Protection after bodyshop

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Your bodyshop guy is correct, as long as they are using modern paints, you can apply polishes and waxes whenever you like, unless given specific instructions to the contrary.

Orange peel I would leave alone, removing heavy orange peel like in most Mercs removes a significant amount of clearcoat, which in turn means scratches in future couldn't be fixed and may need painted due to a lack of cleatcoat, cars coming back from bodyshops will most likely have some orange peel present, unless going for a proper high end show finish they won't spend the time to remove it all as on a daily drivers it's a waste.

Also, removing lots of clear leaves the base coat potentially susceptible to UV damage as this is one of the main things the clear does.
 

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That's because some people know what they are talking about and the rest don't.... they just google it to find an answer a common answer, then all of a sudden they are a pro!
There are so many variables with automotive paints, as a result you will get various different answers.
 

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That's because some people know what they are talking about and the rest don't.... they just google it to find an answer a common answer, then all of a sudden they are a pro!
There are so many variables with automotive paints, as a result you will get various different answers.
I sometimes question why I bother to reply to threads, as people who don't really know what they are doing but have watched a few Youtube videos and tried a few things on their own car, speak the gospel.
 
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How about spraying the inner arches with Bilt Hamber Dynax UC?
 
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It's good stuff, make sure you get the arches super clean before applying it.
i.e as soon as it comes out of the bodyshop... I need to read up on the notes again, I think that it's water resistant. I believe that it does have a tendency to attract dirt, however.
 

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i.e as soon as it comes out of the bodyshop... I need to read up on the notes again, I think that it's water resistant. I believe that it does have a tendency to attract dirt, however.
Pretty much any wax will attract dirt to some extent, it's the inherent problem with the stickiness that's difficult to negate.

But the UC works well, on my R33 GTR Skyline which is now sold I stripped off all the old underbody protection, treated any rust then covered underside in UC and drove the car for a year.

Upon inspection after the year it had been well protected with no signs of corrosion. Just make sure and get it into every nook and cranny.
 
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Slow progress, but I haven't asked them for any rush, so they've been attending to other jobs clearly. Nevertheless, the dent man made an appearance today and addressed two quite bad dinks - one in the osr door

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and another on the roof - I am not certain where it is in the photo, but in the flash I can make out a faint mottled effect as the only tell tale.

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I'm told that it'll be painted and ready this week which will be nice, though the job has fallen nicely at my insurance renewal, so I'm saving a few quid whilst the job gets done anyhow.
 
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I popped in today to see that they have been working on prep work since yesterday- scotchbrite and spotting work - the latter to smooth imperfections, chips and dinks.

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Painting takes place tomorrow and then they'll leave it until next week before polishing.
 

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