- Feb 1, 2007
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Did you just offer me a blow over?I work in the auto-repair business in paint and materials supply, so I know a thing or two about the finishes used on various cars.
(Tesla is terrible BTW)
A lot of vehicles during the late 80s and through the nineties, particularly Toyotas, Vauxhalls and a lot of low-volume manufacturers used a type of paint which included a 'plasticiser' as it made it give better coverage during application. (More modern ingredients have replaced it now).
Unfortunately, what wasn't known at the time was that the plasticiser was affected, over the long term, by exposure to UV radiation/light.
It is most noticeable on Red and Yellow vehicles. It's the same effect you see on printed labels on things that have been left out in the sun too much and they fade.
No amount of cutting and polishing is likely to restore the colour as it goes through the entire depth of the paint layer, which is only a few microns thick.
If you really care for the Toyota, and it is worth saving, you'd be better off spending a couple of hundred quid on a 'blow over' with the original colour.
No seriously, is that a type of respray?