Rejuvenate old paint

  1. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Will have a old car with celly to go over soon so thought I’d do a a trial run on an old bonnet. Cleaned, clay bar and finish compound with a da polisher. The paint has a lot of defects but came up pretty alright. I’d probably finish with some filler type product and then wax. I don’t want to over-restore the paint, just bring it back from the dead.
     
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  2. Dcal

    Dcal Forum Supporter

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    Impressive results.

    What polisher did you go for?
     
  3. Craig-SM

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    Surprising just how much dirt is removed with the clay bar. I only started using it a year ago and couldn’t believe the results then using a DA polisher just removes the scratches and swirls.
     
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  4. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    The Argos one with Lake Country pads. That was really minimal effort. The clay bar made the surface much smoother and the polish brought the paint up really nice.
     
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  5. marlinspike Member

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    Looks good. The G3 clay mitts from Halfords are really easy to use - I couldn't imagine doing a whole car with a clay bar.
     
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  6. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    The only benefit with bars is that you can choose different grades to suit the paint condition, you'll get many usable sized bits from a full bar - just don't drop any clay and carry on using it...:vsad:

    Come on, you know the rules. :D
     
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  7. Melvyn Best Member

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    I’ve also used a clay bar on my windscreen with good results, don’t know if they are intended for using that way?
     
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  8. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    It’s sitting on the bonnet. :-)
     
  9. vw1

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    Good results. I did my black 91 vw GT polo coupe with clay bar and some bilt hamber seal and wax . It took a hole day boy did my hands hurt afterwards.

    Next time I sale invest in G3 and electric polisher.
     
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  10. marlinspike Member

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    Don't have any before pictures, but the car had been on the drive for about 4 years, the paint was dull and gritty. The clay mitt and Meguiers Ultimate Compound brought the paint back fantastically, but the Black Hole Glaze put the deep shine on. We have a new clutch to put in, but I hope this year will finally be the year we get it back on the road.

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    Edit: I would say however that you probably get a more spectacular result on a dark colour than a lighter one.
     
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  11. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    :thumbup: [but about that trim.....:D]

    Saab?
     
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  12. marlinspike Member

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    I did clean the excess off the bonnet protection strip, then re-blacked it with Forever Black. It's a Saab 900 T16S which had been in a Saab specialists yard for a couple of years waiting to be broken for parts. They got it through an mot but after a few weeks we realised it was a lot rustier than it looked. Once the body kit came off it was clear it needed a new door and wing and a load of welding. Thanks to the purchase of a great welder from John in Scarborough (Jordan1 on here) and all the advice on this forum and the UKSaabs forum (including BillJ from on here), we set about on a welding marathon. It's taken a while because we are doing it on the drive, and time and kids take up a lot of our time. I do love that car, rusty wreck or not. Don't restore a car if you can't get it in your garage is my advice though.
     
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  13. jordan1 Member

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    Glad it's working well for you, it's Bridlington BTW:thumbup:
     
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  14. marlinspike Member

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    Yes, it was Bridlington! My mistake. My kids still talk about how your wife gave them chocolate lol. That and seeing your amazing vintage motorbike collection made for a memorable day out. Hope you are both well, especially will this virus stuff going on.

    If it wasn't for your welder the Saab would have been scrapped long ago. Will hopefully finish it this year.
     
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