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Auto Body, Paint, Coupe, Convertible, Hatchback, Truck, Sedan, Wagon, SUV, Van
#1060 of 1091 Re: "Ming" auto body process? [Mr_Shiftright]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 03, 2010 (5:06 pm)
I use the hose to pre-soak the car and float off dirt before I even touch it with a wash mitt.
#1061 of 1091 questions about car paint DIY
Nov 04, 2010 (12:22 pm)
I got some scratches on my car. One of them is quite deep, I can see the black color (my car is blue). Is it primer layer or metal layer? Others are just light scratches. It is still blue, only lighter than the original color, you can feel the toughness in that area (wax?)
I did some research and here is the list of what I'm going to get for the touchup
1. microfiber cloth (to clean the surface first)
2. sandpaper with different grit
4 basecoat with the correct color (spray can)
6. mask tape
7. Rubbing compound
My questions are:
1. do primer and clearcoat have color? If so should I get the same color as the basecoat?
2. For the deep scratch, should I apply primer first then basecoat and clearcoat at last?
3. For the lighter ones, I don't need the primer, right?
4. what does rubbing compound do? Do I apply it after the clearcoat. Does it fix minor scratches without any paint?
5. What grit sandpaper to use for deep scratch and light scratches ?
6. Do I need any wax or polish for the final touch?
#1062 of 1091 Re: questions about car paint DIY [nasridine]
Nov 04, 2010 (2:55 pm)
Just curious what kind of car and what do you expect to achieve?
0. use claybar to clean the paint
1. primer can be different colors though most of the time it''s grey. Clearcoat is exactly that. clear.
2. start with 600 grit sand light then prime, paint, clearcoat.
3.lighter scratches I would recommend 3M rubbign compound used with a random orbital buffer.
4. depends on which brand of rubbing compound that you use, you could strip the paint to bare metal.
5. deep scratch start with 600. light scratch use 3M rubbing compound with random orbital buffer.
6. wax and polish would be good to protect the time and effort you are about to spend.
Are you sure you want to try this?
#1063 of 1091 Need suggestions for car paint scratch repair
Nov 05, 2010 (10:40 am)
It is a blue 2010 Subaru Forester. Got some scratches lately. See pictures below. Can anyone give me some suggestions on how to fix them respectively
The first and second pics shows a long scratch. Not very deep, probably only clearcoat is damaged. Can feel the toughness of wax by touching
This one is kind of deep, can see the metal.
Also there is a long thin key scratch.
Nov 12, 2010 (4:56 pm)
Just bought a 17 year old car which has had a really cheap re-paint. On a sunny day you can see all sorts of sanding marks under the paint. Looks like the car went through a briar patch and has faint scratches all over.
My question is if there is any cheap way of making the cheap paint job less noticeable. I know that short of a proper re-paint there is no way to make it perfect.
This is a $1200 car and not worth a lot of expense. Am I on a fool's errand or do the pros have some magic?
#1065 of 1091 Re: old beater question [oldfarmer50]
Nov 12, 2010 (7:56 pm)
Save your time and money. Other than polishing it out, there's not much you can do to a cheap paint job.
#1066 of 1091 Re: old beater question [oldfarmer50]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 13, 2010 (7:28 am)
Er.....the problem with cheap paint jobs is that they use CHEAP PAINT. So it just doesn't respond to most techniques.
You could try "color sanding" if you want to read up on it, but it's a fair amount of work.
#1067 of 1091 Re: old beater question [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 14, 2010 (9:37 am)
Dont waste your time or money on trying to fix the paint. Once someone screws it up with a cheap paint job its pretty well over. Best thing you can do is to keep it clean and hope it lasts as long as the car runs.
#1069 of 1091 removing inside door panel
Apr 10, 2011 (10:40 am)
rear door has been hit.
I want to save a little money by getting the dent out.
How do I remove the inside the door panel?