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vip09
10-01-2011, 12:12 AM
I am in the process of restoring the paint on my MR2. This is my first attempt at doing this type of work. Any comments or criticism is welcome!! I need all the help I can get.

Thanks Galcobar and Captain for getting me pointed in the right direction so far.



Here is when I first started. You can see the condition of the paint. This is how the paint looks just after a wash. Severe water marks, orange peel, and scratches. You can see where I was testing out in the top left of the hood.


http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64191Small.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64190Small.jpg

vip09
10-01-2011, 12:28 AM
I completed the hood today and here are the results.

The process I am using right now is:

wash area thoroughly
claybar the area
wet sand with 2500 grit then 3000 grit (I actually had to step down to 2000 on really bad areas)
using my porter-cable 7424xp, medium cut pad with meguiars ultimate compound. Then soft cut pad with meguiars m205 ultra finishing polish.
Then using a microfiber cloth, I applied meguiars m07 mirror glaze.
Lastly, I applied a coat of meguiars carnauba liquid wax.



http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64215Small.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64210Small.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64209Small.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64208Small.jpg

LyGuy
10-01-2011, 01:03 AM
Looks good!

Your process sounds about right. It seems a bit overkill actually, especially with 2 more layers of wax after your compound -> polish. I would go easy with the wet-sanding, applying only to the areas that are roughest/most scratches. Sanding and buffing takes a toll on the clear coat, you basically thin it out every time you sand or buff.

burnyd
10-01-2011, 01:52 AM
Looks good, reminds me when I bought my red car with all the oxidation.

Galcobar
10-01-2011, 10:11 PM
I would go easy with the wet-sanding, applying only to the areas that are roughest/most scratches. Sanding and buffing takes a toll on the clear coat, you basically thin it out every time you sand or buff.

Rule 1 of paint care: use the least aggressive approach that gets the job done. If you paint is just ugly, rather than scarred, I'd drop the wetsanding and try the compound first. It'll deal with anything short of a scratch you can catch your fingernail in.

vip09
10-02-2011, 12:06 AM
I've tried just compounds many times and the hood still turns out like you see in the first pictures after it gets rained on.

It isn't the original paint. The previous owner had a really cheap job done. It was far from being smooth.

CollapsedNut
10-02-2011, 01:30 AM
That looks awesome!

Superman
10-03-2011, 09:32 PM
That looks damn good.

Galcobar
10-04-2011, 01:59 AM
I've tried just compounds many times and the hood still turns out like you see in the first pictures after it gets rained on.

It isn't the original paint. The previous owner had a really cheap job done. It was far from being smooth.

The compound only levels the finish, you have to then hit it with a restorative polish (of course there are abrasive polishes which do both levelling and re-oiling) to prevent further oxidation, and a sealant to keep it looking good.

Compound/abrasive polish = flat paint
Restorative polish = healthy paint
Sealant = preserving steps 1 and 2

vip09
10-04-2011, 02:27 AM
After scuffing the paint with 2500 grit, you can see the ripples in the paint very well. It would take a long long time with a compound to get it out. The paint job is just horrible. I got it smooth with 2500 then 3000 in a couple minutes.

Galcobar
10-04-2011, 03:27 AM
Visible ripples? Ouch.

vip09
10-04-2011, 03:44 AM
I will snap a picture next time for reference.

vip09
10-05-2011, 05:05 AM
I got to work on it for a couple hours today.

Here are a few pictures of the passenger headlight cover before/during/after first stage of wet sanding (2500 grit).



http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64217Small.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64220Small.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64221Small.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64222Small.jpg

vip09
10-05-2011, 11:47 PM
Finished the passenger fender and both headlight covers.


http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e6/vip09/MR2/STP64234Small.jpg

Nitro_Alltrac
10-06-2011, 01:59 AM
It's coming out really good. Was this a base-clear paint job or did he have it done with a single stage?

vip09
10-07-2011, 05:50 AM
You know, I think it is just a single stage. If there was a clear coat on it then it was REAL thin. On one spot I actually got through to the factory paint... they just sprayed right over it!!!

Galcobar
10-07-2011, 08:41 AM
It's relatively rare for factory paint to be removed in a repaint -- the question's more whether or not the shop prepped the original surface correctly to receive the new coat.

If it's single-stage black, your pads with the compound will be black.

dkrew
11-18-2011, 06:45 AM
Would like to see final process pics. Hard work pays off though, she's looking nice and shiny! good job man

Aaron Willis
11-18-2011, 06:49 PM
I'm tuning in. This is pretty impressive. It kind of makes me wonder whether my pink AW11 might ever be red again...

vip09
11-19-2011, 12:43 AM
Sad to say that I haven't made any progress since my last post. Taking 6 classes and working full time is getting in the way of my MR2 time. :(

I might be able to get a little work done over the holidays.

Terracar
11-19-2011, 02:17 PM
Damn that is quite a transformation. Props for the hard work.

-Terracar

Matt94MR2
11-26-2011, 02:49 AM
Wow, that is quite a difference. AFAIK all of the non-metallic colors on the mk2 MR2's were single stage paint (i.e. white, black, yellow, red) from the factory.

vip09
11-26-2011, 02:54 AM
This car has been repainted. They put a base and clear coat on it.

tom1977
02-05-2012, 06:30 PM
Now wax it with Race Glaze! Some people swear it makes the car faster at high speeds, Whether or not it really does, it still makes my 25 year old paint/blended paint look near the same!