Just had the alfa resprayed, (a 1999 GTV in Vela blue) and now need help!
Here's how it looks now,
It's been refinished in it's original Vela Blue metallic, because the previous owner had neglected the cars appearance - washed with a brush, Chipped to hell, scratched, dented etc.
When i picked the car up post respray it looked fantastic, just power polished, waxed and looking great. I've since been terrified about washing the thing for fear of inflicting new swirl marks.
Firstly, is new paint any less durable than the old finish? I've been careful to use the two bucket method and pressure wash the grit off the car, but i've noticed under Petrol station forecourt lighting the paint looks pretty scratched already (Very fine though), but in daylight it looks fine.
My other problem with the car is the paint looks gorgeous when just waxed, but immediately loses it's wet gloss and colour depth after what seems like a couple of days maximum.
I've always liked meguiars products, but working at a dealership that use autoglym stuff, I've solely used AutoGlym Ultra Deep Shine on her to date, which as i said looks great for a short length of time before losing it's wetness.
Is there a specific product or products for my very deep blue that'll bring out a true vivid blue, make the sparkle jump out of the paint and remove the "flat" looking gloss i've got at the moment?
I've got to be honest i'm prepared to put in the additional effort that it'll require to keep the car looking good, but i'm disappointed with the way the paint seems dull so soon after spending hours working on it.
The photo below is of the original paint finish - terrible photo of it before being repainted but it shows the metallic flake and the damage the car went through..
Any Help is much appreciated, I want the paint to look like it's dripping off the car! (Without paintstripper assistance..)