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Old 11-20-2022, 1:09pm   #1
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Been a while since there was a thread started so here's a new one. I have a 1979 L82 17,000 mile survivor with a very low production number if you believe the Corvette Registry. The option mix along with the factory CB radio is fairly uncommon. Having said that it's a 79 and they built over 53,000 so not all that desirable.

My issue is the paint, it looks great from 5 feet an even upon closer examination there are no swirls, scratches or lacquer check at all, absolutely pristine.................. except. The car sat under a car cover for 24 years in Florida and has thin spots in the paint on the back bumper cover and driver's roof line. The only thing keeping the car from being absolutely perfect are these few spots where some gel coat shows through.

The question I struggle with is spending some big bucks to repaint the entire car or leaving the patina as it is. This will never be a high dollar car, is it better as is or with fresh paint?









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Wow, that's clean. Nice car !
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Thanks, it is an amazing car other than a few areas of the paint that let the car down up close. When I talk about this with the guys in the local car scene and Corvette club I get pretty much a split response. This always gets to be an issue for me when I put it away each year, maybe I should take it to the shop instead.
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Post pics of the trouble areas.
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The white marks below the tail lights go across the back bumper, looks like that was the contact point for the cover all those years.



This is the thin paint that goes across the halo, again this is where the cover laid all those years.



There are also some other areas where the sharp lines on top of the fenders above the bonding strip show some gel coat as well. I know this is fairly minor but the car is so perfect other than the paint that it's kind of a shame even though you have to look pretty closely to see it. It still drive me nuts knowing it's there.
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IMO, leave it! Especially if the car has its original factory applied paint. no brainer


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The white marks below the tail lights go across the back bumper, looks like that was the contact point for the cover all those years.



This is the thin paint that goes across the halo, again this is where the cover laid all those years.



There are also some other areas where the sharp lines on top of the fenders above the bonding strip show some gel coat as well. I know this is fairly minor but the car is so perfect other than the paint that it's kind of a shame even though you have to look pretty closely to see it. It still drive me nuts knowing it's there.
I don't know if you saw the thread, but Stallzer over there had a car cover that got wet and messed up his paint. What happened is moisture got in to the glass itself under the paint and made milky spots. I suggested a trick I used on my 75. I took a heat gun and without getting aggressive, heated the light spots and they faded significantly. Obviously great caution must be exercised to not do heat damage, but there is a sweet spot that "might" help if you are feeling adventurous. Otherwise, I'd leave it.
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