Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:31:08 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <>
Subject: Re: ideas for restoring UV-damaged paintwork?

"nix8860" <> writes: >Sounds to me like the car has not had a polish/sealant for quiet some time. >Its actually not odd for neglegeted white cars to emit the white pigment as >the white car is a base colour and has no clear coat. I didn't think there was any sort of clearcoat as there's no telltale peeling taking place anywhere. I'm concerned that the neglected paintwork is inviting rust so that's another incentive to look after it until I can get a proper repaint done. >Meguairs have some great products and if your going to settle for off the >shelf products then that is the way to go. >Now depending on how good you want the paint work to look depends on how >many steps, but spending about 1 day & a few $$$ can get the car looking >good. Thanks for all your suggestions - I'll track down what's available at the local auto parts stores and go from there. >Check, for all those products >and more. I figured the trade would have a lot more stuff available that what can be found at retail level. Probably worth checking that out too. >If you keep to once ever 6 months applying a polymer sealer/wax then your >paint work should last a little while longer and have a good shine. That's about the aim of the exercise - giving the paintwork a very good wash followed by a good seal/wax at regular intervals is where I'm heading. With our water restrictions we can't wash our cars very often (if at all, depending how bad the water shortage gets this coming summer - it's bad now and we're in the middle of a very dry but cold winter) so 6 months betwen full wash/seal/wax cycles seems sensible, with a wash on it's own every couple of months as needed. >keep away from the usual suspects, sellys, turtle wax, nu finish ete ete. >Try not to use any of the cutting compounds or cut and polish even though it >is easy it will remover a layer of paint and leave swirl marks in your >finish if you have any paint afterwoods. My wife was trying to get me to use Turtle Wax but I've resisted as I'm not keen on stuff that is highly abrasive unless there really is a need for it. After all the idea is to *keep* as much of the paint on the car rather than remove a lot of it to get a smooth/shiny finish. 8-) >Mothers will also do the trick, its all up to personal preference and how >much you are willing to spend. I'll compare pricing, etc. but with most people I asking saying Meguiars is better I can try their products and if I don't like the results, opt for something else in the future. 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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