Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 23:09:39 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <>
Subject: Re: ideas for restoring UV-damaged paintwork?

Patrick Young <patricknospamx.ace.unsw.EDU.AU> writes: >Craig's Saab C900 Site wrote: >> My white 1983 Saab 900S needs some attention to it's decaying paintwork. The >> paint finish seems to be suffering mainly UV damage in that every time I >> wash the car, the water is turning milky white so I presum the pigment is >European cars just don't have what it takes for .AU climate. It's >interesting to note that Toyotas for example built for Europe and >Canada tend to have paint that will outlast the vehicle :-p Well given that my white Saab is 23 years old (built in late 1982 - making it in Saab's '1983' build year program), I think the paintwork has done a sterling job lasting this long. The bodywork has a few spots of rust in places and I'm dealing with that as a seperate issue currently. If you want to read about some of the rust comtemplation, the postings are at: >> The best solution would be a repaint but a good quality repaint is a >> budget-blower at present so I'm looking at dealing with the problem by >> trying to restore the paint finish as much as possible, then giving it a >> good seal/shine treatment to get it to the point where I don't need to worry >> about the pigment washing off every time it rains or I decide to wash the >Nope, it's stuffed. If you want to learn about this sort of thing, I'd >suggest stripping it back (should not be too hard, unless the mess >that's on there ATM turns to a "goo" with paint stripper - however >never know your luck), then apply 2-pak. It's been a while since >I've done this stuff - used to be able to get Dulux mixed as per the >car's original colour from your paint shop. Dulux sold to ppg, and I'm >not sure it's available to the public now (have not checked). If I was going to head down this path I'd get a professional paintshop to do it. But yes it's an option I have considered but discounted due to the cost of setting up for it. Without a proper paint booth I'd be wasting my time and a paintshop would give a warrantable outcome so if they buggered it up they'd have to fix it. 8-) There are some forum postings in relation to this subject at: Regards, Craig. -- Craig's Saab C900 Page --> http://nospam/~c900 Sydney, NSW Australia Craig's Saab C900 Workshop -- For all Saab C900 Enthusiasts world-wide! http://www.nospam Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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