Bad Bonnets

Jacob100 May 14, 2019

  1. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    After a quick spit and polish and some T-Cut in the sunshine yesterday.

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    It still scrubs up OK for what it is IMO but the bonnet really lets it down.

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    I’m not losing any sleep over it but it is getting worse every week.

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    Options ... Ignore? Body shop? Wrap? Replace? Full Raptor respray? Cargo net?
     
  2. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    Been thinking about this myself and toying with the idea of taking it off to be pro sprayed before going to a viynl wrap place for a clear cover , i believe wrap is more chip resistant and i assume it must be well UV protected or else it would peel real quick .
     
  3. MarkW

    MarkW Well-Known Member I am in morocco

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    The cleaning method is causing those swirls marks in the paint.

    A sponge, worst possible thing for paint. Get a micro fibre wash mitt and wash it after every use.
     
  4. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    I barely touch the bonnet. Just wipe it down very gently with a microfibre cloth.
     
  5. Towpack

    Towpack Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    If the paint is thick enough you could get the swirls out with compound followed by T cut and a good wax polish. Never had problems washing with a sponge but plenty of water is absolutely essential.
     
  6. MarkW

    MarkW Well-Known Member I am in morocco

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    Sponges are well known to be about the worst thing you can use on car paintwork (short of a Scourer. Have a look on some car detailing pages and it’ll teach you a lot about the best ways to clean a car

    To minimise swirl marks use a MF Mitt and rinse regularly and wash after each use.

    Jacob probably the easiest way to deal with the marks (from a previous owner ;) ) would be to speak to a local detailer about paint correction. They’ll be able to get rid of most if not all of the damage
     
  7. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    I did chat to a detailer a while ago and he recommended a respray or wrap but then I don’t think it was the kind of vehicle or job that he wanted to go anywhere near.
     
  8. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    From my experience with clear wrap, it discolours badly generally, but im talking over periods of 3-4 years.

    However, on the bonnet, its performed really badly. It goes hard and brittle with the heat (coupled with UV attack most likely) and its horribly discoloured.

    I have to say that apart from protectingvthe paint from offroad scratches (which it does very well) I wouldn’t recommend it at all. I’m hoping to have all my wrap removed this season, and go back to a shiny paint finish... we’ll see....
     
  9. nick_the_fish

    nick_the_fish Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    It all comes down to wether you're willing to spend the big buck on a respray/ wrap. Personally i'd leave it but then I like trucks to look a bit rough around the edges.

    I've just been cleaning up some rust and had some reasonable results from a primer/ paint/ lacquer/ polish/ wax process. So you could whip the bonnet off and do it yourself if you're keen so save money?

    Nice roof box by the way.
     
  10. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Thanks Nick - box courtesy of @hopeless wanderer

    Leaving it is more than likely going to be the outcome unless inspiration strikes or I find someone local ... Too many things on the list and I’m not too precious about it. Just a minor niggle.
     
  11. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    Or rattlecan it , the secret of a good finish i not the painting but in the polishing paint away , patches are difficult to blend but a whole bonnet shouldn't be to hard if you have a decent polisher and cutting compound .
     
  12. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Hmm, I don’t know about that Shayne. I get restless just dabbing a bit of Hammerite so that sounds like a recipe for disaster.
     
  13. Higgy

    Higgy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in denmark

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    Iv been pondering over what to do with the 80 when its finished. I v got the bonnet off at the mo its all primed U/C ready .. was thinking of attacking it with Rattle paint... I did a good job on my motorbike, Tank/frame mudguards etc.. But a whole Truck Mmm! Good thing about an 80 tho, Its all flat squarish panels, So one panel at a time might Work..Im not too fussed about a perfect finish....
     
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