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    hi, i have had my car 6 weeks and i have noticed that there are cracks in the laquer/paint on the roof.
    would i need a respray? the bodyshop at local dealer said it can be sorted with a heatgun

    the car still looks dirty after i keep cleaning it and its really annoying now

    the car is 2003 on a 03 and the paint work warranty ended in march this year
     
     

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    Sorry to tell you but I highly doubt anyone can fix cracked paint with a heat gun. Automotive paint cures by a chemical reaction and heating it won't make it go back to a liquid form to close the cracks up.

    I can't see anyway of fixing this other than removing the affected clearcoat/paint and refinishing. I would hazzard a guess at the clearcoat being the problem as its quite difficult to get right, it needs to be mixed properly and applied in the correct environment for a good result. Regarding fixing your car the clearcoat needs to be removed from the affected areas on the roof and that will undoubtedly mean some of the base coat will get sanded away too.

    Difficult to say without seeing the car but be prepared for a complete respray of the roof (colour and clearcoat) to have the problem fixed 100%
     
     

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    i was not planning on going down the respray route as some garages cant get the colour to match

    but thank you
     
     

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    The roof will definitely have to be re-sprayed mate. If the laquer is cracked, then you're unable to remove it without harming the base coat. A good bodyshop should charge you somewhere in the region of £150 +VAT. I work in a bodyshop so i hope I helped you buddy
    I'm a panelbeater if you need advice :]
     
     

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    you have helped me

    i have also noticed that there is a little rust spot on the drivers side quarter panel near the fuel cap. would this be hard to get rid of? and how do get rid of it?

    Ricky
     
     

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