Oil finish (ATF coating for crazed paint)
Steve Chatman wrote:
About 3 months ago, I began to test the claim that a coating of ATF did
wonders for a crazed finish (looks like lace). It does a great job of
filling the cracks and creating a more uniform coat. I don't believe that it
does any damage to the remaining paint, although I can't say with any
certainty that it doesn't. It seems to last about 1 month in our Midwest
weather, but its durability is a function of moisture.
Thanks for your comments. That claim was mine after inadvertantly spilling ATF on a fender and wiping it off to find what it did. Since you bring it up, my car's "lace" finish is showing up again but now that our AZ temps are better than 100. the thought of the AZ sun cooking the roof, hood, and trunk lid bothers me a bit, so I'll wait until the fall. The dust is present--and in AZ would be with or without the ATF finish--so I wipe the car daily with a California auto cleaner. Come to think of it, the brush is now pretty dark, but they say these things work better the more they get used.
Your metal/wood analogy is interesting: one of those "too good to be true" scenarios.
You may remember someone's comment about using Armor-All for the same purpose, but that it was a bit pricey, and someone else who thought that in the long run, either Armor-All or ATF might be detrimental to paint. However, with a "lace" finish, ho hum, what's next?.
Regards to the forum.
My '86 SIII has the same paint problem. I apply armorall with a sponge, let sit for a while then whipe off. I then apply a coat of maguires wax to remove exess oil and to seal it in. It lasts about the same time, a month before I notice the white haze slowly appearing again. This has worked well.
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