Hood is fading.

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  1. negative zero

    negative zero New Member

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    Not really into "detailing" so I have no idea what to get.

    I have a 99 Dodge ram and I rarely drive it so it just sits in the driveway baking in the sun. I recently noticed the hood is kinda fading. Is there any good products that can help restore the shine?

    BTW I do have a buffer that someone gave me a few years ago that I have never used. Always been scared because I thought I heard if used improperly it can be very bad on paint :dunno:
     
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    Read through the detailing EDU and the swirl removal by hand stickies. They have all the info you need.

    There is a chance you have clearcoat failure (a picture would really help) that no amount of polishing can fix.
     
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    thanks for the info. I will read throiugh the sticky.

    Here are a couple of pics. One with flash, one without.

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    sorry they are so big. I cropped out just enough to see the hood but you can't really tell about the fading so much.
     
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    Looks like oxidation. The best over the counter products will be Meguiar's ColorX. If yo can find a body shop supply store, get Meguiar's #80.

    You doint this by hand or do you have access to a polisher of some sorts?

    Man, it looks like it really needs to be washed.......badly.
     
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    Thanks justin

    The guy at autozone recommended this.

    http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+A3016

    I can go back and look for colorX if this won't do the job.

    I have a buffer and some new pads I can use.

    And yes, it does need a washing. It rained a few inches the other day and like I said it just sits in my driveway. I probably should have washed it and then took a pic.
     
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    That polish is good but ColorX is much more aggressive and has protection in it. If your pad turns the same color as you hood, it's a single stage paint.
    Just start with the least aggressive pad first.
     
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    If the pad turns black or has no color transfer it has a clear coat. I am pretty sure unless the truck is a repaint that is clear coated paint.
     
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    +1 other Dodges of that generation are base/clear- if it's not a paint failure causing the fading you should be able to polish it out easily.
     
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    Thanks again everyone. Not a repaint so I would guess it is clear coat.

    So, a good washing and this stuff should be OK to use?
    http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+A3016

    Do I use the buffer to apply and wipe off the stuff or do I just do it on one or the other?
    And, as my luck would have it, it's raining today so I don't know when I'll get a chance to do this.
     
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    You don't apply a polish, you work it in with the buffer.

    What you might want to do it register at http://autopia.org and download the detailing e-book and read through the machine polishing forum.
     
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    Very good post there Scott.

    That e-book will help you get your truck back and keep it looking good. It motivate you enough to even make money with this hobby.
     
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    Evos with non metallic paint have no clear coats, at least the previous generation. White Honda Accords don't have clears either. Just did an '08 in frost white. No clear. Lexus solid black is another that either is single stage or has a tinted clear.
     
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    EVO baby.........Mitsu. Evos.........
     
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    7 of the 15+ dealerships I used to manage have died in the last six months here. GMC, Pontiac, Buick, Saturn, Cadillac, Jaguar, Kia and Mitsu :o
     
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    Oh you're gonna see more...a lot more.
    I can't wait actually. The customer will rule!
     
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    wow, you put alot of time into it.

    I probably should have taken more care of it through the years but I kinda neglected it during the last few yrs. I started driving a work truck so it just sat all week long. Then on the weekend I went dirtbike/atv riding where it got all dusty/dirty and then just sat again the whole week.

    Today was the firt chance I got to wash it. I would like to think I'll have a chance to try the magruiars soon but I'm going out of town this weekend.



    Thanks for all the info everyone. :wavey:
     

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