It sounds like it has lost fluid from one of the two brake circuits,look for fluid loss/wetness round the wheels,if nothing found,then it could be the master cylinder.
Your mechanic should really do this,you shouldn`t be fekking with the brakes if your not sure.
Good luck,i hope you didn`t die.
Yup, the sun will not of faded the paint behind the badges obvs,only way for uniform finish is new paint,it needs painting any way,all the more reason to get it done.
I have a compressor coming up for grabs if you fancy DIY