Looking for a paint thickness guage

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  1. quantico

    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    I am deciding on a used porsche cayman 987.2 or a 996 or 997 / porsche 911. Still looking for some test drives to see what I want. But along the way I will need a paint thickness guage to determine if a car has had damage or paint work..

    Any experience or recommendations?
     
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    Ross-in-Pa Western Pa

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    Scrape it with a pocket knife.....
     
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    A banana gage, about the simplest . base material has to be magnetic. There are some electronic meter fairly chap not sure how well they work. I've got a pull tester but not thickness gage or meter.
     
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    I see Amazon has many, I would go by the reviews. I can tell the technology does not require it to cost much so I would a ~$50 unit could work fine.
     
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    Just run a Carfax report on it. Any damage that would be worth worrying over will show up.
     
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    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    Eventually. I bought a 2005 Subaru about 3-4 years old. Carfax was clean except for an alignment at a body shop. I called the shop, the car was stolen and wrecked in the first 6 months after the initial purchase. I had a friend at the insurance company look up the claim. It was stolen and crashed TWICE in the first 6 months after the initial purchase. The claims only showed up on Carfax later, well after I bought it. I still wonder how people so easily steal cars that have chip keys.
    All was good, as it was all sheet metal/hang-on parts.
    Then I asked the dealer service rep to look up the service history. Turns out the short block and turbo were replaced not long before I bought it, at 48,000 miles, so I had a fairly new timing chain and water pump to go with that. Turned out to be a great car. wit a certified warranty to boot.
     
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    So I looked up Banana Gauge. Not what I expected to find.

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    Ramjet38 Mentally Frozen

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    I used to have one for aircraft, but I have no recollection of the brand name.
     
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    Carfax will only show up accidents reported to the police or the insurance. If you have a little fender-bender and work it out with the other party, then it will never show up.
     
  10. quantico

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    If i spend 30 grand on a used car and find out it was smashed up twice I would be looking for my laywer. Thats why I dont trust auto printouts. But trust paint thickness to tell me more. And undercoating. And glass date codes. And panel gaps. Etc
     
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    Look up an Elecometer 211
     
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    Isn’t the old school method of eyeballing along the sides in the sun to look for ripples used anymore? Also you can use a coated magnet held just off of the paint and moved along the side and feel for a loss of attraction over a large area, as that would suggest a deep bondo fill.


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  13. Geeorge

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    You can buy a Spot-Rot brand gauge on ebay, read thru the ads I found one new in the package for about 1/3 of msrp. Most car dealers use some form of them