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Old 15-03-2017, 07:19 PM   #1
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Machine Polishing Peugeot 306 with Lacquer

Do I need to do anything differently if machine polishing a car finished with Lacquer rather than a clear coat?

My car is a 1999 Peugeot 306 in red and faded red if it makes any difference. I read the paint in medium but didn't know if the lacquer made any difference.
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Old 16-03-2017, 06:01 AM   #2
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Lacquer & clear coat are the same thing, just different terminology. Just follow the usual steps of starting with the least aggressive combination and work back should you need to.
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Old 16-03-2017, 06:34 AM   #3
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Thanks Dean, you have a 306 yourself?
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Old 16-03-2017, 06:43 AM   #4
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Do I need to do anything differently if machine polishing a car finished with Lacquer rather than a clear coat?

My car is a 1999 Peugeot 306 in red and faded red if it makes any difference. I read the paint in medium but didn't know if the lacquer made any difference.
If the red has faded, then it will not have clearcoat.
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Old 16-03-2017, 07:40 AM   #5
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As above, if it's faded you probably have no clear coat I call it cellulose or single stage paint. When polishing you will probably get paint transferring to your pads.


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Before going in with any compound on your paint, I would try Autoglym Super Resin Polish still using a machine on a low setting. You can get a great result with SRP alone, it is very good on oxidised red. You can wax over it.
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Old 16-03-2017, 09:45 AM   #7
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Fatdazza, gonzo are right it's single stage paint with no clear coat, so what you have is basically dead skin if it has faded (oxidised) so you need to remove it by basically taking some MF cutting pads like the Meguairs ones and a cutting compound such D300, which is a great compound and begin to remove the dead paint, remember to clean them often because they will clog up very fast.

Once that is done then you can continue onto the polishing stage restoring the gloss back, but this time switch to foam polishing and finishing pads and polish, that's the proper way of doing it. Can be done by a 1 step polish and pads but you will need a lot of pads and it will take you longer. This video will help but read some of the comments as well.

https://youtu.be/NS4eWW4SVVM

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Old 16-03-2017, 03:04 PM   #8
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I don't know very much yet, but I do know it has lacquer. I have a patch on the room where the lacquer is missing (Common fault on these cars).

I do have AG SRP which I have had applied before, but want to remove the swirls rather than hide this. Have Mag 205 and 10 (will start with 205 and use the 105 if required). Am currently sourcing a bonnet to have my first go on before moving to my company work van before the car
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Peugeot 306 red has clear coat plus the paint is well known for going pink, unfortunately polishing will not bring the color back. I should know!
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Old 16-03-2017, 09:38 PM   #10
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The car is a '99. There's every chance the clear coat is carrying a fair amount of defects inhibiting the transparency of it. Carry out a test area, starting with a medium polish and pad and build up abrasiveness till getting a result you are happy with, albeit working safely with the remaining clear coat.

But as mentioned, the damage may be in the paint underneath the clear coat.
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