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Old 07-16-2010, 08:16 AM   #1
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So if all goes well, tomorrow i will be the new owner of a 1988 Fiero GT "Formula". Since the body is fiberglass, i would like some opinions on how to attack it. There is no major problem with the body, its just been sitting outside for about a year. What is the best way to make this thing look like new?

My plan was to wash it with dish soap multiple times. I was then going to claybar it but im not sure if that's practical with the fiberglass. I then planned on waxing it with Mothers wax i have, then using F-21 protectant on the interior and exterior trim pieces.

Is there anything i'm missing or could do better? Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:28 AM   #2
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It's not fiberglass, it's a plastic composite which unlike fiberglass has some give. Either way, paint is paint although it's probably similar to the Saturns that had plastic panels, some flex agent was added so the paint could move with the panels without cracking. Care shouldn't be any different, when I had a Saturn some years ago I washed and waxed it in the normal manner. Never used claybar on it but I don't see why you couldn't.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice! I was always told it was fiberglass and there's a small chip and underneath, it looks dead on fiberglass but ill take your word for it.
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Forgive me if I am mistaken, but how is washing and waxing considered paint correction? Wouldn't that just be protection? I am kind of new to the detailing world. :P

If the car has been sitting out side for a year without a wash, you are more than likely going to need to clay it. I'm sure there are a lot of contaminants embedded in the old wax or clear coat.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:18 AM   #5
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Ha no you are correct, this thread has less to do with paint correction, more to do with general restoration of a fiberglass body. I was planning on doing piant correction but as I typed more and more, I realized I wanted to do the laborious task less and less
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Wash, clay bar, polish, then wax you will get amazing results that way.

I had an 88 Fiero LTD, it was a fun car but they are death traps LOL
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I'm not very familiar with polishing so until I get proper training or have access to a step by step tutorial, I'm not going to mess with it but wash, clay, wax is def on my to do list asap.
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What type of paint is on there? By that I mean, was clear coat even used?

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Are you talking about the factory paint? Because all I can tell you is it's yellow, I don't know the paint processes back then so I'm not going to speculate.
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