As Honolulu used car buyers, we know all about restoring paint jobs to nearly new condition. Weather, exposure to the sun, not taking proper care of a vehicle in regards to washing and waxing – all of these things can take a toll on how well the paint job holds up, or how dull/faded it becomes. We have a few tips if you want to restore paint that has faded, making your vehicle look old and neglected.
First of all, clean the paint. How? Dishwashing liquid is fine for washing your car (many people prefer Dawn), followed by the use of a clay bar to remove dead paint and contamination that has bonded onto the finish. Oxidation results in small particles of paint that flake off, which makes it a magnet for grime. It needs to be removed.
Use an inexpensive clay bar to remove the contamination and dead paint, then you’re ready for the next step.
Give your car a good polish. Before you use a finishing polish, it’s important to use a rubbing compound or “cutting polish.” You can do this by hand if you have the muscle and determination, or use a car polisher (sometimes called a “buffer”). If you do use a polisher, make sure you move it every few seconds and don’t remain in one spot for too long, as this can remove the paint down to the primer. What you want to do is remove the top layer of dull, damaged paint without scouring or “burning” the finish.
Once you’ve completed the cutting polish phase, it’s time to move on to finishing polish for the ultimate shine. The finishing polish, if it’s a good product that promises a super-fine polish, will bring the shine back to a high gloss, close to what your vehicle looked like when it was brand new. Finishing polishes go deep into the pores of the paint, and restore the shine as well as a deeper color that looks far less faded.
If you intend to keep your older model vehicle, take care of the paint job so it looks newer longer. If you’re thinking of selling your used car for cash in Honolulu, count on the staff at CarMark Hawaii for an easy deal, no hassles. If your vehicle is a 2007 or newer model with a straight body and 100,000 miles or less, we’re in business – whether your vehicle is paid for or not. Come see us, and leave with cash in hand!