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My clearcoat is coming off...

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by L8ight, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Dec 4, 2009 at 1:52 PM
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    L8ight

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    Just over the doors, looks pretty nasty. I'd like to have it fixed, but I also don't want to spend hundreds of $$ if I don't have to. Is there a way to smooth the edges, and protect it? I don't want my Taco to rust. Down here in Fl, we have lots of warm, salty humid air...
     
  2. Dec 4, 2009 at 2:16 PM
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    dktaco Yes MAObama is a joke!

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  3. Dec 5, 2009 at 9:59 AM
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    Once the clearcoat starts to peel, it's time for a paint job. The best you can hope for is just to have the damaged panel repainted, but without blending adjacent panels, you may notice a color difference.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:26 AM
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    Ah man, that sux! Here's where I'm at. Along the roof, near the door frame. Looks like I'll have to get the whole area repainted. Is there anything I can do to stop, or limit the deterioration? The rest of the truck is in good shape, but along the tops of both sets of doors, the clear coat is coming off. It's a 2002 Taco with around 150K miles.

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  5. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:40 AM
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    ^ You are gonna need a new paint job! And that small area on the 2nd pic on the bottom left looks as your truck may have been re-painted at sometime?
     
  6. Dec 7, 2009 at 7:54 AM
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    I'm pretty sure it's been painted before. The GVRW is missing or painted over. We were trying to figure out my payload and/or towing capacity... If I could just get the roof painted, and have them "blend" along the pillars, it may look ok(I'm a mechanical geek, not a paint and body guy). Also, the genius that had the truck before me took the front mud flaps off. So the undersides of the doors are in bad shape too. Hmm, might be time for a whole paint job.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:17 AM
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    ^What he said.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:19 AM
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    Meh! cry.... I was hoping there was some kinda trick to salvage what I have. The rest of the truck looks great.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:27 AM
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    A reputable painter will give you a few options, and it depends on how picky you are. You can get only the affected panels painted, but they most likely won't exactly match adjacent panels. To match adjacent panels, they must be blended. When you do that, the cost goes up significantly.

    I for one TOTALLY notice when someone just has a door, fender or hood repainted. Be it a variation in orange peel, pearl, or actual color, you can usually see the difference if you have a critical eye.

    So if you had your roof repainted, the contiguous metal that goes down between the doors might look different if you go the inexpensive route, as it is part of the same panel and would be the same color as the roof.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:36 AM
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    I also thought about making it look different on purpose. I own a graphics shop, and can do vinyl graphics. I hate ricey themes, but may be able to come up with something that allows the paint to be different without looking bad. I even thought about getting the undersides of the doors done in line X. But the roof is my primary concern. I fear it will continue to degrade, and then rust...
     
  11. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:40 AM
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    I agree that if you can add something to break it up...like graphics, pinstriping or some sort of design, then you may not notice the difference in color as much.

    Here in California, I've see cars where the paint peels off all the way down to the metal and it still doesn't rust. But in Florida, I don't think the weather is as kind and I believe rust would prevail.
     
  12. Dec 7, 2009 at 8:44 AM
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    Yup, down here, any exposed metal disappears in short order. We don't have salt dumped on the roads, so my frame is safe... for now. As for the paint, I'll have to shop around and check options.
     
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