Fix for peeling clear coat on 10-year old-minivan?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by SemiMike, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. SemiMike

    SemiMike Guest

    My 98 Plymouth Voyager is starting to lose the clear coat finish in
    places. My garage guy - who I trust - says that he knows no fix short
    of a repainting. That's not gonna happen! Is there some kind of wax,
    sealer, or other treatment I can use here to repair the damaged areas?
    SemiMike, Dec 19, 2007
  2. SemiMike

    Joe Guest

    I also just read your problem with the headliner. Coincidentally, my
    '03 Dakota has the same issues. Clear coat has bubbled and peeled away
    on the roof and now the hood, and most of the headliner has come unglued
    and is sagging.

    There's no way I can afford a new paint job or a replacement headliner,
    so the paint will stay as is, and I'm going to remove the headliner from
    the shell and strip away as much glue/residue as possible.

    They had to have skimped big time on the finish and the headliner glue.
    Lesson learned.
    Joe, Dec 20, 2007
  3. The cheap way is to
    continue to apply car wax. The UV protectants in car wax will work
    just as well on the base paint as on the clear coat. Your goal here is to
    keep the base color coat intact and continuing to provide rust protection
    to the sheetmetal. Of course it will look like hell but who cares, right?

    However, a much better way IMHO is to get a couple rattle-cans of
    clearcoat spraypaint and mask the car and recoat the bad areas with more
    coat. Do several very light coats of clear and give it a half hour
    between coats. Follow up with wet sanding with the finest grit sandpaper
    and then polish. This is an easy Saturday afternoon project and if you
    are careful the results will look excellent. There are many websites out
    there that explain the process it is not difficult.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Dec 20, 2007
  4. SemiMike

    Bret Ludwig Guest

    I'd just Rand-O-Strip it to metal, prime and reshoot.
    Bret Ludwig, Feb 6, 2008
  5. Heh. I'm sure you would. However unless you have a computer color
    matcher in your garage the results will look pretty bad - unless you do the
    entire vehicle.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Feb 9, 2008
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