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Old 03-01-2018, 09:39 AM   #1
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2000 Boxster lacquer issues

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My boxster have developed over the last year a major lacquer issue on the boot lid and a few small other issues
I am told the paint work is pretty good
So was considering a respray but my mechanic has said you can probably just have it re done with lacquer is this possible and what are the likely cost of this or a full re spray
I had seats replaced a couple of years ago due to wear and tear
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:29 PM   #2
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Well the cost of a re spray will depend on quality of the job. Your best bet is go to several reptable bobyshops have them look at it and give you an estimate. Check out their work as well if you can. Not everyone can paint, i never got the knack and i grew up in a bodyshop. Just keep in mind you get what you pay for. Good luck!
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:59 AM   #3
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First, I don't know about "over there" but pretty sure that the car wasn't painted with Lacquer. Not allowed by our US EPA, probably long since abolished in the EU, too. It was most likely acrylic enamel, and reading between the lines, you clearcoat is peeling.

It might be possible to wet sand all the clearcoat off, and have it re-cleared. I wouldn't do it, but the results might be okay. Mine had the same problems and I ended up just having it repainted. In the US, we have a budget body shop chain called Maico, they did mine with an integrated clearcoat, it looks pretty good. Not a $6000 paint job by any means, but it's even, no drips or runs, and only few bits of dust in the paint. I guess I committed a cardinal sin, I had my arctic silver repainted in a red metallic. But it's my car, what the heck. I love the color.





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A couple of pictures would help quite a bit as there are a couple of ways that the "lacquer" or clear coat can become worn/damaged and depending on the cause and the current state of wear some repair options might not really be practical.

With that being said, I agree with Brian, trying to repair only the clear coat is risky because the clear coat has to adhere perfectly to the existing paint or you'll be right back where you are now in a year or two. And it has to blend into the existing clear coat seamlessly or you'll end up with the repaired section clear and shiny while the rest of the car is a bit faded and dull. So the entire car is typically buffed out to try to make the whole thing match. Some shops can do this well and some can't and its hard to tell them apart. If these risks are acceptable, then you could go down this route, but the best bet for a good long term result is a quality respray. And yes, generally when it comes to paint, you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:29 PM   #5
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Maybe you call clearcoat lacquer over there in the UK

But is it the clearcoat that failed.

The only way to do it is a repaint. If it is a metallic color you need base coat and then clearcoat. They you carefully color sand the clear coat and they polish it.

You cannot just spray something over clearcoat.
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First, I don't know about "over there" but pretty sure that the car wasn't painted with Lacquer. Not allowed by our US EPA, probably long since abolished in the EU, too. It was most likely acrylic enamel, and reading between the lines, you clearcoat is peeling.

It might be possible to wet sand all the clearcoat off, and have it re-cleared. I wouldn't do it, but the results might be okay. Mine had the same problems and I ended up just having it repainted. In the US, we have a budget body shop chain called Maico, they did mine with an integrated clearcoat, it looks pretty good. Not a $6000 paint job by any means, but it's even, no drips or runs, and only few bits of dust in the paint. I guess I committed a cardinal sin, I had my arctic silver repainted in a red metallic. But it's my car, what the heck. I love the color.





looks pretty good. Just remember good paint is $300 to $600 a gallon.

Keep a car cover on the thing to keep the sun off it!
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Guys

My boxster have developed over the last year a major lacquer issue on the boot lid and a few small other issues
I am told the paint work is pretty good
So was considering a respray but my mechanic has said you can probably just have it re done with lacquer is this possible and what are the likely cost of this or a full re spray
I had seats replaced a couple of years ago due to wear and tear
Thanks


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If it's just the boot lid, find a good shop and have them prep and color match. A good shop can get it looking really, really close. Even for a metallic. However you will notice a difference in certain light.

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