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Old 18-02-2005   #1
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Arrow faded paint work looks pinky

my mk1 punto is ment to be red but its turning a pinkish colour its been neglected by its previous owners so i want to give it a bit of life but not too sure which product to get?? ? thought of t-cut but i could be there for some time any suggestion would be great
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

try the colour restorer for red only from turttle wax (i think but might not be from them ) ask someone else! lol.
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

Yeah don't use T-Cut, although it does restore the paint colour it's only meant to be used on light scratches - not the whole car!

Get some Turtlewax or Auto Glym Paint Restorer, followed by Super Resin Polish and then Ultra Gloss Protection. Then maybe polish it every 2-4 weeks to keep the colour!
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

ok then ill try that thanks for your info
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

Your best bet is to go down to your local bodyshop and ask if anybody wants to "mop your car as a home job". The guys at the bodyshop will buff all the paint down with a heavy duty polisher and probably some Farecla G3 (kinda like T-cut). If you want to try it yourself, first read up on the article in Total BMW magazine about renovating the paint on an old red 5 series. You'll find the write up on their website under the "tech" section. Sorry I can't remember the address! if you DIY, be careful it's easy to remove all teh paint instead of just the dead stuff. I'd guess that a bodyshop guy would charge about 80 quid to mop a car. Fairly expensive, but think of your arms and shoulders if you did it by hand.
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

buy a buffer for 10 and do it yourself
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

Yeah T-cut works a treat for that (or it did on my faded uno which was also red) but it literally took days to do it properly all over. So if all else fails do that - it took a few years off it, made it look good again.
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

Actually I polished a bit of my car today, roof's been a mess for ages to did that (but still looks pink, but the paint is smoother and glossier now). There's a patch on the wing where I applied more pressure when I used T-Cut on it than the areas around it and stands out from a distance

Definitely gonna get a electric polisher and see how that goes.
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

i bought one and i can honestly say best thing ever but i cant ever be arsed to do it, seems a to big job unless you have more cloth things that go on buffer cos the ones supplied are never good enough to do whole car ( they will need cleaning after doing about 1/4 of the car)

only been out of box once but will allways keep cos sfter all much easier than doin car by hand.
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

I agree with rpaterson, and get some fericula or equivalent - rubbing compound (DONT get car plan stuff). Its a coarse polish that cuts off all the dead crap paint to restore the colour. Should be available at most car places cos its also used to flatten off new resprays to give it a smooth finish before a final light buff polish.

Ive done this on my uno, it was a orange/pink/whitish colour and cut it right down to its original red...

If you do do that, do it by hand so you dont take too much off, and make sure you keep the rag you're using moist otherwise it clogs up and wastes it.

Finally, make sure you give it a good normal polish afterwards (By hand). I reccommend MER. Give it a good once over with that, wash the car and polish it again with a normal car buffer. I'll garantee that it will be restored to its original colour with a show room shine on it As i said, i speak from experience. Just make sure you set aside a whole day and a week to recover
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had a PINK problem with my old cinq sporting (RIP)
no matter how much t-cut and wax i used the car would normally just look a more glossyer looking sometime deeper pink!

then i got told by some old sales man at a car show that fiat (italian) paint tends to be a very soft paint that looses its oils after time, and the only way to get the oils back into the paint was to use his very pricey products (Surprisingly)

anyway done a bit of searching on the net and found out that most of the waxes in halfords, etc dont contain any natural waxes that have the oils that go into the italian paint and that the waxes that contain a high % of these waxes and oils cost and sometimes ,

you can how ever get a very good cheaper version of these waxes called Zymol, it has 12% Brazilian Carnauba wax the main wax that puts the oils back into your paint for around 15 and smells amazing just read the ingredients list:
Yellow Carnauba 12%, Bees Wax 3%, Kaolin Clay, Almond Meal, Chalcedony Crystals, Shea Nut Butter, Coconut Oil, Propolis (derived from Bees), Glycerl Stearate, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Cocoamide (derived from coconut oil)

i've turned into quite a sad person now with my newly found knowleage of italian paint and wax.
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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

If you wish to stop your paintwork fading and your willing to spend abit of money on your car, to prevent you contiuisly polishing your car to get a perfect shine every month or so ask at your local bodyshop for a quote to lacquer the whole of the outside of you car. This way your paint will not fade as soon as the sun hits it and when your do polish your car not as much effort for an optimum shine is needed!

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Re: faded paint work looks pinky

Yeah Zymol products are amazing but expensive see here http://www.zdouk.com/default.aspx or you could try this stuff I use it on my integrale (see pics of it in my gallery) here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...sPageName=WD1V
or this which has about the highest levels of carnuba I've seen in a wax http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...955849764&rd=1

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sorry for the late reply

cheers for all your help a#have learned a bit too about oil and waxes normally here that kind of stuff from the misses but thanks ill have a look in to it
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