Re: Voyager6's Boxster Mod Thread
Originally Posted by Voyager6
I bought my new to me 2014 two years ago with 37,000 miles on it and it had about fifty small paint chips on the hood and chips on the windshield and headlights. I got the dealer to replace the windshield and with a price reduction I decided I could fix the paint chips in the hood. I got the Porsche touch up paint, a Rust-Oleum detail sander kit (#40-002) with a foam sanding block with precut Velcro backed sand paper in 400, 1000 and 1500 grit.
I became proficient with the paint chip repairs with wet sanding with the 1500 sand paper then using my 6” random orbital buffer with Meguiar’s Scratch X2.0 compound. This gave me the idea to repair the headlights that had stone chips in addition to the coating that was peeling off in small areas. The factory applied coating appears to be a “hard coat” that I had little success wet sanding and out of frustration I even tried dry sanding with the 1000 and even the 400 paper. I even tried to buff it off. The best I could do was feather in the edges where it was pealing.
I then purchased precut Lamin-X film to cover up the partially removed and blended in factory coating. This was my first attempt at installing film and in hind sight I should have ordered 12”x 24” sheets instead of the precut kit. The precut film has to go on with perfect placement because when I tried to pull it back to reposition it, even wet, it pulled off some of the factory coating. I was more careful on the second headlight and it turned out well. The film covered over the repairs and I was pleased with the second headlight.
The first headlight turned out “fair” but after seeing the small areas that had the loose coating areas I decided to order one 12”x24”non precut film to redo the first light. This time after removing the Laminate-X film I spent more time trying to sand off the factory sprayed on film and still could not sand it off. I then took some of the Lamin-X film that I removed and pressed it back on to small areas and pulled it off quickly like removing a band aid. I was still not able to get it all off, but I re-sanded and re-buffed and got it in good enough shape to install the new Lamin-X film. I am now pleased with the way both headlights turned out and they are now protected from future chips. Lamin-X also sell an applied liquid that protects the film from uv. I think I saw that the factory clear coating was a hard coat and also to block the uv to protect the plastic below.
I am not saying the method I used is the best repair and would have saved a lot of work if I would have sanded and buffed and prepped the lights and taken them to a professional film installer but I have less than $100 in the repair.
From your pictures it looks like your existing coating is a lot more loose than mine was and you will have better results sanding off the film. If not you you may try pulling it off with an adhesive film or maybe duct tape. Good luck with your repair and keep me informed on how it goes.
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