Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South Bay Los Angeles, CA
96' green with same issues, peeling everywhere.
very common in many cars, but long story as to how and why it happens.
anyways, i've tried all the "paint can" fixes. does not work on peeling. looks ok for about a week, and then peels somewhere else.
solution? I'm spending $1,065 at Maaco next week for a full sanding, fix 5 damaged body panels (from former owner) primer, and the "good stuff" paint with clear coat mixed, with full warranty.
i hate doing it, spending this much. but at this point, it has to be done. the interior and under the hood is perfect, so all that's left is to fix the bad dents and fender/grill bender and get a nice glossy paint job.
i will use the rim paint in the "graphite" color for my factory 96' aluminum rims, as the clear coat is peeling on those as well.
long lesson is this: I tend to keep my cars a long time. i've never had to paint one until now. so why pay somone so much? because I plan to keep it five years and found a rust bubble in the paint on the roof next to the worse peeling areas. an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
since xj's sell for full price in california, i am restoring it back to full value and will get to enjoy it. it's a lot cheaper than a new car, and with a 5-spd is quicker than most cars i've been in.
so, suck it up, and spend around 600 (no dents, etc) to $1,000 and get it painted. if you plan on keeping her.
if she's ancient and ain't worth it...then use rustoleum brand, as it prevents rust.
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