Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 04:17:37 GMT From: "figjam62" <figjam62nospamAMgmail.com> Subject: Re: ideas for restoring UV-damaged paintwork?
"Craig's Saab C900 Site" <c900nospam.apana.org.au> wrote in message news:dbhksc$sos$1nospam.apana.org.au... > "hippo" <johnhnospamam.shoal.net.au> writes: snip > Saab Serve and get some ideas about good places to handle such a job so I > know what will be involved. 8-) > > I'm guessing that there isn't any clearcoat left on the original paint. I've > never noticed anything 'peeling' off suggesting there even is a clearcoat > over the basic white [Saab's 'Cirrus White' going by the plated colour > code]. The pigment washing off when wet problem has existed ever since I > acquired the car 2 years ago, but it's one of those things that many of us snip Ok, a solid white is what you've got there I expect Craig, no clear coat is applied. (Clear should only be applied to metallics and pearls over / or in solids.) A proper cut and polish may be your best bet to start, done with a slow machine (usually around 1500 - 2000 rpm), rubber backing pad, commercial lambswool buff pad (Red Lion or Black Diamond are common brands) . . . I like the B-80's, bonnet style, tie on. You might be able to hire one, but then you've got to buy a buff pad, heavy polish, and finer hand polish anyway . . . If you don't have the machine, skills or inclination (!) to machine polish your car, then maybe consider paying a crash shop to do this for you. If you only wanted the roof and boot done, perhaps tops of the quarters and guards, then this should be fairly reasonable, like under $150, expect them to do a nice fine hand polish on the whole car and wash it for that too ! The hand polish gets rid of the buff marks, about the whole job would be about 2 hours work. Maybe drop into a local crash shop and let someone look at it for you, they won't charge to tell you if they think it's worth trying or not, and hopefully you won't get some shonky bastard trying it on . . . most crashies are pretty decent sorts, although hard slog nowadays with insurance co's (but I digress). If a cut and polish doesn't remove the uv affected paint and bring up a nice shine, or there is just not enough paint to cope with a good c&p, then repaint is about the only thing that will fix it long term. A proper cut & polish will take about 1/3 of a coat of paint off ! You said the bonnet is a different colour anyway, so obviously some painting is needed sometime in the future anyway, so as you said, you can plan for this. If the c&p isn't an option for whatever reason . . . I've never used any waxes or polishes, but something that will seal the existing paint is what you're after. Maybe a good heavy real wax product, maybe some of the stuff with the colour in it (is there a white one ?) would help. Suggest getting a few small bottles of different products, and try them out on small areas, and test what works best for your situation. (The crash shop cut & polish may well be less $ than numerous bottles of products and time etc.) Cheers, Les