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03-26-2013 11:50 PM
josh6025 I have a 2004 Focus SVT and it's Pitch Black, it has definitely been neglected by the previous owner, although it was never winter driven, and now that spring is here I was wondering what I could do to really make the exterior shine.

A friend of mine recommended getting my car clay barred but I've never done it myself so would it better to get a pro to do it or is it easy enough to do if I've got the time?

Also on the windshield the previous owner did something, not sure what it was, but the windshield was not cleaned prior so at certain angles and with the correct light even if I've just used glass cleaner you can still see all the dirt from where the wipers stop to the edge of the glass, is there anything that I can do to clean that off?
03-03-2013 12:37 PM
Bogey Brother in law was an auto body guy, and what they do is wet sand or sand the vehicle spray multiple coats of clear and wet sand lightly.
02-21-2013 09:34 PM
swansong Dang, that's disappointing, but I guess it's inevitable with these new car paints. Oh well!
02-21-2013 06:45 PM
Dave@TLC I agree with the other members. Orange peel is an issue with 95% of cars, only the highest priced cars get wet sanded from the factory (Nissan GTR has a $3000 wet sanding option available). I've wetsanded a few factory paint jobs, but due to the thinner clear coats these days, it's near impossible to get a 100% orange peel free finish without compromising the integrity of the clear coat.
02-21-2013 12:01 PM
lyonsroar Only way you'll get orange peel repair is with a full wetsand job which will cost many American dollars at a cost of a lot of your clear coat thickness as well...I wouldn't touch it, just live with it...even Ferraris have orange peel...no cars are wetsanded from the factory any longer...not even fancy pants cars.
02-20-2013 02:32 PM
scott7278
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So I was at a dealership last Saturday, and I couldn't help but notice the surprising amount of orange peel on the paint of several brand new cars, including a Dodge Dart (example included below) and a Focus ST. Is it normal for new cars to have so-so paint jobs? I would have expected a near-mirror finish from the factory, but perhaps I'm optimistic.

I'm curious, what can be done to improve the paint on a brand new car, especially in terms of orange peel?

I've read elsewhere here that it's due to the move to water-based paint to comply with EPA regulations. It doesn't matter if someone is driving an econobox or an expensive car, either - many forums have this complaint.
02-20-2013 01:23 PM
calebstubstad that happened when I painted my wheels with rattle can gloss black. i'd also like answers!
02-20-2013 01:12 PM
swansong So I was at a dealership last Saturday, and I couldn't help but notice the surprising amount of orange peel on the paint of several brand new cars, including a Dodge Dart (example included below) and a Focus ST. Is it normal for new cars to have so-so paint jobs? I would have expected a near-mirror finish from the factory, but perhaps I'm optimistic.

I'm curious, what can be done to improve the paint on a brand new car, especially in terms of orange peel?

02-05-2013 03:39 PM
Dave@TLC
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and i assume do compound and wipe off then polish then wipe off?
Sorry, yes, you would work the compound, wipe off the residue, work the polish with a new applicator, then wipe off the residue from it. Then you would want to apply a good wax or sealant to the paint to protect it from the elements. You're not going to get perfect results when working by hand, but you can make a dramatic improvement! Good luck!
02-05-2013 01:29 PM
calebstubstad and i assume do compound and wipe off then polish then wipe off?
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