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Old 02-24-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Detailing question.

Hello, all. A quick question on detailing? I have the infamous laser red paint fading on my car. Would getting my car detailed restore its original color? I have a picture here. It is a 98 v6.
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Hello, all. A quick question on detailing? I have the infamous laser red paint fading on my car. Would getting my car detailed restore its original color? I have a picture here. It is a 98 v6.
Well it depends on the detailer. You could buff up the colour with a variety of products on the market today. Go to a reputable shop and tell em what you want,in detail. And if they tell you they can get the gloss back hold them to it. Don't pay if they said they could and they don't. It's not gonna be cheap but it will be worth it.
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Did you try anything yourself yet?
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Did you try anything yourself yet?
Anything as in what. A detailer would have proper products for this type of thing. Or honestly if there isn't any bodywork to do Maaco could do a quick cheap repaint. A detailer would have to be on an angle grinder and various pads
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Anything..........as in a buff,paint cleaner or a nice good hand wax.The car (from the pic) doesnt look bad at all. **** paying a ton for someone to do what I could do at home.Start with the small stuff and if its something you cant fix yourself then take in somewhere.
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Well to be honest I love doing that stuff to my car. I get everything mothers car care supplies at wholesale. Any suggestions from their line of products I should lean towards or are you familiar with them.
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Mothers is really good but there is way better stuff out there that cost a arm and a leg,lol.Ever spend any time on detailing sites?
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Mothers is really good but there is way better stuff out there that cost a arm and a leg,lol.Ever spend any time on detailing sites?
No. I worked a couple weeks in a detail shop at 15 but those were the turtle wax days. Fill me in. Do we have a detailing sub-forum
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Ah! Sorry, guys. I have had no experience with detailing whatsoever. I don't think my car needs it THAT bad, but it is just annoying to know that I'm stuck with a really rough front bumper, unless I can find a similarly faded one somewhere. Ha ha.
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No. I worked a couple weeks in a detail shop at 15 but those were the turtle wax days. Fill me in. Do we have a detailing sub-forum
In audio and appearance forum there's a car cleaning sticky not sure if that's gonna tell you anything you don't already know though
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Re: Detailing question.

it depends on how far its gone, if its actual fade and not just the clear coat then... it wont really help it but just a bit.

Take it to a professional that knows how to buff and see if they recommend buffing the car (actual cutting it). It may not have enough clear coat left, but you can still buff it, just not cut the clear coat. Think of it as a clay bar but a bit more aggressive ~

You can try washing with dawn, rubbing compound by hand, clay bar, then do a very good wax/protection but I dont see it fixing the paint unless its oxidation and not actual fade.

Laser red is known for facing bad when not taken care of
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How can I tell if it is oxidation or fading? I am fairy certain the clear coat is fine. It's just that the car has such a light color at the top and gradually gets darker until the bottom. My side skirts are still laser red as opposed to the faded... Everything else.
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No. I worked a couple weeks in a detail shop at 15 but those were the turtle wax days. Fill me in. Do we have a detailing sub-forum
No.....I am talking a real detailing forum.Its a whole different language.

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yea real detailing takes lots of time and money and research/experience.

You can take it to a pro and figure out what the deal with it is. Oxidation is milky/cloudy looking some say chalky.
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I still say start will the small stuff first before you take it to a pro who might just want sales.I only say this because I spent years detailing vehicles.Ive done professional hockey and football players vehicles when I lived up north who are by the way super anal about their cars and trucks,almost to the point of annoying.Lol,I took a car that was a daily driver in a rock quarry and made it look new inside and out.I believe the owners name was......Fred Flintstone.
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