Tag: paint

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Ford Explorer defective paint.
Oct 18, 2016

First Signs of the Carpocalypse: 2011-2016 Ford Explorer Paint Problems

Car Talk Car Complaints

Our latest installment of First Signs of the Carpocalypse covers the Ford Explorer from 2013 through the current model year.

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DIY auto body paint job
Jul 14, 2015

How to Paint a Car With a Bucket of Rust-Oleum and a Roller

Craig Fitzgerald

UPDATE: This week, Maaco -- the cheapie respray outfit that paints everything including the license plate -- started running ads that suggest that painting your car with Rust-Oleum and a roller is a bad idea. We disagree, and we proved it.

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Nissan Juke paint options
Apr 22, 2015

The Nissan Juke: Horoscope Edition

Guest Bloggers

In which one of our guest bloggers has a little too much fun with the Nissan Color Studio. 

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How to fix peeling paint on a car
Dec 10, 2013

No Cheap Fix for Delaminating Paint

Dear Car Talk

Karen's 2000 Toyota Corolla is running still fine, but the paint is peeling off. Tom and Ray explain why this happens to certain model years and lay out a range of options, each one lower-cost and more aesthetically questionable than the last. Find out what they suggest, right here.


Mopars at the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum
Aug 02, 2013

Stripper Name or Car Paint?

Jim Hanna

Which car gets your vote for Ugliest Paint Color of All Time? We've got a few ideas of our own...


What is claying for a car
Oct 01, 2009

Could there actually be a good reason for putting clay on your car?

Dear Car Talk

So I'm thinking of getting my car detailed, and an associate gives me a referral. While perusing the service sheet, under "Options" is listed "Claying, add $30-$40." I'm thinking, "Holy spa treatment, Batman!" The other side of the service sheet...

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How to fix paint scratches on a car
Apr 01, 2009

Today: A washing job that did a number on Ian's car.

Dear Car Talk

My dear, beloved 15-year-old son offered to wash my 2008 Toyota Sequoia (silver). Of course, I jumped at this surprising and welcome offer. After about 30 minutes, I went to check on his progress, and the little darling was using a scourer...


Jun 01, 2007

Is there a reason why Sally should splurge on the high end interior/exterior coating for her new Honda? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

I purchased a Honda Odyssey today, and the dealer tried to sell me a 1,200-dollar protective interior/exterior coating. I said no, but he said he would honor the offer till Monday. Should I buy this, or is it just...

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May 01, 2007

Can writing in the dirt on a car actually scratch the paint-- or should Linda just chill out?

Dear Car Talk

Does writing in the dirt/dust on a car scratch the paint? A teacher at my children's school today wrote "Clean Me" as a joke in the dirt on my new Suburban as I was parked in the school pickup...


Mar 01, 2007

Should Mike save a few bucks and go for a hail-damaged car, or will he be buying a dent-plagued nightmare? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

I'm a college student in a small Podunk town in Minnesota. Recently, we were "blessed" with a hailstorm like none other, and the damage to the cars here can only be described as impressive. I've been postponing buying a car...

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