Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 01:26:36 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <>
Subject: Re: ideas for restoring UV-damaged paintwork?

"hippo" <> writes: >Craig wrote (in part): >>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 >>slowly being released with more and more sun exposure along with the >>effects >>of other things in the air like salt (but I don't live that near the >>coast), >>and general effects from the stuff that makes up photochemical smog. >Depends how bad it is Craig. Stuffed is stuffed! >If the clear coat's gone then the colour's going to oxidise &/or shed - no >if's or buts. In that case, coloured polish, cut and polish or anything >else with an abrasive will just make it much worse more quickly. A very >good wax - not a polish - (Porzelack, Autoglym etc) *may* give you a >temporary respite, but probably not and the paint underneath will as like >as not still look pretty sad. You'll find paint shops round that will >still give you a pretty good job for a competitive price - just don't >expect a show car for two grand! Cheers I don't expect a show car quality finish. It's a 22 years old car as it is, so I'm just trying to preserve the paint finish until such time as I'm able to factor in a full and extensive repaint. I'm going to talk to the folks at 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 don't worry about until we decide to take our car to a club meeting and want it looking better that it currently does. 8-) The worst areas are the roof and the boot lid. I've already replaced the bonnet (aka hood) with one from a spare parts car since that had rust problems and the replacement bonnet is metallic blue with a very good paint coating that just needs a wash and a re-wax. The rest of the body which is 20+ year old Cirrus White is where I'm focusing the attention at present. The suggestions of certain Meguiars products by a couple of other people (here in the group and privately) to try out sits well with my budget at the moment so that seems like what I will try. 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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