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Paint Restoration

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shreksbrother
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Paint Restoration

Post by shreksbrother » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:00 am

Hello all,

Just thought I would share a tip for our old cop cars...

I've been buying and driving old cop cars for years, and I'm always annoyed by the ghosting of the vinyl lettering left behind by the departments. Plus, these cars typically weren't treated as well as a personal car, so they've rarely (if ever) been waxed.

I use a 5" random orbital buffer with detailing pads as well as Meguiars M105 followed by M205 followed by a good wax.

Attached is a photo of before and after... That's only after the M105. As you can see, it does a great job restoring the shine to the paint to match (or exceed) what was under the vinyl.

Hope this helps some folks out!

PS - Sorry about my messy garage!

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13_3.5_turbo_fpis
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Re: Paint Restoration

Post by 13_3.5_turbo_fpis » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:10 pm

I got mine from Cecil township in Pittsburgh, and you can see all the decals on the side and on the back and the police numbers are still on top, they did a horrible job. I don’t have a buffer so I will most likely take it to a shop

mymangochutney
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Re: Paint Restoration

Post by mymangochutney » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:57 pm

13_3.5_turbo_fpis wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:10 pm
I got mine from Cecil township in Pittsburgh, and you can see all the decals on the side and on the back and the police numbers are still on top, they did a horrible job. I don’t have a buffer so I will most likely take it to a shop
It's about $55 for a buffer from harbor freight and $10 for a medium pad from Chemical guys

shreksbrother
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Re: Paint Restoration

Post by shreksbrother » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:35 pm

Yeah, paint correction can run several hundred bucks.

penelhum
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Re: Paint Restoration

Post by penelhum » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:35 pm

mymangochutney wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:57 pm
13_3.5_turbo_fpis wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:10 pm
I got mine from Cecil township in Pittsburgh, and you can see all the decals on the side and on the back and the police numbers are still on top, they did a horrible job. I don’t have a buffer so I will most likely take it to a shop
It's about $55 for a buffer from harbor freight and $10 for a medium pad from Chemical guys
is there a steep learning curve to using a buffer? i hear guys say if you do it wrong it can damage the car? is using a buffer sorta self explanatory

shreksbrother
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Re: Paint Restoration

Post by shreksbrother » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:07 am

penelhum wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:35 pm
mymangochutney wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:57 pm
13_3.5_turbo_fpis wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:10 pm
I got mine from Cecil township in Pittsburgh, and you can see all the decals on the side and on the back and the police numbers are still on top, they did a horrible job. I don’t have a buffer so I will most likely take it to a shop
It's about $55 for a buffer from harbor freight and $10 for a medium pad from Chemical guys
is there a steep learning curve to using a buffer? i hear guys say if you do it wrong it can damage the car? is using a buffer sorta self explanatory
As long as you get a random orbital buffer, there's no risk of paint damage.

nanoreef
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Re: Paint Restoration

Post by nanoreef » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:53 am

I've used wax stripper to take the residue right off. Then add a couple coats of wax.

mymangochutney
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Re: Paint Restoration

Post by mymangochutney » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:51 pm

penelhum wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:35 pm
mymangochutney wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:57 pm
13_3.5_turbo_fpis wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:10 pm
I got mine from Cecil township in Pittsburgh, and you can see all the decals on the side and on the back and the police numbers are still on top, they did a horrible job. I don’t have a buffer so I will most likely take it to a shop
It's about $55 for a buffer from harbor freight and $10 for a medium pad from Chemical guys
is there a steep learning curve to using a buffer? i hear guys say if you do it wrong it can damage the car? is using a buffer sorta self explanatory
I'm an idiot and really aggressive, I even killed a few pads and no issues with my paint. Try and use ceramic instead of wax if you feel up for it as a protective layer at the end

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