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The Clear Coat on my 98 Honda accord is REALLY bad. It is has the white foggy appearance and there are areas where it has completely worn away and the dull paint underneath is exposed. On the roof, it has "retreated" about 6 inches all along the top of the back window, and has done the same thing on the roof between the windshield and the sunroof, except it's a circle about the size of a softball. I can also see it starting to happen on the hood. I'm sure it's about to do it in other places too, but I just can't see them yet.
The body is otherwise straight as an arrow, and is in perfect mechanical condition. We would like to keep it for at least another couple of years, but it just looks junky and I'm sure our neighbors and co-workers wonder what's wrong with us. I am not working right now so having it repainted is not an option, but I do have time to work on it and treat it with some guidance if possible. It's also starting to do this in a couple of places on my Jetta.
Here are my questions:
A. Can I stop it?
B. Can I fix it without sanding and painting?
C. Can I at least "mask" it? (You can't tell it's a problem when the car is wet.)
D. How do I stop it/fix it/mask it?
Thanks, Jay
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Re: My Clear Coat is really bad, I need suggestions (webthread)

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A. Can I stop it?
B. Can I fix it without sanding and painting?
C. Can I at least "mask" it? (You can't tell it's a problem when the car is wet.)
D. How do I stop it/fix it/mask it?

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A. No.
B. No.
C. Wetsand and polish, finish with a durable sealant, this is probably your best bet. I'd look into Duragloss products since you don't want to spend much money on this. Aquawax everytime you wash should keep it wet looking and help to hide the clear coat failure.
 

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Hey, thanks.
What grit should I start/finish at?
Is there a specific Duragloss product/sealant that you recommend?

2500 is the most agressive I would go, you don't really want to remove much, just blend. 3000 and 3500 is best but hard to find.
The Duragloss stuff is #101 it's in a red box. It's called polish and sealant, it doesn't really polish much, they are weird with the way they name things.
Aquawax is a spray type wax they make and that will keep it wet looking after you wax it.
You might want to try one of their precleaners for the hazy white oxidization, or some color-x
 
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