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Old August 16th, 2020, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Clear Coat Issues

Hello all,

I've got a few clear coat problems that I am looking for guidance/suggestions on.

One's a doozy. Well I guess they are both bad. But this one is something I should have taken care of sooner. Basically the coat is chipping off of my driver side mirror:



The other one is one I found today while trying to take care of a bunch of water spots around my car. Not too happy with this as I didn't notice it until now.



Are there any solutions I can apply to either of these or am I out of luck?

I am also open to any good suggestions to tackling water spots as well as the one I have been using has not been working well. Or at least, it's been a major project, taking about a week now to attend to it. It's better than what it was, but it's been a lot of work to get to where it's at. This is what I have been using, FWIW.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B009OBVS2K/

Also, as for the vehicle: 2009 Rave Red

Thank you for any assistance/insight you can provide.

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Old August 16th, 2020, 09:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Holy closeup those images are ginormous... I don't see a way to make them smaller either, sorry about that!

EDIT: fixed it.

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Old August 16th, 2020, 10:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow that’s pretty bad

Not even my 2006 silver looks that bad and it always sits outside, just a few paint chip issues that needed touch up paint
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Old August 16th, 2020, 01:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For your mirror: LIGHTLY wet sand the area, clean it, then re-clear. 1000 grit should be a good go

For the body: I'm not sure exactly what that is or how deep. It may even polish out.
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The rear bumper is a paint crack from something hitting it imo, my front bumper has one
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Old August 16th, 2020, 04:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Absolutely could be, sounds totally reasonable. That would need to have all the paint sanded away then re-done
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Old August 18th, 2020, 11:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Bleh... still getting used to this forum as I thought I had instant notifications with replies and am just now seeing these. Thanks to both who replied.

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Wow thatís pretty bad
yeah. I didn't notice it until the end of this past winter when I had to do a doubletake to survey the damage. Not sure if it was the sun or the cold that got to it. I live in a full house and am the odd one out with the car, so it sits outside in the elements all day. Surprised the whole car isn't like this, TBH, but glad it's not.

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For your mirror: LIGHTLY wet sand the area, clean it, then re-clear. 1000 grit should be a good go
OK sounds like I need to purchase some product. I am more than open to any suggestions/recos/brands in this area.

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The rear bumper is a paint crack from something hitting it imo, my front bumper has one
Yeah this one was tricky to shoot. It's definitely in the clear coat as I can stick my finger in it and pick at it (not that I actually do that). It does have the look of getting hit by something and the design is a bit of a star.

So reading the comments here, it seems like this is beyond a simple re-polish? That I would have to sand it down and reapply?
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I had the same issue with my mirrors. It was cheaper to replace them with new ones then have a paint shop prep and repaint, luckily my car is black and I was able to find a place out of NC selling new ones.
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Thanks for the confirmation @pcfreak4.

I've been pulling some YouTube videos on clearcoat repair and it does seem intimidating, or at least more than I am comfortable with doing ATM. Especially after all my "luck" with the popped up dash and misadventures of glue, hobby and otherwise.

After reading @nikkizixxer's suggestion I think that might be a good route. I turned up this on Ebay:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/233664958817

However upon contacting the seller that appears to be Sunset (M03a) as opposed to my Rave Red (P36), although from the pictures that vehicle does look Rave Red.

Anyways, turns out I have a friend in the area that claims to have "a guy" for this sorta stuff, so I am going to get a quote on doing the clear for me. Will update here with any further news.
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~takes note~ 1,000 grit. I have that too just not on those spots and im ready to fix i cause i bought a can of gloss clearcoat. One of my outside windshield colums is broken and want to fix it.
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Old September 2nd, 2020, 10:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Alright, I ended up eating it this time around. I'm OK with it as this is really the only incidental expenditure I've had with this vehicle having owned it since 2008.

$150 to get it redone and at this point after my ordeal with the dash + super glue it's money well spent for the peace of mind and having a somewhat "whole" vehicle again.



Thanks again to all for their comments/suggestions. I'm a fan of this board!
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