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Old 07-28-2017, 02:35 PM   #1
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My cheap clear coat repair

This method would be another applicable solution to our cars for someone that doesn't want to spend too much money on. This method cost me $3 for sand paper and $13 for the product from amazon.

Clear coat was shot and peeling on multiple panels from exposure. I hit the paint with 1500 grit wet sand making sure I blended in the exposed paint with the good clear coat. After the sanding I used this rustoleum wipenew product that I have used in the past with good results. See the before and after pics.
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If you ever get your pictures uploaded I would be interested in doing this to my e46. The roof is oxidizing pretty badly.
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This is the product I used.
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These were taken a year ago. Notice the peeling clear coat where it completely exposed the paint. I ended up using a 1500 grit sand paper and some soap and water. Took about 1-2 hours to hit all the spots that I needed to cover.
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These were taken yesterday after I allowed the product to dry. It dries into an acrylic like state. Kind of like clear nail polish. All the pictures I uploaded have not been edited or filtered. All were taken with natural lighting.
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Old 07-28-2017, 02:54 PM   #9
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It's no where near showcase perfect but does the trick for someone wanting to spend less than $20.
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Wow! Not bad. So walk us through your process once more with a bit more detail.
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Correction on post #7. Pics were taken a week ago.
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I first thoroughly washed the car with a detergent such as dawn dish soap. Soaked another bucket with soap and water to use with 1500 grit wet/dry sand paper. Fold the sandpaper so it fitted in the palms of your hand and lightly sand the areas you are only going to cover with the product. You may need to sand a little more thorough on the areas of the peeling clear coat so that it will blend in with the rest of the panel. Be gentle because you will burn through the paint pretty quickly especially on the raises areas where the metal bends.

After sanding, wash the car again with a detergent and thoroughly dry it. Now once car is completely dry, you want to do this in a shaded area or in your garage. Best time to do this is in the late afternoon or evening because you want your panels cooled down. Now use the product and the supplied microfiber clothes. Product is about 2 ounces and is just enough to cover what you see in my pics. Soak the microfiber and be liberal covering the affected areas. You want to only make one pass because overlapping will cause streaking. YouTube wipenew and follow how to apply the product for best results. Once down, allow the product to dry for 24 hours. Don't get impatient and tough the panels during this time because you will create smudges. Like I said it isn't show quality or perfect but definitely better looking than before and great for a daily driver.
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If you ever get your pictures uploaded I would be interested in doing this to my e46. The roof is oxidizing pretty badly.
If you give it a try post some pics.
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It's working now.
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:06 PM   #16
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If you give it a try post some pics.
I'll do that. Just ordered a kit.

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Got bored and decided to do the front bumper too since it had bad clear coat issues and scratches from years of abuse from being on the road. No before picture but you can see it all nice now.
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Wow I may try that on my roof
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After it has dried for a few days. I recommend applying some hand wax to give it a little more shine and protection.
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Still waiting on my kit to arrive. Your car is looking completely refreshed ATX. Good work and thanks for sharing
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Still waiting on my kit to arrive. Your car is looking completely refreshed ATX. Good work and thanks for sharing
Thanks! If you notice the picture on post 17, you will see streaking and clouding on the headlights. That's what happens if you try to put on a second coat after the first coat dries. Try to do one pass before it starts drying and change out the microfiber pad if you notice the product starts hardening. You pretty much want to cover all the panels within a few minutes.
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I had one person message me and mention that I needed to take pictures of the panels in sunlight for better representation of the work.
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Wow man...My hatch has the same problem as yours, and I just don't want to repaint it, so this is a great "temp" fix. I wonder how long it will last.

I take it you must really be patient when sanding and applying the wipe new? For the sanding did you just apply light pressure?
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Wow man...My hatch has the same problem as yours, and I just don't want to repaint it, so this is a great "temp" fix. I wonder how long it will last.

I take it you must really be patient when sanding and applying the wipe new? For the sanding did you just apply light pressure?
Light pressure using your hand. It didn't take long. Just enough to feather the edges.
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