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Now... I didn't pay very much for my SLK. It's old and has quite a lot of imperfections... it's not a disaster, but it does have the odd rust patch and so on... I'm not after a concours condition motor here, just some open top fun

the guy I bought it off told me that the car did once have some sort of lacquer on it, but that it had started to look rough, so he had it removed... I think he said by someone with a pressure washer.

this did make me a bit nervous, but I was in love with the car on first sight... you know how it is...

so... he said that in places the lacquer was still on, like on the edge of the boot lid, and the odd place, but it would come off with a fingernail.

this is true but in some places it will not... and as I've just discovered, there's a big patch on the boot that was being covered by a sticker, see this thread here

here are a couple of pictures of this phenomenon, I wonder if anyone has any suggestions as to what to about these patches that are too tough to scratch off? (a full respray I hear you say... well maybe one day!)

I don't suppose there's some magic stuff that removes lacquer but not paint is there?

what lay beneath the sticker


the boot lid... the bonnet is like this too
 

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edited: I just read that a clay bar may do the trick as well-I hope others chime in.

My question is this,

It would appear, that the sticker was placed to cover up the "lacquer". But if indeed that is lacquer, what was the lacquer being used for? what was that supposed to hide? Curioius predicament indeed. I would follow the kiss method. Keep it simple stupid..[not meant as an insult lol just a logical approach to not building rome in a day].

I would try Meguiars scratch x first. It claims the following:
" It doesn’t just fill in scratches. It removes them permanently by leveling the edges of the scratch or swirl. Meguiars G10307 SCRATCH X 2.0 also works well on oxidation, light stains, and surface contaminants."

And see where it leads you.. it certainly could not make the area worse.
 

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Is that where the clear coat that came off and the previous owner is calling it lacquer? I have seen cars where something happen to the clear coat and it has came off in spots. A person in our group has a yellow SLK and a flock of birds flew over and left a deposit on the car and was not washed off for a short time. It ate the clear coat off in big spots on the hood and top. Wonder if it was the clear coat and the use of pressure washer removed it in spots where is started peeling.
 

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Thanks for those responses

Just to say that the sticker covered up *two* bad things... I pictured the lacquer 'island', but if you look below you can see a patch which has no red paint at all!

I'm guessing that when removing this lacquer coat the red came off too, so they stopped so as not to make it worse. Maybe

I must get in touch with the guy... I think he said it was lacquer, but maybe not... in some places it is possible to just flick bits off with your thumb, and it is just a clear coating.

but the second picture with the boot lid, it's rock hard and looks more like a layer of paint. Odd

Have to say that the paintwork is fine... recently t-cut, polished and waxed it and it looks like new... so maybe for many years the 'lacquer' did a good job!
 

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looks like the panels have had poor paintwork and most of the laquer/clearcoat has come off leaving just the basecoat go to a good local bodyshop or two and get some quotes (it wont cost anything to get a quote) I suspect the affected panels will need refinishing
 

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I have spoken to the previous owner, who was surprised by what I had exposed (no, really - he was)

apparently when the car was taken to have this lacquer removed, there was a plain white GB sticker in the location... and when it came back the bloke who did it had replaced it with a new one.

the previous owner thinks the coating was called something like 'Armour Glaze' - or armour something, anyway...

point taken about getting it looked at by a paint shop... probably the only thing to do... I'll start saving up...
 
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