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i bought my 03 in january and the previous owner did not take care of the of the exterior. well it had bad paint fade. i used meguiars rubbing compound, polish and wax and it took off all the fade. now my problem is it seems like if i dont wax this thing every week or so it wants to come back. im not really worried to much bout it since i have some rust spots on the left rear quarter and other areas. should i change wax? or am i just doomed until i get the car repainted in a couple years?
ill give that a shot. ima switch wax to and see if that makes a difference. i keep calling it paint fade but it wasnt that it was like something with the clear. the clear is still there just wants to get cloudy again. here are some pics of what i mean it looked like. this was after only the the rubbing compound before i used the polish.
this is what it looked like before.
this is after.
i used the Meguiars compound to clean off the oxidation then the Meguiars polish then the wax. if thats the case it didnt come with a CC ill talk to my buddys at the body shop i know and see what they can do bout getting it cleared.
The clear looks like it's oxidizing. If this happened to me, my last ditch effort would to gently wet sand the car with 2000 grit sandpaper to get rid of the top layer (just shaving a mm-ith) off. Then, i'll compound it, glaze it, polish it and then wax it. If there's enough clear, this might work and it'll last for years.
If the clear isn't salvageable.. then you'll still end up respraying so it wouldnt hurt to learn/try something new.
Before anyone flames me on the sanding part.. I've been working in the auto body/refinish industry for 4+ years.. )