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Apr 11, 2023, 9:54 PM

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 I've got this '02 Taurus that has aged unusually badly on the hood roof and trunk top, and if I can just get these parts addressed the car will look so much better. I'm not aiming for anything close to perfect...just trying to make these look better so your eye isn't drawn right to them. Rest of the body's paint isn't bad at all.

Hopefully what I'm seeing here is just the clear coat failing and all it needs is a sanding, 2k clear applied, some high grit sanding, and buffing. The directions I've found so far are to first sand with 600 all over and especially over where the edge of the clear is peeling up. Clear coat, sand with 1500, then buff. Sound about right? If it's so far degraded that it actually needs some color work, it's ok I'd rather not deal with that part. I just want to throw about $100 bucks at it and if it looks better then I'll be happy.

Any suggestions on how I should approach this? Thanks.

PS Sorry I couldn't make the pics smaller, but at least you get a close up shot of what's going on.
'If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years later.' ~ Mark Twain

(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Apr 12, 2023, 3:43 AM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 11, 2023, 11:48 PM

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Re: Saving this '02 Taurus clear coat Sign In

Please shrink size of those pics or I may remove them, post them again
are the size of a billboard.

IDK what you expect or doing short of a total paint job if fussy at all thousands no $100 buck anything except maybe house paint on sale and a cheap brush!

If original and any outdoor exposure this would be somewhat normal.

21 years is too old for the paints if still in a containers sport.

Anything you do if you want it better IMO will just make it harder if you want it to look better.

THIS AREA OF AUTOMOTIVES is not my specialty as I've never owned a painting booth that's dust free, humidity controlled, temp even and a space suit to just do the spraying. Have had it done or literally a very neat job with a brush for a beater car to use that's otherwise all fine,


Hammer Time
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Apr 12, 2023, 3:49 AM

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I deleted your pictures as you already know they are way too big for the forum. Our software makes it very easy to reduce the size to at least 25% of the current size.

Just go into the picture and click on this icon in each picture.

Yes, that is the clear coat destroyed.
It won't be as simple as you are making it out to be. Nearly all of that would have to be sanded down to the base color and then repainted with the base color first and clear coated over.

The cost would be at least triple the value of the car.


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