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How to make your car shine like new again.

Todays car uses a polyurehtane type finishes. Some would have that shiny clear coat on top of the flat color or mixed with color already. Over the years sun would dull away that shiny clear coating making the car look faded out and some sever cases the clear coat is already gone. On most cases an electric buffer and some polishing compound is all that is need to restore the car like new. On severe cases a fine sand paper of 1000 grit or more is needed to sand away the roughness then followed by buffing. If the clear coat is gone completely, you can spray only the bad area with fresh clear coat then buffed after wtih polishing compound after drying completely. Unless you have the knack for spray painting you should not try it. Getting a good result require skills and practice. Besides I do not really recommend spray cans since there are no adjustment you can do except in the way you spray the paint. If you decide to paint it anyways the rule of thumb is do not disturb any part that do not need to be painted and always cover surrounding area with a newspaper using masking tape. Do not rush on the job, and take your time. The technic in spray painting is get the hands moving before you press the spray button, and keep the hand moving as you release it. The distance from the surface should be 6 to 8 inches. Adjust travel speed to get the best result. Spray in layered patern. You should adjust the speed of travel just enough to cover the surface completely without mist but not to much since this will result in "orange peel" appearance or worst a run down and keep a steady pace.. Use a cardboard to practice first. Remember do not disturb any part that can be buffed out. Most faded out surface can be sanded and buffed smooth. If you take your time and do a good job you will be happy to see the fruits of your labor everytime you go outside and see your car. Good luck!

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I'm cleaning my rim and for some reason it is turning a gold color. What could be the reason for this?


Can be several reasons. Some types of plating or covering is the top finish of the wheel, but the base metal is a different color and not pretty.

I have seen chromed wheels bleed down to the core behind the lead wheel weights. Those left a bronze mark in the same place and outline of the lead weights.

Now there are different procedures in producing a finish on metal. Some use an acid bath and different chemicals produce colors in metal. Sounds like the wheel you have could have been surface etched and now the top finish is rubbed down below its finish. Some makers use a clear coat to maintain the finish longer.

You should contact the Car company who made your wheel for ideas about refinishing them. Now there are some excellent spray paints for coating wheels and the cost is minimal and some use spray cans and others need air compressor spray guns. Likewise some need an adhesive base coat and some need a protective clear coat. Its all about compatible layers of coatings.

My personal experience, for instance, on my 83 GM Pontiac Aluminum rims was to use the finest grade steel wool and remove the old chipped surface by hand rubbing to clean metal. Then using Mothers products to hand buff to a brighter finish and then thoroughly remove all traces of chemicals with an alcohol wash. The top coat was a spraycan application of specific "Wheelcoat" clearcoat.

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Jan 18, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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the clearcoat paint of my chevy silverado is peeling off how to repair that problem


Have it sanded down & clear coated

May have to mix color with clear on the first
couple coats

Jul 11, 2011 | Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Cars & Trucks

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My daughter want to change her Scion alloy mag


That's definitely possible.

She'll need to thoroughly wash the wheel.
Then she'll need to sand the wheel down using 120 to 320 grit sandpaper in order to remove the gloss from the current finish and prepare it for primer. If your wheels are chrome, you need to get below the glossy surface to the dull finish below. Use 600 grit sandpaper to smooth out the the rim.
Then use a rag to remove the remaining dust.

If the tire is still on the wheel, tape and cover up the tire.

Lay the rim down on a flat surface in a well ventilated area and spray 2 to 3 coats of primer

Once it dries, gently sand it again with 600 grit sandpaper to to smooth it out again. use a rag to remove the excess dust.

Then spray 2 to 3 coats of the paint that she wants. and let dry.
Sand again to remove any runs in the paint.

Then spray 2 to 3 coats of clear coat. sand with 1000 to 1500 to remove any burrs. Then use a polishing agent to bring the shine back


Sep 22, 2009 | Scion TC Cars & Trucks

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i need to know the color code of my 2000 ford f150 radio


Look in the driver's side door jamb. There should me a sticker with the details of your truck.

At the bottom you'll see EXT PNT:

Mine says EXT PNT: SU

I believe SU is the the color code. You can probably order the paint from the dealer, or any good paint supplier can get you the equivalent.

Remember that paint can fade and change color over time, so if you're not a pro painter, blending the bright, new color will be very hard to do; you might as well just paint the entire panel or the whole truck if you're not already going to.

Feb 27, 2009 | 2000 Ford F150 Flareside SuperCab

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