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Help! Oxidization problems

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Hey guys.

i am new to the forums. I have just bought a 93 acura integra rs in milano red.

the problem is, the paint is badly faded/oxidized. I am planning to paint it after i finish moding the suspension and engine, but untill then what would you all reccomend i use to try and fix the fading in the paint?
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wax, lots and lots of wax.. dont use cheap walmart turtle wax either.. go with good stuff..
hehe ok thats a start but this car has a multitude of paint problems.. 2 or 3 small bits of surface rust that was primered, some fool got white pain splatter on the hood (just specks) and the front passenger quarter pannel and door have been replaced. they are the same red, but badly faded, almost pinkish. however the paint isnt cracking or anything and when its wet.. it looks ok. i have a suspicion that wax wont fix all that ;)
my 90 teg ls has the same fenders next to an old back end and an old hood (old meaning oem with original paint). Im not sure if there is anything besides painting it you can do. I used klasse all in one and klasse sealent gloss and that didnt really even help it. im actually researching this problem too on my own, if I find anything out I will let you know.
my hatch is sooo messed up, its like one of the biggest flaws right now in my car! on the hatch its not even green anymore its like a white and it looks horrible. I dont know how to fix it
Red paint is notorious for fading. I can't really explain the chemical reasoning behind it but my dad who sells pigments has told me this, and you often see faded red paint on cars. A wax wouldn't fix oxidization, you need a cleaner. By viewing the handy article(s) styleteg has prepared (wink, wink) I can easily discern that a good quality clay bar will fix your oxidization probelms, if that is indeed what your problem is. I highly recommend you take a look at all the articles under the detailing section, most notably the Team Integra 4 Step Detailing Process, the link is down below
As a general rule, people on this board really get mad when you ask a question that has already been covered in an article or in another post. A lot of the time this is understandable because these people have already put a lot of effort into writting these articles, and if nobody uses them, they feel as though they have wasted thier time. The articles on are an unbelievable source of information about our cars, and are written by people who are very knowledgeable. I realize you are new here so that is why I'm telling you this instead of giving you a hard time about it. All in all I hope you enjoy your teg, and enjoy this site!
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well actually i read through about 60 articles since i found the site yesterday. all very informative. Props go out to all the writers. However i must have missed the articles relating to my particular question. I will go and check out the link you provided.
Thanks for the help.
First of all, wax isn't the solution to your problem. Wax doesn't remove anything. Wax is there to beautify your car. That's about it. What you need is a serious paint cleaner. Meguiar's makes some really good stuff for that. I've always had good success with it. If you have a machine like a Porter Cable random orbital polisher then you can break out the stronger stuff, like Meguiar's #9 or 3M SMR. That could have an effect.

Something that I've used with great success is Klasse All in one. You may have trouble finding it up in Canada but at they ship to Canada. It is really about the best stuff I've ever used by hand for oxidation. Here is an excellent example of an oxidized red car that has had half the hood treated with Klasse.

I'm a huge fan of Klasse. That stuff would be an awesome first step to restoring the finish on your car. It serves so many purposes. Not only is it a great sealant, it also cleans up the paint and can remove some minor swirls or scratches. I must have if you are looking at fixing that car up a bit.
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well i have to say.. my car looks about that faded. ill have to give it a shot. what do you think of using clay for the fading, is it worth it?
Clay doesn't address oxidation.. it address contamination.

For oxidation you need some sort of mild abrasive/cleaner to remove the oxidized paint.
Clay will help your car out a lot, but it won't touch the fading. There is always something good that clay will do for your car, but it does have its limits. Use the proper tool for the job. Get something abrasive for the oxidation and then clay it. That's the order I would do it in anyway.
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