Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 16:10:52 GMT
From: Patrick Young <patricknospamx.ace.unsw.EDU.AU>
Subject: Re: ideas for restoring UV-damaged paintwork?

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 > 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). Would be a good place to start. Note 2 pak (when I used it last) was pretty toxic, so you would want to take proper precautions ... It will outlast the vehicle if applied properly, sticks like shite to a blanket too. Dunno if things have changed much, however I'd *never* use an acylic paint on a car, even clear coated.... I'm interested in an update on what's out there these days .... ?

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