Tip & How-To about Mazda Protege
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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