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Dull (oxidized?) paintwork on GTV

I've just bought a 97 GTV Lusso - everything's perfect apart from the top half of the car is really dull and matt-like... it seems to have lost all it's laquered finish - it is after all an 11 year old car.

I am going to T-Cut then polish with MER next weekend - do you think this is the best solution? or does anyone have any better tips?

I know it might be better to get a specialist but I'm on a budget and get great satisfaction from doing a job myself...
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Re: Dull (oxidized?) paintwork on GTV

Don't use T-Cut, it'll give you an improvement for a short period but the effect won't last beyond a month, if not sooner.

If polishing by hand go for a medium abrasive polish, I'd highly recommend 3M Fine Compound and then finish of with a wax.
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Re: Dull (oxidized?) paintwork on GTV

If its lost all its laquered finish, in that the clearcoat has degraded, then nothing you do can restore it. It will need to be resprayed.

The paint layer underneath has been exposed to the elements and has probably been oxidised, scratched etc.

You maybe able to polish it up and apply a wax coating but it will never look like the rest of the car which still has the clearcoat.

A very simple test to see if the clearcoat is present is to rub a small section with a cloth and some polish. If colour appears on the cloth then the clearcoat is fecked.

Be carefull of using harsh compounds to try and restore paint. Start with the mildest grade first particularly on old paintwork.
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Re: Dull (oxidized?) paintwork on GTV

I would start by using a chemical polish eg Carlack rather than an abrasive polish but if the clear coat has deteriorated you are possibly looking at a respray
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Re: Dull (oxidized?) paintwork on GTV

Can you post a picture and I'll take a look.
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