Clear coat is all messed up, what happened?

I drive a 2006 Toyota Tacoma that I have steadily put miles on over the years since I bought it. It sits at 85,000 miles, which is new for a Toyota Truck. The paint is in terrible shape though. I am pretty disappointed. I hope Toyota saved a lot of money using that small amount of clear coat over the whole car. It certainly will cost me some money when I trade it in! Is there anything I can do to reverse the fading?
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Hello! Thank you for writing in about this problem. This is a fairly common issue with this generation of the Tacoma model. Most of it likely comes down to poor paint prep, thin coating, or contamination when the vehicle was built. There really isn’t much that can be done to reverse paint fading except to have the faded areas sanded, primed, color matched, and clear-coated. You may be able to delay additional fading by using a clay bar to remove contaminants, then following up with a mild cutting compound, a mild polish, and then a high-quality wax. If you choose this route, be sure to use a dual-action orbital buffer with the proper pads or bonnets for the step you are performing.

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Paint correction is the process of removing minor scratches and imperfections found in the vehicles clear coat. Using an electric polisher, a microfiber buffing pad, and a special cutting compound, the detailer or you will cut into the clear coat of a vehicle`s paint till the scratches are leveled or removed.
But the most damaging thing your clear coat faces all day, every day is ultraviolet radiation from the sun. These UV rays are the primary cause of both oxidation and peeling clear coats.
Clearcoat failure is not something that can be remedied with a detailing paint correction service. In some cases, it can be made to look better and will temporarily hide it but it will reappear. The only true way to repair clear coat failure is to have the panel repainted at a professional auto body shop.
Bubbling, discolouration, and peeling paint are all signs of clear coat wearing away or clear coat failure. When you notice peeling, it is primarily the clear coat that is peeling off. If the clear coat gets too thin, there is no protection, and it starts to peel. Bubbles also indicate damaged clear coating.
There`s no easy fix, no magic product, no trick to deal with a peeling clear coat in 15 minutes. Once the clear is gone, it`s gone. The only thing that can replenish the finish is more clear coat, and this is neither quick nor easy.
A: No. All the clear coat is going to have to be sanded off, because it`s not bonding properly to the paint underneath it.
While there are countless contributing factors that can cause clear coat oxidation, four primary offenders stand head and shoulders above all others: UV Radiation, Plant and Animal Waste, Chemical Exposure, and Acid Rain.
A clear coat that comes with the car applied by the manufacturer can last up to 15 years if cared for properly. Dirt, grime, snow, mud, leaf stains are the usual suspects that can eat away your car`s clear coat. So, in short, the better you care for your car`s clear coat, the longer it will last.
If it is only your clear coat that is really damaged, you can have it feathered or sanded and apply the wrap. Some damage will allow surrounding paint to be lifted when the wrap inevitably needs to be removed, and some vinyl wraps will look worse than others on damaged paint.
You can apply three to four layers of clear coat to achieve the glossiest finish.
When it comes to applying the final clear coat, after having finished with the paint job, three to four clear coats are generally recommended.
As temperatures drop, the curing process slows down and can even stop when temperatures drop below 60°F in your shop. These conditions can result in a finish that may eventually dry, but will exhibit reduced durability, gloss, and repairability.
The clear coat should be wet-sanded with 400 grit sandpaper. This is to replace the orange peel with finer and finer scratches, which will eventually be filled in with polish. The sanding steps help diminish the clear coat until the entire surface is smooth.
Paint correction is the process of permanently removing surface scratches, swirl marks, hazing, marring, and other imperfections in your vehicle`s paint. It`s a powerful way to bring the colour back to its original shine!
Luckily, you can fix a faded clear coat on a car with sandpaper and clear coat spray paint as long as the damage isn`t too severe. Specifically, you will need: Sandpaper: 600-grit, 800-grit, and 1200-grit. Wax and grease remover.
Polish With Rubbing Compound. Rubbing compounds can help remove surface imperfections from cars. You can use them to remove clear coat scratches, too.

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Clear coat is all messed up, what happened?
ANSWER : Hello! Thank you for writing in about this problem. This is a fairly common issue with this generation of the Tacoma model. Most of it likely comes down to poor paint prep, thin coating, or contamination when the vehicle was built. There really isn’t much that can be done to reverse paint fading except to have the faded areas sanded, primed, color matched, and clear-coated. You may be able to delay additional fading by using a clay bar to remove contaminants, then following up with a mild cutting compound, a mild polish, and then a high-quality wax. If you choose this route, be sure to use a dual-action orbital buffer with the proper pads or bonnets for the step you are performing.

Can I powder coat calipers that are already powder coated?
ANSWER : You can put on a second powder coat on your calipers as long as the powder coat is the same product. The original powder coat will have to be sanded down to create a rough surface to allow the second powder coat to have an apply-able surface. If you need assistance with powder coating your brake calipers, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Clear coat wearing away right before my eyes
ANSWER : Nothing will beat a good paint job. The condition of your paint is caused by oxidation. Depending on how severely damaged your paint is, there are some things worth trying. My first recommendation is to take it to a good detailer. This kind of thing is all they do. Although it is unlikely to result in a like-new look, it will undoubtedly greatly improve your paint’s appearance. If you don’t mind some hard arm workout activity, you can give your truck waxing job yourself. Products from companies like Meguiar’s and 3M have great solutions to problems like yours. Look at their websites and find the best products suited to your paint’s condition.

My car feels as if I am driving it in neutral but I’m not.. my RPM will go up but I cant accel over 20mph. Only happens sometimes
ANSWER : Hi there. This may be a sign of a faulty transmission control solenoid or simply low transmission fluid. Modern automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car’s computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the correct gear. When this is faulty or not working properly, this can cause a delay in gear shifting or in some cases cause the car to not shift at all. A qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the shifting issue and determine what needs repair.

Car loses power, sputters, shakes, jerks, stalls and the check engine light flashes and I cant drive over 15 like 20 mph
ANSWER : That type of very rough running, sputtering, no power is commonly caused by problems with the ignition system. The fuel system also needs to be checked to eliminate a fuel control problem as the source of this issue. Cam timing may also need to be verified to see if the timing belt has jumped out of time. When the Check Engine light blinks, it is telling you that the misfire is so severe that the catalytic converter can be damaged if you continue to drive it. It gets worse with the A/C on because that puts extra demand on an already struggling engine.
I suggest that you have a certified technician complete a comprehensive inspection on your vehicle to determine what repairs will be needed.

What’s is causing a bump in my steering wheel, worst when slowing down but not braking
ANSWER : Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check the condition of the tires on the front to make sure that they are not cupped. If the tires are cupped, you will need to replace the tires and check the shocks. If the tires are not cupped, then raise up the vehicle and check the wheel bearings. A wheel bearing that is damaged is dry on grease can cause a vibration when under a load. If you need assistance with your vehicle, a certified professional, such as one from YourMechanic, can diagnose the bumping symptom you are experiencing in your steering wheel.

1- Jerk at highway speeds and coolant guage goes crazy when this happens. 2-Truck starts accelerating randomly when idleing.
ANSWER : Hi There,
It sounds like you may have a couple of different issues. The jerking reaction and random acceleration problem is likely related to a dirty or faulty mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor. This sensor relays vital information to the ECM which uses this to make adjustments to fuel supply to the motor. A dirty or faulty sensor can cause an imbalanced air/fuel load to be supplied to the motor which results in an over fueling or under fueling situation depending on the conditions. This type of inconsistent fuel supply to the motor may cause a hesitation, loss of power, a jerking reaction, potentially a bit of black exhaust smoke and typically a strong smell of fuel when this sensor is malfunctioning.

The erratic fluctuation of the temperature gauge may suggest you have a bad coolant temperature sensor, which may also be contributing to the random acceleration and missing reaction. When the coolant temperature sensor is not working properly, this can cause the computer to make inaccurate fueling adjustments to enrich or lean out the fuel supply depending on temperature. I would suggest having a professional from Your Mechanic come to your home to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

My 2006 chysler 300 has been staling it happens when its cold outside it will start right up and within mins rpm drops shuts down
ANSWER : It is very possible that you could have a weak fuel pump or faulty fuel pressure regulator. I would recommend having the fuel pressure tested by a qualified professional to determine if it meets the manufacturer’s specifications. If the fuel pressure is low one of these two parts are the most likely issue. If pressure is low after the pump but before the regulator, the pump is weak. If the pressure is low after the regulator and the pump, but between the pump and regulator has good pressure, this would indicate a faulty fuel pressure regulator. Consider YourMechanic for these services as fuel pumps and fuel pressure regulators can be inspected and replaced at your home or office.