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Old 11 Apr 2006, 03:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Another question on newly- purchased 1988 Camry wagon. Its a dark
blue, I assume it is clear-coated? It is not rusted, and I think
after a good wash job will look fairly glossy....but not " like new"
glossy. I have an electric car buffer. What can I get that will best
restore the finish? I have heard of some clay product (don't know
the name) that the professionals use....cost and arm and a leg....but
if it works wonders on an old finish is worth it. THe car has been in
the sun a lot & not garaged, so the clear coat probably is going to
start turning white soon if nothing is done.
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Old 11 Apr 2006, 04:33 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Congratulations on the purchase.
Clay bar is not expensive. I think Clay Magic is the original - apx.
$20.
If you slide a plastic baggie across a clear coat surface you will
discover it is not as smooth as it looks. The clay bar picks up
impurities from the surface of the paint or clear coat and is a good
preparatory step prior to applying a wax or protectant.

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Old 12 Apr 2006, 09:36 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 15:38:05 -0500, geronimo wrote:

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> Another question on newly- purchased 1988 Camry wagon. Its a dark
> blue, I assume it is clear-coated? It is not rusted, and I think
> after a good wash job will look fairly glossy....but not " like new"
> glossy. I have an electric car buffer. What can I get that will best
> restore the finish? I have heard of some clay product (don't know
> the name) that the professionals use....cost and arm and a leg....but
> if it works wonders on an old finish is worth it. THe car has been in
> the sun a lot & not garaged, so the clear coat probably is going to
> start turning white soon if nothing is done.


If this is the same blue as on my '88 Supra, it is a BIOTCH!!!
It will show swirl marks with most surface restorers.
One of my favorites is 3M Fill 'n Glaze, a discontinued product that you
may find at some parts stores or auto body supply stores, about $17 a
bottle. NOT recommended that you use the buffer!!! It will leave swirl
marks. It will be a chore, but use a wet cloth and rub gently. It will
bring back a lot of lustre.

If you can't find it, use the 3M replacement.

Other than that, Ardex makes a buffing compound that you can use with the
electric buffer. It is for black cars, but if you have the same color as
my Supra, this is what you want. You'll have to look around to find an
Ardex dealer, and I think it's only sold in gallons. You may get the
dealer to give you a sample (for $6-7...)

Depending on where you live (NY, NE, CT) you could go to a LIA dealership
and talk to someone in the Recon shop. They may hook you up.
This color can be tricky; I'm a professional and wound up with swirl marks
on my Supra! Be careful and Good Luck!


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In the grand scheme fo things...
What difference does it make?

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Old 13 Apr 2006, 11:48 am   #4 (permalink)
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Didn't want to suggest this to you at first, because it runs around
$100 for their kit, but Zaino Bros. make some terrific products that
ought to have the paint gleaming like new if it is not physically
damaged.

http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc

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Old 13 Apr 2006, 11:48 am   #5 (permalink)
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Didn't want to suggest this to you at first, because it runs around
$100 for their kit, but Zaino Bros. make some terrific products that
ought to have the paint gleaming like new if it is not physically
damaged.

http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc

BTW, the kit includes a clay bar.

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