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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    I remember when the first Smart Cars were imported over to the USA a couple of my friends in SoCal had them brought them to my classes...

    Here's a class from 2005, just over 7 years ago.

    Bimmerforums.com at Meguiar's!!





    I read through the above thread and we were using light diminishing abrasive polishes on the paint with good luck.

    I also sent an e-mail to my friend Mark Cummins to see if he could chime in...


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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    I used several products on my smarts coupe,cab,cross blade and roadster as the shell was metal and the body panels are plastic.Most all products work great as long the pad stays cool ...I also made carbon fiber rear fenders for the smart and tried several different types of polish and waxes using meguiars 80 then blackfire ...Great results

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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for chiming in...

    Long time no see!


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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    Thanks much! I'll take this info into battle. :D
    Black cars are easy!:D

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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
    One question; are they truly painted or is the color in the plastic?
    It's in the plastic..I have scratched a few panels on my smarts
    Last edited by Mark Cummins; 01-12-2012 at 05:58 PM.

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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Cummins View Post
    It's in the plastic..I have scratched a few panels on my smarts
    Where does the claim, by smart USA, that the body panels are "painted" by a powder coating process come into play? Would that make a difference in deciding what tools/products/processes needed for "detailing" a smart?

    Thanks for any info you may have in regards to the above questions.



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    If you'd like to test the knowledge of the manufacturer, call Toyota and ask them what the paint process is on their jet black cars from the early 2000's. I PROMISE that they can't answer it reliably. There was no consistency among them. Some were cc, some were as and some tinted clear. What makes Smart any better?
    Black cars are easy!:D

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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    I'm doubting the parts are powdercoated. As far as I know you have to have a metal substrate to powder coat. Not only do you have to be able to electrically charge the part to get the powder to adhere, and then the part has to be able to withstand baking at high temps in an oven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimm View Post
    I'm doubting the parts are powdercoated. As far as I know you have to have a metal substrate to powder coat. Not only do you have to be able to electrically charge the part to get the powder to adhere, and then the part has to be able to withstand baking at high temps in an oven.
    Bingo! Having to change the charge and bake them doesn't work with a plastic panel. I think the Smart site copy is erroneous.
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    Re: Smart Car Polishing

    Quote Originally Posted by SpoiledMan View Post
    Bingo! Having to change the charge and bake them doesn't work with a plastic panel. I think the Smart site copy is erroneous.
    That the smart USA site is erroneous is a possibility.

    However...There have been companies, even some in the USA, that have been powder-coating plastics since 1993.

    Now, when was the first year that the smart cars were available for consumer purchase?




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