Hi guys, I'll try and keep this short.
I'm a novice to cars and for the most part have friends who're much more into them than me, and are really helping me out with the basics of getting to know cars (and my car specifically) but their ideologies conflict over my paintjob.
I washed and polished my mini today, and it exposed a fair bit of rust formation, and a vast amount (we're talking over 100) air bubbles on areas of the paint work, specifically on the wind screen frame, just above the A frame, underneath the headlights, above the boot and on the bonnet. This really concerns me as the last thing I want is to have holes of rust gaping in my car in a few months time. So I have a few questions.
1. Is there any way to reverse the air bubbles yourself assuming rust hasn't formed underneath them?
I've looked around a little bit and most places say if there's a fair bit of small bubbling the best thing is to strip & repaint
2. I'm wary about sorting out my own rust spots on the joint areas. Should I DIY or take it to a pro?
There is a fair bit of rust bubbling up below my headlights, and I'm just unsure about the whole ordeal. If people want pictures I'll take some tomorrow
3. It's a fact that the last paint job my mini had was a botch one. The car wasn't sanded down beforehand and it's flaking away in a few places, revealing it's old colour. Is it better to just get it resprayed again after a good sanding or is it worth trying to hold on to it's current paint job?
4. Will keeping my car under a cover do anything to the paint?
I don't have a garage, but I have a cover that it sit's in 6 days a week (assuming it's not raining), will this damage the paint job.
This is her, and you can probably tell she's had a good clean today but none of the rust spots are particularly obvious in this one. I'm just very cautious because I haven't had it for long at all and don't want to write anything off about it before I've even been able to properly drive it, even if it's just aesthetic. I plan on getting the paint job slightly redone anyway and bringing the paint job back to a much closer authentic standard without vinyls, so cost and for the benefit of the car wise, is it worth to just get it all done in one job lot by a pro or for me to do as much as I can?
Thank you! Sorry if I sound dim witted, it's because I'm here to learn :)
Edited by alittleawkward, 26 November 2016 - 09:21 PM.