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Old 09-03-2002, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fading red paint


I got my new 4g and its red, but the paint is really faded bad in area's of the car... how can I restore this car's natural beauty without getting a full on paint job ?

if im gonna paint her, dark blue she'll be. .... diamond coat .. .. metalic .mebbe pearl .. oh jeeeyah
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Use a rubbing compound to remove the faded paint, it's hard work but worth it. Then use a good quality polish to restore the shine.

BTW, this is why I'll never own a red car.
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There ain't nothin like a new paint job!!!
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Red is the color that fades the quickest with the sun, don't ask me why but we re-paint red cars all the time at my shop. Anyhow to your question you will most likely need to color sand it first with 1500 grit wet sand paper, just go over it lightly with it and make sure to keep the paper wet, then pick up a cheep buffer and some good quality polish compound and buff to a shine, The problem with this is that it's really not a job for someone who has no experience with wet sanding or buffing, you can burn through your paint very easy, if just regular hand polishing doesn't work than you might want to take it to a detailer, better paying a 100 bucks then burning through your paint with a buffer!
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You know, I have the same problem, but in the oddest places. It's only faded on the drivers side mirror and the left half of my spoiler. Strange.
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Red, silver, dark blues and some blacks fade like a biatch. Its something to do with the enviromental additives used in those colors from the late 80's to mid 90's. They have made bug improvment since then, but most car paint from the Regan era sucked ass.
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Thanks guys, this is all awesome advice.. ill look into a few things..

so when you sand the faded paint, it just takes off the faded layer and opens up the orig color underneath ?

its wierd how it fades.. rear view mirror, some spots on side of door .. the spoiler, the top of the car driver side above the door and to the part between the windows... got some chips n **** too on the hood .. any advice for those ? and how bout wee lil rust spots? one on sunroof, one under the visor

thanks in advance!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of red paint. I have to buff out my sideview mirror's every couple of months. Best thing to do to prevent fading is to get it professionally wet color sanded, buffed, and waxed. Then buy a good car cover to keep on the car when parked to protect from sun, dust, etc...

My dad and I wet sanded his '59 Porsche to get it ready for a Concours... took a good 2 weeks in the garage on the weekends. Its an involved process but the Ivory paint on the Porsche is like a mirror now, and the best thing was that it only cost us sandpaper, rubbing compound, and wax.
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Red, silver, dark blues and some blacks fade like a biatch. Its something to do with the enviromental additives used in those colors from the late 80's to mid 90's. They have made bug improvment since then, but most car paint from the Regan era sucked ass.
Red is the worst though do to the chemicals in it that give it its color.

BTW if you want to change your car to a new color like dark blue it will cost a lot because they have to do things like door jams, under the hood and plenty of other places if you want it to look good.
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Yohan to answer your question, No you never actually get into the color of the paint that is not what is oxidizing on your car. Cars now days have a two and three stage paint system. The actual color of the car is called the base, wich is the first stage, the second stage is a clear coat that is what oxidizes. The problem is once it starts oxidizing its like rust it will always come back. until you get the car repainted. All you can do is keep color sanding the clear coats top layer and buff, the problem with that is that you can only buff so much before you burn through, granite this takes a while but it will eventually happen.
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