[xj] Paint Checking

Been away for way too long. Spending entirely too much time on the
Benz forum for my latest toy.

I started to notice some really fine hairline scratches on my front
wings of my SIII V12 VDP. I thought, ‘‘What the heck is this.’’ They
are numerous and parallel to each other. Mainly at the top of the
front wings, but I can see tham now on the side portions, and the
leading edge of the roof. Looks like the car went thru a sand
storm :-((

I took it to two high end paint shops to see if it could be buffed
out, but professional buffing was no help. Both shops said it was
checking in the paint. I have never seen checking like this before.
Checking ‘‘usually’’ looks like spider webs.

In any case, has anyone run ito this before? The quotes I got for
repaint were staggering around here (6-10k USD).

Thanks in advance–
Larry Karpman '88 V12 SIII, '01 SLK230
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In reply to a message from Larry Karpman sent Sun 28 Aug 2005:

Jaguar paint failures were legend in the eighties…
The checking and oxidation of the TOPS, flat horizontal
surfaces, is inevitable. The type you describe I have seen
on an '85 XJ6 in BRG. Maybe color has effect on type of
fault…???–
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In reply to a message from lilAbner sent Sun 28 Aug 2005:

Well I’d agree if this were a early or mid eighties car. It is
an '88 V12 SIII (Canadian) and by this time IIRC there were no
paint issues. I could be wrong.

I know I was lucky on my previous '85, and '87 SIIIs, as I had no
checking. BTW, I don’t seem to have any checking on the flat areas
of the wings. All the areas of these blemishes are rounded and not
flat. In fact the roof (except for the leading edge), the bonnet,
and the boot lid are just dandy. But, most of the checking I have
seen on other cars is most evident on the top surfaces.

BTW, this car is Alpine Green, which is a very light green silver
metalic color.

Thnaks–
The original message included these comments:

Jaguar paint failures were legend in the eighties…
The checking and oxidation of the TOPS, flat horizontal
surfaces, is inevitable. The type you describe I have seen
on an '85 XJ6 in BRG. Maybe color has effect on type of
fault…???


Larry Karpman '88 V12 SIII, '01 SLK230
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Larry: you are correct about your car. By 1988 Jaguar was using the
base/clear paint system and the paint did not suffer the “checking”
phenomenon of the early/mid-80’s.
I cannot really imagine the damage that your car has. But is
this wing in its original (gorgeous Alpine Green) paint?
Gregory-----Original Message-----
From: owner-xj@jag-lovers.org [mailto:owner-xj@jag-lovers.org] On Behalf
Of Larry Karpman
Sent: August 28, 2005 12:54 PM
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Subject: Re: [xj] Paint Checking

In reply to a message from lilAbner sent Sun 28 Aug 2005:

Well I’d agree if this were a early or mid eighties car. It is
an '88 V12 SIII (Canadian) and by this time IIRC there were no
paint issues. I could be wrong.

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In reply to a message from Dr. Gregory Andrachuk sent Sun 28 Aug 2005:

I believe it’s the original paint on the wings. I know the bonnet
and the driver door have been redone in the past. Here’s a picture.

http://home.comcast.net/~lkarpman/Checking.jpg--
The original message included these comments:

Larry: you are correct about your car. By 1988 Jaguar was using the
base/clear paint system and the paint did not suffer the ‘‘checking’’
phenomenon of the early/mid-80’s.
I cannot really imagine the damage that your car has. But is
this wing in its original (gorgeous Alpine Green) paint?
Gregory


Larry Karpman '88 V12 SIII, '01 SLK230
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