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> Restoring oxidized single stage paint, using Auto Geek instructions
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post May 27 2013, 09:20 AM
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All,

I ran across this thread to restore single stage paint that was heavily oxidized. The basic premise is to wash, claybar, Meguires #7, and wax.

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/ask-ex...age-paints.html

I washed my car with regular soapy car wash water, as it was really dirty. I claybared the car, after using the baggie test and not being surprised it needed it. I did three applications of #7 per the how-to thread. I had actually previously bought some Klasse AIO and Sealent. I have to say the clay and #7 worked wonders (I left my second application of #7 on overnight), and the Klasse AIO was really easy to work with, and cleaned and shined paint, chrome and glass... really impressed with that stuff.

The caveat is that single stage white paint is very hard, and its hard to show in pictures how well it came out, but given how bad shape my original paint was, the improvement is dramatic.

Here's some pics after I was done:

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post May 27 2013, 09:44 AM
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Pretty car Turk! Love white!

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post May 27 2013, 10:28 AM
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Looks awesome! Glad to see other Cincinnati 914's. Wish mine was drivable.
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post May 27 2013, 12:37 PM
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WOW what a difference! It really made the paint pop!!!
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post May 27 2013, 12:52 PM
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Thanks guys, really happy with how it came out. The how to on Auto geek is incredibly detailed, which is how I like em...

I'm very happy with how the paint looks, but it still has a lot of warts, so at some point I think re-spray is gonna happen.

One area that can use a little work is the wheels, are the original Fuchs clear coated at all? Any products that can bring the original luster to the wheels?

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post May 27 2013, 03:28 PM
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The Fuchs are anodized. Polishing removes it so I haven't found any really good way to clean them and keep the original finish.

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post May 27 2013, 07:24 PM
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What is anodized? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/WTF.gif) I have heard this term before when discussing Fuchs. Can this process be redone to restore wheels?
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post May 27 2013, 07:28 PM
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Clay bar makes any car seem huge.
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post May 27 2013, 07:53 PM
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QUOTE(green914 @ May 27 2013, 09:24 PM) *

What is anodized? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/WTF.gif) I have heard this term before when discussing Fuchs. Can this process be redone to restore wheels?


A hardening surface process? I don't know the details but Wheel Enhancement, Harvey Weidman and Al Reed have been oft quoted in the past, I have no experience. The original look is expensive to reproduce. My steel wheels are being painted right now by John Paterek in NJ.

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so there's no way to clean and restore the original finish, you have to remove and either re-anodize, or just shoot it with clear?
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post Jun 1 2013, 03:46 PM
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I think you just clean the wheels as best you can.

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Thats a really great link!!
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I know this thread is older, but there is an explanation here on the process of anodizing metals, wheels in particular. I'd probably leave it to an experienced shop, but it can be done at home.

http://www.ehow.com/how_7874281_anodize-rims.html
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