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Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 14:21:36 -0700
From: WayneC <WayneCnospamline.moc>
Subject: Re: This stuff... Nu-Finish

toofas wrote: > Hello, > > Background: > I own a 1994 Saab 900s. As it is 12 years old, the paint (White) > isn't that lustrious, but it is still paint (I.E. No rust, oxidation, > etc.). In spots it doesn't seem to have much gloss as if the clear > coat has worn off, but I don't know anything about paint/clearcoats > really. I bought this Nu-Finish stuff (orange bottle) to try to help > the vehicle look a little better. I used it last weekend and it > seemed to help overall. As advertised, water beeds way more than it > did and the overall appearance is better. Obviously not show room, > but definitely better. The bottle recommends a second coat after 30 > days and then you're good for a year. > > Concern: > When applying this stuff, my rag turned whitish-gray. This indicated > to me that paint was being removed from the vehicle. The bottle says > it is safe for clearcoats, so if it removes a layer of paint then: 1- > how does it "protect" and allow water beeding? Can it simultaneously > strip and lay protection? If so, then... 2- Does that mean that if I > had good clearcoat over the entire car that my rag would not have been > saturated in paint, thus just removing a layer of clearcoat? > > Main question/point: > I own a 2002 Jaguar X-Type. As it is only four years old, the paint > (British Racing Green) is decent. When washed, the vehicle shines > rather well, but does have some swirl marks and scratches. I would > like to improve the shine it has after washing, but I am concerned > about using this Nu-Finish stuff given the results I have with the > Saab. > > Summary: > The result of using Nu-Finish on my Saab is positive, but I attribute > that to it being 12 years old with a lack-luster finish. I would like > to improve my four year old Jaguar's finish, but I am concerned about > damaging it using this product. I am rather ignorant about finishes > and caring for them, so if you choose to reply with > answers/suggestions, please take nothing for granted and assuming I > know nothing about the subject... somewhat like a "Nu-Finish for > Dummies." I hope I've come accross clear enough, if not, please ask > specific questions and I will answer them directly. > > > Thanks, > > toofas The short answer is that any time you are trying to make an oxidized finish shiny or remove scratches, etc, you are removing paint, the only question being how MUCH paint.... you only want to use as aggressive an abrasive product or method as is necessary. Do some searches using Google and you'll likely find a lot of information. Here's an example: Whereas that tutorial is aimed at use of a specific polishing tool, the process is the same whether you use a tool as an aid, or if you do it entirely by hand. Here's a link with Q & A on using Nu-Finish:

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