S60 body­work

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Help! -

Q: I have a 2001 Volvo S60 2.4. The body­work has de­vel­oped dis­coloured patches as a re­sult of age and pi­geon drop­pings. What are the coat­ings and paint lay­ers on the body and can I im­prove it my­self? Mike Evans

A: The paint on your ve­hi­cle will most prob­a­bly have a colour base layer pro­tected by a clear lac­quer. Un­for­tu­nately, once the paint has been dam­aged by the acidic con­tent of bird drop­pings, there is lit­tle that can be done to fully re­store the fin­ish other than re­spray­ing the area. If the patches are more of a dis­coloura­tion than a re­sult of the paint be­ing eaten through, you may be able to re­store the lus­tre with a prod­uct like T-cut Color Fast.

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