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Old 11-19-2012, 12:53 AM
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What to do about fading paint.

Hey im new to PZ and Preludes, I own a red prelude and when i bought it the paint was already fading quite a bit. My mirrors are like pink and same with my spoiler and trunk, should i take off the mirror etc and paint it myself or would that be a bad idea?
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

Sure you could paint it yourself. Depends on how good of a job you do.
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

is there any other way to really bring back the colour without painting? i already waxed the car and stuff...does anyone know how to find the colour for the car?
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

No if its faded and it's past the clear coat waxing it won't help or atleast it didn't help me. My clear coat is gone on my roof and on part of my trunk and spoiler were the sun comes up and hits my car every single day. If you have a garage or you can rig a booth or anything that will block the wind from hitting your car you should be able to do it decent if your patient and inform yourself on the process. CHECK out this link. I saw advertising from this company on the last issue of Honda Tuning Magazine.

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Re: What to do about fading paint.

I just dont want to paint the mirrors and trunk and spoiler cause it could look a lot darker than the car itself..i wouldnt mind the mirrors.. but trunk and spoiler is pretty risky, i think id be safer going and trying to find a red parts car of my year?
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

try a rubbing compound like Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. It's like $8 at WalMart.
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

I have the same issue....98 San Marino red fading paint and I hate it but I also bought the car because it was a $2200 "project". I have read into painting it myself and there is just no way I have the time or skill to paint an entire car....black trim/calipers/small pieces sure but if you search hard enough in your area, you will find shops and/or people who can do one hell of a paint job for under a grand. Im talking full wet sand, bondo any dents or creases and then full paint job exterior panels only. Found a place in Chattanooga, TN that will do my car for $650. And there past work is awesome!
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

I would try a good compound like Lindso said. Then wax it after. Theres a could chance it could bring some of it back.Definitely do that before any painting if you aren't confident with your painting skills lol
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

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Re: What to do about fading paint.

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try a rubbing compound like Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. It's like $8 at WalMart.
I tried the meguiars colorx and it brought back quite a bit but the trunk is still pretty pink and the mirrors are just a lost cause LOL they are basically white now so I am going to try and find a car that has red mirrors, rest of the car is fine but those. I am just worried that if I try to paint them and do well that the colour will be darker than the rest of the car.
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

If stuff like that doesn't work, there's not much you're gonna be able to do. You can get the paint code off your car and see if someone can make that paint for you, but like you said, if the car's exterior has been neglected, you're probably gonna have slightly different shades of red.
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

welcome to the world of old plastic car parts. congrats on your purchase btw.

read up threads on here like resource threads. they contain useful tips on what typically goes wrong. and each generation prelude has a resource guide, which contains a honda service manual for your particular car available for download. thete you will find mondo amounts of useful imfo such as your original paint code, specs for fluids, repair techniques and so on.

good luck on your fading paint and welcome to prelude zone.
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Re: What to do about fading paint.

Try rubbing it out with a wheel first. And I wouldn't recommend painting it yourself if you're not a painter.
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