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Fading white paint

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by terryhazelett, May 19, 2017.

  1. May 19, 2017 at 1:05 PM
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    terryhazelett

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    Hey everyone, I have a2007 Tundra. It's white in color or was. The paint has completely faded and has been that way for many years. I've kept it the garage about half the time and it only has 74,000 miles on it. So, my question is, has anyone else had a problem with the fading of white trucks? If so, what did you do?
     
  2. May 19, 2017 at 1:16 PM
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    TheBeast

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    have you try to clay bar it ? pics from the fading ?
     
  3. May 19, 2017 at 1:23 PM
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    Welcome, Terry. Pics, as Beast said, would be helpful. I remember researching and reading white Toyotas were single stage paints. You "may" not have clear coat on yours but not sure. You can find out real easy, on a cleans small spot, get yourself some polish and foam or microfiberpad and do a test spot on your paint. If the paint transfers to the pad then we'll know more.
    Pics when you can please.
     
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  4. May 19, 2017 at 1:51 PM
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    White does not have clear. But Lucky you as long as the paint isn't too thin it can be polished back. Depending on how bad it is you will need to start with an aggressive polish stepping your way down to finer and finer polish until you get the right shine back then wax or seal it. But I would start with Claybar to remove the contaminants. This will be a lot of elbow grease if you don't have a buffer
     
  5. May 19, 2017 at 1:54 PM
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    Or take it to a reputable paint shop and pay them to bring it back to its former glory. Most good shops will detail a car for a nominal fee. Then maintain it from there. If you keep wax on it it shouldn't fade like that in the future.
     
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    I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express.....
     
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    You just did...
     
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    Yes, its a single stage....And you actually want to start off with " A LESS AGRESSIVE COMPOND "....Starting with an agreesive compound first can take what paint is left , OFF !!!
     
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  13. May 19, 2017 at 2:52 PM
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    Correct ,my statement was misleading. It was more of a general steps to take. But yes start with a fine compound to see if that will bring it back. If that doesn't work go with a heavier grit and then step back to the fine and see if that brought it to shine. I basically use the same steps for polishing headlights. But I typically use wet sandpaper if it's bad enough and then polishes.
    For the OP basically what you were doing is scratching the surface with the polish. To get a scratch out you have to scratch the surface per se. The scratching that you were doing is basically matching the depth of the scratches that are already on the vehicle and then slowly stepping those scratches to finer and finer until it is shiny again.
     
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    Thanks so much for feedback. Going to try local body shop first, let you know
     
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    Before you go to a bodyshop,you should find a local detailing business and tell them your needs and get a quote frim them
     
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    Reason i say this is the bodyshop may not get you in as soon as a detail shop....and the body shops focus mainly on the cars they have painted....where as a detail shop will be focused on your truck as soon as you bring it to them....just speaking from experience...i manage a bodyshop....you will get more attention to " Detail " at a "Detail Shop"
     
  18. May 20, 2017 at 8:49 AM
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    a legit detail shop can do miracles.
     
  20. May 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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    Ok, detail shop first. Thx so much
     
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