The paint on my '66 was probably a very beautiful black lacquer paint job when first completed by it's previous owners. However, they don't seem to have taken care of it, and it's bit faded, I can even see fractures in the paint. Is there any way I can revive this paint job, or am i screwed and looking at a total repaint (which I can't afford)?
Fractures in a lacquer paint job is called checking. Lacquer is a hard brittle paint that hardens with age and becomes inflexible. Those fractures go to the metal and the only remedy is to strip the material. Anything else is a stop gap that is only temporary. The surface will respond to buffing and look great-except for the checking.
I hate giving these guys a plug right now, because I am STILL waiting on 4 bottles of their product to show up that were ordered before x-mas.. but... I have been using Master Formula Cleaner Gloss on my laquer paint job and it works like nothing else I have ever tried.
I don't know if by faded you mean oxidization, but that's the problem my paint gets, and this is the only stuff that works on my car. Cuts right through it, EASILY, with NO grit. I've tried it all from 3M, Meguiars... they all have sucked in comparision. Their best products to remove oxidation just bead up on top of my finish, but this Master Formula stuff gets in there and removes it.. makes it look absolutely beautiful! I've used their Sealer Gloss to seal it back up, and also Formula 2001 car polish which also seals nicely. I would stay away from waxes if I were you... but this is just from my own dealings with my laquer paint job.. yours might be different.
Just do a search for Master Formula Polish. I think it might be masterformulations.com, but I could be wrong.
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