In this post, we will talk about Spraying Automotive Clear Coat Over Old Paint.
Many auto enthusiasts who want to learn about auto body repair seem to think that …just because the clear coat on their paint job is peeling or faded, they could just sand the old clear off and re-clear the panel with new clear.
Let’s get into the MEAT of prepping this thing… Here’s what it looks like.
First, you need to sand the faded, chipping clear coat and feather it into the panel. This means you need to use an orbital sander. Another word for that is a “DA” a Dual Action sander. Usually pretty affordable and a must-have in an auto body mans garage.
Then you need to use a pretty fine paper like 320-360 grit or so and sand it all down. Next I would wet sand it even smoother with 400-600 grit paper.
By the time you finish the prepping process, you’ll have gone through the paint in some areas GUARANTEED! or even into the metal. There is NO way you can successfully take (just the clear off evenly) to spray clear on it. You’ll have gone into the base coat and eaten away through layers of paint.
You’re going through all of the prep work like a professional anyway. You might as well spend a few bucks more and buy a pint or a quart of base coat and shoot some new base on it, then apply your 2 coats of clear on it.
This is the “Right Way” and is the way YOU should repair your faded paint. Sometimes we do touch-ups on the Hood, Top’s of Fenders, Roof, and Trunk (the most common areas for fading on cars) if the customer wants or YOU want, to save money.
Most times this is a sign that you just need a complete paint job.
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Thanks for reading this post and we hope this cleared things up a little.
Don’t waste your time thinking you can just clear your faded and peeling clear coat on your car, truck, or bike.
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