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Old 06-30-2010, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default How to properly correct paint on hoodscoop, mirrors, etc.

My hood scoop is getting dull on my AW STi. I notice the mirrors, and rear bumper is starting to look a little dull as well, although not as bad as the hood scoop. Is the paint just oxidizing?

I'm currently going over the car with Mequires 205. I did hit the hood scoop with the 205, and it did make a difference, but it's not back to normal. Should I try a more aggressive pad, or will I need to step it up to something like 105?
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:51 AM   #2
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Try 105 on a Polishing Pad, usually works on my AW WRX. If that doesn't do the trick, then 105 on a light cutting pad (orange), followed by 205 + polishing pad. If that still doesn't give you the desired results then try a 3 step. 105 + Orange, 105 + white, 205 + white.

I know, sounds like a lot of work, but that combo works great on my car. It comes down to how anal you are about your paint and how much work you want put into it. Work from the least aggressive to the most aggressive one I outlined until you get the desired results.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:16 AM   #3
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Can you post a picture of the hood scoop? The paint failed on mine. Not only on the leading edge, but on the main surface as well. On the leading edge it just chipped and flaked off. On the top and back surface the clear coat became pitted and worn. There are a few in the parking lot at work too, and every one looks the same.

I bought another scoop (used) to practice painting on. Not having a spray booth, I bought several rattle cans and everything else needed from paintscratch.com. I spent a lot of money, time, and trial and error. I ran out of paint, and patience. I called the body shop that my Subaru dealer uses and was quoted $100 bucks to have it done professionally.

As it is now, I have the half assed one I did on the car, and I'm going to take the other one to the shop and have them do it.

It was a fun learning expierence, and I think I could do better, if not perfect, if I was to do it all over again.

So, you can either buy all the materials yourself and give it a go, or pay $100 and just be done with it. I spent over $100 in material alone.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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same way you corrct paint anywhere else, you can get this for a cordless drill

http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-430-a...ffing-kit.aspx

I just use my standard 6.5" pad with my flex, there is some overspray sometimes but i do those spots in the beginning before the pad gets saturated.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:41 PM   #5
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I don't have a picture right now, but it just looks hazy. It's hard to tell because it's white, but when it's your own car you will see things others cannot.

I don't have any 105 right now, and would have to order it online as no one around here carries it. I'll try 205, and an orange pad and see what kind of results I get. When I used the white pad, and some 205, I was able to get some of the shine back. It wasn't perfect, but I only did a test area with minimal pressure.

One other question I had was do you guys leave the scoop on the car? As you know the PC vibrates like mad, and it seems to really shake the scoop more than I'd like. The problem is if I took it off the car to polish it, how would I keep it in place? Any ideas?
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:42 PM   #6
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.. in any case I can't believe all the hours I've wasted in my life hand waxing anything.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:37 PM   #7
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One other question I had was do you guys leave the scoop on the car? As you know the PC vibrates like mad, and it seems to really shake the scoop more than I'd like. The problem is if I took it off the car to polish it, how would I keep it in place? Any ideas?
I leave it on the car. I usually use my 4" pads on the scoop area and it's fine. I've used 6.5" pads also and had no problems with leaving the scoop on the car. Just be careful around the edges...
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:44 PM   #8
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I currently use the 6.5 pads to give me some extra insurance on the edges of the backing plate.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:12 PM   #9
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I don't have any 105 right now, and would have to order it online as no one around here carries it.
....Meguiars Ultimate Compound should be readily available through your local auto part retailer. The formulation is the same SMAT technology as M105 and M205. UC is essentially the consumer version of M105 and is not quite as aggressive. Ö.itís a good OTC solution that may just give you the added bite you need.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:15 PM   #10
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I didn't know this. I guess I'll pick up a bottle.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:27 AM   #11
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This thread just saved my life hahah
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:38 PM   #12
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This thread just saved my life hahah
Let's hear the details on this.

Of course after I made this thread, I had the flexible backing plate on my DA shear off. So, I'm waiting on a new one to arrive in the mail today.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:00 PM   #13
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Bring your car to my house and we'll fix everything, my random orbital is better than yours I know it.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:17 PM   #14
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I may just take you up on that offer. I hit it with the 205, and a very mild pad, and it did improve it, but not fix it like I had hoped. I would guess an orange pad with 105 would do the trick.... or just bring it up to you.
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Just bring it up already. Stop by next time your in Olympia.
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