My (once) red 1988 Alfa 75 had been sat on a drive for about 7 years before i bought it, and the bonnet has faded to almost white. What would be the best way of restoring the paint?
I’ve been over with a few coats of t-cut, and it’s very slowly coming through. But I don’t really want to apply any more coats.
Yeah, I agree. The good news is it looks like only the hood is bad. I’d either have it repainted, or see if I could find a matching hood to replace that one with, which might be cheaper if you can find it.
Why is it only the bonnet that has oxidised so badly?
I have applied about 10 ‘coats’ of t-cut so far (as you say the only alternative is painting), and it is clearly very slowly. I’m don’t fully understand the principle of t-cut, however. How does it ‘remove a layer of paint’ when the outer most layer of paint is a lacquer? Should i keep going?
I have no idea what tcut is , I guess a rubbing compound type product. Just take the hood off and let a paint shop redo it or if you just want it to look ok from 30 feet sand and spray with a rattle can.
You don’t simply “apply” buffing compound (T-Cut), you must buff the paint with it. This is usually done with a buffing wheel but you can buff the paint by hand with a cloth. Rub the compound with a cloth in a circular motion with some pressure, the compound works like very fine liquid sand paper. You should be able to remove that oxidized layer of paint in 30 minutes.
I don’t know what tcut is either except maybe a rubbing compound. Its used to buff out imperfections in the paint. Often you do a color sand first with 2000 grit or so sandpaper then buff and polish. At any rate, that white is the failed clear coat. There is no way to save it. The more clear you remove, the closer you will get to the color coat which will then be a ruined finish. So yeah, it needs to be repainted. Why just the hood? I don’t know. Sometimes they are sprayed separately but the heat may have had something to do with it. Also possible the rest of the paint is not long for this world too.
Sorry but would you rather we be honest or make you feel good?
T-Cut is meant to remove minor scratches. If you had swirl marks from too many uses of automatic car washes, T-Cut would be useful. T-Cut is not going to be useful for what you’re dealing with. You either need a re-spray or a new-to-you hood from a junkyard.
This is what I use for that situation. Works pretty good on my truck. Not going to give you a show room finish though. Glad to see you are keeping on keeping on w/your Alfa 75. The paint on the rest of the car actually looks pretty good in your photo already. The horizontal surfaces suffer from the effects of the sun the most. Why the hood on your Alfa seems to have got is worse than the top, maybe where it was parked most of the time the top was in the shade. Or (seems less likely) the heat effects from the engine on the hood paint.
I think there’s no harm to be done by trying more aggressive rubbing compounds or even sanding with high numbered sand paper (wet sand 1500 or 2000). The worse that will happen is the hood will need to be repainted - and we are there now.
If that works, have a go at rattle can clear coat.
It appears this is single stage, I.e. NOT clear coat, paint. To keep it this way frequent waxing. Sunlight fades red paint!
If underhood insulation was removed you might consider replacing it to protect paint from engine heat.