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09-11-2014 12:19 PM
wideglide When I saw the subject line, I thought you were talking about getting a tattoo of your car as an owner! I would not get a tat of a Focus on me. Now maybe if I owned a Boss 302....
04-16-2014 10:19 PM
KK_SilverDevil_712 Saw some tribals and strip I might like
03-20-2014 06:00 PM
KK_SilverDevil_712 not the factory ones though...
02-23-2014 04:35 PM
RonMaiden Faded paint will still shine as that's not the issue and I figure my 15 years working for a body/paint shop should count for something. Not all finishes are created equal and neither is the care the owners give them.
Keep 'em washed and waxed regularly and minimal issues wil show up but from the cars we get in the shop most owners prove otherwise and keeps me busy.
02-23-2014 03:36 PM
Stanley Rockafella
Originally Posted by Dgc333 View Post
Well my daily driven cars sit outside year round and I have done spot repairs to the paint and removed old graphics on cars that are 7-10 years old and have had no issues with paint fade.

this guy knows what he's talking about! I''ve lived on the prairies for decades and the paint, even after several (-30 with salt and sand exposure) harsh winters, still shines easily when given a little attention (after several owners neglect).
02-22-2014 10:38 AM
RonMaiden Hey, I call it as I see it and you probably care for your cars better than your average joe but this isn't the case for the masses and you live in the northwest where the sun isn't as intense year round as other parts of the country. Above average care is what it takes to keep your paint fade free and most people aren't that anal so you still see alot of faded paint behind graphics and badges. Location is a big factor along with pollution, salt air and what they throw on the roads in the winter all play a part.
02-22-2014 10:21 AM
Dgc333 Well my daily driven cars sit outside year round and I have done spot repairs to the paint and removed old graphics on cars that are 7-10 years old and have had no issues with paint fade.

I even did a spot repair on my 68 Barracuda that I painted 15 years ago with Dupont Chroma 1 and there was no fading. The UV protection they put in paint these days is very effective at preventing paint fade.
02-19-2014 12:37 PM
RonMaiden New paint finishes do fade as I just got back from Florida and I saw more than a few examples on cars less than 15 years old. The sun is worse in some regions than others and some are fortunate to have some sort of covered parking but sun still is the number 1 factor in paint degradation but if washed and waxed regularly it should diminish sun damage greatly.

I work part time at a body/paint shop and I can tell you new paint is still susceptible to sun damage.
02-06-2014 09:48 PM
DustyAlex The 90's graphics were a lot cooler haha :P 94 Escort Wagon SE
01-03-2014 05:12 AM
Originally Posted by RonMaiden View Post
Chintzy,poorly done mods hurt resale value period but with the graphics once they do age and it's time to remove them the paint underneath will still be a shade of very new while the rest has faded around the graphics so unless you're replacing them with the same set of vehicle tattoos it'll look like crap.
Ah, no! Modern paint finushes don't fade enough to be noticeable. I have had three cars (two with factory graphics and one I applied myself) that I removed the graphics in the 7-10 year time frame and once ckeaned and waxed there was ZERO difference in the paint.

For anyone considering removing graphics I wouldn't worry about paint fading.
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