Faded/Dull Paint, what can be done about it?

Tiny
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  • 2001 HONDA ACCORD
  • 2.3L
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
Hello, I am a new teen driver and I recently got a 2001 Honda Accord coupe from another family member as my first car. I was never interested in cars before, I have no experience with cars. I wanted to know what can be done to fix the discoloration on the trunk and the top of the sides of the car. The parts circled in red are not as shiny and smooth as the rest of the car. The pictures should explain a lot. I need to know what products to be bought, please help!
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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 AT 6:53 PM

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Tiny
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THIS IS THE "CLEAR COAT" PEELING OFF

THESE NEWER RIGS ('80s ON UP) HAVE A "BASE COAT" (USUALLY SORTA DULL WHEN APPLIED) AND THEN IT'S "CLEAR COATED" (WHICH MADE IT SHINEY)

SOMEBODY WITH NOTHING TO DO CAME UP WITH THIS SYSTEM!

WELL, YOU SEE WHAT IT DOES OVER TIME AND IN THE SUN

IF IT HAD GOT A DEEP SCRATCH IN IT WHEN IT WAS YOUNGER, IT MIGHTA TORE THRU THE CLEAR COAT AND DOWN INTO THE BASE COAT, BUFFING WOULD NOT AND COULD NOT HAVE FIXED IT

ONE STAGE KINDA PAINT, (ACRYLIC ENAMEL) LIKE USED ON BOTH OF MY JEEPS IS JUST MIXED WITH A HARDENING AGENT, THINNED DOWN WITH REDUCER, THEN SPRAYED ON WITH A GUN AND LET DRY (SORTA LIKE USING A SPRAY CAN) WHEN IT DRIES, IT'S SHINEY.

SCRATCHES THAT DON'T GO ALL THE WAY TO THE METAL CAN BE COMPOUNDED/ BUFFED OUT, AS THE COLOR IS THE SAME ALL THE WAY THRU THE COAT(S) APPLIED

I FLIPPED A DODGE SHADOW A FEW YEARS BACK, I CHEATED ON THE PAINT JOB, WHICH REALLY FADED OUT A LOT TWO YEARS AFTER I SOLD IT (BUT I GOT MY $$$! SO IT KINDA DIDN'T BOTHER ME!)

I COULDA DONE IT RIGHT, BUT THE OBJECT WAS TO "BUY LOW, SELL HIGH!", AND $100 WORTH OF "REAL PAINT STUFF" WOULDA JUST TOOK MONEY AWAY FROM MY POCKET

IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE IT--- SEE MY 2nd RESPONSE IN THIS LINK

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1978-jeep-cj7-need-help-getting-started-start-on-troubleshooting/page/7

AS FOR YOURS

IF YOU CAN FIND AN AUTO PAINT AUTO PARTS STORE (NAPA, IN MY TOWN) IF THEY CAN MATCH THE COLOR IN "ACRYLIC ENAMEL" (AS 2 STAGE [CLEAR COAT] HAS TO BE PUT ON "JUST RIGHT") ACRYLIC ENAMEL IS MORE FORGIVING.

A QUART OF PAINT, A LITTLE BOTTLE OF HARDENER, REDUCER FOR THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE. BORROW A COMPRESSOR AND A TRIP TO "HARBOR FREIGHT" FOR A "TOUCH-UP GUN" ($15)

400-2500 SANDPAPER

OR FORGET THE COMPRESSOR AND TOUCH-UP GUN, A CHEAP AIRBRUSH AND A CHEAP "MODELERS COMPRESSOR" WORKS WELL TOO.

(I HAVE A REGULAR GUN, A TOUCH-UP, AND AN AIRBRUSH) I TRY TO MAKE THINGS EZier ON MYSELF WHEN I TACKLE A PROJECT

ON MY JEEP, I WAS DOING WHAT I COULD AFTER WORK, WITHOUT MAKING A BIG MESS, AND IN THE GARAGE. BELOW, YOU WILL SEE THE LIGHTER COLOR ON MY CJ-5, EVERY BIT OF THAT WAS AIRBRUSHED ON, THE COLD CAUGHT UP WITH ME, I STILL HAVE TO DO THE DARKER COLOR WHEN IT WARMS UP AGAIN!

YOUTUBE IS A GOOD PLACE TO LOOK AT THE PAINTING TECHNIQUES I HAVE DISCUSSED

ANY MORE QUESTIONS JUST ASK, EVEN THOUGH I AIN'T REALLY A BODY MAN

THE MEDIC

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the quick reply Medic! I'm sorry but I am extremely new to all of this car terminology. Is there an alternative option that I could possibly buy and do myself? It is rather inconvenient for me to go to some type of auto shop. I have a bottle of Meguiars Ultimate Compound and some wax, what would happen if I polished it out with those two things?
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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 AT 9:02 PM
Tiny
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WELL IT SORTA LOOKS LIKE THE CLEAR COAT IS COMING OFF PRETTY GOOD!

TO SAVE SOME ELBOW GREASE

TAKE IT TO A DO IT YOURSELF CAR WASH WITH A HIGH PRESSURE WAND

IF YOU'LL GET IN CLOSE AND HAVE A ABOUT $4 IN QUARTERS HANDY, YOU MIGHT STRIP OFF THE ALREADY LOOSE STUFF (AIN'T NO TURNING BACK WITH THE STUFF ALREADY FLAKING OFF)

THEN LET IT DRY AND DO THE COMPOUND AND WAX IF YOU WISH

IT WILL STILL SLOWLY OVER TIME BUBBLE MORE OFF, OCCURRING MOSTLY AT THE EDGE OF WHERE THE CLEARCOAT ALREADY TURNED LOOSE

PARKING OUT OF THE SUN WILL ALSO SLOW DOWN THE FLAKING PROCESS

YOU KNOW YOU REALLY CAN'T MESS UP OR GO WRONG IF YOU PURCHASE SOME OLIVE DRAB, TAN, AND BLACK SPRAY CANS OF CAMOUFLAGE PAINT AND DO THE ENTIRE CAR! NO NEED FOR A PRO.

NOW THAT IT'S YOURS, TRADE THAT PUPPY FOR A JEEP CJ, THEY ARE TOUGH AND CAN ENDURE MORE THAN A CAR CAN! EVER SEE SOMEBODY PULL UP TO A CURB STOP (IN THEIR MORE MODERN CAR) GO IN THE STORE, RETURN AND START BACKING OUT AND THEN TEARING THE WHOLE FRONT END OFF OF THEIR CAR?

WON'T HAPPEN IN A CJ!

IN FACT, YOU CAN BE PLAYING WITH YOUR RADIO, THINKING ABOUT YOUR WOMAN, OR JUST BE DAYDREAMING, THEN SMACK THE HECK OUT OF THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU! THEIR CAR NOW HAS SOME HELL DAMAGE! (WHERE YOU KNOCKED THE HELL OUT OF IT) BUT A LITTLE FLAT BLACK SPRAY PAINT ON YOUR CJ's BRUSH GUARD AND YOU ARE "GOOD TO GO"! (BEEN THERE DONE THAT!)

I'VE ONLY HAD CJs, EVER SINCE I STARTED DRIVING BACK IN '81. LAST PIC IS MY DAUGHTER AT AGE 10, PROFICIENT IN DRIVING AND PERFORMING REGULAR MAINTENANCE ON "WILLY", MY 1946 WILLYS JEEP (HER BIRTHDATE IS MY HOOD NUMBER)

WHATCHU THINK?

THE MEDIC
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