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How to Restore the Car Paint

A perfect project is not complete without a sublime finish. The icing on the cake to make your client happy and yourself proud. Besides that, taking care of older paint is part of the job as well.

Tander offers finishing products for all types of polishing jobs. To help you out on the basics, we summed up the most common paint defects such as overspray on car, orange peel texture, faded paint, scratches and dust inclusions. We also give you an advice on how to restore these defects.

 

 

TYPES OF PAINT DEFECTS

We separate the types of paint defects in two groups.
Defects that occur during painting and defects that occur after your paint job.

 

DURING PAINTING: OVERSPRAY, ORANGE PEEL & DUST

Common mistakes while painting can cause paint defects, below you will find the most common ones.

Type of defect How to recognize What happened? How to restore
Orange peel  You can recognize orange peel paint by the texture of the surface. It is lumpy, and you can recognize a spray pattern.  Orange Peel can be formed while spraying with poor pressure, when you hold your spray gun to far from the object or while picking the wrong viscosity or amount of hardener in your paint.

Minor Orange Peel texture can be restored by sanding with P1200 and using Tander One Step Polish in combination with a Foam Pad Medium. 

When the Orange Peel is looking very bad, the only solution is to sand it down and apply a new layer of paint.

Dust inclusion  When small particles contaminate your paint job, you are dealing with dust inclusions.  Dust inclusions can have multiple causes. It could be that you did not clean your surface well before starting your job, your spray booth filter system might need an update, or you might have contaminated it while painting when neglecting the use of proper personal protection that is dust- and lint-free.

 Bigger dust particles can be removed using Tander Cutting Compound in combination with a Foam Pad Hard. Follow this up with Tander One Step Polish in combination with a foam pad medium. For smaller dust particles, Tander One Step Polish in combination with a foam pad medium will do. 

When the included dust particles are very big we advise to sand it down and apply a new layer of paint.

Paint overspray on car  When small droplets of paint are stuck to your surface and are not absorbed by the paint layer you encounter an overspray problem.  Did you mask the surroundings of your project properly? Or maybe you did not choose the right type of hardener, so the overspray was not absorbed properly.  How to remove overspray? Polish the overspray down with Tander One Step Polish and a foam pad medium or soft, depending on the amount of overspray.

 

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AFTER PAINTING: FADED PAINT, CAR HOLOGRAMS, SCRATCHES

The elements have a damaging effect on your paint job after delivery.
Below you will find those defects and how to solve them.

Type of defect How to recognize What happened? How to restore
Old faded and oxidized paint As a result of exposure to the elements, a matt or matted surface can occur. Sunlight, lack of maintenance or improper polishing have an effect on the look of your paint. It might look worn out, oxidized and faded.

Let your worn-out faded or oxidized car paint revive using Tander One Step Polish in combination with a Foam Pad Soft.

Car holograms Shiny or mattened figures in your freshly polished paint job. While polishing you need to take some rules in consideration. Is your paint layer properly dry? Do you use the proper polishing pad? Didn’t you use too much pressure while polishing? Is the surface properly cooled after drying? When neglecting one of those basics, you might encounter polishing defects or holograms.

How to remove holograms? Use Tander One Step Polish in combination with a Foam Pad Soft to polish away the holograms in your car paint job. Make sure you follow the instructions to prevent new polishing defects.

Car scratch Small scratches can particularly be visible on darker colors of paint and are easy to restore. Bigger scratches mostly are identified by missing paint chips or underlying colors shining through. Small scratches may occur when driving past bushes or taking your vehicle through a washing installation. Bigger scratches occur during accidents or scraping from any kind of object.

How to remove scratches. Bigger scratches can be repaired using Tander Cutting Compound in combination with a Foam Pad Hard. Follow this up with Tander One Step Polish in combination with a foam pad medium. For smaller scratches, Tander One Step Polish in combination with a foam pad medium will do.

Always determine the depth of the scratches. It might be necessary to sand the surface down and apply a new layer of paint.

 

PROPER MAINTENANCE

After delivery, all elements have free play on the paint. You cannot prevent those factors, but you can provide proper aftercare in polishing the vehicle regularly. Always take the following tips in consideration:

  • Make sure the vehicle is properly washed before polishing to prevent scratches;
  • Never polish in full sunshine;
  • Always follow the instructions of the Polishing Compound supplier. 

 

From highly demanding scratches, a simple mirror shine for a finishing touch or proper maintenance, our compounds can handle it all quickly and easily. We are curious to see your projects, share them with us on social media!

 

 

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