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Old 07-10-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Help! my clear coat is fading :(

I know it is hard to see in these pics, especially because the car is silver, however, my clear coat on my back bumper is starting to haze and feel rough. I am hoping i won't have to get a new clear coat on it. Also, there are spots on the front from hitting bugs and what not. My question is whether or not using compound, claybar, and then waxing the problem areas will fix it. If so, can anyone point me in the right direction as to what kind of compound to use? I am new to detailing and realize that there are different grits in different compounds and I dont want to ruin my paint. Thanks for the help in advanced!

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Old 07-12-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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im guessing the bumper was repainted and thats why it looks like that. typically the original paint shouldnt do that this soon
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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Thats how my car is turning out now, except worse. After I spent some time on it, I made the conclusion that I needed power tools...and that I dont have. But if you are so inclined, polishing compound would bring out the shine, but dont be too rough or you will start hitting the color coat.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:30 PM   #4
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I agree it looks like a repaint/re-clear coat on the corner of the bumper. I/we will need to know the history of the car to better ID what exactly is going here. Most likely it is non-OEM clear coat/low grade clear coat w/ weak or no UV blockers/inhibitors. If it was original clear I would think all the horizontal surface of that bumper would be doing the same thing. If this original paint/clear this could also be from someone sanding or compounding that area of the bumper to remove scratches. If so the clear could have been thinned out and is now failing from not constantly having wax/sealant on it to protect it from the sun and light abrasions from normal wear-n-tear. I would not use compound with a cutting pad on either the front end where bug etchings are, nor the rear bumper on/around the area with hazing. You want to use a decontaminating agent on the whole car to remove bonded contaminants in the paint like iron/rust. As for any areas that are/may be a repaint, be careful using acidic decontaminants, as they are not recommended for SMART paint repairs and most other touch up paint systems. When in doubt use a product in an inconspicuous area before using it on the whole area/car. Follow the chemical decontaminant step with claying the car with a mild aggression clay as not to pull up any loose paint around bug etchings/rock chips, or the weak clear on the bumper. I would then, by hand, use a light abrasive polish white in color on a white applicator so you can see if any clear is gone and silver paint is exposed in the areas in question. I went through the clear on my 05 WRB STi trying to compound, by hand, some clear coat cracks (dealership mechanic induced) on the leading edge of the hood. I was using Pinnacle XMT #4 heavy compound, which is one of the most aggressive clear coat safe, DA polisher compounds you can probably get. That said I would start low on the abrasive chart for polishes until you start seeing results. Any true, body shop safe polish is what you need to start with on a white polishing pad or white t-shirt material. If you don't see silver on the applicator/cloth then continue to polish by hand or with a DA polisher w/ a polishing pad, trying to correct the paint defect, checking the area and applicator/polishing pad often to ensure you don't do through clear. As soon as the defect looks better, STOP. You are not going for perfect in this situation. Just better so that you can put a good paint sealant on the area and continue to keep an eye on to see if the defects are returning. If you are low on proper tools, equipment, products for getting the job done, and aren't comfortable with the whole thing, take it to professional detailer that has experience with this type of paint correction. If a detailer can't help you then find a body shop that may be able to fix it or give you a good price on a repaint of the bumper and hood; Would probably cost $500-$800 for a quality base coat and clear coat repaint. A good body shop could do a spot repair for a lot cheaper but those types of repairs aren't guaranteed more than 2 years on average, if that. If the hood only has bug etching/rock chip I would look into the Dr. Colorchips paint chip/road rash repair system; You can read more about it on autogeek.net. The system will not, however, be able to repair clear coat issues on the rear bumper.
I think I have said a lot here. So, I will let you read it and come back with any questions/concerns.
God Bless and hope you figure something out.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:57 PM   #5
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