In the light it's extremely obvious, as you can tell in the pics, but at night it's harldy visible.
Any particular things that cause this to happen? I wash it every weekend. and re-wax monthly and I use meguiar's deep crystal wash and meguiar's next generation wax.
Hm. so far I have an ugly stock hood that is slowly changing colors, and I have the Windstar upper installed that almost touches the hood. Sounds like I should get a new hood. If only I had the money. DAMN!
Well i dont know about that, this is coming from somebody who doesn't know much about cars but if u look at your first pic it looks like your front quarter panel may start doing the same thing as your hood is doing. i looks like the sides of the hood and your hood has already started doing it. idk tho just an observation from a person new to cars.
U may just wanna get your car a nice primer, then paint, and then a clear coat put on your car to try and prevent it from happening again.
Na, the quarter panels are fine. The car is just dirty and needs a good washing. I'm gonna go rumage through my cleaning supplies and see what I can find to atleast diminish the appearance of it. I think it just looks this bad b/c its been sitting in my mechanics lot waiting to be working on since May. His lot is gravel and I was in Hawaii for two months so who knows what all **** has accumulated on it.
Wax isn't a permanent solution tho is it i mean it might last for a while but u will have to keep paying for it to get waxed every so often. With a new paint job (good one not a crappy one) u shouldn't get this to happen for a realy long time with the paint they use on cars now a days and a good clear coat will help protect it farther then u can just use turtle wax and wax it yourself.
No wax on this planet will fix that dude... No buffer will fix that. Trust me. Somebody has let the clearcoat completely oxidize and that has eaten through the clearcoat causing paint failure. Regardless of what you do to try to fix it, it would need a new clearcoat and some fresh paint. Hell, if you take a sander to that hood with 200 grit and get a nice EVEN sanding down, get the hood repainted, recleared; itd look great. But a shop would take care of the stripping...
This is a prime example of paint failure. Only way to prevent it in the long run is to always keep a coat of sealant and wax on it. The sealant offers the best UV ray protection.
I used some Meg's #1, to work down the roughness, then #9, and followed up with some ColorX, which did bring out the color a little more. Then used #21 to seal it, and Nxt gen techwax 2.0. So at least now there is some protection until I can get it repainted.
I'd agree that a previous owner didnt take very good care of it. Or possibly its been repainted by a previous owner and it just wasnt done very well, and even though you wash and wax often, the paint was just doomed since the beginning. Even if you DO buff out some really badly oxidized paint, it wont stay shiny, it will still eventually fade again. You'd be much better off just getting a new hood, or that one re-painted.