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Sun breaks down or crystallizes some of the pigments and plastic compounds in the paint. (And plastic headlights) Melt everything back together with a single quick swipe or spray of mild enamel or lacquer thinner with 2 to 5% lacquer or enamel clear. Even clear nail polish in 95% thinner can restore some shine, but you can't keep rubbing, it will all soften into a total mess. If you don't want to pay a shop to re-clear or paint your car, just buy a can of clear glossy spray and spray it into a jar and mix a ton of thinner into it. Dab a rag into it and apply it on a hidden part of your paint.
the old yellow fading and kinda fogging look is from the sun if you want to try a quick fix try using a polish like mother's power ball i found that if you buy a polish u can restore them to almost new. if you dont want to try that ten what you need when you look for knew one's is the year make and model most body shops will be able to order them and same goes with the parts store's in your area.
if any vehicle has been treated rough and not cared for,what about servicing/maintenance,has that been neglected as well.
NEVER buy anything that has not been loved,you will pay dearly for it in the long run.
firstly replacement waterpump is not time sensitive,change it when it goes.
the clutch can last from 7seconds,foot rest, to 150k if driven long distances,sometimes longer,
the paint is water based and should be waxed every year to stop it fading too badly,(good maintenance always pays off.....)red/blue are the worse.
This is a common problem with base coat clear coat paint, you may want to take it to the dealer and see if they will do something about it. GM and ford both had a problem with the clear coat fading and actually peeling away. If enough people complain they may do something about it. It has to basically be sanded down and repainted and clear coated again. The only sure way to keep this from happening is using a car cover when it’s in the sun. And blue is one of the worst I have seen for failure. But again it’s worth a shot to go to the dealer and see if there is a recall on the paint. The squeaky wheel gets greased
hi from uk the fade on paintwork you describe is not uncommon on this colour and especially on red which tends to go pink ? may i suggest you try this remedy which was shown to me some years ago by a paint sprayer expert ? choose a small panel that has faded then use some metal liquid polish ie brasso or similar then pour a little on a clean cloth and rub on paintwork use straight motion not circular / left to right or up /dawn rub with light pressure over the panel then use warm soap water and sponge to wash the polish off then dry paintwork with clean cloth you will find the colour and shine has come up ? also feel the difference ? if you are satisfied ?? then with LOTS of patience? continue with proceedure panel by panel what you are doing is removing all old wax from paint and it is this that has dicoloured due to sun/heat then when car is finished? use a wash/wax detergent for final wash/rinse and leather off i recommend you do not try rushing this job or get fed up ? 1/2 way thro if you want car to look good please come back with update on how it goes ?