Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 09:16:20 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <c900nospam.apana.org.au>
Subject: ideas for restoring UV-damaged paintwork?


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.net http://www.nospam c900nospam.apana.org.au Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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