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Old October 15th, 2007, 09:44 AM
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Paint damage -what's the repair process

So my truck develops a mild case of acne that got real bad this weekend. Only on the hood, the green paint suddenly goes to an off white speckled color. Before I know it, several other area follow suite and I have 2x5 inch areas where the coating is off. The Friday, an expanding area 10 x 14 inches suddenly goes and a clear film peals off. It looks and feels like brittle, dry saran wrap. Where it comes off, the paint looks dull and as if a soap bubble has popped on it.

Not being an expert, and from the prelude above, nor the quickest on this site, seems to me the clear coat is coming off. (My oil lines did blow in July, could the heat have set this off?) So what can I do about it to repair it? Am I destined for the paint shop, or can I buff the clear coat off, reapply something, make an offering to the gods??

Just to be upfront and show that I am a caring owner, I am devoted to Mothers's products and wax the truck every 4-5 months. Living in Southern California with the heat, I have read all the paint care posts; I use a combination of natural and synthetic wax. Really did not expect the truck to start showing damage like that.
Honest, I am not a bad, neglectful owner.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 10:14 AM
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cover it with 5 bar hood protector
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Old October 15th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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Theres really nothing you can do aside from repainting it or, as Jimmy suggested, 5-bar it.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 04:08 PM
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Your 94, if an original conniston like mine, does not have clear coat.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 05:25 PM
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Have any pictures of this?
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Old October 15th, 2007, 06:33 PM
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pix of the damage

So this is it. This is a 1994 Defender, so if not clear coated, you got me there, unless the hood was replaced by the prior owner and never communicated.
The bubble pix is what it looks like, real tight shot. As the coating seperates from the paint, it bubbles then rubs or comes off. The other 2 pix are the saran wrap look. Really strange, especially the discoloration once the clear coat has flaked off. If not a clear coat then what is it.
As to plating it, thought about that but the seperation is happening on the inside angle of the hood, where plate does not go.

Oh, and let me just point out this is not a case of neglect. Just look at that beading of rain water.

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what can I say.... ideas?
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Old October 15th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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know nothing about paint jobs but could it be to much waxing and the heat from the engine
silly but wtf something to type
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Old October 15th, 2007, 08:16 PM
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Looks like clear coat to me. I'll bet it (some portion anyway) was repainted at some point.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 09:25 PM
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Oh well, one more job to pile on...
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Old October 15th, 2007, 10:53 PM
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Well, it does look like clearcoat. Perhaps it was repainted at some point or was a dealer add on at purchase. Those dealer jobs were fairly prevalent back then when clearcoat wasn't on pretty much every factory color.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 02:19 AM
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yup, looks like the hood was repainted at some point, and the clearcoat they used is buggin' out. I had my hood repainted 5 years ago by LR dealership after some hoods thought it was funny to jump up and down on it in the city. Needless to say, I don't park the rover in the city anymore.

Anyway, the LR dealer's paint job has held up and matches the rest perfect. One plug-(the only ever) for LR dealershiops.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 09:55 PM
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I've never seen the stuff but doesn't someone make a clear film that you can put on your truck to prevent pinstriping? Looks more like something like that to me. I don't think it's clear coat paint.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 10:16 PM
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No that definitely looks like clear coat. If it was clear bra or the like, You would easily be able to tell, as the cut off point between the paint and the clear material is easy to find.

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Looks like someone shot clear over the hood to make it look better. I will need to be sanded, etch primed then painted. No big deal
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Old October 24th, 2007, 10:46 PM
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No big deal you say... 'cept now I am thinking if it is down to the basics, paint it with a British flag, or with the St George (white with blue cross), cool design, pix of Becks and his wife, AC Milano colors, or ... so lets hear what your thoughts are?
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Old October 25th, 2007, 09:47 AM
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Mmh, in order of preference (and cost)

1. Leave it be, it adds character
2. The Union Jack
3. Repaint the whole thing white with black zebra stripes
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