 911 that has collected quite a number of chips and scratches on the front, mostly from rocks bouncing ...
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Paint light scratches repair

Hi I own Renault Megane Mk3 for while and car's paint is almost full with small scratches due to hard cleaning( car was cleaned by a hard surface ), I know its stupid thing to make but it wasn't my ...
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Is there is a way to repair the paint as the new car? [duplicate]

Hi I own Renault Megane Mk3 for while and car's paint is almost full with small scratches due to hard cleaning, I know its stupid thing to make but it wasn't my fault. You will get how scratches look ...
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Where can I find out the colour for the alloys of a Nissan Micra K12 sport+ 2005?

I want to refurbish my alloys and I'm looking for the spray paint colour for my alloys. Can anyone recommend a way to find this out?
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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 does paint failure look like?

My car's paint looks bad and I'd like to repair it, but I'm not sure what it is called. I know there are different types of paint failure, what do they look like and what are they called?
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Why should I clean bug and bird debris off my car?

I have a relatively new car with nice clean paint. I've read and been told that cleaning bugs and bird debris off of my car quickly is important because it can damage the paint. Do I really need to ...
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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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Is it important to fix paint deterioration?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic, and the paint on the roof is beginning to deteriorate. It looks as though maybe the top coat is discoloring and coming off, revealing the coat underneath, which seems to be ...
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Removing stripe or decal glue from exterior paint

I bought a Ford Fiesta Zetec and the previous owner has removed the stripes that run over the middle of the car, which has left a terrible looking mark, as if the glue has not come off when they ...
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What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

3M and other companies make numerous different types of foam pads (links are to 3M products), Compounding Finishing Buffing Polishing What's the difference between these types of pads? How do I use ...
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Roof paint peeling badly, with rust — what to do?

I've got a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan that's generally in pretty good shape, but the roof has started peeling badly, and a few spots have accumulated some rust. This is an old car with limited value, so ...