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Auto Body, Paint, Coupe, Convertible, Hatchback, Truck, Sedan, Wagon, SUV, Van
Dec 17, 2001 (10:10 am)
Wondering what wax is best? Can I really fix tiny scratches myself? Post your exterior questions and answers here!
Dec 17, 2001 (10:57 am)
They aren't true waxes but Blackfire and Zaino are some of the best polishes you'll find for a reasonable price.
#3 of 1091 Dings in Paint :/
Dec 26, 2001 (10:24 am)
I just bought a new Solara, and I HATE having to park in the lot at my condo. There are a lot of people there that really don't care if they hit your car with their doors, or they have kids and don't watch the kids with the doors.
Here's a question for ya - I have a choice of the lot, or along the loop road that goes around the condo complex. In the parking lot, the car could get dinged. On the loop road, someone could sideswipe it. Where would you park, given the choice?
Dec 27, 2001 (10:42 am)
We live in an apartment too ! We park outside in the complex, but we have accumulated two dents in only 6 months. We have a carport too, but the sprinkler gets the hood wet everyday which was leaving water spots on the paint. So its a tough decision. I would have to park on the side loop if i were you, but it's a matter of opinion, rigt?
Good Luck though !
#5 of 1091 Car Wax
Dec 27, 2001 (1:34 pm)
I use Mother's Gold California stage I, II, and III. Bought these plus applicator pads, cotton cloths, etc for about $36 and did at least 6 clean/polish/wax jobs out of it, which would have cost me more than $500 at a car wash!!
I followed the procedure from one of the articles on this website, and it works out real good.
#6 of 1091 touch-up paint and Langka
Dec 28, 2001 (6:13 am)
Has anybody used this product ...or have any opinions about it? It is supposed to remove the "blob" that's left after using touch-up paint. Do car dealers really use it?
Dec 29, 2001 (11:07 am)
I don't know whether car dealers use it or not, but I have used it and it works very well.
The deal is that the touch up paint is different from the type of paint applied at the factory, and the Langka is a creamy solvent for the touch up paint. So you put a dab of the touch up paint in the nick (using a toothpick works well), then let that dry for anywhere from a half-hour to a day or two, then use the Langka on a soft cloth to wipe it gradually down to the level of the original paint. The kit comes with a flexible plastic holder for the soft cotton cloth, and I have found that it is much better than any other method I have used to touch up nicks in the front of my car.
Sometimes, however, I will take too much of the touch up paint off, and so I have to start over again, so sometimes you have to be patient and do it all over again, but when you get it right it gives a great result.
I have used it on my new black Lexus SC430, and several dings I picked up on the front of the hood from highway stones are now undetectible.
I'd say buy some and try it out. It will not make anything worse, and I have found that it helps make the touch up job easier and with a very good result.
#9 of 1091 squidd99: Langka
Dec 29, 2001 (5:13 pm)
Thanx for your comments! I might give it a try although I've read on another board that a glaze such as 3M Imperial Hand Glaze works just as well if used in the same manner for less price per ounce so I may do a bit more research.
Jan 02, 2002 (12:29 pm)
I have little/no patience/skill when it comes to painting. I just purchased an '84 Town Car with a pretty good paint job. It's not faded or oxidized but it does have a few chips and scratches in it. My question is: Am I better off having the entire care re-painted or can I just get the blemishes taken care of and have the finish still look good?
Thanks in advance,