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Old 28-09-2005   #1
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Peeling paintwork lacquer

Having kept my red Punto mk1 kept outside for a shade over 3 years now, the paintwork on three of the panels (passenger wing, front and rear doors) is starting to peel. I guess whoever had it before me maybe had a scrape and had the panels resprayed. I've taken a couple of photos for all to see:
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Can anyone tell me what is happening here? I'm guessing that there is a layer of paint which is covered by a clear lacquer which is slowly coming away.
The ultimate question is... what's the best way to fix this? If I have the panels resprayed, how much should I budget? As cash isn't exactly freely flowing at present, could I paint it at home? If so, to what level should I do it? (paint over it straight away, or strip down to bare metal, or somewhere inbetween?)
Ta muchly in advance for any thoughts you might post!

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Re: Peeling paintwork lacquer

Looks to me like it's been resprayed before & whoever did it hasn't keyed it properly! You need to sand the old lacquer back so that you brake the edge with 1200grit wet & dry then just paint & lacquer over the top! Make sure you key the surrounding area well too!
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Re: Peeling paintwork lacquer

Thanks for that. Can you talk me through it a bit more thoroughly please?
What do you mean by braking the edge?
Stop me if I misunderstand: I need to sand off the old laquer (the whole panel, or just the affected area?). Then I need to repaint. Could you tell me what sort of paint to use. I've heard of cellulose paint, acrylic paint and 2-pack paint (which from what I hear is not the sort of thing to use at home).
Then I need to relacquer. Could you offer advice on this too, please? If I walk in to say Halfords would they have something suitable, or is it more specialist than that?
Sorry for my ignorance!
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Re: Peeling paintwork lacquer

When I say break the edge I mean the edge of the lacquer, basically you want to sand the old lacquer so that it's smooth & flat against the the old paint underneath! If you go into halfords (preferably a superstore) they will be able to take the colour code off your car & mix an aerosol to match it, then just buy a can of lacquer as well! All this depends on the size of the panel & how much it's peeling, if you're doing the wing then I'm afraid you really need to have it professionally resprayed! On the top of the doors though you should be ok. Don't forget to get some masking tape & some old newspaper to mask the windows up. When applying the topcoat you should ideally do 4 coats, 3 full coats & 1 drop coat, & when applying the lacquer 2 full coats should be enough.
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Re: Peeling paintwork lacquer

That makes more sense, thanks. One question though - what do you mean by a drop coat?
At present, it's just the tops of the doors (and a little bit at the top of the front wing) that are affected, although I guess with time it might extend to the whole panel. Any ideas why just the top is affected at present?
Also, as you seem to know about all things paintwork, can you tell me how much I'd expect to pay to have the three panels professionally resprayed? (I know it'll vary, but just a rough estimate would be great.)
Thanks for sharing your expertise here - I really appreciate it!
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Re: Peeling paintwork lacquer

A drop coat is a dry dust coat, you apply the paint holding the can from further away. It's aim is to help the paint settle so it gives a uniform finish! I think at a bodyshop you'd be looking at 8hours labour which can range anywhere from 25 to 35, & possibly 1/4lt of paint & lacquer which would cost around 50-60 quid.
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That's great. Thanks very much.
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