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Old 10-08-2015, 06:12 PM   #1
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Can I save my paint?

So I bought a 1998 Silver mustang, I love the color of the car, but the paint is in bad condition. I just rebuilt the heads so she's running very nice so I now want to compliment her beauty. I've attached a picture, if you need more let me know. The paint is kinda faded, and I also took off the stripe and it left a nicer color underneath so my car looks like it has a silver stripe on silver paint lmao. What can I do to save it or do I have to paint it?
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It seems like cars painted silver often end up looking faded and oxidized. I think that this is due to the fact that silver hides dirt so well that it is easy for the owners to overlook maintaining the exterior of the vehicle with regular washing and waxing.

My opinion on your paint is that it can't be saved and you will need to do a re-spray.
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It seems like cars painted silver often end up looking faded and oxidized. I think that this is due to the fact that silver hides dirt so well that it is easy for the owners to overlook maintaining the exterior of the vehicle with regular washing and waxing.

My opinion on your paint is that it can't be saved and you will need to do a re-spray.
Dang , okay, I expected that, but I'm now trying to find a place that'll do it cheap.
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Cheap doesn't last but if that's what you want call Maaco. Their about the cheapest paint you can get but do expect an abundance of orange peel and over spray.


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TRY BUFFING FIRST
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Paint it or throw on some gasoline and a match.
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I would consider finding a place that does buffing and see what they say (or it would be a great car to learn on) if you go for cheap paint that is only worth the savings if you are getting rid of it within 2 years.

would you consider spraying it in plasti-dip to get a couple of years before you spend real $ on a nice paint job. A advantage of this since it's a new to you car you can find out if it needs anything else before putting a nice paint on it.
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No amount of buffing will fix that car. It's missing large amounts of paint. It needs to be painted. Or you could have the car wrapped.


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Based on the picture, and experience with having vehicles painted, you would very likely spend more on a decent paint job than you could buy another one of the same model year with good paint on it still.

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There ain't no saving that train wreck of paint. You need a new paint job. 👍

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You can't wrap it either since the peeling and missing patches will show through the vinyl, unless you don't care about that kind of stuff. In my opinion, either respray it or leave it like it is.
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If the worst part is in the front fender area like the picture shows, you could try putting a car bra on it. Normally not a fan, but they're under $100 new and would hide most of that, plus a black one will complement some of the other details you have on the car. Certainly a lot cheaper, especially if you find one on ebay. Just an option.
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