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Old 11-13-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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I waxed my car today (no better way to find imperfections) and I found that my hood, roof and trunk all have tons of these very small, random "scratches" as if the car was driven through a bush. I'm thinking these are actually the paint cracking.
Also, the roof is beginning to chip to the primer level of the factory paint. It is 11 years old so I'm think the paint has had it through out the car.
The "scratches" don't really show on camera well but the chipping obviously does.
I'm thinking getting a complete spray over to save some cost but due to the chipping would that even work? Also, I'm definitely up for other suggestions.
Tomorrow, if needed, ill take some pictures of the scratching effect and the chipping.
Paint is white btw on a 1995 SE. I've been using meguiars wax for 2 years to protect it. Not sure what the original owner did before me tho, if anything.
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Pictures will help. Did you ever have any freezing water/ice on the affected area?
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I'll grab a few pics, but last time the scratches didnt show up when i tried. guess i could take a pic of the paint chipping a little.
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1993 SLE has a bit of experience with this lately and mentioned Meguires Scratch X was fantastic for working out little scratches and issues.
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If your paint appears to be cracked, but you can not feel the "scratches or cracks" with your bare hands, it'* your primer. My car is doing the same thing, if you just paint over it, in a short amount of time your new paint will do the same thing.
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Sounds like its the primer then because I don't feel it. Damn, guess the only remedy is a full paint job.

EDIT: How difficult is it to block a car? I'm thinking maybe i'll block the paint off myself and then flatbed it to the autobody to save some money.
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And to fix it, you'll want the existing cracked paint areas stripped, reprimed, and repainted. Expect expen$ive labor costs.
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Yeah I know it'* going be at least $2k-$3k. Unfortunately that also makes a nice down payment on a new car. So I'm not sure what I'm going end up doing.
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I reanalyzed the paint and now I realized that I can infact feel the cracks in the paint. I'm not sure if its the primer now. Unfortunately the cracks dont show up on the pictures i've been trying to take.
I'm taking it to the autobody over winter break (in 2.5 weeks) and seeing what type of money we're talking. maybe i can cut some cost if just the paint needs to be stripped. hes a good friend of my mechanic (who is a great friend of mine) and so maybe he'll give me a nice deal.
Anyone know how many layers of paint are on the 95 SEs
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Anyone know how many layers of paint are on the 95 SEs

there is a corosion protector applied to the metal, then a primer, color coat and then the clear
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