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#1 roblightbody

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 11:00 AM

Hi there,

 

I bought a fully rebuilt Mini (1990 red Cooper) from Somerford about 5 years ago, although I think its rebuild might have been up to 5 years before that, and it may have been outside the whole time.

 

It was shiny when I got it, and after I got it I removed the bonnet stripes - and could only see a slight difference in the paint.  Its been regularly polished, but is outside except 5 months over winter when its carcooned in a garage.

 

Now a few years later, there's a dramatic difference - where the stripes were is still shiny, the rest is flat.

 

I've tried gently t-cutting the bonnet, and it improved things a bit, but not enough.

 

I'm assuming the paint is "old fashioned" paint - in that it doesn't have a clear topcoat.  What did a red 1990 Mini have when new in this regard?

 

Thanks for help, advice & tips.

 

- Rob

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#2 Midas Mk1

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:44 PM

Have a YouTube of the meguiars uk channel, they show how to restore faded pink to red using ultimate compound and their da.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:45 PM

https://youtu.be/I3B4bMYRLgU

#4 roblightbody

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:50 PM

Have a YouTube of the meguiars uk channel, they show how to restore faded pink to red using ultimate compound and their da.

:)

 

Watching it now!  Looks good, thanks :)



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 01:16 PM

Put the t-cut down for a start! It needs a compound polish with a finishing pad.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 05:28 PM

I always claybar a car before any compounding to make sure no bits of contamination to scratch paint.
If car is painted in 2k then from experience it can be very hard work by hand. I would invest in a basic da polisher but compound choice can be difficult without trying an area. I have found the menzerna compounds very good but don’t go too harsh.
You could try some p6000 trizact as they leave a surface that requires very little polishing after.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 07:10 PM

Use a decent waffle pad on a mop and use Scholl Concepts S17+. That will polish that out nicely followed by a decent quality wax.



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:27 AM

another vote for meguiars as its so good, dont bother with t cut buy once and get the job done



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 05:09 PM

There's no 2 ways about it, that meguiars stuff is incredible. With no effort at all, it's brought the bonnet back to a brilliant shine. Unbelievable. I'll be doing the whole car tomorrow, then a good coat of wax.

Thanks for the recommendation.




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