I was wondering if anybody has any good ideas on how to restore a cars paint job. My White Jeep paint job is still going strong and it is not faded or peeling. I would describe the condition as being is stained with dirt. Worse in some areas than in others.
I was thinking maybe buffing her might do the trick, but I don't own a buffer and buffing sounds kinda of dangerous (You can really mess up the paint).
So are there any real good SIMPLE ways of helping to restore some of the color and remove some of this dirt of 10 years?
Good old rubbing compound is fine but apply it by hand as a buffer could easily burn thru the paint on an edge or if you bear down too long or too hard. Your paint may look OK but 10 years out there having fun in the warm California sun has taken its toll...go easy. A clay bar would be less aggressive. Some guys use a liquid detailer with the clay bar. Mothers sells a kit with the bar, spray detailer, and carnauba wax. Also check out what Surf City Garage has to offer.
Do everything by hand, no power buffers. I would do clay bar first. If that doesn't get it out, you could do rubbing compund but remember if you do use that, then you have to use a fine cut cleaner and a polishing wax after to restore the smooth finish.
I've been detailing cars for a few years now. Believe me when I say the clay bar is your friend
1996 Sport. 4.0, AW-4, D30/8.25, 4.56s, rear Tracloc, 4" RE/Bastard Pack, BFG 33x12.5 MTs on black D-Windows, homemade SYE, V8 ZJ tie rod, fancy stereo, custom front bumper in the works, etc.
Originally Posted by _Trucker_
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Yes, use a good polishing compound (for safety's sake, make sure it's "Clearcoat Safe." I find that paste compounds work better,) and yes, go by hand (lots of rags, and you'll be awfully damned tired when you're done. Ever see "Karate Kid?" About like that.)
Use the clay bar on any spot that's discoloured enough that the polishing compound won't do anything.
And, yes, I said "Polishing Compound" on purpose. It's a much finer grit than a "Rubbing Compound," and therefore less likely to chew through the clearcoat or colour coat on your paint job (hey, I've seen it happen! Worked in a body shop for a while...)
After the compound and clay do their job, I like to take a handful of clean rags to rinse and very gently wipe the paint surface, to make sure to get any remaining grit/clay off.
Then, apply one (or several!) coats of a quality Carnauba paste wax. I like Mother's or Meguiar's.
No, I don't do this on my Jeep. But, it has helped my wife's Suzuki Verona...
I agree with the clay-bar, I bought the Meguiars kit with the 2 bars, spray wax/cleaner, and cloth. I have always taken good care of my Jeep and it generally has a healthy coat of wax on it. Last summer I noticed some places that would feel rough again shortly after the waxing and so I tried the clay-bar. It worked great, smoothed out a lot of areas that I did not think would clean up too well. Certain areas, scratches and whatnot I have used a mild compound on with superior results. Top it off with a nice coat of wax and the 9 year old paint looks like new!
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