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My '99 Catera has a lot of nicks and scratches in the paint, and a little rust showing behind ...
My '99 Catera has a lot of nicks and scratches in the paint, and a little rust showing behind the rear passenger's wheel. I don't really want to go for the whole enchilada, and get a paint job. Are there any alternatives that will do a decent job?
go to your local autobody supply and buy some compound called Kleen Kut. get a nice variable speed buffer and a 9 inch rought cut pad and start buffing, low speed only. after you are done with the entire car, change pads to a fine cut pollishing pad and get some mguires color X and go over the whole car on again on low to medium speed. keep alot of microfiber towels close by to wipe off the slinging color X. dont worry about the sling from the Kleen Kut, it has no waxex in it at all, so it washes off with soap and water. i normally do a whole car with Kleen Kut then i wash the car with dish soap and water. hand dry, then hit with color X and buffer the car will look amazing. i would do it for you if you werent across the country from me!!! i just did my lincoln last week. it was full of scratches and swirls from my wife and kids using it like a rolling trash can so i couldnt take it anymore, i did the whole car, the paint looks like you could dive into it. the pics are dark with no flash but you can see the gloss and my paint is 15 years old original paint.
Am I the only one who thinks the paint on the cateras suck? Maybe its just mine. The paint is chipping badly on the back of the car on the top of the long break light on the top of the trunk..... Looks like shit. I'm thinking about repainting my car a pearlescent white... :-o
I had a 1992 Vauxhall Senator. I think they were sold in the US and Canada as Cadillac Catera. The rust around the rear wheel arches seems to be a common feature in that model and the subsequent one (Omega in Europe). I spent £1000GB ($2000 US) trying to fix it....Sell the car...the next problem you get is rain water in the boot ("trunk" in the US)
john my lincoln is a 93, the color is called deep jewel green, in the sun light it actually flip flops from a garden hose green to a bark blue, its factory paint, they used the same color on the 90's eddie bauer bronco's you can see the color change as you walk by it. the paint on my catera has some pits in the clear on the trunk and roof because it was parked under a cell tower for 3 months before i bought it and the tower has an eagle's nest at the top so they crapped all over the car and the acid in their crap burnt the clear. mine is gold though so its hard to tell in a picture the difference from when i got it to now, but i buffed the whole catera too, i have about 10 hours into the inside and out of the catera, the previous owner was a slob.
here is a before and after.
i also re-pin striped the car, it had a dual brown stripe on it and my buffer kind of tore up the edges of it so i took it all off and went with a black pin stripe instead. over all, minus the pits in the clear, it looks really nice now. the old owner saw it the other day and almost dropped his jaw!!
I appreciate the help.
That's a beautiful car, the Lincoln. What year is it?
What about the clear coat? I heard that there's clear coat, on top of the paint of the Catera
it looks like they do have a clear coat.... where the paint is chipping, its more like peeling and you can see the clear coat over where the pant is gone from it. the last owner put touch up on it.. or under it it looks like and it dont look so bad i guess.. looks like rain gets stuck under the clear coat and leaves dirt under it :s i'll take pics n post................ !! its so aggrevating
Yes. Unfortunately they don't have a very high resale value. I bought my '99 when it was 5 years old for $14,000 Cdn. Doubt if I'd get much more than $3000 now, if that. Doesn't really matter. I'll probably keep it 'til the wheels fall off', unless I have a huge repair bill. It only has 130,000 kms, hardly more than broken in.