TROUBLE SHOOTING - Body/Paint

SYMPTOM: THE PAINT'S FINISH SEEMS TO BE DULL

Description of problem: As you look over your car, you see that the paint in some or all areas is dull, sort of boring. Even after washing the car, the finish is dull. You will probably find that if you wax the paint, it will be dull in a very short while.

PROBABLE CAUSES:

  • There is a build-up of old wax on the paint.
  • The paint is oxidized.
  • The paint is old and dull simply because it has been exposed (unprotected by wax) to the sun and air.

SYMPTOM: THE PAINT SEEMS TO BE FALLING OFF

Description of problem: As you look over your car, you see that the paint in some or all areas is falling or flaking off. The problem may be in a few small areas like around the windows or wheels. The problem may also be on large areas like the trunk, hood, and/or roof. The problem seems to get worse every day.

PROBABLE CAUSES:

  • If the car has been repainted, the new paint didn't stick well to the old. This could be caused by moisture, old wax, or dirt between the two layers of paint.
  • Some cars in recent years were colored with something that approached paint but really wasn't. This coloring didn't last long and fell off. If you are the original owner, contact your dealership and see if the manufacturer had a recall campaign on the paint situation.

 

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