Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 00:52:25 +1000
From: "nix8860" <>
Subject: Re: ideas for restoring UV-damaged paintwork?

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. 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. First of all, probably use Meguairs Hi-tech Wash or soft wash gel to wash the car. Then use a Clay bar does not matter which brand, this clay bar will remove all bonded contaminants on the paint work, such as industrial fall out, tree sap, brid droppings overspray ete ete, it should make the paint work smooth again. you will need a quick detail spray or car wash mixed with water in a bottle to use it as lubricant then you can use the clay bar on the surface. You will then need to use meguairs paint cleaner, depending on how bad the paintwork is you might need to use fine cut cleaner, or scratch X before using the paint cleaner. Then you can top it off with meguairs wet look polymer sealant or NXT generation OR the 2 step process, mirror glaze Deep cyrystal polish followed by Deep crystal Wax which might be the better option. They also have a paint subscribition, so you put in all your problems and it will recomend what u need! Now depending on how much shine you want you can go one step better, and get some Klasse twins ( all in one & sealant glaze) or Menzerna products which you cant get off the shelf and get it from a detailing supplier or online Menzerna have an intenstive polish that will cure your problems fairly easily Check, for all those products and more. 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. 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. Mothers will also do the trick, its all up to personal preference and how much you are willing to spend. Good luck and report back if you need any help. "Craig's Saab C900 Site" <> wrote in message news:dbfs14$aoh$ > 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. > > 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 > car. I could get a professional car detailer to do this but I want to learn > how to do this sort of thing myself. 8-) > > I've had a lot of recommendations for products, but so far most of them are > heading towards trying some of the Meguiars paint-care products, with the > second-most common recommendation a similar suite of products from Mothers. > > Given that my only experience with cars is with my Saabs, perhaps some of > you who do a lot of restoring and 'repairing' of decaying paint finishes can > offer some advice on what to try that has a good reputation for quality and > what products I should avoid. 8-) > > Thanks, > > 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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