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Restoring your paint to like new
Written by yaughn_deardorff on 5/4/2013 at 12:00 am

I'm sure there are many people here that know this little trick to making your automotive paint showroom new. But also, I'm positive there are some who don't know what to get, or how to do it.

So, I thought Id share some before and after shots, and describe how to do it.

I'm sure many of us, look at our faded, and hazed up paint, and would like it to be glossy and clean like when it was new. Well, you can do it yourself. All you need, is a shaded spot on a nice hot day, an old T-shirt, and some hand glaze. But you only will need to bring one skill to this project,... Elbow grease, and lots of it!

Here's a shot of my PC before any work was done to the paint. As usual for a bike of this age, the paint was dull, faded, and oxidized.

After about 15 minutes worth of work, here is the other side, now polished up.

And here is a shot of a single strip I did to show what the before and after looks like in a single image.

To start, Place a drop of the hand glaze,( I use meguiars professional show glaze for this) about the size of a dime on the bad section of paint. Put two fingers in your cotton t-shirt and make a point with no wrinkles. Now begin by rubbing with medium pressure in straight lines up/down, then right/left. Then change to circles like your polishing wax onto the paint. Do this until the glaze becomes dry. You may need to switch hands as you arms will get tired.

Once the glaze has dried, bundle up your t-shirt and buff the residue off to a show room shine. If your spot still shows signs of dullness, find a new spot to treat, and come back to it in 10 or 15 minutes. Repeat this until you get the desired finish.

An important note:

DO NOT!!! repeat, DO NOT do this on a humid, or rainy day. The hand glaze liquifies the uppermost layer of the clear coat. Ambient moisture will be absorbed into the paint and may it turn grey (on a black bike).

Once your polishing is complete, let the paint harden again for half a day on a hot day. Then apply a nice fresh coat of wax to seal in your work.

This is easy, quick, and can be done with little skill. The results will have you staring at what (should) look like a brand new bike.

This by the way cannot correct really oxidized, and peeling paint this way. But for those hazed up areas where our clothes have rubbed up against, or sun bleached areas that aren't too far gone, this will bring back that show room shine in an afternoon.

Anyway, for those whom are in the know, disregard. For those whom arent, this is a lot cheaper than a respray. Just elbow grease, and time are all that is needed.

By the way! If these picture links don't show through, you can find my pictures in my album.

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