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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why did my sprayed-on paint job look like it was rolled on?

I repainted a back portion of my car after hitting something and it turned out pretty good, however the paint has a strange texture. It feels smooth, but it looks similar to a rolled on paint job. It ...
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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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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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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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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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DIY paint touch-up on rusted fender: paint touch-up kit includes primer, color, and clear coat

We have some rust on the fender of our 2005 car. I'd like to try to touch it up by removing the loose paint, sanding the rust off, priming, painting, and clear-coating, using one of the kits that can ...
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How to spot remove high temp engine paint?

I've recently painted an engine post reassembly, due to cost reasons. No doubt I've encountered overspray on certain parts. I know sandblasting the engine proper is a huge no-no, and soda blasting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does rust need to be removed?

I previously asked this question: Is this rust or not, will it spread, how should I repair it? People are saying one needs to sand down to bare metal then paint over to prevent rust from spreading. ...
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Can a car body get rusted?

I have a Toyota Etios Liva Viera Limited Edition car, which is going to be three years old next year January. It has run for about 3711km. Today, I noticed these spots on the car body: I tried ...
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removing excess paint on a nick touchup

i dropped a spark plug on the fender of an $8000.00 paint job. i touched up the 2 nicks ,but have a little excess paint outside of nicks. any suggestions on how to remove the excess? i used a product ...
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Paint of the door is peeling right after paint repair?

Just got my car from paint shop, driver and passenger doors were painted because of car accident. What could cause what can be seen on photos below? Poorly done work? I want to take car back to them, ...
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Finding RAL color code for Sea Green (GN6L) paint on a 1969 Saab 96

I am wondering where I could find the RAL color code for the paint color on a 1969 Saab 96 (V4).
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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 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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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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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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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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Reasonable price for getting doors repainted? [closed]

I know this isn't the most on topic question, but I don't know where else to get good advice. I recently got my Jeep's doors stolen. My insurance gave my a check for $2550, so I bought some half ...
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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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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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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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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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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?