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restoring red

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http://i993.photobucket.com/albums/a...den/bonnet.jpg

anyone ever rescued faded red back to glory?
if so, how did you do it? and with what products.
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I know t-cut get some stick but red t-cut would do the job to bring the red back to life.
 
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If it has a clear coat.......as most moderns reds do............it's respray time if you really want it looking it's best. If the paint is just a little dull, but not pinkish, then a great deal of work with SRP may help. Good luck with the restore
 
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That looks like lovely oxidised single stage red, can I do it? I have done quite a few of these now but I hardly ever take my camera to work.

Here are a couple (from my first pink > red infact) to show that it can be fixed and it's the most rewarding work you can do to any type of paint.

Before

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120017.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120019.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120023.jpg

This is a 500W halogen!

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120026.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120030.jpg

50/50's after FCP

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120044.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120045.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120048.jpg

Bonnet after FCP


http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120058.jpg

Pics from various stages

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120066.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120067.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120070.jpg Roof 50/50

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120072.jpg Roof 50/50

Side after FCP

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120077.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120078.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120082.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120096.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120097.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120101.jpg

Finished

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120120.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120122.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120123.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120126.jpg

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/P9120132.jpg

For this one my process was (all applied via DA)

Roof and bonnet 3M FCP > Megs #83> Megs #80

Vertical panels Megs #83> Megs #80

Followed up by Meguires #7 Show Car Glaze and Megs #16 Wax

Ligher polishes (SRP etc) will bring it back to red but it will be a very temporary fix, you really need an aggressive compound to remove the dead paint.
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I think I got a little carried away with the pics
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wow. i'm well impressed with that.
looks like i'll be biting the bullet and getting the da then.
they'd be happy just to get it back to something like red again. then i'll wack some fk on it. that should protect it for a while.
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Magic. Just shows what can be achieved.
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Sorry, I forgot to add the DA isn't essential but it will save you from almost certain death

Heavy compounds and oxidised paint cause a lot of drag so the initial 4-5 passes are really tiring, I would honestly say that any one panel is as tiring as doing a whole car with "normal" polish. If you're considering a DA anyway I would suggest buying one but you can achieve this by hand.
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Here's the thing: If it's single stage then it is absolutely vital that you protect it properly after it has been corrected otherwise all your hard work will be wasted and it will soon fade again.
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it's a 7year old wagon r. maybe it's japanese paint? saying that, it's probably made in hungry, so may have very little to do with the far east.
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What is that, a Suzuki? Anywho, all colours of ss paint from all manufactures oxidise.

Springbok is 100% correct, maintenance is far more important with single stage paints than with COB. I'm convinced they need glazed (with an oily glaze, not an acrylic one) and waxed every 3 months or so to keep them in good condition.
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Kestrel DAS-6 Dual Action Polisher Meguiar's Kit 1 - suitable for soft - medium paint types

how to you rate this? the pads are a complete mystery to me.
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Excellent, good for you Alfa too . The 7" pads are a tad big (the clutch in the DA will kick in and the pad stops rotating very quickly) but since it's your first time using it and you won't know any better it shouldn't annoy you.
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which part of "lacquered" do you lot not understand?!
 
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which part of "lacquered" do you lot not understand?!
The bit which says it isn't on an alfa and it looks dry which suggests it's not lacquered.... unless you know otherwise
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