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    Hi guys,

    Quick one, although it could turn out to be quite a lengthy thread depending on views.

    I have recently puchased the above mentioned vehicle, which is in need of some TLC, both to the engine/underbody parts and the paintwork. The mechanical side of things I can take care of quite easily over the next coupld of weeks.

    However, my issues are with the paintwork, which over the past 10 years seems to have been neglected quite a bit, and is now faded quite badly in places. The previous owner simply applied T-Cut every time he washed it, which has resulted in paint being removed on delicate corners of the roof, leaving me with Orange coloured streaks.

    There are also a few scratches and minor rust spots which require some attention, but these will be looked at with a flap disc, some stopper, high build primer and a bit of a top coat.

    Anyway, back to the paintwork issue. After all of the repairs have been carried out, what would be the best way to restore the paint work on the car? Its a Zinnobar Red I believe, but will check this in the morning.

    Any suggestions are greatly welcomed.

    Oh, I do have the equipment and space to do a full blow over on the car, although I have never had the chance to do the treatment to a car before, so wouldn't know where to start.

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    I think the best bet would be to have a look at a forum like detailingworld and see what you can pick up there mate. The paintwork sounds to be in quite bad shape so only a machine polish would bring it back.

    Have a look on the above site, plenty of tutorials etc!

    Hope that helps..
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    Sounds like the paintwork needs a fair bit of work, very difficult to give you the best solution without seeing the car. A machine polish would be the best way to improve the paintwork, however you would obviously need to take care of any bodywork/rust spot repairs first. And even then you would need to be cautious if the previous owner has already been attacking the paintwork, if there has been paint removed from areas on the roof etc. Then I certainly wouldn't advise using a rotary polisher on the paintwork until you have established what the paint readings are, a dual action machine would be a much safer way to go.

    Is it possible for you to put some pictures up so we can get a better idea of what we are looking at?

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    I'll get some better pictures of the car tonight, but I am currently on the quest for Suspension questions and answers, although the body work is going to get some closer inspection this week.

    I'll get some general pictures along with close up pictures of the badly affected areas.

    Many thanks,
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