How thick is Viper (Dodge) Clearcoat?

Discussion in 'Viper Detailing Tips & Tricks' started by rschiltz, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. rschiltz

    rschiltz Enthusiast

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    I recently bought a Gen II FE GTS. It has scratches in the clearcoat that I would like to correct with a Random Orbital Buffer. I know the car has been machine polished previously by the original owner. Any worries about buffing a second time and cutting to far into the clearcoat? I plan on starting conservative with an Orange pad.

    Thanks,


    Rick
     
  2. uvbnbit

    uvbnbit Viper Owner

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    I say you'd be ok if scratches cant be "felt". Unless it has been wetsanded previously. Without a gauge, be hard to tell.
    Start light, maybe even by hand first.
     
  3. Matt M PA

    Matt M PA Enthusiast

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    The real problem is that you haven no idea how many times its been polished since new.. I'd only suggest working a lightlyas possible.

    Agreed, on the finger nail test.
     
  4. rschiltz

    rschiltz Enthusiast

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    Agree with you both. I suspect it's only been once but can't say for certain. I will proceed slowly on it.Thanks for the replies.Rick
     
  5. ViperPete

    ViperPete Viper Owner

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    I agree with everyone here who is agreeable.

    Start slow fo'sho!
     
  6. Paul Hawker

    Paul Hawker Viper Owner

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    SoCal ViperClub went to a Meguiars hands on detail seminar.

    Presenter asked...how many want a show car quality detail? Nearly every hand went up.

    He then explained that in order to get that show car quality, quite a bit of the clear coat needed to be removed, and indicated that typical vehicle has only about 3 of them before the clear coat is gone.

    Most detailers have a little gadget that they use to measure the paint/clear coat thickness. They measure in many different places, as the edges typically get worn off first.

    Only way to know for sure, on your car, is to get it measured.

    Vipers tend to have a very hard and durable clear coat, however everything has it's limits.

    Your idea of starting with a random orbital buffer is good. They do not tend to remove as much as a spinning buffer. Save a little paint for down the road : >)
     
  7. viper k

    viper k Viper Owner

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    look up the junk man ??
     

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