SO I BOUGHT A USED FOREST GREEN 2002 TOYOTA ...

  • Tiny
  • mdudum
  • 2002 Toyota Highlander
  • 82,000 miles

Hi, so I bought a used forest green, 2002 toyota highlander 3-4 months ago from the dealership. It runs well, the interior is extremely well kept, as with the exterior. I've had to replace a couple items but for the most part it's in amazing condition for its age. The car shines perfectly and ever since I've bought it, I've washed it once a week. When I wash it, I use a common car wash soap mixed with water, and scrub it down, then I dry it; however, I've never scrubbed down the roof because I'm too short. So I just spray it with soap, wash it down, and let it air dry. After a couple nights of a really heavy rain storm, I noticed a spot, around 6x6 inches where clear plastic, or paint, was peeled off and the edges are peeling. One of the pictures shows this. Also, the rest of the roof is filled with these small circles that look dirty but aren't peeling. Again, theres 2 pictures for that. The whole rest of the car shines perfectly, with mild scratches from the previous owner. I've read that this might be clear coat failure, but it doesn't really look that intense, if anything its extremely mild and is only on my roof. Anyone want to tell me what this is, how to fix it, and if so how much it would cost? Someone told me to wax it to add a layer of protection or to spray a clear coat on it. Help!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 AT 12:14 AM

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  • KHLow2008
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Yes, it is the clear coat that is peeling and only way of getting it resolved is to respray.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 AT 2:32 PM
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Would something like this work? I dont mind it looking somewhat dull but with constant waxing and polishing i think it can work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgCGgmlsK3I

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 2:17 AM
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  • KHLow2008
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If you don't mind the finish quality, it can work.

Bear in mind that you have more than one area having the problem so be prepared for other areas needing same treatment in the future.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 2:36 PM

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